Nuvias Includes Polycom in EMEA Solutions
Polycom had a successful three-year relationship with SIPHON. Last year the company was purchased by Nuvias. And earlier this fall Polycom penned a distribution agreement in the EMEA with Nuvias.
As a result, Nuvias will integrate Polycom VoIP phones into end-to-end hosted voice business communications solutions. Nuvias will also sell Microsoft Skype for Business solutions that use Polycom video and voice endpoints.
The Polycom-SIPHON relationship covers the Benelux countries and the U.K. And this new relationship will extend that to also cover France and Italy, and then Germany and Spain.
Nuvias is a value-added distributor that focuses on the EMEA region. Its solutions address advanced networking, cyber security, and unified communications. SIPHON, a Deloitte 2016 UK Technology Fast 50 winner, is the name of the Nuvias UC business. And Polycom is a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of voice, video, and content collaboration solutions. The 25-year-old company, which Siris Capital bought last year after Mitel bowed out of a previously announced deal, is best known for its videoconferencing products.
Polycom is a long-time partner of Microsoft. And a couple of years ago, just after Microsoft renamed Lync, the companies were at TMC’s ITEXPO talking about their Skype for Business partnership. In the past couple of months, Polycom has been emphasizing its integration with Microsoft Teams, the software giant’s chat-based team collaboration workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is the company’s answer to Slack, and it will replace Skype for Business.
“Microsoft Teams and solutions like Polycom MSR and Polycom RealPresence Group Series will be a powerful combination for customers that need high quality collaboration experiences,” said Bob Davis, CVP for Skype Business Services and Office Product Group Customer Experience at Microsoft.
Edited by Mandi Nowitz