The latest step in the Unified Communications (UC) market is to empower users, so they can hold Web and video conferences. Siemens Enterprise Communications added that component to its product line by acquiring FastViewer GmbH & Co., a Neumarkt, Germany collaboration software supplier.
The latest step in the Unified Communications (UC) market is to empower users, so they can hold Web and video conferences. Siemens Enterprise Communications added that component to its product line by acquiring FastViewer GmbH & Co., a Neumarkt, Germany collaboration software supplier.Established in 2006, FastViewer on software-based web conferencing, desktop sharing and e-collaboration solutions. Its products are designed for fast deployment: installation can take about one hour. The system supports web, chat and multi-party desktop video conferencing. The solution works with mobile devices, such as Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry. Siemens Enterprise Communications plans to integrate FastViewer into its OpenScape UC Suite.
Siemens has been significant force in the voice communications market, especially in Europe. In July 2008, the company joined forces with The Gore Group, which owns Enterasys Networks, in an attempt to deliver comprehensive network solutions. The venture has been lagging behind competitors, such as Cisco and HP, in areas, such as Web and video conferencing. The latest acquisition was designed to fill that void.
How well the new line of business will fare is unclear. Siemens has significant name recognition and a large customer base, however, it also has a lot of ground to make up in the collaboration space. Cisco has been offering such solutions since purchasing Webex in the spring of 2007. Siemens has been trailing competitors but seems intent on trying to make up some lost ground.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.