Polycom Delivers the Right Real-Time Video Collaboration Solution for German Law Firm Luther

  Polycom Delivers the Right Real-Time Video Collaboration Solution for German
  Law Firm Luther

 Employees find the Polycom and IBM Sametime solution the most user-friendly
   and easiest to integrate for secure, HD face-to-face collaboration from
                            anywhere on any device

Business Wire

LONDON -- January 28, 2013

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that German
Law Firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has implemented Polycom®
RealPresence® video solutions, integrated with IBM Sametime®, across 17
locations around the world. The joint IBM and Polycom solution allows each of
Luther’s 700 employees to connect and collaborate, securely using
high-definition Polycom video from anywhere on any device. In fact, Polycom
video collaboration has become Luther’s default choice of communication tool.

“We have given our employees freedom,” said Andreas Gaebisch, CIO at Luther.
“Freedom to connect and hold their meetings from anywhere using video, without
having to worry about dial format, location, bandwidth, quality or security.”

Luther is a leading German commercial law firm, ranked by Chambers as one of
the top law firms in Europe. The company is represented at 11 German economic
centers and has international offices in Brussels, Budapest, London,
Luxembourg, Shanghai and Singapore. As global business requirements demand
hours of meetings and collaboration between offices, partners, and customers,
Luther wanted a more effective and productive meeting experience.

Gaebisch says that for three months he and his team searched and tested for
the optimum video collaboration solution that would integrate with Luther’s
existing network and IBM’s social communications platform. Polycom came out
ahead with its solutions that run on the secure and open standards-based video
software infrastructure provided by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, which
integrates seamlessly with IBM Sametime. Employees at Luther were already
familiar with IBM Sametime software as a social communications tool, and found
Polycom RealPresence video solutions easy to use, efficient, and a great
option to business travel. Together, the IBM and Polycom solution enables
every employee, simply by clicking on a name in their Sametime contact list,
to initiate a secure, face-to-face HD video meeting, or join any meeting room.

“Seeing is believing, and with video you see people’s reactions and
misunderstandings are therefore much less frequent than in a simple phone
conversation,” Gaebisch explained.

Video collaboration has improved team performance, and Luther is noticing a
culture change is taking place. People are choosing to hold meetings using
video, including through IBM Sametime and on Polycom HDX room systems, which
are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform – the most comprehensive
and interoperable software infrastructure for universal HD video
collaboration. Because the Polycom Platform is based on open standards, Luther
is able to hold secure video meetings with customers, partners, and other law
firms even if they are using other providers’ products. In early October 2012,
Polycom announced powerful enhancements to the RealPresence® Platform,
including the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video
Coding), with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability,
dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and
forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.

Luther conducts a wide range of meetings and collaborations over video,
including:

  *Team communication and visually collaborating and sharing data in real
    time on cases
  *Witness interviews, case work
  *Recruitment interviews
  *Manager and executive internal and team meetings across multiple locations

“When investing in new technology you want the assurance it will still be a
standard in five years,” said Gaebisch. “With Polycom leading the innovations
and long history in standards-based technologies, we feel confident we have
made the right investment.”

About Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther is a leading German commercial law firm that offers comprehensive legal
and tax services. The full-service law firm is represented at 11 German
economic centres and at important investment locations and financial centres
in Europe and Asia with international offices in Brussels, Budapest, London,
Luxembourg, Shanghai and Singapore. Clients are medium-sized enterprises and
large corporations, as well as the public sector. Luther works closely with
other commercial law firms in all the prevailing jurisdictions worldwide. On
the Continent, Luther is part of a group of independent leading law firms who
have worked together for many years on joint cross-border projects. Luther is
also the German member of Taxand, a global organisation of tax advisory firms.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a law firm with a business approach:
innovative awareness aspires Luther to provide clients with customised legal
advice that addresses individual needs and delivers the greatest possible
economic benefit. The lawyers and tax advisors have a solid understanding of
interdisciplinary matters and a wealth of experience in collaborating on
complex tasks. Further information is available at: www.luther-lawfirm.com

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications
and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted
by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered
by the Polycom^® RealPresence^® Platform, comprehensive software
infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of
communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver
secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its
ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications
solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor
interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.co.uk or connect with us
on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of
human collaboration forward.

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