Mitel Acquires ShoreTel
Combined Company Ideally Positioned to Take Customers to the Cloud Seamlessly and Simply as a Global UCaaS Market Leader
OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, today announced the completion of its acquisition of ShoreTel. With this addition, Mitel has accelerated its move-to-the-cloud strategy, shifting into the #2 market share position for UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) globally* as customers worldwide look for cloud and cloud-capable solutions to digitally transform their businesses.
Seamless and simple cloud communications and collaboration solutions for customers
“Digital transformation is rapidly changing business models in every industry and every corner of the globe, opening the door to disruptive opportunities for companies to grow and compete. For businesses, moving to a cloud communications and collaboration system inside their own organizations is a natural first step on their digital transformation journey,” said Rich McBee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitel. “Mitel and ShoreTel are now stronger together and even better equipped to help take our customers to the cloud, seamlessly and simply.”
Stronger together with rich cloud culture and offering
With the market moving further and faster to a cloud footing, McBee highlighted the success ShoreTel’s management team and employees have had in transforming their business to meet changing customer needs and delivering an exceptional customer experience.
“In an apps economy and IoT world that depends on real-time communications, providing an agile, responsive and brilliantly simple customer experience becomes wildly important,” said McBee. “Don Joos and the entire ShoreTel team have institutionalized and mobilized that mantra, and put in place a cloud-first portfolio we are excited to take to customers globally, and a cloud-culture and organization we are thrilled to embrace and expand in Mitel.”
Stronger together, with highly complementary cloud architectures, Mitel expects to share the vision for its integrated cloud and applications technologies early in 2018.
Seamless solutions to take all customers to the cloud with lifecycle support
Consistent with Mitel’s vision of providing customers with seamless communications and collaboration, a design philosophy of always providing customers a technology path to the future, and a corporate commitment to ensuring business continuity, Mitel and ShoreTel customers and partners can continue to count on the same cloud and on-site solutions they always have. Mitel will provide ongoing service and support for all products throughout their lifecycles. Customers and partners will be notified and updated in advance of all product announcements.
“Regardless if you are a small business owner or the IT director for a Fortune 500 company, digitally transforming your organization to leverage business applications in the cloud, connect remote workers, and access collaboration tools that work in and out of the office, can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to mean ripping out everything already in place or stranding investments already made,” said Elka Popova, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Connected Work and Digital Experience, Frost and Sullivan. “Companies need a pragmatic blueprint to move to the cloud, and with ShoreTel solutions now part of Mitel’s portfolio, Mitel is better-positioned to offer that kind of rational choice to more businesses so that customers can have their cake and eat it too.”