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Avaya Forms Research and Development Unit
Ravi Sethi Named President of Avaya Labs
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 management.
"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 http://www.lucent.com.
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