The one-year anniversary of the Innovative Communications Alliance between Microsoft and Nortel Networks on July 16 will be a short-lived celebration, as both vendors quickly go back to work on further extensions to their VOIP-focused partnership.
Both vendors claim that in a year's time, the joint Unified Communications initiative has resulted in 430,000 individual end-user licenses for joint offerings from over 100 customers in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
At the same time, "Nortel now has more people trained on (Office Communications Server) than any other channel partner in the world," and it set a speed record for becoming a Microsoft Gold Certified partner in under six months, said Greg St. James, senior director of the Nortel Alliance at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.
"No one else can as readily in any part of the world help customers optimize OCS and the PBX working together," he added. The two vendors chose to highlight the anniversary because they believe it is a departure from most industry alliances, which often result in little to no real advances for customers.
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