Market Update: AT&T Adds Voice to VPN Service
Companies in the news this week are Mitel, Enventis, Cisco, Park Nicollet Health Services, HickoryTech, AT&T, CounterPath, NEC, AltiGen Communications, ShoreTel, Network Equipment Technologies, Inceptio A/S, Hempel Group, Microsoft, PanTerra Networks, Cistera Networks, Dialogic and the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum.
Enventis to Deploy Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration Throughout Park Nicollet Health Services: Enventis, a subsidiary of HickoryTech, today announced it has been selected by Park Nicollet Health Services to deploy a Cisco Unified Communications and collaboration solution across its business, including 19 clinics, the Methodist Hospital and the Park Nicollet Clinic campus. Enventis, a partner and technology integrator for Park Nicollet since 2001, designed a solution that will allow Park Nicollet to reduce its costs and transform the way people communicate, both internally and externally, while also improving patient care. The unified communication and collaboration platform offers numerous benefits to improve customer interactions, including mobility for clinicians and doctors, video systems for remote consultations and automatic calls or text messages for appointment reminders.
AT&T Adds IP Voice Services to Industry-Leading Virtual Private Network Services: This converged solution will enable customers to consolidate their separate voice and data networks, reduce equipment and maintenance costs, and simplify migrating these complimentary capabilities to a common, secure infrastructure. By migrating to a common infrastructure, customers can take advantage of additional applications as AT&T makes them available, such as unified communications capabilities.
CounterPath and NEC Announce Mobile Unified Communications Solution: CounterPath Corp., an award-winning provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software solutions, and NEC Unified Solutionstoday announced the introduction of NEC's Smart Mobile Client, a sophisticated solution for Fixed-Mobile Convergence that extends the functionality and capabilities of NEC communication servers to market-leading smartphones.
AltiGen Communications Announces Plans for CEO Transition: AltiGen Communications, the leading provider of integrated Microsoft-based unified communications solutions, has announcedthat effective Oct. 1, Gilbert Hu will transition from his role as CEO to president of Asia Pacific to focus on accelerating the growth of AltiGen's business in that region. Hu will continue to lead AltiGen's board of directors as executive chairman. The company also announced that President and COO Jerry Fleming will assume the title of president and CEO and will work closely with Hu to develop the company's strategic direction. Fleming also will continue to serve as a member of AltiGen's board.
ShoreTel Survey Shows Ease of Use, Management Simplicity, and Reliability Among Top Priorities for IT Professionals: ShoreTel, the leading provider of IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications, today announced the results of a survey of ShoreTel prospective customers that identifies the latest needs and priorities of CIOs and IT/telecom professionals when it comes to their communications system. The findings from the survey of 475 participants clearly lay out many of the issues vendors must address if they are to satisfy customer communication needs, including simplicity, reliability, ease of use and management, reduced costs, and easier integration with business processes. The survey also reveals an interesting disparity: Nearly 81 percent of respondents expressed a desire to simplify their communications system, yet only 47 percent have goals in place to help them achieve this.
Network Equipment Technologies and Inceptio A/S Team to Support Hempel Group's Migration to a Microsoft OCS Environment: Network Equipment Technologies, today announced that Hempel Group is deploying NET's VX Series to extend the capabilities of Hempel's VoIP-enabled, multi-branch environment. Hempel is a global enterprise delivering advanced paint and coating technologies for marine shipping container applications. NET teamed with Inceptio A/S, a software and services development company, using NET's VX Series to deliver integration between Hempel's existing Cisco handsets and its Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environment.
PanTerra Networks Named to Prestigious 2010 Inc. 500 List: PanTerra Networks, the leading provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions for small and mid-sized enterprises, announced today it earned a position of 469 on the 2010 Inc. 500/5000 list, a compendium of the most entrepreneurial and fastest-growing private companies in America. With more than 27 million businesses registered in the United States, the Inc. 500 list represents the top-tier businesses in America today.
Cistera Networks Delivers Enhanced Communication Capability for Birdville ISD: Cistera Networks, a leading provider of enterprise application platforms and engines for unified communications, has announced delivery and implementation for Birdville Independent School District (BISD). The two have come together to provide this Texas district's schools with a unified communications solution that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective. The combined partnership of Cistera and Birdville ISD's Information Management Services department has created an environment that helps to guide and protect the area's approximately 24,000 students.
Dialogic Joins Newly Launched UCIF to Advance Unified Communications Interoperability: Dialogic Corp., a global provider of world-class products and technologies for multimedia and signal processing, today announced its Adopter membership in the recently formed Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of worldwide technology leaders working together to fully realize the potential of unified communications. The UCIF is dedicated to enabling standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability of UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds and is designed to enable global businesses to be more productive.