OnSIP and Panasonic Bring Home Gold Stevie® Award in 2013 American Business Awards

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Winners in first of two ABA awards events were presented on June 17 in Chicago

This is a great example of two companies working together to create a product offering that is much more than the sum of its parts

OnSIP® Business VoIP was presented with a Gold Stevie® Award in the Business Innovation of the Year – Business Products category for their partnership and integration with Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. The award was presented at the 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago on Monday, June 17th.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” the trophies were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Monday, June 17 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 500 nominees and their guests attended. The presentations will be broadcasted by the Business TalkRadio Network on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The Stevie® Award for Business Innovation of the Year – Business Products recognizes an innovation in product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, or management by an organization. This year’s recognition goes to OnSIP for their partnership and integration with Panasonic, a leader in small business telephone systems (1). First announced in February 2013, the alliance brings together OnSIP’s cutting-edge cloud VoIP platform with Panasonic’s award-winning SIP phones to provide an advanced, yet affordable, phone system solution for any business environment.

“This is a great example of two companies working together to create a product offering that is much more than the sum of its parts,” said Robert Wolpov, President and Cofounder of OnSIP. “Today, businesses are faced with many fragmented phone hardware and service offerings to meet their increasingly sophisticated communications needs. For example, the modern business might need to connect geographically dispersed office employees and remote workers on tablet apps— all while offering the receptionist a birds-eye view of his or her coworkers on the phone, regardless of location or VoIP phones used [Busy Lamp Field, pat-pending]. Through extensive interoperability testing and bundled offerings, we’ve made it as easy as simply choosing the Panasonic SIP phones and OnSIP features that fit your communications needs and budget.”

OnSIP provides enterprise-grade VoIP service to over 20,000 business customers. OnSIP’s horizontally-scaled (pat-pending), distributed delivery model allows for superior service reliability, redundancy, and optimum performance from the small business to the large enterprise. Utilizing Panasonic authorized Business Telephony Systems (BTS) resellers, OnSIP customers can receive on-site support during setup as well as ongoing expertise on their business communications solutions.

“Panasonic is proud to share with OnSIP a mutual commitment to providing valuable and affordable telephony solutions to end users in all business environments," said Kim Murtagh, Product Manager for SIP Endpoints at Panasonic. "That dedication to customers' needs is evident in their success, and we congratulate them on today's award.”

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 320 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“This year’s American Business Awards was outsized in every way,” said Michael Gallagher, Stevie Awards founder and president. “More entries and more judges than ever before, and I’d have to say the most impressive collection of nominations we’ve ever received. We congratulate all of this year’s Stevie winners for their outstanding work.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners who were announced on June 17 are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About OnSIP

Having helped over 20,000 customers, OnSIP is a leading provider of business VoIP service to small and medium-sized businesses. OnSIP customers enjoy the benefits of a business class phone system, without the traditional high cost, burden, and inflexibility. For more information, visit http://www.onsip.com.

About Panasonic Solutions for Business

Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions/.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2011-Report/BestGlobalGreenBrandsTable-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

(1) For full calendar year of 2011 and 2012 in North America. By the Parsippany, NJ based information technology market research firm T3i Group. Defined by T3i Group as the sum of key/hybrid, PBX, and IP-PBX business phone systems with 2-40 extensions.

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