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5i sees major opportunity in the visual collaboration market with Cisco

Riseley, 8th February 201: 5i announces expansion of its award-winning services portfolio to embrace the rapidly growing opportunity in visual collaboration so as to enhance its customers’ use of Cisco based unified communications.

5i is today announcing its support for Cisco’s extended visual collaboration suite across its full range of systems design and managed service offerings, following the successful acquisition of Tandberg by Cisco.

5i’s collaboration solutions encompass complex messaging, mobility, real time communications, telephony, contact centres, multi media, collaboration, conferencing and video technologies across multiple communication modes and devices under a single managed support contract.

Peter Howells, 5i’s managing director, said: “Our experience in Unified Communications shows us that organisations shouldn’t initially focus on video conferencing endpoints when it comes to evaluating or implementing visual collaboration technology. Instead, they should deploy a total solution that lays down a foundation for management, control and performance. That, in turn, will support whatever features and endpoints they, and their end users, need - today, and in the future.”

Howells adds: “Our relationship with industry leading technology providers such as Cisco allows us to plan, design, deploy and manage effective visual collaboration solutions that meet these goals.”

5i is marking its entry to the visual collaboration market with a unique packaged approach focused on enhancing the UC experience for the many thousands of organisations which have already deployed Cisco Unified Communications or IP telephony. 5i will be offering a range of pre-packaged and tested solutions for the small-to-medium business sector that comprise all the hardware, software and support services required to establish visual collaboration and telepresence in an organisation and keep it running as smoothly as possible.

In addition, 5i are launching an innovative extension of their UNIFY Managed Unified Communications service whereby organisations engaged in the UNIFY ACTIVE+ support service will be provided with a free Cisco TelePresence PrecisionHD USB camera, allowing them to interact with 5i’s live video helpdesk.

Jeremy Bevan, European director of Cisco TelePresence marketing at Cisco, commented “5i’s track record as a Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialized Partner makes it a natural choice to help us bring Cisco TelePresence and collaboration solutions to the UK commercial market. Video can transform organizations, helping customers drive new levels of productivity and innovation by improving the quality of interactions both inside and outside the company. Video is a critical element of Cisco’s overall collaboration architecture, and both new and existing Cisco Unified Communications customers can benefit from video with minimal disruption to their existing IT operations. 5i will be instrumental in bringing the benefits of video to customers.”

Notes to the Editor:

1. 5i is a UK leader in providing advanced Unified Communications expertise, integration skills and mentorship to IT resellers. 5i’s aim is to help its partners generate opportunity and create business value within their current and prospective customer base. 5i is a registered Cisco developer in the Cisco developer network and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 365 iT plc.

2. 365 iT plc was founded in 2005 and now employs over 120 people. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries (365iTechnology Ltd, 5i Ltd, 7 Global Group Ltd and Fox IT Ltd) the group provides an extensive range of IT services and solutions that address ten strategic areas of IT operations and management: IT Managed Services, Unified Communications, Business Continuity, Data Backup, IT Security, Virtualisation, Networks, Storage Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions and IT Service Management.


Stephen Bean
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