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Here's what you may have missed this week:
EMS Software Rolls Out Its Spring 2017 Product Offerings
Leading meeting and room scheduling software provider EMS Software has recently announced its product offerings for this spring. Available starting from June 30, the EMS Spring 2017 Release aims to help users make reservations with digital signage, create self-service video conference meetings, and integrate software and hardware with the company’s innovative platform.
Akshay Mahajan, the Vice President of Product Management for EMS Software, has this to say about their latest product offering, “our latest release builds on the vast capabilities already within EMS and delivers on three key areas: Architecture, Integrations, and User Experience.” “As the first major upgrade of EMS this year, the Spring 2017 Release establishes EMS as the only true enterprise-class scheduling software platform available to the modern enterprise and evolving campus,” added Craig Halliday, the CEO of EMS Software. “EMS offers the most scheduling capabilities, from desk hoteling to video conference scheduling to managed events with services, and provides them through the devices and access points most used by employees, students, and others.”
Highlights of EMS Software’s new product offerings include: the Exchange Room Integration (an add-on that books resources through Microsoft Exchange); the Skype for Business Integration (a new feature that lets users add a Skype meeting to an EMS room reservation); the updated EMS Room Sign App (an application that streamlines the digital room and the desk sign experience; and the EMS Platform Services (a new RESTful API that businesses can use to create more flexible and faster integration with hardware, software, and custom access points like simple web apps, kiosks, and mobile apps.
Westcon-Comstor Inks Deal to Distribute Ixia in Canada
To addresses unique business needs and help channel partners accelerate their growth, leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data center solutions Westcon-Comstor has recently teamed up with Ixia. Through a signed distribution agreement, Westcon-Comstor will provide customers with the latest solutions, tools, and support they need to safeguard clients’ information and reputations with help from Ixia.
Siobhan Byron, the Vice President and General Manager of Westcon-Comstor Canada has expressed her enthusiasm about the distribution deal. “Ixia has been a great partner, and we are pleased that we can now offer the company’s innovative testing, visibility, and security products to solution providers throughout Canada,” said Byron.
The latest addition to the Westcon-Comstor Security Practice portfolio includes network visibility, security, and testing. These three complementary pillars allow solution providers to offer cutting-edge solutions and efficient services for network performance analysis and optimization, security, compliance validation, and increased visibility into networks and applications. “Westcon-Comstor’s security expertise makes them an ideal partner to help solution providers in Canada provide the programs and support that complement Ixia’s offerings,” said Lori Cornmesser, the Vice President of Global Channel Sales at Ixia.
Panasonic Partners with Nuvias to Expand Its UC Portfolio Across Pan-EMEA
Panasonic Business, one of the leading UC vendors, has recently teamed up with Nuvias to expand its distribution market and boost sales opportunities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Under the distribution agreement, Nuvias will help Panasonic expand its market across pan-EMEA by working as a high value distributor for the full range of Panasonic IP handsets. This includes desktop phones and both single cell and multi-cell DECT solutions, which can be used within cloud-based UC environments, including BroadSoft.
Raphael Studer, the European Partner Account Manager for SIP Products at Panasonic System Communications Europe, has expressed his excitement about their partnership with Nuvias. “As a full end-to-end unified communications solution provider, backed up with the technical skills and experience to support service providers and resellers, Nuvias adds an exciting new dimension to our distribution across EMEA,” said Studer. “The Nuvias Unified Communications Practice will be able to replicate its well-proven and successful model to drive sales through both existing and new channel partners.”
Steve Harris, the Executive Vice President of Unified Communications for Nuvias (and formerly managing director of SIPHON Networks), also has this to say about the deal. “Panasonic is a great brand to add to our growing portfolio of high quality products and further strengthens our UC proposition across EMEA, particularly around the increasingly popular range of solutions from BroadSoft,” said Harris. “As we continue to focus on enhancing customer experience, this distribution agreement enables our channel partners to choose from a wide selection of UC endpoints with user-friendly functionality. Panasonic offers everything you would expect from an established, global communications solutions provider and we look forward to working with them.” With Nuvias’ goal of expanding its Unified Communications Practice, existing and new resellers or channel partners across the EMEA can take advantage of the opportunities presented by the rapidly expanding UC market.
Mitel Completes Acquisition of Toshiba’s UCC Business Assets
This week signaled the completion of the acquisition of Toshiba Unified Communications System Business Assets by Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader of enterprise communications. With the closing of the acquisition deal between Toshiba and Mitel, Toshiba customers and partners will now have a clear path forward with Mitel’s cloud communications portfolio, including ongoing access to existing Toshiba products and services.
The acquisition of Toshiba UCC by Mitel also enables a number of Toshiba’s sales, support, and R&D employees to join the Mitel team and provide support to existing customers and partners. The transaction also includes a transition services agreement to ensure that both partners and customers continue to receive exceptional services.
With cloud-based communications solutions rapidly becoming the technology of choice for many businesses with its performance, flexibility, and cost-saving benefits, Mitel’s strategy to focus on expanding its position in the UCC market is a good move for the company and their partners and customer base. “In a rapidly changing and opportunity rich technology landscape, Mitel is helping customers find a seamless path forward whether in the cloud, on premise or a hybrid of both,” said Rich McBee, the CEO of Mitel. “We are excited to officially welcome Toshiba customers, partners and employees to the Mitel family.”