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Avaya & RingCentral Punctuate Partnership

October 31, 2019

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

Partnerships will propel cloud migration; making this movement an easier than expected enterprise. Recently we caught wind of a major partnership in the cloud communications space, and this week, we learned more.

Put it in the books! Avaya and RingCentral announced the close of their strategic partnership, with the end result being a joint solution – Avaya Cloud Office by RingCentral.  

“Our game-changing partnership with RingCentral and the introduction of Avaya Cloud Office have generated tremendous excitement with our partners and customers,” said Jim Chirico, Avaya President and CEO. “Avaya Cloud Office is a continuation of our stated strategy to be a cloud-first company, and we believe the addition of this UCaaS solution to our portfolio is a key differentiator that provides customers with a seamless journey to cloud communications. We, together with our global partner community, are excited to work with RingCentral in bringing this unique solution to market, building on the highly complementary strengths of our two industry-leading companies.”

RingCentral is putting $500 million toward the partnership – which includes a $125 million investment of 3% redeemable preferred equity. Avaya Cloud Office is planned to launch in the first quarter of 2020.

“As a leader in cloud communications, we’re laser-focused on bringing the power of the cloud to more enterprise customers,” said Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral Founder, Chairman, and CEO. “With the growth of the mobile and distributed workforce, cloud communications solutions can deliver the capabilities enterprises need to effectively connect with customers, partners, and employees. This strategic partnership accelerates the transition of one of the world’s largest on-premise unified communications installed bases to the cloud. We’re excited for the long-term benefits this partnership will bring to customers and partners, as well as the growth opportunities that we expect it will drive for both our companies.”

Are your communications in the cloud, yet?

Edited by Maurice Nagle


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