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Nortel And Microsoft Announce New Alliance Customers, Milestones In Australia

  • 08 May, 2007 14:18

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Microsoft have announced two new Australian customers, along with plans to open their first Asian unified communications Collaboration Centre in Australia, as part of today’s Sydney launch of the companies’ Innovative Communications Alliance National Roadshow.</p>
<p>Presenting at the Roadshow, financial services group Austock gave an overview of the new integrated communications network across the company’s Sydney and Melbourne offices using Microsoft’s Live Communications Server and Office Communicator software alongside Nortel’s Communication Server IP PBX. Victorian water utility Wannon Water was also featured in a video testimonial on its new unified communications network, which creates a single collaboration environment for more than 200 staff across a dozen operational centres.</p>
<p>Other announcements included the completion of national Alliance demo centres in Australia and New Zealand, and the launch of Asia’s first Innovative Communications Alliance Collaboration Centre – planned for the second half of 2007. Every Nortel office in Australia and New Zealand has now been equipped with an Alliance demo centre, joining demo centres at Microsoft sites in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland.</p>
<p>“Simplifying the way people connect with each other in the workplace is the overarching goal of our alliance, exemplified by Nortel’s open-architecture communication platforms and Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity software and operating systems that are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world,” says Mark Stevens, president, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel.</p>
<p>“Since announcing the Alliance in 2006 we’ve been working closely with Microsoft behind the scenes on staff and partner training, product familiarisation and strategic planning sessions,” says Stevens. “This has given us a framework to showcase real-world examples of our solutions through numerous demo centres, resulting in a number of new customer wins over the past few months.”</p>
<p>While customers can get hands-on demonstrations of Alliance solutions at the demo centres, the planned Collaboration Centre will be able to replicate an individual customer’s operational environment. Certified Nortel and Microsoft staff will then be available to workshop the design, implementation and deployment process to show the impact of the technology on the business.</p>
<p>“As businesses become more interconnected, they face the challenge of empowering their people to collaborate and communicate more effectively across disparate locations and time zones,” says Tracey Fellows, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft.</p>
<p>“By integrating communication methods such as e-mail, conferencing, instant messenger, video and voice, Microsoft and Nortel are providing a unified platform that will enable individuals, teams and organisations to realise significant productivity benefits,” says Fellows.</p>
<p>The Alliance National Roadshow is the companies’ first local initiative in the unified communications space following their global alliance announcement in mid-2006. Catering mainly for end-user customers with hands-on technology displays and lectures by senior executives, the Roadshow runs from May 8 to May 22 in Australia before heading to New Zealand in June. It builds on announcements made in January by Nortel president and chief executive officer Mike Zafirovski and Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer detailing the progress of the Alliance in various parts of the world.</p>
<p>For more information on the Alliance National Roadshow please visit: http://www2.nortel.com/go/events_detail.jsp?cat_id=-8005&amp;oid=100217958&amp;locale=en-AU</p>
<p>Registration is still open for Melbourne (May 9), Brisbane (May 10) and Perth (May 22).</p>
<p>About Microsoft</p>
<p>Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
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