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Integrated Group Builds Teamwork with Mitel IP Telephony

  • 16 March, 2007 11:31

<p>Mitel®, the trusted provider of IP communications solutions and applications, today announced that Integrated Group has successfully commenced a nationwide deployment of a Mitel IP solution using the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP).</p>
<p>Integrated Group offers labour hire and recruitment services throughout Australia. Based in Perth, with approximately 500 office based staff spread across 48 offices in Australia, Integrated Group supplies a workforce of 7,500 contractors to their clients. To support this highly distributed workforce, Integrated Group is rapidly migrating their entire voice and data communications infrastructure to a single nationwide IP backbone.</p>
<p>Michael Disbury, Group ICT Manager for Integrated Group commented, “We are very focused on tightly controlling operating expenses, as well as constantly looking at ways to improve our services. Our team needs to support thousands of contractors out at client sites. With 48 offices in Australia, it is critical for us to provide consistent technology to everybody. Our previous phone system used traditional PABX technology, which was expensive and difficult to support.”</p>
<p>With 80 staff at their Perth head office, Integrated Group typically has fewer than 15 staff for each of their branch offices. The highly distributed nature of the business means that delivering consistent services across the entire business is very challenging.</p>
<p>Anything Telephones, a Mitel Gold Solution Provider, was chosen to design, install and provide ongoing remote and onsite support for Integrated Group’s entire voice system. Integrated Group has chosen to standardise on a 3300 ICP solution for each of their offices, with Mitel Your Assistant Lite software deployed to each user.</p>
<p>Mr. Disbury continued, “Anything Telephones has been a key part of our team during the planning for our new Mitel phone systems. They have helped us with efficient and reliable remote support for all of our voice solutions, as well as providing on site assistance across Australia. Our new Mitel phone systems are sent preconfigured to the new site, and can be remotely managed immediately. For a small office, a single day is typically all that is needed for deployment.”</p>
<p>A significant proportion of Integrated Group’s phone calls are between team members. The migration to IP telephony will allow significant reductions in communication costs, and will enormously simplify the administration work needed to support a highly mobile workforce.</p>
<p>Mr. Disbury continued, “With our team members regularly on the move, Mitel Your Assistant Lite has made it much easier for everyone to work together. We have now integrated our phone system with our Windows applications, implemented simplified dialling, and have an automatic phone directory for the whole company. Team members can even make and receive work phone calls from their laptops, wherever they might be working. This has made it much easier for us to support employees that choose to work from home.”</p>
<p>Gwilym Funnell, Mitel Australia Managing Director commented, “Mitel’s IP solutions make it easy for you to integrate your phone system with your everyday software applications. Our simplified web based administration and reporting tools are easy to use, and don’t require staff with specialist knowledge for routine administration tasks. This greatly reduces the cost of supporting your phone system.”</p>
<p>About Mitel
Mitel is a leading provider of integrated communications solutions and services for business customers. Mitel's voice-centric IP-based communications solutions consist of a combination of telephony hardware and software that integrate voice, video and data communications with business applications and processes. These solutions enable our customers to realize significant cost benefits and to conduct their business more efficiently and effectively by enabling enhanced communications, information sharing and collaboration within a business and with customers, partners and suppliers. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners and resellers worldwide. For more information please visit www.mitel.com.</p>
<p>About Integrated Group
Integrated Group was established in 1992 as a leading edge supplier of labour hire for all industry sectors throughout Australia. Based in Perth, with 48 offices located around Australia, Integrated Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX Code: IWF). For more information please visit www.intgroup.com.au.</p>
<p>Media Contact
Sebastian Rice,
Silverspan, 02 9959 1991, seb@silverspan.com,
www.silverspan.com</p>

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