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Polycom Joins Hands with Major Unified Communications Vendors

February 02, 2010

Companies that use unified communications very often have to deal with various platforms to make their UC environment work. Usually these companies will have to find a service provider to make this synchronization possible. Polycom is one such company and it has recently deepened its relationships with BroadSoft, IBM, and Siemens Enterprise Communication Group.

Polycom's Open Collaboration Network strategy is now supported through the integration efforts with the above mentioned companies. This helps the company to provide open and interoperable conferencing and collaboration solutions that provide customers with greater flexibility and investment protection. The company can also deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core UC environments.
The partnerships entered into by the company support the Polycom Open Collaboration Network (POCN) strategy and provide our partners an open standards-based approach to solution development and deployment. The customers can now leverage their existing communication environments and protect their long-term investments.
“Polycom is the leading independent vendor of voice, video and HD telepresence solutions and services that enable dispersed work teams to easily meet using whatever Unified Communications device they choose,' said Hansjoerg Wagner, vice president and managing director for Polycom, Asia Pacific, in a release. 'By enabling people to communicate anywhere, anytime, Polycom's solutions maximise team productivity and accelerate decision-making - helping Polycom customers to achieve a significant competitive advantage.”
To achieve significant competitive advantage from telepresence, video and voice collaboration solutions, Polycom's Open Collaboration Network strategy avoids the need for organizations to 'rip-and-replace' existing IT investments. The company offers an open, platform-agnostic approach to collaboration.
Recently, the company teamed up with BroadSoft to introduce a new solution that integrates voice and video technology that can be delivered over a common infrastructure. The product, called V2Connect, uses Polycom's Open Collaboration Network strategy with BroadSoft's BroadWorks VoIP application platform. Together, the two companies, can help service providers offer a unified voice and video solution as a hosted service.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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