Unify is the newest member of the Atos family, combining Atos’ knowledge and reputation in the IT services market with Unify’s expertise in unified communications and collaboration to provide customers with seamless services solutions for their entire digital portfolio. Within Atos, Unify continues to deliver a unique integrated proposition for unified communications and real time capabilities.
Unify is headquartered in Munich, Germany and is present in over 100 countries.The company provides software-based enterprise unified communications including voice, Web collaboration, video conferencing and contact center, networking product and services.
Until January 21, 2016 Unify was a joint venture between The Gores Group and Siemens AG. Originally announced July 29, 2008, the joint venture started operating October 1, 2013, with The Gores Group holding a 51% stake, and 49% held by Siemens AG.
Unify’s portfolio provides organizations with communications tools to foster rich and meaningful conversations across channels, platforms and media for a mobile, real-time and collaborative way to work. With cloud at the center, we deliver a seamless, secure UCaaS experience with solutions that unify multiple voice, video and data networks, connected devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to collaborate securely, effectively and efficiently – anytime, anywhere. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, improves employee satisfaction and enhances business performance.
Unify - A brief history
Unify is one of the world’s leading communications software and services firms, providing integrated communications solutions for approximately 75 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Our solutions, including Circuit, unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Unify has a strong heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security. Unify is an Atos company.
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Background: Heritage (1847–2006)
Siemens Communications traces its origins to Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company (German legal name: Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske) founded by Werner von Siemens on 12 October 1847. Siemens’ first invention was the pointer telegraph.In the latter half of the 19th century, the company built long-distance telegraph lines, encompassing major projects in Germany and Russia, and the monumental Indo-European telegraph line stretching over 11,000 km from London to Calcutta. In 1897, Siemens & Halske went public.
During the first half of the 20th century, the company undertook a series of mergers and spin-offs, leading to the formation of three separate companies. The original company, Siemens & Halske, focused on communications engineering. Siemens Schuckertwerke GmbH was founded in 1903 to develop electric power engineering. Finally, in 1932, Siemens-Reiniger-Werke was founded to specialize in electro-medical equipment.In 1966, through a major restructuring process, these main companies merged to form Siemens AG.
Siemens Enterprise Communications (2006–2013)
The evolution of Siemens Enterprise Communications began in June, 2006, when Siemens AG divided Siemens COM into two pieces. On June 19, 2006, the carrier networks business was merged with Nokia’s Network Business Group to form a new joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks. On October 1, 2006, Siemens Enterprise Communications was created as a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. Since then, the business focused on unified communications.
In late July 2008, Siemens announced a joint venture with American private equity company The Gores Group (headed by Alec Gores), integrating two Gores Group businesses, Enterasys Networks and SER Solutions.
Enterasys operated as a subsidiary of Siemens Enterprise Communications until 12 September 2013, when Extreme Networks, announced that an agreement to purchase Enterasys in an all-cash transaction valued at US$180 million
In October 2013, Siemens Enterprise Communications was rebranded to Unify.
In November 2015 it was announced that IT services company Atos would purchase Unify from The Gores Group/Siemens for 340 million euro. The acquisition was completed in January 2016.
Products and services
Unify is a communications provider that develops, deploys, and manages unified communications, network infrastructure and security and managed and professional services for large enterprises and small and medium enterprises, both directly and via partners. Its primary product brands are OpenScape (unified communications applications), HiPath (converged enterprise communications) and Circuit (SaaS Team Communication). The company announced OpenScape with Microsoft in 2003. Unify demonstrated SIP and service-oriented architecture with OpenScape. The company’s services cover managed services, professional services, and maintenance and support services. OpenScape scored in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant surveys for both voice and UC. OpenScape UC received the top rating in Enterprise Connect’s UC RFP session in 2012 and 2013. On 28 October 2014 Unify launched a SaaS Team Communication product called Circuit which was previously codenamed Project Ansible.