MUNICH and RESTON, Va., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, has been recognized as an "Enterprise Trusted Advisor" by IT professionals, according to an annual industry-wide study conducted by Nemertes Research. Unify was ranked third out of an elite list of only 12 companies that were selected as trusted advisors out of the 150 surveyed by IT decision-makers and influencers, according to Nemertes.
Seventy four percent (74.7%) of the IT leaders said they consider both the companies and individuals as trusted advisors (vs. just the company or just individuals).
Unify in particular earned strong ratings for expertise, credibility and character. One Unify customer in the study said the company is "a great collaborator in strategic planning and has an understanding of my company's needs."
"Enterprise Trusted Advisors have the skills, characteristics, and branding to establish extremely valuable partnerships with their customers," says Robin Gareiss, executive vice president and founder of Nemertes Research. "IT leaders rely heavily on this elite group of providers to help them leverage technology to advance their businesses."
See Unify Chief Commercial Officer Chris Hummel interview Robin Gareiss here.
"We're very honored to have been selected. We seek to form close, collaborative relationships with our customers to help them transform their communication and collaboration and amplify the effort of their employees," said Chris Hummel, chief commercial officer and president, North America, for Unify. "In today's competitive landscape, we believe our ability to provide innovative communications solutions, as well as new ideas and expertise tailored to an individual customer's needs, is fundamental to our success."
The annual Nemertes Enterprise Trusted Advisor program provides insight based on nearly 1,100 interviews and surveys from IT decision-makers and influencers about their relationships with technology vendors and service providers. The report addresses the characteristics and expectations of "trusted advisors," as rated by the IT professionals.
"IT leaders don't even develop a strategy without reviewing with [a Trusted Advisor] first, or having them at the table helping to develop it," Nemertes wrote.
Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.
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