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ShoreTel Launches Connect Platform

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ShoreTel has today rolled out ShoreTel Connect, a single platform and user interface that provides business communications from the cloud, onsite or a hybrid combination of both. ShoreTel Connect changes how companies communicate with a unique new collaboration experience that unites groups and adapts to individual preferences. With ShoreTel Connect, businesses gain flexibility and customer insights and increase their ability to collaborate with employees inside as well as partners and customers outside the company – all while lowering IT operating costs.

ShoreTel Connect is designed to simplify the way IT deploys, manages, scales, and secures phone systems. As a single platform and user interface, ShoreTel Connect can be configured multiple ways for the cloud, onsite and mixed or hybrid options to fit with individual company growth and business models; ensuring that what companies select today will grow with them as their needs change in the future.

“Built on our strong belief that ‘there has to be a better way,’ ShoreTel Connect helps customers determine how and when to move communications to the cloud and is pioneering hybrid options along the way. ShoreTel Connect extends our commitment to simplify the way companies deploy, manage and maintain business communications – no matter how many sites or employees,” said Don Joos, president and CEO at ShoreTel. “Whether you prefer to subscribe to a managed cloud service, invest in an onsite system, or deploy a combination of the two, there is a single UC solution that delivers the same user experience and outstanding capabilities to the entire team. ShoreTel Connect removes complexity and frees up resources, allowing customers to focus on their core business and not on the technology.”

“ShoreTel is poised for success with ShoreTel Connect, its single comprehensive UC&C platform for midmarket and enterprise customers. The new common platform enables ShoreTel to offer customers what they want: a choice of premises, hosted, or hybrid solutions with a consistent user experience across a common software stream,” said Rich Costello, senior research analyst at IDC. “The common platform also makes UC&C easier for its channel partners to deploy and support as well as for customers to migrate from one model to another as needed. With its fully integrated solution, ShoreTel eliminates the need for customers and partners to piece together complex solutions from multiple parties.”

ShoreTel Connect includes many new features with capabilities that include:

-Personalised call handling and call routing for both office and mobile devices
-Advanced collaboration tools including instant messaging, audio and web conferencing, point-to-point video and desktop sharing
-Seamless feature integration and collaboration apps for smartphone, tablet and wearable devices
-Richly featured integrations with CRM systems including Salesforce, Zendesk, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Desk.comTM and NetSuite. (See separate press release also issued today.)
-Many specialised apps like voicemail to text, emergency notification, integrated call recording, and enhanced paging.