Basking Ridge, N.J. (ots-PRNewswire) - Avaya, (NYSE: AV), the
Lucent Technologies spinoff, today announced it has formed Avaya
Labs, a world-class research and development organization.
Avaya Labs is focused on creating business communications
applications, customer relationship management innovations, messaging
solutions, personalized information portals, business infrastructure
and architectures, Web centers, hosted solutions, data networks and
services for Avaya's customers.
Avaya Labs starts with more than 3,000 R&D professionals in the
Avaya technical community who were formerly part of Bell Labs.
"Avaya is coming out of the starting block with one of the most
technically advanced research and development divisions in the
world," said Don Peterson, Avaya president and CEO. "Avaya Labs will
build on its strong R&D heritage to deliver competitive technology
and communications solutions for customers, and will help Avaya
address the fastest-growing segments of the enterprise market."
Ravi Sethi has been named president of Avaya Labs. Prior to this
appointment, Sethi was senior vice president, Communications Sciences
Research, at Bell Labs, where he led a team of 300 researchers in
areas such as data networks, network management, software systems,
and multimedia communications.
Sethi holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in
Computer Science, from Princeton University and a Bachelor of
Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur,
India. He is the co-author of the influential textbooks, "Compilers:
Principles, Techniques and Tools" and the author of "Programming
Languages: Concepts and Constructs."
"Avaya is committed to being a technology leader, and Avaya Labs
will apply innovation and technical excellence to deliver real
solutions to real world problems, focusing on technology that helps
businesses and other enterprises excel," said Sethi. "Avaya Labs
supports the company's mission by applying innovation and technical
excellence to deliver practical, real-world solutions that create
value for customers, and help them compete and succeed."
Avaya Labs' strategic directions are to support introduction of
innovative products and services in high-growth markets, and to
improve development and business processes. Members of the R&D
community have expertise in critical areas of science and technology,
including data analysis, multimedia technology, networked
applications, networked infrastructure, service and network
management, software development and production, and information
"Most members of our R&D community work in Avaya's business units,
where they maintain direct contact with marketing and sales people,
and through them, our customers," Sethi noted. "Avaya also maintains
a long-term commitment to research and forward-looking work because
the company expects that research will result in innovative products
and services for the years ahead. Research at Avaya is closely
coupled to the needs of the business, and is focused on technologies
that are vital to Avaya's business strategy."
Avaya plans to increase its R&D investment from 6 to 9 percent as
a percentage of revenue in 2001.
Avaya Labs maintains facilities in California, New Jersey, Texas,
Colorado, New York, Washington, Florida, as well as in the United
Kingdom, Australia, Israel and Canada.
Avaya, formerly the Enterprise Networks Group of Lucent
Technologies, headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., USA, is a leading
provider of communications systems for enterprises, including
businesses, government agencies and other organizations. Avaya offers
voice, converged voice and data, customer relationship management,
messaging, multi-service networking and structured cabling products
and services. Avaya is a worldwide leader in sales of messaging and
structured cabling systems and a U.S. leader in sales of enterprise
voice communications and call center systems. Avaya intends to use
its leadership positions in enterprise communications systems and
software, its broad portfolio of products and services and strategic
alliances with other technology and consulting services leaders to
offer its customers comprehensive eBusiness solutions. For more
information about Avaya, visit its Web site at http://www.avaya.com.
Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA,
designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for
next-generation communications networks for service providers and
enterprises. Backed by the research and development of Bell Labs,
Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as optical and wireless
networks; Internet infrastructure; communications software;
communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based
enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and
professional network design and consulting services. For more
information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at
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