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Unify Sets New "High Bar" for User Experience for Unified Communications Industry

Latest version of OpenScape Enterprise leverages user experience concepts from Project Ansible, improving ease of use, security and reliability

HANNOVER, Germany, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CeBIT -- Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, today announced the next software release of the industry-leading OpenScape Enterprise with enhancements to quickly and securely equip customers with the collaboration benefits required to support the New Way to Work (#NW2W). The updates to the OpenScape UC and OpenScape Voice applications deliver a new, intuitive user interface and security and reliability enhancements to ensure today's "Anywhere Worker" can easily collaborate at any time and from any location.  The announcement was made at CeBIT, the world's largest international ICT trade fair, held at Hannover, Germany March 10-14.

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"Unify has a long history of delivering the most advanced communication and collaboration tools, and with the latest enhancements to our OpenScape Enterprise portfolio, we've made these tools even more intuitive, easy to use, reliable and open," said Eve Aretakis, executive vice president, Product Management and Development for Unify. "The New Way to Work is here, and we are committed to providing our customers with a collaboration experience that works the way their users want and empowers their teams to stay connected, responsive, and collaborate seamlessly."

OpenScape UC - the New Way to Work
Recognizing the need for teams and users to better collaborate and engage, the latest version of OpenScape UC includes a completely redesigned user interface to enhance the user experience and improve productivity. Designed with frog, a leader in global product strategy and user experience, the new user interface for both Web and desktop clients provides a more visual and intuitive experience. Leveraging the same design principles used in Project Ansible - the upcoming real-time collaboration platform from Unify - OpenScape UC is workflow- and collaboration-oriented to provide a more joyful and productive experience.

Unify's OpenScape UC brings virtual teams together with rich federated presence, mobility, one number service, application plug-ins, and audio/web/desktop video conferencing capabilities. To further support mobile anywhere workers, OpenScape UC is now available for Android tablets in addition to iPads and both iOS and Android smartphones.

OpenScape Voice - security and operational efficiency
Addressing the challenge of running the enterprise network smoothly and efficiently, the new release of OpenScape Voice introduces key enhancements designed to increase security, reliability and interoperability. Key OpenScape Voice highlights in this latest software release are:

  • SIP Connect 1.1 compliance - This is an industry-wide standard ensuring compatibility between SIP-enabled platforms (like OpenScape Voice) to VoIP Service Provider networks. BITKOM, Germany's national regulation authority has started to endorse this standard. Unify is an active, participating member of the SIPconnect SIP Forum.
  • SIPQ Version 2 - provides additional support for multi-vendor networks where integration of third party PBX systems allows customers to leverage existing investment.
  • Trusted Business Groups for Hosted and Cloud Deployments - ensures that business applications are easily and securely partitioned by specific user communities.
  • Additional automation for branch offices - a new configuration capability automatically synchronizes user data, which speeds deployment and reduces configuration errors. 
  • QoS Monitoring, reporting, and tracing - quickly isolates service impacting issues and allows customers to verify Service Level Agreements with their VoIP service providers.

This latest release of OpenScape Enterprise will be available in July 2014.  Customers who are currently subscribed to OpenScape Software Assurance will receive the latest software release at no additional charge.

About OpenScape Enterprise
OpenScape Enterprise provides enhanced user experience independent of the underlying voice platform, streamlining deployments for large, global enterprises. With numerous features to provide a seamless user experience between OpenScape 4000 and OpenScape Voice users and many shared OpenScape Management Suite applications, OpenScape Enterprise today can help large organizations improve employee productivity and deliver more vibrant communications.  With over 8 million IP ports installed, OpenScape Enterprise offers unparalleled reliability and industry-leading scalability for up to 500,000 users.

Unify at CeBIT
Unify is exhibiting at CeBIT 2014 in Hall 13, Booth D38. The  booth not only offers visitors the opportunity to explore the portfolio and immerse themselves in the look and feel of the new Unify brand, but also allows them be whisked away to four different islands where they can experience the working world of today and tomorrow, coming ever closer together - on the train, in the café, at the office and in the home office.

About Unify
Unify - formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications - is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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