Siemens Enterprise Communications Reveals UC Suite 2011

In a move to overcome the cost and complexity barriers to enterprise collaboration, Siemens says that the launch of their UC Suite 2011 makes rich, enterprise-grade, multimedia collaboration solutions as simple to use as sending an email.

The company adds that unlike the complex, proprietary solutions on the market today, the OpenScape UC Suite 2011 is a unique open solution that makes multimedia collaboration more affordable, easier to use and faster to deploy for businesses of all sizes. The OpenScape UC Suite includes a set of collaboration, mobility, video and other tools to securely and reliably deliver improved productivity and significant cost savings to enterprises.

Siemens describes their new UC Suite:

The OpenScape UC Suite includes the new OpenScape Web Collaboration, an enterprise-grade web conferencing solution providing rich multimedia collaboration that enhances collaboration, improves productivity, and reduces communication costs. It can be installed on one server in as little as an hour, and offers “one-click collaboration”, allowing users to move seamlessly between web, chat and multi-party desktop video conferencing with a single mouse click. It requires no client installation, low infrastructure commitment, and no server downtime for upgrades, making it easy and cost-effective to deploy and manage with minimal IT resource requirements. OpenScape Web Collaboration leverages technology from FastViewer GmbH & Co., which recently entered into an agreement to be acquired by Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Enterprises looking to deploy an affordable collaboration solution often consider inexpensive consumer-grade solutions, but OpenScape Web Collaboration offers the reliability, security and scalability that enterprises need, offering advanced encryption, password-protected web sessions and virtually unlimited scalability via cascading server architecture. Plus, it can be deployed either on premise or as a hosted solution, providing greater flexibility and simplified management.

“Enterprises are turning to Unified Communications and Collaboration to reduce communication costs, reduce cost of ownership, improve productivity, and sustain competitive advantage,” said Melanie Turek, industry director, enterprise communications at Frost and Sullivan. “UCC systems that are open, fast, and easy to deploy, while still being enterprise-grade, comprehensive, and secure, are best able to deliver the value that enterprises are looking for. With this announcement, Siemens clearly understands those requirements.”

“Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) can enable businesses to dramatically improve productivity, efficiency and cost savings, but many are reluctant to move forward with the overly complex, expensive, proprietary offerings available today,” said Chris Hummel, chief marketing officer at Siemens Enterprise Communications. “OpenScape UC Suite means that rich, enterprise-grade collaboration is now practical and affordable for any business.”