SOURCE: Alcatel-Lucent

June 09, 2008 11:00 ET

Alcatel-Lucent and blueKiwi Demonstrate Optimal Fit for 2.0 in the Enterprise

Enabling Enterprises to Integrate Social Networking Tools Into the Workplace

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Enterprise 2.0 Conference -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) and the European leading Enterprise Social Software provider blueKiwi Software announced at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston today that Alcatel-Lucent's award winning unified communications tool, OmniTouch My Instant Communicator, will integrate into the blueKiwi Software platform. This new product integration redefines the enterprise business workplace where "Enterprise 2.0" tools combine social networking applications with Unified Communications to improve efficiency, speed execution and foster innovation across organizations.

blueKiwi is a comprehensive social software suite that helps employees closely collaborate to foster their professional efficiency and improve company business. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch 8610 My Instant Communicator is a multimedia, real-time enterprise communications platform.

Together, Alcatel-Lucent and blueKiwi Software will deliver secure real-time communications with social networking tools, empowering employees to connect to critical untapped knowledge -- 80% of information that experts refer to as "tacit" -- or stored in the brains and tools of employees, not in structured systems. Enterprises dramatically reduce "time to reach" for immediate business benefits, providing a comprehensive solution to the issue of business latency.

The new innovative enterprise communication solutions move beyond feature integration. Their collaboration brings together email, instant messaging (sessions can be registered and stored as documents), one number calling (click to talk), conferencing (audio, video or web) based on extended and multi media rich presence, making all of these accessible from any social networking platform. Integrating blogs, wikis and professional networks, users can now communicate in real-time with their community members and share their knowledge.

"blueKiwi is pleased to partner with Alcatel-Lucent to offer this first of its kind solution. Both organizations recognize the inherent value of connecting knowledge within organizations and the combination of a powerful and secure social network with unified communications enables our customers to become truly dynamic, as their people can connect with each other and easily share knowledge using the blueKiwi 2008 Enterprise Social Software suite," said Carlos Diaz, blueKiwi Software CEO.

"By enabling real-time communications on top of Enterprise 2.0 services, blueKiwi and Alcatel-Lucent are changing how businesses perform," said Tom Burns, chief operation officer of Alcatel-Lucent enterprise activities. "We're looking to turn every interaction into a business opportunity for our customers by enabling them to leverage their greatest asset, their employees, in order to unlock the full potential of the dynamic enterprise."

The new Alcatel-Lucent/blueKiwi enterprise solution is already available in Europe through Alcatel-Lucent business partners and will be available in the rest of the world by year end 2008.

An online video overview of the Alcatel-Lucent dynamic enterprise vision is available at www.the-dynamic-enterprise.com.

About blueKiwi software

blueKiwi Software is the leading European provider of Enterprise Social Software. The solution enables people-centric organisations to create powerful and secure social networks where employees can share conversations, ideas, skills, resources and best practices with one another. blueKiwi promotes a culture of collaboration and openness that helps large and complex businesses increase their sales productivity, foster new ideas and increase staff satisfaction and retention. With operations in France and United Kingdom, the company has a track record of successfully enabling social and business networking for some of Europe's leading companies. Find out more at http://www.bluekiwi-software.com

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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