Polycom RealPresence Video Solutions and Microsoft Lync Unify Video, Voice and Data Communications to Help Leading Pharmaceutical Company Lonza Expand Global Collaboration

Tue Jan 8, 2013 8:30am EST

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Solutions facilitate face-to-face collaboration with clients and contacts
worldwide across 90 sites and 11,000 employees, to increase productivity, reduce
downtime and travel costs
LONDON--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that Lonza, one of the
world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science
industries, is using a combination of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Polycom
RealPresence video solutions, implemented by Polycom service provider partner
Orange Business Services, to provide an end-to-end unified communications and
collaboration solution to over 11,000 staff across 90 sites around the world.
Lonza employees, who are based in multiple locations and involved in a wide
range of chemical and biological active pharmaceutical projects from research to
final product manufacture, can now securely communicate via video, voice,
instant messaging, and presence no matter where team members are located. 

Lonza has also extended their video collaboration to include Polycom
RealPresence Immersive video suites (Polycom OTX series) and Polycom
RealPresence Room video solutions (Polycom HDX 8000 systems), all powered by the
Polycom RealPresence Platform - interoperable and comprehensive UC&C software
infrastructure for universal video collaboration. The RealPresence Platform
delivers a highly personalized experience to every user, where staff can click a
name on their Lync contact list and instantly connect and collaborate together,
face-to-face via Polycom video on their desktop or in a conference room-based
system to bring people together in high definition. 

"We chose Polycom primarily for their experience and reputation; secondly, the
interoperability with other systems; and thirdly because of the strength of its
strategic relationship and commitment to integrate with Microsoft Lync," said
Ernst Hutter, Head of Global IT Infrastructure, Lonza. "The combination of
Microsoft Lync and Polycom video collaboration has significantly changed our way
of working in the last two years. We have more and more home users and this has
allowed the organization to implement a more flexible working environment, so
employees can work more effectively away from the office and securely join video
meetings from home or on the move." 

Video Bridges the Distance among Global Locations for the Lowest TCO

Dispersed over many different business groups and locations, Lonza has seen
global collaboration increase through the use of high-definition multi-party
video conferences, enabling teams to gather information together and collaborate
on documents live over video. One of initial driving forces behind Lonza
utilizing video collaboration was to reduce its travelling costs, but after a
while they discovered another important aspect, it saves time and makes the team
more productive. They found that conducting meetings over video avoided the time
taken to plan for a meeting involving travel. The use of video conferencing
bridges the distances between global locations to cross both language and
cultural barriers as video collaboration has become central to the way Lonza
does business and the travel desk now encourages employees to use video instead
of travelling to meetings. 

More Efficient and Personalized Collaboration

The Polycom OTX immersive video suites and HDX Room video solutions are being
used by all Lonza employees for a wide variety of meetings - from management and
board meetings, to facilitating inter-departmental meetings and expediting
quality control group meetings. Additionally, HR uses the rooms for global
training and interviews without the need to travel. 

Improved Productivity and Work-Life Balance

Lonza have seen a major adoption of video conferencing as it empowers staff to
communicate and collaborate whilst experiencing the benefits of increased
flexibility. Staff now have more time to do their jobs and be more productive
rather than be tired from jetlag due to travelling from Europe to China to the
United States. Video collaboration provides Lonza with flexibility and speed,
enabling them to meet people within the same week without the need for travel. 

About Lonza

Lonza is one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare
and life science industries. Products and services span its customers` needs
from research to final product manufacture. It is the global leader in the
production and support of chemical and biological active pharmaceutical
ingredients. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth drivers of the
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong capabilities in
large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche bioproducts which
play an important role in the development of novel medicines and healthcare
products. Lonza is also the world leader in microbial control providing
innovative, chemistry-based and related solutions to destroy or to selectively
inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. Its activities encompass the areas
of water treatment, personal care, health and hygiene, industrial preservation,
materials protection, and wood treatment. In addition, Lonza is a leader in
cell-based research, endotoxin detection and cell therapy manufacturing.
Furthermore, the company is a leading provider of value chemical and biotech
ingredients to the nutrition and agro markets. 

Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and is listed on the SIX Swiss
Exchange and secondary listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading
Limited ("SGX-ST"). Lonza is not subject to the SGX-ST`s continuing listing
requirements. Lonza is subject to the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange,
which do not have specific requirements equivalent to the listing rules of the
SGX-ST in respect of interested person transactions, acquisition and
realizations, and delisting. In 2011, the company had sales of CHF 2.692
billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom logo, and the
names and marks associated with Polycom`s products are trademarks and/or service
marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United
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respective owners.

Polycom, Inc.
Sarah Brambley, +44(0)1753 723130
EMEA PR Manager

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