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HP andMicrosoft cosy up for greater UC and collaboration

Teng Fang Yih | May 20, 2009
The pair has embarked on a four-year global initiative valued at up to US$180 million.

SINGAPORE, MAY 20, 2009 HP and Microsoft announced on Wednesday (May 20, 2009) that they have embarked on a four-year initiative to deliver an end-to-end unified communications (UC) and collaboration solution to the global market.

With the projected investment value approaching US$180 million to be expended across the functions of joint product development, professional services delivery, and sales and marketing execution the joint initiative aims to roll out technologies that specifically lower the operational costs and improve the productivity of organisations today, which increasingly have to operate on the global stage to stay viable and profitable.

According to executives from HP and Microsoft, the UC and collaboration solution will be a combination of software, hardware, networking and services offerings. This offering would improve business output and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs at the same time by streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice platforms with connected applications and devices, they said.

Customers can lower costs and rapidly enhance employee productivity with unified communications and collaboration from HP and Microsoft, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP, Ann Livermore promised. We provide customers with solutions that are rich, intuitive and accessible from anywhere on nearly any device.

Together, we are offering the extensive breadth of capabilities of our respective technologies to deliver a truly unified communications and collaboration solution to help our customers improve business productivity, said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division, Microsoft. This means one click to communicate, one click to conference, one click to collaborate.

HP and Microsoft also rolled out a showcase customer to mark the occasion: program sponsor for New Ways of Working at Cathay Pacific Airways,  Tina Atkinson. Microsoft's approach to unified communications and collaboration solutions, combined with HP's global technology and services, will help us drive innovation and growth in our business, Atkinson said. Cathay Pacific Airways followed a detailed tender process and chose Microsoft and HP because they best met our requirements for a flexible and comprehensive approach to unified communications and collaboration, tailored to our needs.

For further details on this, readers can make their way to the HP and Microsoft Frontline Partnership site.


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