HP And ShoreTel Partner To Offer Fixed Mobile Convergence Solutions

by Gaurav Kheterpal on December 1, 2011

It’s been a forgettable year for HP. Last week, the company’s fourth-quarter earnings dropped 91% and its troubles have been compounded by a failed foray into tablet computers and the ousting of its chief executive. In contrast, ShoreTel had a more settled year with plenty of positives despite the disaster in Japan which threatened to temporarily cut supply lines.

None the less, ShoreTel subsequently strengthened its Canadian portfolio by signing a new distribution agreement with Tech Data Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation.

And now, the two companies – HP and ShoreTel have a new common ground. Earlier today, ShoreTel announced that ShoreTel Mobility will be part of Hewlett Packard’s fixed mobile convergence solution portfolio as a reseller of the ShoreTel Mobility solution.

ShoreTel claims that the latest version of ShoreTel Mobility offers seamless integration of all leading smartphones and tablets with leading IP PBX systems. The company says its solution supports segregating personal and business identities on a single mobile device. As part of the deal, HP will leverage ShoreTel Mobility’s offerings to offer “full UC and cost-saving calling capabilities” for its customers.

IMO, there’s no denial that fixed mobile convergence is the future of communication. There’s an increasing need for Unified Communication solutions to be fully inter-operable with mobile devices to provide anytime anywhere connectivity. ShoreTel Mobility says its mobilized UC solution helps enterprises to reduce their overall telecom costs, by eliminating international roaming and direct dial costs on mobile devices, as well as rightsizing the number of business phones an organization purchases and maintains.

ShoreTel Mobility solution is compliant with all leading PBX and UC systems, including those from Cisco, Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent and ShoreTel, as well as UC systems such as Microsoft OCS 2007.

“IP telephony, unified communications and smartphones are transforming how and where we work. By collaborating with HP, ShoreTel will continue to empower enterprises to easily turn the chaos of BYOD into a powerful, cost-saving and productivity enhancing phenomenon,” said Mark Arman, vice president of business development at ShoreTel. “With the support of our expanding base of partners, ShoreTel sees tremendous opportunity in the coming year to strengthen our position as the fastest-growing and top-three player in the U.S. and worldwide IP markets.”

As I mentioned in my last post, people often bring personal cellphones to work and it’s difficult for enterprises to enforce policies prohibiting the use of personal mobile devices to access corporate networks. Earlier this week, Telus and Juniper signed a deal on mobile device security. ShoreTel Mobility solutions facilitate similar bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capabilities for enterprises and businesses.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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