Siemens Enterprise Communications' Chris Hummel Reveals Best Practices for Fulfilling the Promise of Unified Communications

Enterprise Connect keynote showcases the easiest path to UC

Mar 28, 2012, 12:00 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a keynote address at Enterprise Connect 2012, Siemens Enterprise Communications CMO and President, North America Chris Hummel provided strategic insight into how enterprises can best realize the promise and full business value of Unified Communications (UC). 

Hummel underscored the need to move on from the practice of using a collection of discrete technologies for communications, to a true unifying solution to support mobility and ubiquitous access to UC. The promise of UC lies in having it embedded in everyday workflows and processes, harmonizing communications media, devices and systems to achieve a more agile, responsive, collaborative and efficient workforce. By embracing this higher standard of UC architecture, enterprises can make what they have work better and deploy in a way that makes sense for them. This allows enterprises to achieve their goals of increasing productivity, serving customers better and reducing communication costs.

Referencing the recent global customer research commissioned by Siemens Enterprise Communications, Hummel discussed the study's key findings and recommendations. Among these is the fact that enterprises save 43 percent annually by using IP communications over legacy PBX. Recognizing that the platform that unifies a communications environment is more important than the individual technologies, Hummel recommended that enterprises look for a platform that is built on open standards and is software-based, that offers the utmost scalability, security and flexibility. Hummel highlighted the industry trends, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, along with real world examples of how organizations are tapping the true value of UC.

Jerry Witowski, Vice President of Information Services Business Management for Sealed Air Corporation joined Hummel onstage to discuss how they are working with Siemens Enterprise Communications to realize the full promise of UC. Sealed Air, a leading provider of food and industrial system solutions that help ensure that food retains its freshness, is currently deploying UC to 5,000 users across North America, and intends to bring the productivity and collaboration benefits to users across the globe.

Siemens Enterprise Communications continues to respond to these trends and the needs of customers by delivering innovation in key areas, including video, mobility and cloud. Additionally, Siemens Enterprise Communications offers complete deployment flexibility, enabling customers to make the solutions they have work better and deploy in a way that works best for their businesses.

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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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