SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

March 05, 2007 08:00 ET

Cisco Delivers New Unified Communications Solutions to Improve and Personalize Real-Time Global Business Collaboration

Provides Better Ways for Companies to Collaborate and Extend Mobility Benefits to All Employees While Expanding Unified Communications Offerings for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- VoiceCon Spring 2007 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced new products and applications that allow organizations to use their network as a platform for more effective and more personalized business collaboration. Cisco Unified Communications system 6.0 is a comprehensive communications system for voice, video and data. This new release introduces capabilities that will dramatically improve the productivity of mobile employees and cost-effectively deliver Unified Communications to small and medium-sized businesses. It also extends new collaboration features and third-party application integration across the portfolio. The system integrates wired, wireless and mobile devices to create a secure solution for the entire organization, regardless of a worker's location. The solution helps enable businesses of all sizes to experience unprecedented responsiveness and secure communications, anytime and anywhere, regardless of the device used, resulting in increased levels of customer satisfaction.

Cisco Unified Communications system 6.0 is built on open industry standards so organizations can mix and match their communications technologies to meet their business needs. It integrates smoothly with existing business desktop tools for plug-and play functionality that simplifies deployment, lowers training costs and reduces capital and operating expenses. Organizations deploying Cisco Unified Communications system 6.0 will also benefit from a global network of Cisco partners that specialize in unified communications.

"Marshfield Clinic chose to work with Cisco because of the company's unparalleled expertise in the unified communications arena," said Joe Brickweg, director, Information Systems Infrastructure, Marshfield Clinic. Marshfield Clinic is headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin and is the largest private group medical practice in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the United States. "Because we have such a large, multi-specialty medical group practice with 41 locations in Wisconsin, it's critical that our 750 physicians and more than 6,000 employees are able to collaborate efficiently and effectively. Cisco Unified Communications helps Marshfield Clinic to be a leader in the healthcare industry."

Cisco Unified Communications System 6.0

Cisco Unified Communications system 6.0 is part of an integrated solution that includes network infrastructure, security, mobility, network management and lifecycle services. Cisco Unified Communications offers flexible deployment and outsourced management options, end-user and partner financing packages and third-party communications applications. Select new products, features and applications are highlighted below. For additional information on the entire Cisco Unified Communications family of products and applications visit:


--  The Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator provides employees with access
    to their enterprise unified communications capability from mobile phones
    and smart phones using an intuitive graphical interface. Cisco Unified
    Mobile Communicator allows access to presence-enabled enterprise
    directories, sending secure text messages, viewing business email voicemail
    messages from Cisco Unity and selecting individual messages for playback.
    It also accesses enterprise call logs for more effective communications
    from a mobile device. Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator works on diverse
    handsets, on key mobile operating systems and on multiple mobile networks,
    allowing for corporate or personal preference factors such as form factor,
    cost and coverage.
--  Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7921G enhances voice over wireless LAN
    communications to the enterprise and supports the wireless 802.11 a/b/g
    standards. This new telephone complements the Cisco Unified Wireless IP
    Phone 7920. One of the first IP Phones to support the 802.11 "a" standard,
    it offers dedicated keys for mute, volume and applications such as "push to
    talk," and a docking/charging station with integrated speakerphone. This
    phone incorporates Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) version 4 which
    provides the Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities to ensure a high quality
Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
--  Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition combines key
    Unified Communications applications for mid-sized businesses (100-500
    person) on a single platform with common provisioning and management.
    Telephony capabilities are provided by Cisco Unified Communications Manager
    6.0, formerly Cisco Unified CallManager. The solution is simple to install
    and manage and offers flexible deployment options for growth. It provides a
    complete package of voice and video communications features; single
    business number capabilities with Cisco Unified Mobility, Cisco Unity
    Connection 2.0 integrated messaging and presence services. It also acts as
    a foundation for more advanced Unified Communications capabilities, such as
    Cisco Unified MeetingPlace and Cisco Unified IP Contact Center.
--  In order to meet the full range of requirements for small to medium
    contact centers, Cisco is introducing important new multi-channel and
    workforce optimization capabilities for Cisco Unified Contact Center
    Express.  To improve customer satisfaction for inquiries initiated via
    email or the Web, Cisco Unified Web Interaction Manager and Cisco Unified E-
    Mail Interaction Manager offer a common agent interface designed to improve
    productivity and provide easy access to a shared knowledgebase and customer
    history. Cisco Unified Workforce Optimization combines workforce management
    and quality management tools to help supervisors optimize team performance
    for increased customer loyalty.
--  Flash-based Web conferencing capabilities with Cisco Unified
    MeetingPlace 6.0 provide an enhanced user experience with increased
    applications support and a single solution and user environment for simple
    and effective voice, video and Web conferencing. Because it is based on
    open standards and built on the network, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 6.0
    helps enable cost savings, security and application integration.
--  Cisco Unity 5.0 introduces new productivity-enhancing features
    that allow users to listen to and answer messages as they are being
    recorded, hands-free operation with speech recognition and the ability to
    view, sort and play messages on the display of a Cisco Unified IP Phone. In
    addition, with Cisco Unity 5.0 all messages can be encrypted on the system
    for increased security. The ability to configure the message expiration
    setting as part of secure messaging helps organizations reduce the risk of
    confidential messages being sent outside the enterprise.
"The business case for unified communications centers is on improving employee productivity and collaboration options while driving down some of the cost of maintaining multiple communication applications and infrastructures," said Abner Germanow, Director of Enterprise Networking research at IDC. "As the integration between unified communications components improves, the need for IT to request additional funds to pay for incremental integration and servers will decline."

Go-to-Market and Service Initiatives

Using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach, Cisco and its partners offer a broad portfolio of end-to-end services to support the Cisco Unified Communications system. These services are based on proven methodologies for deploying, operating, and optimizing IP communications solutions. Initial planning and design services, for example, can help you accelerate successful deployment. Operate services increase operational efficiency, providing immediate access to vital information, award-winning technical support, including options for remote management. Optimize services enhance solution performance. Cisco and its partners offer a system-level service and support approach that can help you create and maintain a resilient, converged network that meets your business needs.

Cisco Unified Communications system 6.0 helps enable businesses to excel in today's fast-paced world by giving them the agility they need to continuously innovate and quickly adapt. By using the network as a platform for all communications -- voice, video, data, security, mobility -- the network is transformed into a "human network" where your business moves with you, security is everywhere and your information is always available, whenever and wherever it's needed.

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