Simplifies Development and Deployment of Communications-Enabled
Applications and Business Processes to Increase Customers' Agility,
Velocity, and ROI
TORONTO--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - To meet the growing
customer demand to align communications with business process,
Nortel* (NYSE: NT) (TSX: NT) today unveiled a comprehensive strategy
that leverages SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) and Web Services
for the simple, rapid and efficient delivery of communication-enabled
applications and business processes. Through the use of SOA,
customers can integrate advanced communications services into
business applications, increasing productivity while reducing capital
and operating expenditures.
Nortel's Communications Enablement strategy, serving both enterprise
and carrier customers and prospects, is based on four core
components: enabling web services on selective products and
solutions, the development of a software-based foundation environment
to simplify the creation of customized communications-enabled
applications and business processes, alliances with industry leaders
like IBM, and the development of a global services practice to
support these SOA-based applications and solutions.
"Businesses today are faced with too much complexity as they work to
provide real time access to information and people across a growing
number of devices and applications," said Joel Hackney, president,
Enterprise Solutions, Nortel. "In the near future, every application
and business process that should have built-in communications
capabilities will. Nortel is eliminating today's complexity to make
these communication-enabled applications a reality by integrating
presence, location, identity, conferencing, and other communication
and network capabilities within the Nortel portfolio into business
"Nortel's Communications Enablement strategy will help businesses
accelerate by making every customer, consumer and person more
productive, competitively agile, and more effective while leveraging
existing communications and network investments," said Hackney.
Nortel plans to make several existing products available as a Web
Service, as well as introduce a new generation of products and
solutions that are built specifically to meet the needs of SOA-based
environments. Nortel recently unveiled Web Services enablement on the
Application Server 5200 and Communication Server 2000 IP Multimedia
Softswitch, which allow service providers to offer their enterprise
and residential customers interactive multimedia communications tools
for their websites based on functionalities such as instant
messaging, videoconferencing and presence. Nortel has also rolled out
extensive Web Services capabilities on its Contact Center and
Advanced Speech platforms.
In addition to enabling Web Services on existing softswitches and SIP
application servers, Nortel is developing a software-based foundation
environment that enables network engaged applications (or services)
across a customer's multi-vendor communications infrastructure. This
product, which is expected to be available to customers in 1Q08,
provides orchestration of real-time services in a multi-vendor
infrastructure environment across multiple domains (enterprise,
carrier, wireless and wired) and will allow communications-enabled
applications to be rapidly created and integrated to customers'
business processes for addressing specific business challenges and
"Existing vendor communications enablement approaches, even if based
loosely on SOA, include network-centric approaches or are narrowly
focused platforms that only work with the vendor's own products or
are restricted to individual domains like the enterprise," said
Richard Tworek, general manager, SOA and Next Generation Platforms,
Nortel. "Nortel's breadth of experience across enterprise and carrier
communications solutions such as in the wireless market will allow
enterprises and service providers to create SOA-based
communication-enabled applications that can be used across any kind
of access network."
Nortel is working directly with industry leaders such as IBM, as well
as with the standards development community, to accelerate the
development of Communications-Enabled Applications. In a separate
announcement today, Nortel and IBM detailed a new agreement to
integrate IBM's industry-leading WebSphere Application Server
directly into Nortel's foundation environment, enabling faster to
market communications-enabled applications and business processes.
IBM and Nortel will market communications-enabled solutions comprised
of multiple hardware platforms, software, services and Nortel
software-based foundation environment into select vertical markets.
Together, Nortel and IBM are initially targeting companies in the
healthcare and retail markets. IBM is the first partner in Nortel's
multi-partner approach to this market.
"ntl:Telewest Business sees Web Services as an important tool to
simplify and speed the complex task of developing new
communications-enabled applications," said Stephen Beynon, managing
director, ntl:Telewest Business. "We see tremendous value in Nortel's
approach of rapidly enabling and deploying communication-enabled
applications to our customers in a simple and effective manner."
To assist customers to truly understand the power of communications
enabled applications, Nortel has created a Web Services "sandbox"
testing environment that allows customers the flexibility to explore
and test Web Services in a Nortel hosted environment.
Nortel can also help carriers and enterprises migrate to SOA and Web
Services with network application design, development and integration
from the Nortel Global Services portfolio. These services are
available today in Europe and North America, and scheduled for
availability in the Caribbean and the Asia Pacific region in 2008.
Nortel also plans to offer application hosting beginning in 2008.
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
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