Siemens to launch UC solution for SMBs

UC platform offers VoIP and presence across all communications modes

Siemens Communications will unveil its UC (unified communications) solution for SMBs on October 22.

Dubbed HiPath OpenOffice ME it is a UC solution in a box or appliance that will offer much but not all of the same features larger enterprises are now deploying as part of their communications rollouts.

While the feature set may be smaller -- it scales mainly between 20 and 150 employees -- and it lacks the customizable complexity and redundancy in Siemens enterprise UC solutions, it does have at its core the same three major components of a UC platform: A single application for all categories of communications; a single user interface for both administrators and users, and a single reporting and management capability that aggregates data on all forms of communications onto a single platform.

"Our presence technology bleeds across all communications methodologies, including mobile phones, instant messaging, and within applications," said Al Baker, U.S. Vice president, product and service management, enterprise line management at Siemens.

The OpenOffice suite of applications includes but is not limited to VOIP and presence awareness.

As a suite option, another new product called Wireless C20 Controller will allow businesses to move both voice and data traffic through wired and wireless connections, allowing users a single telephone number for all calls on all devices.

Besides the SMB offerings and its own OpenScape solution for the enterprise, Siemens licenses its SIP technology, presence/collaboration engine middleware, and logic that ties it all together, to the likes of IBM and SAP.

The HiPath OpenOffice ME appliance is expected to be available in the U.S. in February 2008 with pricing starting at US$270 per user.

Computerworld is awaiting confirmation from Siemens as to the products future availability in Australia.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ephraim Schwartz

InfoWorld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?