Virgin adds Unify OpenScape UC software to public sector packages

Virgin Media Business signs an agreement to offer Unify’s OpenScape unified communciations software to public sector customers

Virgin Media Business is to offer Unify’s OpenScape unified communications and collaboration (UCC) software to its own public sector customers as part of its UCC portfolio.

The partnership has been designed specifically to address growing market demand from public and private sector organisations for new ways to work and collaborate, claimed Virgin Media Business.

The business communications supplier already offers Microsoft Lync – now Skype for Business – and Cisco’s hosted UC system as part of its package.

Unify – formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications prior to a major rebranding exercise – goes to market in collaboration with communications service providers as a major plank in its corporate strategy.

The agreement between the two suppliers will focus on central and local government, as well as healthcare customers across the UK – sectors which Unify and Virgin Media Business have both targeted in the past.

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OpenScape is an end-to-end UCC suite, which includes chat, messaging, mobility, presence, video, voice and web-conferencing features. It is intended to simplify the complexity and management of IT systems and improve business performance.

The two companies said that making it available through Virgin would help public sector organisations find practical routes to transform their communication and collaboration practices to improve responsiveness, innovation and agility. This is something that will become even more important as the newly elected government seeks billions of pounds worth of additional savings.

“Public sector organisations are striving to offer their employees new and more flexible ways to remain connected,” said Virgin Media Business marketing director Duncan Higgins.

“As the UK workforce continues to become increasingly mobile, Virgin Media Business is committed to helping its customers find the right technologies to achieve this. This agreement with Unify complements our existing core unified communications portfolio.”

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