Mitel (NASDAQ: MITL)
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-- Mitel(R) (NASDAQ: MITL), a trusted provider of unified communications software solutions, today announced that Summit Automotive has standardized its voice architecture with Mitel in order to meet the speed, deployment, and scale needs of its rapidly expanding family of automotive dealerships. -- Summit Automotive Partners, a member of the Booth Creek Management, LLC portfolio, selected Mitel as its communications provider. This decision is based on Mitel's robust and flexible architecture and seamless integration of voice and data in a virtualized environment. -- Summit has already begun deployment of the Mitel Communications Director (MCD), Mitel Unified IP Client for Sun Ray(TM), and Mitel Applications Suite (MAS), in concert, across its entire existing dealership group. -- Mitel's ease of deployment and flexibility is consistent with Summit's growth strategy. That strategy necessitates Summit to meet standard vehicle manufacturer requirements on retooling within a 72-hour window when there is an ownership change. -- The flexible deployment architecture of MCD allows Summit to loosely couple locations into a highly adaptable and resilient network, and decouple if they choose to divest a location. -- The nature of Summit's distributed dealership network and decoupling requirements drove a company-wide thin client strategy. Mitel Unified IP Client for Sun Ray provides simplified and secure authentication for both voice and data, allowing unified hotdesking for enhanced workforce flexibility. It also enables Summit to drop thin clients into place and configure credential information in the back office which simplifies desktop management while reducing costs. -- Enhancing Summit's thin client strategy is Mitel's pedigree in virtualized voice. In the future, it will allow Summit to seamlessly leverage existing VMware(R) investments with both the Mitel voice and Sun Ray environments. These environments will be virtualized to complement Summit's IT efforts on best practices. -- The enterprise grade, flexible and high performance Mitel technology is matched by its Mitel TotalSolutions Program (TSP), which helps Summit effectively plan for expenditures on an operating expense basis. This enables Summit to streamline investments and increase project cost accuracy to a low single digit percentage point. This is essential in the strategy through which Summit grows its business.
"Summit Automotive is a great example of the type of organization that thrives with Mitel. These companies are dynamic and growing, and flourish when supported by Mitel's flexibility and advanced architecture through offerings such as virtualized voice that bring performance enhancements that drive bottom line results."
- Rick Dell, President, US, Mitel
"We selected a Mitel Unified Communications Solution because when as we looked at the IP telephony space we found there were few players that could provide us the growth and scalability that is required in retail automotive."
- Chad Griewahn, CTO, Booth Creek IT, LLC, parent company for Summit Automotive
About Summit Automotive Partners
Summit Automotive Partners is an integrated group of successful dealerships committed to building lasting relationships with customers, employees, manufacturers and local communities. Summit's broad resources and technology capabilities, combined with the expertise of dealership partners, allow them to create an unmatched sales experience. Summit continues to fuel its growth through customer and employee empowerment, acquiring or partnering with outstanding dealership groups and by bringing a hallmark collaborative approach to every facet of operations.
Mitel Networks offers a comprehensive portfolio of IP-based communications solutions, which consists of IP telephony platforms, unified communications and collaboration applications and managed and network services. By integrating voice, video and data communications with business applications, Mitel enables businesses to improve their performance. Mitel is a leader in the market evolution to unified communications and collaboration, enabling customers to move beyond basic fixed telephony and disparate communications tools toward integrated multi-media communications and collaboration between users, wherever they may be located. Mitel's U.S. headquarters are in Phoenix, Arizona. Global headquarters are in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.
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