SYDNEY, Australia, July, 1, 2009 - ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR), a leading provider of Pure IP Unified Communications (UC) solutions, today announced that the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council in regional New South Wales, is on track to save more than A$20,000 annually on its telephony costs following the deployment of a ShoreTel UC system.
Based on a thorough cost analysis conducted prior to installation, the system will save enough in costs and fees to payback its original investment and maintenance within four years. The Shire Council plans a minimum 15-year life from the ShoreTel system, which has been rolled out to 85 employees at offices and satellite locations, including a depot, public library and visitor centre.
The Shire Council provides local government administration for more than 10,000 people living in and around Cooma, capital of Australia's Snowy Mountains. ShoreTel's UC system united the Council's administrative and infrastructure operations into a single communications resource, improving collaboration among Shire Council staff across different locations, and enabling staff to respond more quickly to constituents' inquiries.
"The ShoreTel UC system has given us the features we need to help our staff improve the way they work, and optimize our existing network infrastructure," said Scott Goudie, IT manager with the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council. "We now have a solution that integrates voice with desktop and mobile communications so staff can easily communicate no matter where they are, and we're confident this system will continue to meet our communications needs for at least the next 15 years."
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council was also able to realize significant savings because of the ShoreTel system's ability to easily integrate with the existing network running over a fibre optic connection between its administration centre, depot, library and visitor centre. "The flexibility of the ShoreTel system means that we could use it on the existing data infrastructure to carry data and voice. As a result, the Shire Council is saving an average of A$1,600 per month on the voice link. This is a major saving for rate payers."
Additional savings are being realized by the Shire Council in the form of reduced power consumption due to the energy efficient design ShoreGear® Voice Switches, and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) due to ShoreTel's ease of management and administration. Goudie estimates that the ease of making moves, adds and changes, modular scalability and ongoing maintenance lowers the ShoreTel system's TCO by up to 60 percent, compared with other vendors' systems.
"ShoreTel not only delivered significant cost savings and productivity gains for this remote rural council, but the major reduction in power consumption was an important consideration since the Shire Council places a high priority on environmental protection," said Vasili Triant, ShoreTel managing director for Southeast Asia. "The remote-worker capabilities of the ShoreTel system have proved popular with Shire Council officers who frequently work away from their desks, and ShoreTel's ease of administration means the Shire Council can integrate the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care's new community services facility quickly and easily into the ShoreTel system as time and budget permit."
Nu Teck Communications and its Cooma-based strategic partner, RJS Communications provided the technical support and resourcing for the ShoreTel deployment.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications - voice, video, messaging and data - with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com or call 1-800-425-9385.
About Nu Teck Communications
Established in 1992, Nu Teck Communications is reputedly one of the best phone-system specialists in Australia. It provides high-level customer service, project management, technical support and sales in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin & Adelaide. It is Australian owned and operated and dedicated to providing excellence in a range of communications fields. Nu Teck Communications employs 15 specialist staff with many years of experience in telecommunications. Nu Teck Communications customers include the New South Wales Parliamentary Counsel's Office. Visit: http://www.nuteck.com.au/
About RJS Communications
Enjoying a reputation for high quality telecommunications service in the Cooma — Monaro region, RJS Communications is the first choice for telecommunications advisory and service solutions for businesses of all sizes in the region as well as government and agribusiness. It provides quality products and services with backup support from reputable suppliers. It also provides a single point of contact able to meet the individual technology needs of regional business. Visit http://www.rjs.com.au