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HP Rolling Out UC Consulting Services for the Enterprise

July 25, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is partnering with a number of unified communication technology providers to bring next-generation collaboration tools to the enterprise.

Through its partnership agreements with leading UC firms like Microsoft, Avaya, Polycom and Alcatel-Lucent, HP will provide solutions and consulting services that help companies integrate telephony services with communication applications.

The HP Network Readiness Services for UC offering will combine technology solutions and consulting services to help companies eliminate the network barriers that prevent UC adoption. Enterprises can lean on HP's expertise to confirm whether or not they need to upgrade their network to provide the necessary bandwidth for UC.

These services can be provided in conjunction with HP's new Virtual Workplace Solution, which includes a platform that integrates a host of UC services to secure clients' intellectual property. The solution also provides virtual architecture designed to accommodate the modern mobile workforce that is on the road more than in the office.

HP's consulting services will help make the transition faster and easier for enterprises and employees, says the computing giant.

The final piece to the puzzle is HP's Voice Transformation Solutions, which help companies evolve their infrastructure by combining Voice over IP (VoIP) and legacy phone systems using SIP Trunking, according to Network Computing. The voice transformation solutions can help bring next-generation voice, data and video offerings to enterprises without the need to completely rebuild a company's infrastructure.

“Clients need to understand how changes to their work environment can impact communications,” Rich Skoba, director of the Global Unified Communications Portfolio at HP, noted in a statement.

“By collaborating with HP, clients can leverage HP's methodology and testing of multivendor UC solutions to create their unique Unified Communications journey, transforming their communications infrastructure to address needs today and into the future,” he added.

Enterprises that tap HP to help deploy UC solutions can choose from one of several vendors, and then leverage HP's consulting and support services to customize the offerings.

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Beecher Tuttle is a unified communications contributor. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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