Middle East Lebanon Microsoft and Polycom Unified Communication Seminar Touts Benefits...
Microsoft and Polycom Unified Communication Seminar Touts Benefits of their Joint Solutions
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Beirut, Lebanon


Ease of Use, Interoperability, Security and Savings among the many advantages of UC solutions leveraging the latest technologies from Polycom and Microsoft

Microsoft and FVC, the leading Value Added Distributor in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for Polycom, hosted a special half-day seminar to introduce joint Unified Communications (UC) solutions from Polycom and Microsoft. The event highlighted the advantages of using Polycom's full suite of HD voice, video, telepresence and infrastructure solutions that will natively integrate with the UC solution from Microsoft® Lync™.

Polycom solutions integrate with Microsoft Lync without gateways, making them easy to deploy, manage, and use. The company to offers a complete line of standards-based, fully interoperable voice, video, and telepresence solutions for the Microsoft UC platform, which includes Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft SharePoint® Server.

With Microsoft and Polycom, people can now communicate using familiar applications, adding rich voice and video to IM, e-mail, calendars, and more. Polycom voice and video solutions - for Microsoft Lync - support system-wide secure authentication and media encryption, securing calls inside and outside the network. With Microsoft’s Active Directory® solution, people have access to a common directory across Microsoft applications and Polycom solutions, reducing the time and effort required to deploy and manage communications. The joint solution enable life-like communications in enterprise and business-to-business (B2B) environments.

Charles Nahas, Information Worker Business Group Lead at Microsoft MEA, said, “Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected user experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere. For IT, the benefits are equally powerful, with a highly secure and reliable system that works with existing tools and systems for easier management, lower cost of ownership, smoother deployment and migration, and greater choice and flexibility.”

“As businesses in the Levant (especially Lebanon) step up the use of real-time collaboration with unified communications, seminars like these provide an exclusive opportunity for them to learn more about how Polycom leverages Microsoft Lync to meet these needs,” said Ronald Hajj, FVC’s General Manager in Lebanon. “As one of the leading proponents of real time collaboration with their cutting edge video conferencing technology, Polycom’s solutions aim to drive the adoption of this technology especially in key sectors like education, healthcare, hospitality among others.”

This seminar is part of a Microsoft-Polycom road-show that FVC is hosting in the Levant and GCC countries. It will give enterprises in the region the opportunity to experience how these Microsoft and Polycom solutions can satisfy their needs for real-time collaboration, which enable users to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft Lebanon opened its offices in 1999 with over 200 partners all over the country.MS Lebanon is Part of the NEPA subsidiary which comprises Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Pakistan, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Palestinian authority. As the use of software and technology increases with the number of Lebanese companies and individuals depending on IT as part of their everyday life, the company is poised to thrive even more over the coming years.

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Microsoft Lebanon's Web site is: www.microsoft.com/lebanon

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