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Siemens Enterprise Communications and NextPlane Partner to Provide Federation Services for OpenScape UC Suite

Siemens Enterprise Communications and NextPlane Partner to Provide Federation 
Services for OpenScape UC Suite 
NextPlane's UC Exchange Enables Siemens Enterprise Communications to
Extend UC Federation Services, Enhancing Team Collaboration,
Decision-Making and Productivity 
MUNICH, GERMANY and RESTON, VA and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) --
07/23/13 --  Siemens Enterprise Communications, a leading global
provider of unified communications (UC) solutions, and NextPlane, the
market leader in cloud-based federation services for unified
communications, announced today that the NextPlane UC Exchange
service will provide extended federation services for Siemens
Enterprise Communications' OpenScape UC platform. Siemens Enterprise
Communications customers who join NextPlane's UC Exchange will be
able to seamlessly connect and instantly collaborate with the widest
array of partner organizations across a range of other UC platforms,
including Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Google, Open-Fire, Isode, eZuce, and
eJabberd.  
Over the past few years, UC and collaboration solutions have seen a
continual progression and growth, both across the internal enterprise
and now externally with business partners UC enables real-time
communication, introducing faster and improved levels of team
interaction, decision-making, innovation, and productivity among
workers, partners and customers. A 2012 global study titled "State of
Enterprise Communications" and sponsored by Siemens Enterprise
Communications found that 80% of user end-points are now outside of
corporate headquarters, underscoring the trend toward distributed and
mobile workforces.  
The Siemens Enterprise Communications OpenScape UC solution provides
leading scalability, mobility and communications, improving public
and private cloud capabilities for exceptional user experience. The
OpenScape UC Suite also provides a single UC domain for organizations
ranging from 100 to 500,000 users, enabling the highest level of
productivity and collaboration for workers across the campus or
around the world. Delivering economies of scale in public and private
cloud deployments, the OpenScape UC Suite creates a unified user
experience for presence, messaging, contacts and directories in large
multi-site, multi-vendor organizations.  
The NextPlane UC Exchange federation service -- the fastest-growing,
cloud-based community of federation-ready organizations -- is powered
by a secure any-to-any UC federation service. In its selection of
NextPlane and its UC Exchange service, Siemens Enterprise
Communications is able to extend the value of its OpenScape Suite by
enabling its customers to participate in secure, federated and
collaborative business communities. 
In addition to enabling Siemens Enterprise Communications customers
to federate with their business partners using other UC platforms,
NextPlane's UC Exchange also facilitates UC-to-social media
federation, including Skype and Yahoo!, as well as with enterprise
social media networks, such as Salesforce Chatter and Microsoft
Yammer, and public social media networks such as Twitter.  
By joining UC Exchange, Siemens Enterprise Communications customers
can enable their end-users to readily share presence and exchange
instant messages with their colleagues' business partners, supply
chain vendors, third-party suppliers and customers as if they are all
on the same platform. With today's globally dispersed workforce and
business ecosystems, these different parties increasingly operate in
various regions spread across multiple time zones, making real-time
communications, collaboration and rapid access to information and
decision-making all the more critical. 
Siemens Enterprise customers can also leverage UC Exchange's secure
federation management portal to provision and manage their UC
domains, send, receive and track federation requests, centrally
manage all of their federated communications, including security and
federation policies, plus access usage reports to analyze the impact
of each federation on their employees' productivity.  
"This partnership with NextPlane gives Siemens Enterprise
Communications the opportunity to expand OpenScape UC Suite's
federation services, driving forward our leadership in the market.
This partnership further underscores our commitment to openness and
supporting our customers' evolving communications business
requirements," noted Rick Puskar, Senior Vice President, Global
Portfolio Management at Siemens Enterprise Communications.  
Founder and CEO of NextPlane, Farzin Shahidi commented, "We're
delighted to partner with Siemens Enterprise Communications. Their
decision to select NextPlane's UC Exchange federation service
reflects their commitment to providing inter-enterprise communication
solutions to their customers. It also demonstrates their commitment
to openness for the benefit of their customers."  
About Siemens Enterprise Communications
 Siemens Enterprise
Communications is a leading global provider of unified communications
(UC) solutions and network infrastructure for enterprises of all
sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, we deliver innovation and
quality to the world's most successful companies, backed by a
world-class services portfolio which includes international
multi-vendor managed and outsourcing capabilities. Our OpenScape
communications solutions provide a seamless and efficient
collaboration experience -- on any device -- which amplifies
collective effort and dramatically improves business performance.
Together, our global team of UC experts and service professionals set
the standards for a rich communications experience that empowers
teams to deliver better results. 
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of The Gores
Group and Siemens AG, and includes Enterasys Networks, a provider of
network infrastructure and security solutions, creating a
complementary and complete enterprise communications solutions
portfolio. 
For more information, please visit: www.siemens-enterprise.com or
www.enterasys.com Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG is
a Trademark Licensee of Siemens AG. 
About NextPlane's UC Exchange
 Leading companies and organizations
worldwide in financial services, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical,
hi-tech, legal, media, manufacturing, construction and education are
building global, real-time collaborative business communities using
UC Exchange federation services. Member organizations can find,
connect, and collaborate with business partners across the broadest
range of unified communication (UC), public IM, and social media
platforms. UC Exchange supports Microsoft Lync 2013, Lync 2010, OCS
2007 R2, OCS 2007 R1, LCS 2005; IBM Sametime; Cisco Jabber XCP,
Unified Presence Server (CUPS) and WebEx Messenger (formerly Cisco
WebEx Connect); Siemens Enterprise Communications OpenScape; Google
Apps, Jive OpenFire, Ezuce Open UC, and Isode M-link.  
About NextPlane 
 Based in Sunnyvale, CA, NextPlane is the global
leader in UC Federation-as-a-Service. NextPlane helps companies and
organizations extend and fully leverage UC and social media
communications internally or across corporate boundaries, connecting
users, partners, customers and suppliers in real-time collaborative
business communities for enhanced decision-making, productivity, and
competitive advantage. NextPlane is the provider of UC Exchange, the
fastest-growing, cloud-based community of federation-ready
organizations in the world. For more information, please visit
www.nextplane.net or contact sales@nextplane.net.  
Press Contact:
Carmen Hughes
Ignite Public Relations
W: (650) 453.8553
carmen@ignitepr.com
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