Polycom Delivers the Right Real-Time Video Collaboration Solution for German Law Firm Luther

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:30am EST

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Employees find the Polycom and IBM Sametime solution the most user-friendly and
easiest to integrate for secure, HD face-to-face collaboration from anywhere on
any device
LONDON--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that German Law Firm
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has implemented Polycom RealPresence video
solutions, integrated with IBM Sametime, across 17 locations around the world.
The joint IBM and Polycom solution allows each of Luther`s 700 employees to
connect and collaborate, securely using high-definition Polycom video from
anywhere on any device. In fact, Polycom video collaboration has become Luther`s
default choice of communication tool. 

"We have given our employees freedom," said Andreas Gaebisch, CIO at Luther.
"Freedom to connect and hold their meetings from anywhere using video, without
having to worry about dial format, location, bandwidth, quality or security." 

Luther is a leading German commercial law firm, ranked by Chambers as one of the
top law firms in Europe. The company is represented at 11 German economic
centers and has international offices in Brussels, Budapest, London, Luxembourg,
Shanghai and Singapore. As global business requirements demand hours of meetings
and collaboration between offices, partners, and customers, Luther wanted a more
effective and productive meeting experience. 

Gaebisch says that for three months he and his team searched and tested for the
optimum video collaboration solution that would integrate with Luther`s existing
network and IBM`s social communications platform. Polycom came out ahead with
its solutions that run on the secure and open standards-based video software
infrastructure provided by the Polycom RealPresence Platform, which integrates
seamlessly with IBM Sametime. Employees at Luther were already familiar with IBM
Sametime software as a social communications tool, and found Polycom
RealPresence video solutions easy to use, efficient, and a great option to
business travel. Together, the IBM and Polycom solution enables every employee,
simply by clicking on a name in their Sametime contact list, to initiate a
secure, face-to-face HD video meeting, or join any meeting room. 

"Seeing is believing, and with video you see people`s reactions and
misunderstandings are therefore much less frequent than in a simple phone
conversation," Gaebisch explained. 

Video collaboration has improved team performance, and Luther is noticing a
culture change is taking place. People are choosing to hold meetings using
video, including through IBM Sametime and on Polycom HDX room systems, which are
powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform - the most comprehensive and
interoperable software infrastructure for universal HD video collaboration.
Because the Polycom Platform is based on open standards, Luther is able to hold
secure video meetings with customers, partners, and other law firms even if they
are using other providers` products. In early October 2012, Polycom announced
powerful enhancements to the RealPresence Platform, including the industry`s
first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding), with 3X HD multipoint
video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior
performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer
investments. 

Luther conducts a wide range of meetings and collaborations over video,
including:

* Team communication and visually collaborating and sharing data in real time on
cases 
* Witness interviews, case work 
* Recruitment interviews 
* Manager and executive internal and team meetings across multiple locations

"When investing in new technology you want the assurance it will still be a
standard in five years," said Gaebisch. "With Polycom leading the innovations
and long history in standards-based technologies, we feel confident we have made
the right investment." 

About Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther is a leading German commercial law firm that offers comprehensive legal
and tax services. The full-service law firm is represented at 11 German economic
centres and at important investment locations and financial centres in Europe
and Asia with international offices in Brussels, Budapest, London, Luxembourg,
Shanghai and Singapore. Clients are medium-sized enterprises and large
corporations, as well as the public sector. Luther works closely with other
commercial law firms in all the prevailing jurisdictions worldwide. On the
Continent, Luther is part of a group of independent leading law firms who have
worked together for many years on joint cross-border projects. Luther is also
the German member of Taxand, a global organisation of tax advisory firms. 

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a law firm with a business approach:
innovative awareness aspires Luther to provide clients with customised legal
advice that addresses individual needs and delivers the greatest possible
economic benefit. The lawyers and tax advisors have a solid understanding of
interdisciplinary matters and a wealth of experience in collaborating on complex
tasks. Further information is available at: www.luther-lawfirm.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.co.uk or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

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