Siemens Strikes OEM Agreement to License OpenScape Technology to IBM

Siemens Enterprise Communications has announced an OEM agreement that will allow IBM to license elements of Siemens' OpenScape open unified communications capabilities to enhance the IBM Lotus "Unified Telephony" offering currently planned by IBM as part of the expanded Lotus Sametime product family. The deal combines the two companies' strengths in providing converged voice, data and video communications as well as collaboration solutions for enterprises of all sizes around the world.

Under the agreement, IBM will license elements of OpenScape software and integrate them within IBM Lotus Sametime "Unified Telephony" software, the recently announced addition to IBM's unified communications and collaboration strategy. By incorporating OpenScape technology, Lotus software users will benefit from easy to use communications tools within the applications they already use regardless of their back-end telephony systems.

Another important enterprise IT benefit is that incorporating OpenScape technology into the Lotus Sametime "Unified Telephony" offering will enable Lotus customers to decouple their unified communications investments from their PBX infrastructure. This makes a single, consistent communications image across a heterogeneous telephony environment possible. As a result, IT departments will no longer need to manage a range of varied, vendor-dependent approaches to unified communications. Furthermore, they can make application integration decisions based on business needs, not PBX capabilities.

Siemens' OpenScape Unified Communications suite is built on Siemens OpenSOA architecture, and based on Siemens' hallmark open communications model. This is an IT-based communications paradigm characterised by unified communications, fixed-mobile convenience, business process integration, business continuity and integrity, OpenSOA service delivery and a rich user experience. As the world's largest provider of middleware software and IT services, IBM's decision to license elements of OpenScape and incorporate them within the Lotus Sametime "Unified Telephony" product supports Siemens' Open Communications model and showcases how SOA-based solutions work well together.

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