Collaboration Solutions from Bell provide Canadian businesses with a competitive edge

Oct 9, 2007

Integrated IP applications increase productivity, maximize cost savings
for today's connected enterprise

TORONTO, Ontario, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada strengthened its
position as the leading convergence integrator and business solutions provider
today, unveiling a comprehensive suite of Collaboration Solutions designed to
enable more effective real-time communication across corporate environments,
anywhere, anytime and through any device.
Collaboration Solutions from Bell provide advanced communication
capabilities for Canadian businesses faced with the growing demands of
changing market dynamics such as globalization and distributed and mobile
workforces. Through Bell unified communication solutions, organizations can
connect to the people and information they need quickly and efficiently.
"More than ever, businesses are finding that effective collaboration is
critical in creating value and competing in today's market," said Stéphane
Boisvert, President, Bell Enterprise Group. "We found that ourselves, and we
used our own experience with tools such as Enterprise messaging and team
workspaces to develop this comprehensive suite. With these unified
capabilities, Canadian companies will be able to improve real-time interaction
among employees, with partners, across the supply chain and with clients."

Simplify management and reduce costs

A report by Forrester Research describes the current usage of
collaboration tools at the enterprise level. "By taking an enterprise-wide
approach to collaboration, organizations can reduce costs, improve a range of
processes with the same infrastructure, enable contextual collaboration (which
increases worker and organizational productivity), and lay the groundwork for
Information Workplaces," wrote Erica Driver, Principal Analyst (Topic
Overview: Collaboration Platforms, Forrester Research, Inc., March 2007).
Collaboration Solutions from Bell - in addition to providing customers
with the ability to integrate voice and data with desktop applications -
enable companies to simplify the management of their communications
infrastructure and leverage their existing investments for future IP-based
Through click-to-call convenience, application integration, presence and
scheduling information, and rich content sharing, users are able to
collaborate more effectively, reduce costs and improve overall efficiency,
productivity, customer and supplier loyalty and employee satisfaction.

Practice What We Preach

To better understand how to transform communications across an
enterprise, Bell adopted collaboration solutions throughout its own
organization. For example, Bell employees conduct close to 300,000 conferences
a year using Bell Conferencing Solutions, while more than 20,000 are equipped
to work remotely using Telework solutions.
"We leverage 13 world-class innovation centres across Canada to develop
and prototype next-generation communication solutions," said Gilmond Lapointe,
Regional Vice-President, Professional Services, Bell Enterprise Group.
"To make the transformation to a highly effective collaborative
organization, a company must understand its current situation and set goals,
then map out a path to get where they want to go," he said. "As the leading
convergence integrator in Canada, Bell is committed to help businesses get
there by building a truly rich communication ecosystem."

Solution Snapshot

Collaboration Solutions from Bell include:
- Converged Office - Integrate business-grade telephony with desktop
- Virtual Meeting - Connect, meet and share without leaving your desk
- Unified Communications (UC) Readiness Assessment - Plan for a
successful deployment
- Discover Workshop - Scope the project at the beginning, not at the end
- Network Assessment - Build a strong foundation for UC
- Voice over IP Readiness Assessment - Develop a robust base for VoIP
- Productivity Check - Take the pulse of the collaborative environment
- ROI Analysis - Create a bulletproof business case for the project

About Bell

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and Voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief Information
Officer to small and medium businesses. Bell is proud to be a Premier National
Partner and the exclusive Communications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information
on Bell's products and services, please visit For corporate
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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Pierre Leclerc, Bell Media Relations, (514) 391-2007, 1-877-391-200,