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SMB Productivity Gains Abound with HP’s UCC Solution



By Lainie Guthrie

SMB Solutions and Route to Market 


HP Flex-Bundles for UCC with Microsoft Lync 2013, now with HP ProLiant Gen9 servers, advance employee collaboration and streamline BYOD


Technology seems to be evolving at the speed of light, and today’s businesses are continuously aiming to harness technology to maximize their success. With budgets and employee retention being constant concerns, businesses of all sizes and industries are working to integrate communication solutions that boost productivity while protecting their wallets.


A budget-leveraging trend that has all the tell-tale signs of becoming a permanent fixture is BYOD (bring your own device). According to Gartner, 90% of organizations will support some form of BYOD by 2017 – and by 2018, there will be twice as many employee-owned devices used for work than enterprise-owned devices.[1]


“IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget,” said Federica Troni, research director at Gartner. “Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64% lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access.”[2]


Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have led the BYOD trend since the beginning. With limited IT support and budgets, BYOD is a viable communication solution that provides flexibility and enhances collaboration. A 2014 Spiceworks survey of IT professionals found that 60 percent of SMBs with 250 to 499 employees support BYOD, while 68 percent with 20 to 99 employees and 83 percent of those with less than 19 employees do so.[3]


With 80 percent of all employees working with team members across different remote locations,[4] telecommuting and remote offices make BYOD practices and unified communication and collaboration (UCC) solutions a necessity. The global UCC market is hot – predicted to grow from $5.15 billion in 2014 to $17.38 billion in 2019.[5]

UCC solutions are helping SMBs advance business growth strategies while also protecting IT environments from security breaches that could occur because of employee-owned device usage. UCC solutions provide faster, more effective, and secure communications – regardless of location, time, or device. They also simplify voice, video, IM, and file sharing for team members and accelerate decision-making and goal attainment.


HP and Microsoft, together, offer a budget-friendly, scalable UCC solution for the unique needs of SMBs. HP Flex-Bundles for UCC with Microsoft Lync 2013 support 250, 500, or 1,000 users with predefined reference configurations. Featuring an intuitive interface that streamlines user experience and integrates seamlessly with existing solutions, it significantly reduces communication and travel costs – while also boosting employee satisfaction and productivity.


HP Flex-Bundles for UCC with Microsoft Lync 2013 solve a wealth of UCC challenges for SMBs, but now offers even more with the addition of HP ProLiant Gen9 servers. The exciting server enhancements offered with HP ProLiant Gen9 servers delivers three times the compute capacity – resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.[6] It also produces four times faster workload performance,[7] and accelerates service delivery 66 times over previous generations to meet enhanced service-level agreements.[8]


HP Flex-Bundles for UCC with Microsoft Lync 2013 – now with HP ProLiant Gen9 servers – protect SMBs, like yours, from potential BYOD security breaches, while advancing collaboration, productivity, and flexibility. To find out how you can successfully manage BYOD and employee mobility with this advanced UCC solution, visit today.







[4] “2012 Innovation Journal,” Cognizant, August 2012

[5] Mobile Unified Communications and Collaboration Market by Solutions, & by Deployment Type - Global Forecast to 2019, MarketsandMarkets, October 2014

[6] HP internal comparison between HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 vs. HP ProLiant DL380 G6

[7] Based on HP SmartCache Performance testing done with equivalent controller in a controlled environment

[8] Based on anonymous customer results

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