Siemens Enterprise Communications CEO Hamid Akhavan Provides Key Customer Insights on Fulfilling the Promise of Unified Communications

CeBIT Keynote Points to Architecture, Integration and Deployment as Keys to Success

Mar 08, 2012, 11:08 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a keynote address at CeBIT 2012, Siemens Enterprise Communications CEO Hamid Akhavan outlined the key insights and best practices that can help enterprises deliver on the promise of Unified Communications (UC) and enable enterprises to realize the full business value of UC. 

While industry research shows that only a minority of enterprises have tapped the full potential of truly unifying their communications, Akhavan summarized the key steps on the path to fulfill the promise of UC, including broad enterprise and customer adoption, having UC embedded in everyday workflows and processes, and harmonizing communications media, devices and systems to achieve a more agile, responsive, collaborative and efficient workforce.

UC is frequently framed as just a point solution, such as instant messaging, or requiring a 'rip-and-replace' scenario that leaves customers with islands of functionality or new systems that are disconnected from existing core business applications, processes and communications assets. During his keynote, Akhavan included several real-world customer examples to emphasize how enterprises are choosing and working with Siemens Enterprise Communications to realize the full promise of UC. By embracing a higher standard of UC, making what they have work better and deploying in a way that makes sense for them, enterprises can achieve their goals of  increasing productivity, serving customers better and saving on communication costs.

Akhavan also revisited the five megatrends of enterprise communications, which he first highlighted in his keynote last year at CeBIT. He confirmed that they are even more relevant today, as consumerization of IT has driven into the enterprise the requirement of seamless mobility, social collaboration and an improved user experience. At the same time, flexible deployment options such as Cloud provide greater access to innovative communication tools while still delivering the security and reliability CIOs demand, regardless of deployment models.

Siemens Enterprise Communications has continued to respond to these trends and the needs of customers by delivering OpenScape Cloud Services last year and the launch this week of OpenScape UC Suite, which offers advanced mobile UC functionality, improved federation to extend UC beyond the walls of the enterprise and massive UC scalability advances. Additionally, the platform architecture of the OpenScape UC Server, which offers an open, standards-based approach and is optimized for multiple deployment scenarios, delivering to enterprises a strategic foundation for growth in order to fulfill the promise of truly unified communications and collaboration.

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Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit or

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