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Avaya Ranked Among Leaders in META Group's Evaluation of the Enterprise IP Telephony Market

09-02-2004
  • Avaya recognized for Presence and Performance

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced it has been ranked among the Leaders in the METAspectrum for Enterprise IP Telephony report.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced it has been ranked among the Leaders in the METAspectrum for Enterprise IP Telephony report. The report was published by META Group (NASDAQ:METG), a leading provider of information technology (IT) research, advisory services, and strategic consulting.

The report provides an objective evaluation of companies offering enterprise-class, server-based Internet Protocol (IP) telephony in the United States. Evaluation criteria focus on market presence and performance indicators.

According to the report, users considering a converged network are anxious to gain a simple-to-manage, business-driven architecture at a cost that is competitive with their current expenditures. Vendors named into the leader category must articulate a strategy to accomplish this goal, and will be open to partnerships and design systems with the flexibility to integrate with best-of-breed solutions that are secure, manageable and adaptable.

"Avaya's favorable rating in the METAspectrum report reflects our commitment to providing open, standards-based systems that deliver a high level of communications functionality while operating in multi-vendor, multi-protocol network environments," said Michael Thurk, Avaya group vice president, Enterprise Communications Group. "We continue to develop flexible solutions that help our customers take advantage of the application integration and cost efficiencies that IP telephony enables, while maintaining security and reliability."

"Our research shows that the market for IP telephony is accelerating, and as more enterprises evaluate the technology, vendors are being asked to show market-proven value," said Elizabeth Ussher, vice president, META Group. "The METAspectrum on Enterprise IP Telephony helps clients evaluate vendors that are taking steps we see as necessary to meet customer expectations as the market for IP telephony continues to grow."

About METAspectrum
META Group's METAspectrumSM methodology provides a framework for evaluating or selecting an appropriate IT vendor or product, simplifies the decision process, and enables more effective technology investments. META Group's research efforts, which adhere to the company's commitment to objectivity, are conducted independently, based on industry best-practice methodologies and subject to the highest levels of review by META Group's research community. To learn more about METAspectrum, visit metagroup.com/metaspectrum or call 800-945-META.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

METAspectrumSM market evaluations and results are the sole property of META Group, Inc. Permission to use the results requires prior written approval from META Group and should not be deemed an endorsement of any company or product. Copyright © 2004 META Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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