SYDNEY, Australia, December 1, 2009 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated Unified Communications, today announced that ITC Limited, Australia's leader in certified hardwood plantation management has calculated anticipated savings of at least A$30,000 in annual engineer's support costs following the deployment of a ShoreTel UC system.
Recently named Australian Forest Manager of the Year by the internationally recognised Forestry Stewardship Council, ITC manages more than 175,000 hectares of Tasmanian bluegum, teak, red mahogany and Indian sandalwood plantations across Australia, and has a workforce spread through some of the most remote locations in the country.
The cost analysis is based on savings of almost 600 work hours spent in servicing ITC's previous IP telephony system incidents. The ShoreTel UC system already has been deployed across 188 stations at 16 urban and regional sites throughout Australia.
"The reliability of the ShoreTel UC system has freed up our IT resources to be better spent on initiatives that directly improve our business," said Easaw Mathew, Group IT Manager. "As a result, we have gained additional resource hours which allow us more time to spend on core business projects."
The ITC implementation of the ShoreTel UC system comprises a mix of easy-to-use ShoreTel IP Telephones, models IP230 and IP560, and energy-efficient ShoreTel Voice Switches. "Our forestry business operates over urban and regional areas that are often isolated and with limited access to utilities," Mr. Mathew said. "However, employees across the company have reported high call quality, and are highly satisfied with the ShoreTel UC system and its intuitive interface, ShoreTel Call Manager."
The ShoreTel UC system was presented to ITC as a bundled solution with carriage and data services by IP telephony resellers, Flexnet. ITC customers receive a single bill for the entire solution from Telstra Business Systems.
"We were predisposed to select a competitor as we had their system on our network. But when Flexnet demonstrated the effectiveness of the ShoreTel solution, I was convinced that ShoreTel was the right way to go," Mr. Mathews added. "During the proposal stage, Flexnet installed a trial system showing how the ShoreTel Call Manager application integrates with our Citrix system and performs smoothly. We were extremely impressed by the performance of the system."
"The fact that ITC chose ShoreTel over the incumbent clearly reflects both the product excellence and the commitment to customer satisfaction of ShoreTel and its partners," said Vasili Triant, ShoreTel managing director for Southeast Asia."
"We were able to demonstrate to ITC that the ShoreTel solution could outperform other vendors on the market in its ease of use, reliability and significant savings over the longer term. The numbers speak for themselves, and when staff from ITC spoke with other satisfied ShoreTel customers, our reputation for having the highest customer satisfaction levels in the industry was the final decision point."
For its work on behalf of ITC Limited, Flexnet won the 2009 ShoreTel Deal of the Year award for the APAC region for outstanding performance.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.
About ITC Limited
ITC Limited (ITC) is recognised as Australia's leader in environmentally certified professional forestry servicer and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Elders Group (ASX: ELD). Visit: www.itclimited.com.au.
Flexnet is a privately owned Melbourne based company that has been delivering information technology solutions – consulting, design, implementation & maintenance – since 2001. Flexnet provides business grade VoIP telephony solutions and is recognised as a leading provider. Specialising in the design and implementation of high availability LAN/WAN networks, storage, disaster recovery, and backup solutions Flexnet can cater for all your IT requirements. Visit: www.flexnet.com.au.