Peoples Natural Gas Selects Siemens Enterprise Communications for Communications Infrastructure Overhaul

The utility company cites proven technology and value in its decision to partner with Siemens Enterprise Communications for its new infrastructure

Aug 09, 2011, 06:00 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tasked with rebuilding its communications infrastructure from the ground up, Peoples Natural Gas (PNG) has chosen Siemens Enterprise Communications to upgrade to a robust communications, contact center, and unified communications (UC) environment.  Additionally, the solution includes an IVR, disaster recovery and business continuity built into the design, and audio, video and web conferencing.

To meet PNG's needs, Siemens Enterprise Communications' offering provides reliability, flexibility and scalability. PNG currently provides energy to more than 359,000 homes in Western Pennsylvania and selected the solution based on a redundant OpenScape Voice in the data center and a disaster recovery site for quickly and easily adding users into the PNG communications infrastructure.

"We decided to partner with Siemens Enterprise Communications for our communications platform based on three key reasons," said Nagy Nagiub, Manager, Voice and Data Networks at PNG. "First, we had personal experience in working with them in the past and knew their technology was proven. The second reason was the robustness of their offering, which included voice, UC, IVR, contact center, disaster recovery, UM and the experience and ability to integrate with SAP. We knew they could install, integrate and provide training for the entire system. The other vendors could not meet all of PNG's requirements. And lastly, the price was very competitive."  

PNG had just a year to start an entirely new company, including deploying new voice and data infrastructure along with SAP and hiring call center personnel. With a commitment to acting as a strong community partner and helping fuel economic growth in Western Pennsylvania, PNG moved quickly to hire new employees for all areas of the business in order to be ready to start taking customer calls by June 27, 2011.

In its due diligence, PNG contacted various vendors to assess their communications infrastructure solutions and ability to execute on the complex deployment before the deadline.  Some employees at PNG were already aware of Siemens Enterprise Communications' solutions, having done business with the company in the past. With proposals from three other major vendors, PNG ultimately chose Siemens Enterprise Communications.

"PNG needed a complete communications solution that would help the company serve its customers better today, as well as allow for easy scalability as the company grows," said Chris Hummel, CMO and President, North America for Siemens Enterprise Communications. "The OpenScape Contact Center solution provides immediate impact with its array of capabilities.  Plus, because it is built on the OpenScape UC Server, an open, standards-based solution, it offers the flexibility and scalability the company needs to be poised for growth in the coming years."

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