LONDON, July 23, 2007 - ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR), a leading provider of enterprise IP solutions, today announced its distribution agreement with Horizon Solutions. The distribution partnership will enable Horizon to sell ShoreTel's IP telephony solutions as a key component in its new Unified Communications (UC) offering.
Horizon Solutions is Horizon UK's division responsible for developing and delivering the group's UC strategy. It's the only distributor to have a specialized UC program with centralized resources that provides the seamless deployment of voice, video and data - all unified within a common, simple management interface. Working with ShoreTel, the new strategy will lower costs, increase productivity and deliver business advantages to both vendors and resellers. ShoreTel's IP telephony solution will enhance the voice and video capability of Horizon's UC business group.
Horizon sees ShoreTel as an open, distributed architecture, which fits with the company's expansion plans. "We have selected ShoreTel as a fundamental part of our UC strategy. ShoreTel's IP telephony solution is reliable, scalable, feature rich, and a profitable and in-demand product for resellers," said Joel Chimondes, business unit manager at Horizon Solutions. "We are looking forward to working with ShoreTel"
"We see Horizon as a key partner is growing our business in the UK," said Steve Timmerman, vice president of marketing at ShoreTel. "Horizon has a strong position in the enterprise market and is a valuable partner for ShoreTel."
About Horizon Solutions
Horizon Solutions is a division of Horizon UK, the UK subsidiary of Horizon Technology Group plc. Operating entirely as a 'channel only' business, which does not sell to end users, Horizon Solutions provides its vendors with comprehensive UK coverage both geographically and within defined, vertically segmented markets. Horizon Solutions specializes in developing markets and delivering incremental revenue growth for its vendors and specializes in the Unified Communications market.
About Horizon Technology Group plc
Horizon Technology Group plc is a leading system integrator and distributor of information technology products in the UK and Ireland. Horizon Technology Group plc is listed on the London and Dublin Stock Exchanges (HOR). For more information about Horizon Technology Group plc, visit: www.horizon.ie
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel is a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions. ShoreTel voice systems provide customers with a number of key benefits, including ease of use, manageability and lower total cost of ownership than alternative solutions. ShoreTel's distributed software architecture and switched-based hardware platform extend enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. Founded in 1996, ShoreTel has achieved broad industry recognition for its technology and high customer satisfaction. For the last four years, IT executives surveyed by Nemertes Research, an independent research firm, have rated ShoreTel highest in customer satisfaction among leading enterprise telecommunications systems providers. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide service and support. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com/ or call T: +44 (0) 800 652 8645