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TMCNet:  UPDATE: Avaya Positioned as a Leader by Gartner in Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure for 13th Consecutive Year

[July 18, 2013]

UPDATE: Avaya Positioned as a Leader by Gartner in Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure for 13th Consecutive Year

SANTA CLARA, CA, Jul 18, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- -- Only vendor consistently appearing in the Leaders Quadrant since its inception -- Annual report covers infrastructure technologies for multichannel assisted and automated customer, employee and service support -- Positioning based on completeness of vision and ability to execute Avaya announced today that it has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure for 2013. This is the 13th consecutive year that Avaya has been placed in the Leaders Quadrant as the only company that has consistently appeared in this section since the inception of the Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure in 2001.


The annual report covers vendors that provide equipment, software and services to operate contact centers used for customer, employee and service support, including outbound telemarketing, helpdesks and other structured communications operations.

The Gartner report outlines the types of interactions, requirements and dominant architectures for supporting effective contact centers today, noting that a wide range of functions, architectures, features and services are needed. The types of services are people-assisted and self-service, which can be supported by a number of channels such as interactive self-service, speech recognition, voice, Web chat, email, instant messaging, social media, video and mobile devices.

The Gartner report also found that contact center managers increasingly prefer to purchase much, or all, of their contact center infrastructure from a single source in the effort to simplify integration and operations, which bodes well for those infrastructure vendors offering complete portfolios of solutions comprised of their own products and those of partners and other strategic suppliers. In addition, cloud-based, contact center as a service (CCaaS) models for hosted, multitenant systems are gaining attention but not yet widely deployed.

Since the 2012 Magic Quadrant, Avaya has continued to evolve its end-to-end contact center portfolio to reflect the changing requirements of companies that strive to deliver a holistic, low-effort customer experience through multiple channels for both assisted and self-service needs. New and enhanced solutions for Customer Interaction help address increasingly mobile and self-service oriented consumers that may use several different modes of contact within a single service interaction, such as social, web chat and video. New additions for Performance Management help boost, refine and simplify critical analytics and workforce management tools.

Avaya has also introduced new packaged solutions that simplify contact center operations and accelerate deployment: Avaya Customer Experience Virtualized Environment provides organizations with Avaya contact center applications such as skills-based routing, multi-channel interactions, reporting and self-service capabilities optimized for VMware environments; Avaya Outbound Contact Express is the first, fully integrated, turnkey solution for proactive customer communications specifically designed for the midsize contact center.

Avaya Contact Center solutions are also available in several deployment models: premises-based solutions, managed and outsourced services, and in a CCaaS model through Avaya Collaborative Cloud for Cloud Service Providers.

Quotes "Too many businesses are serving today's consumers using yesterday's technology out of fear that an IT disruption will negatively affect their service operations. The reality is that they may already be risking customer relationships through inconvenient, high effort experiences. Avaya Customer Experience Management solutions offer an end-to-end portfolio of solutions that minimize disruption while enabling mobile, multichannel interactions and providing new, actionable insights into consumer behavior which help build loyalty, brand and revenue." Mark de la Vega, vice president, Contact Center Solutions, Avaya Additional Resources Garter Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure Avaya Contact Center Solutions for Customer Experience Management Tags: Avaya, Gartner, Magic Quadrant, contact center, customer experience management, customer service, call center About Avaya: Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Avaya Media Contact: Deborah Kline P: 908-953-6179 klined@avaya.com SOURCE: Avaya Inc.

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