Siemens IP Communication Solutions to be Integrated with IBM Enterprise Collaboration Products, Extending One-Click Calling and Conferencing for Improved Workforce Agility
Munich, Germany, Jan 23, 2006, The Siemens Communications Group today announced that it has plans to team with IBM to embed additional real-time telephony and presence-enhanced collaboration features into IBM Lotus Notes and Domino®, IBM Lotus Sametime® and IBM Workplace Collaboration Services. This will include the interoperability of new calling features to work on many IP-PBX as well as legacy TDM telephones.
The integration of Siemens® HiPath® 4000 and HiPath 8000 softswitches - part of the HiPath portfolio of real-time Internet protocol (IP) communication solutions - is expected to provide IBM customers with one-click telephony contact - including click-to-conference - without having to leave the context of the work they are doing. For example, customers would be able to launch calls and conferences from Lotus Notes inboxes, IBM Lotus Web conferencing portals or Lotus Sametime instant messaging chat sessions.
“By working together, IBM and Siemens will help enterprise customers continue to increase the speed and efficiency of conducting business,” said Thomas Zimmermann, president, Enterprise Systems, Siemens Communications Group. “Siemens’ customers will be able to leverage the productivity enhancements provided by IBM’s enterprise collaboration products. IBM customers will benefit from telephony features provided by Siemens HiPath Real-Time IP Communications solutions.”
The integrated features are expected to be available to customers by the summer of 2006. Future work by the two companies is also anticipated to integrate the presence-enhanced Siemens HiPath OpenScapeTM portal with IBM Workplace Collaboration Services, each leveraging native session initiation protocol (SIP) support, to give users real-time controls and one-click access to collaboration and workflow processes that now require the attention of dispersed and often on-the-go workers.
With Siemens’ open, standards-based portfolio of HiPath solutions, built on top of IBM’s telephony conferencing service provider interface (TCSPI) framework, users will benefit from a new generation of presence-enhanced and preference-based collaboration features designed to better address today’s mobile work challenges. Advanced features will give workers smarter access to peers and experts - when they are needed - by automatically linking people to preferred devices (mobile phone, desk phone or remote phone location, for example) and modes of communication (voice call, instant messaging or e-mail, for example) that are most appropriate at a given time. Advanced features will also include speech-enabled access to calendars, directories and conferencing services.
“Businesses are beginning to demand solutions that leverage the convergence of audio and PC-based collaboration tools,” said Ken Bisconti, vice president, Workplace, Portal and Lotus collaboration products, IBM. “By working together with industry leaders such as Siemens we are opening up a new realm of possibilities for our customers, without having to replace their existing IT infrastructures, enabling them to seamlessly transition between e-mail, instant message, Web conferencing and phone conversations.”
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Thirteen of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States:
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