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October 23, 2012

SPS Announces Acquisition of Providea Conferencing

By Deepika Mala
TMCnet Contributor

Strategic Products and Services, a multi-vendor systems integrator, has successfully completed the acquisition of Providea (News - Alert) Conferencing, a global visual collaboration, telepresence technology, and managed service provider.

Together, both SPS and Providea will provide end-to-end UC, contact center and cloud-based solutions. They will also continue to offer innovative cloud-based offers to help customers with all aspects of their UC strategies.

Providea, headquartered in Camarillo, CA (News - Alert), plans, designs, implements and supports video networks and cloud-based applications. It represents some of the top manufacturers and network carriers in the industry, including Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize (News - Alert), AT&T and Masergy.

Recently, the firm introduced a cloud-based service, Providea Gateway Service that enables consumer and enterprise video conferencing collaboration without capital outlay or complex integration.

"We anticipate significant developments related to collaboration, presence, video, instant messaging and cloud-based services as these technologies transition from independent applications to critical components of an enterprise's overall UC strategy," said John Poole, SPS president and CEO, in a statement. "This acquisition strengthens SPS' current UC portfolio and augments our managed and cloud-based services to support the evolving needs of our customers."

SPS holds prestigious certifications with Microsoft (News - Alert), Cisco, Extreme Networks and other key manufacturers that enable SPS to provide integrated UC solutions. For the past six consecutive years, the company was ranked in the top 300 of the Solution Provider 500, a listing of the largest information technology solution providers, integrators, and service companies in North America.

Todd Luttinger, president and CEO of Providea Conferencing, said: "We appreciate the trust our clients have shown in Providea for video, telepresence and managed services, and look forward to helping them increase the scope of their UC applications."

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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