SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 9, 2009 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated Unified Communications, today announced that Speos, the Belgian market leader in document outsourcing, has purchased a ShoreTel UC system to help improve market responsiveness, ensure business continuity, boost productivity and provide a reliable platform for growth. Speos also has achieved significant cost savings through reduced call costs between the company's two sites in Anderlecht and Merchtem.
After reaching maximum capacity with its previous analog telephone system, Speos decided to migrate to IP telephony to take advantage of the latest advanced communications features. After running a one-month pilot with ShorePhone® IP 565g telephones, Speos chose to implement ShoreTel's UC system because it aligned with Speos' network requirements, clearly demonstrating improved flexibility and simplified system management.
"The whole ShoreTel UC system cost Speos roughly the same as an upgrade to the previous incumbent solution, but offered significantly more in terms of management simplicity and total cost of ownership," said Fabrice Vlassembrouck, management information systems manager at Speos. "The fact that we ultimately chose to go with ShoreTel speaks volumes about its superiority over the competition, and its ability to allow us to harness all the advantages of UC."
Calls are efficiently routed to employees regardless of location, supporting the company's goal to create flexible working spaces. Integration with Microsoft Outlook enables Speos employees to manage all of their communications through their PCs, benefiting from productivity-enhancing features, such as voicemail messages as .wav files in their e-mail inboxes and easy access to online directories.
The ShoreTel solution also helps ensure business continuity—essential for this deadline-driven, customer service environment. ShoreGear® Voice Switches are installed at both Speos office locations and are configured to back each other up, helping to ensure 99.999 percent (five-nines) uptime of the ShoreTel UC system. Also, Speos has increased productivity by ensuring that calls always are diverted to the appropriate people.
Internal calls between Speos' sites in Anderlecht and Merchtem are routed over the existing data network, resulting in significant cost savings. The company is also planning to integrate other ShoreTel products into its extensible platform which now easily meets future communications requirements.
"Speos has reaped the benefits of ShoreTel's pure IP Unified Communications solution, such as improved flexibility, efficiency and cost savings," said Mark Swendsen, ShoreTel vice president of EMEA. "It also enables the company to respond to future communications needs speedily, thus giving them a competitive advantage in the tough outsourcing market."
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.
SPEOS was founded in 1985, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of La Poste/De Post. SPEOS specializes in the outsourcing of financial and administrative documents, such as invoices, bank statements, reminders and salary slips and offers a fully integrated solution for managing all aspects of outgoing document flow. In short, Speos can take care of documents from creation through to distribution across all available channels, both in paper and electronic formats. Speos customers include blue-chip organizations, multi-nationals and institutions, both within and outside Belgium.