AT&T Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing
Dallas, Texas, August 27, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned AT&T in the Leaders Quadrant of its 2008 "Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing."
Gartner positioned AT&T Connect™ in the Leaders Quadrant in its annual review of Web conferencing and collaboration services for enterprise businesses. AT&T Connect provides an effective foundation for both enterprise-wide collaboration and unified communications initiatives with its integrated telephony, ability to scale for large events, advantages in serving remote and mobile users and flexible licensing that allows unlimited global collaboration with a fast return on investment.
In 2007, AT&T launched AT&T Connect, an integrated voice, Web and video conferencing solution. AT&T is executing its strategy to deliver a series of converged conferencing and collaboration capabilities within a comprehensive, global portfolio of unified communications services.
According to Gartner, "Enterprises should develop their strategy for Web conferencing as a component of their overall collaboration strategy from an infrastructure perspective to maximize integration possibilities with other platforms."1
"We are delighted to receive this evaluation, which we believe is recognition as a leader in network-based collaboration," said Frank Zvi, vice president, AT&T Unified Communications. "Our intensified focus on collaboration is ensuring that customers have access to all critical, multimedia communications technologies in conjunction with optimized network, convergence and unified communications services."
By implementing AT&T Connect for live collaboration, enterprises benefit from:
- Converged public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) audio (PC). Integrates PSTN and VoIP-based audio to ensure better meeting access for all types of internal and external office, remote and mobile participants.
- Integration with AT&T's global IP conferencing. Creates a unique combination of premise-based, unlimited Web conferencing and a global, scalable voice conferencing service, delivered as one unified solution.
- Advanced meeting scalability. Simplifies tools for users and strengthens unified communications rollouts with consistent support for small to very large events for thousands of internal or external attendees in economical and reliable ways.
- Integrated communications and collaboration. Integrates across enterprise information technology, telephony and application infrastructures. Implements with Microsoft OCS, IBM Sametime, learning management systems, legacy and IP PBX systems and asynchronous collaboration tools.
- Wider breadth of features. Meets the needs of every business group with Web meetings, teleconferences, video conferences, webcasts and seminars, virtual classrooms, recording and archiving.
- High performance and reliability. Uses an intelligent, distributed architecture to ensure optimal performance for all users regardless of location and with less demand on network and PBX resources. Provides intelligent voice quality monitoring of user experience and flexible controls for networking and compliance.
- Meets diverse IT requirements. Deploys fully managed hosted, premise or hybrid solutions. Integrates with SSN and active directory. Offers multilevel authentication.
To view the Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing" report, compliments of AT&T, visit http://www.corp.att.com/awards/analysts/gartner.html.
1 Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing," by David Mario Smith and Jeffrey Mann, July 2008.
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