International SOS Transforms Communications with Nortel and Microsoft Alliance
- 02 February, 2007 10:12
<p>SINGAPORE – International SOS, the world’s leading provider of medical assistance and services, is unifying its Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Microsoft* technology platforms to help enhance employee communications and improve control of telecommunications expenses to build competitive advantage.</p>
<p>Headquartered in Singapore, International SOS is a global company with 4,500 employees providing solutions to more than 6,500 clients via alarm centers, medical clinics, regional offices and remote sites in 65 countries. International SOS is the first enterprise in the ASEAN region to benefit from the Innovative Communications Alliance announced by Nortel and Microsoft Corp. in July 2006.</p>
<p>By integrating Nortel IP PBX and SIP-based solutions with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and desktop systems, International SOS will be able to reduce global communications costs by using IP telephony to save on long distance calling charges and intelligent routing to automatically select the most cost-effective path for worldwide data transmission. Employees will benefit from powerful unified communications capabilities including telephony, e-mail, secure IM, application sharing, video, and multimedia conferencing that incorporates ‘presence’ for more efficient collaboration anywhere, anytime and over any device.</p>
<p>“We are very much a communications-oriented business and view unified communications as a technology that will carry us into the future,” said Todd Schofield, chief technology officer, International SOS. “Most of our IT systems are Microsoft and the majority of our telecommunications hardware and contact center software is from Nortel. By unifying the strengths of our two largest and most strategic IT vendors we are establishing a visionary communications structure for future growth and business opportunities, and to continually enhance how we service our customers.”</p>
<p>“International SOS is trailblazing a path that we expect increasing numbers of progressive organizations to follow,” said Joe Poon, director, Asia and Greater China Unified Communications Group, Microsoft. “Unified communications is going to drive the next major advance in today’s always-connected and increasingly mobile work environment by delivering significant economic and business benefits that maximize existing technologies. The software-centric approach Nortel and Microsoft are taking will provide the easiest transition path to a higher-quality user experience at lower cost of ownership.”</p>
<p>“Deployment of the Nortel and Microsoft unified communications solution by International SOS sends a strong message to the marketplace that the Innovative Communications Alliance is capable of delivering the real-world productivity and cost-saving benefits that make our Business Made Simple strategy a reality for customers,” said Michael Pangia, president, Asia, Nortel.</p>
<p>Implementation of the International SOS infrastructure will be carried out by Nortel and Microsoft Singapore authorised distributors HP and NxGen Communications. The collaboration represents a major step in building a joint channel ecosystem that leverages Nortel and Microsoft system integrator, reseller and service provider relationships to help accelerate transformation of business communications for customers across the region.</p>
<p>Initially, International SOS will integrate Nortel telephony and Microsoft PC applications for 500 users at its Singapore headquarters. Future plans are to extend ICA unified communications solutions to offices across Asia and, eventually, to the entire International SOS network of 51 regional centers and 27 alarm centers around the world.</p>
<p>About International SOS</p>
<p>International SOS** (www.internationalsos.com) is the world's leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare, security services and outsourced customer care. With 4,500 professionals operating in 65 countries, International SOS helps organisations manage the health and safety risks facing their travellers and global workforce. Working in some of the most inhospitable places on earth, International SOS offers international standards of medical care where it is not available or where cultural and language barriers exist. Founded by a doctor, the company’s ‘people first’ approach remains true today. This commitment extends to its outsourced customer care programs and added value services, where it helps clients achieve service excellence and competitive advantage. Clients include 81% of the Fortune Global 100’s leading multinational corporations, insurers and financial institutions as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations.</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
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