ScanSource Communications Europe Expands UK Professional Services

ScanSource Communications Europe has announced an enhancement to its recently launched Professional Services offering in the UK with the provision of ShoreTel installation and maintenance services. These will be provided on the full ShoreTel range, and constitute the second stage of the value added distributor’s efforts to create maximum opportunities for resellers to boost their businesses by providing full solutions that take care of every step of an end user’s product purchase and maintenance process.

The move adds to ScanSource’s Professional Services Avaya offering and means that resellers will be able sell cost-effective installation services on ShoreTel products without having to perform the work themselves. ScanSource Communications Europe will carry out a wide range of activities in the UK including design consultation, verification, pre-staging and installation and maintenance services, as well as providing specialist technical training where requested.

ScanSource Communications Europe has been a distributor of ShoreTel products in the UK since 2008, carrying the company’s complete product portfolio of IP phone systems that deliver on the promises of Unified Communications by integrating voice, video, IM, and voicemail in one easy to use system. These solutions are designed to have a lower total cost of ownership than competing solutions, while the scalability of the solution allows resellers to easily implement the rich capabilities of UC into their end-user’s business – across the enterprise or across the world.

ShoreTel’s strong product portfolio in combination with ScanSource’s Professional Services offering represents a reliable platform for resellers to develop their business, especially when built upon the value added distributor’s core services: maintaining high stock levels to improve product availability; offering flexible credit lines to enable resellers to fund growth or exceptional projects; competitive pricing, and a full range of delivery options, such as blind or drop shipments, same day shipping and next-day delivery.

“Our Professional Services philosophy is to enable resellers to bundle services into their offering when selling product solutions,” said Colin Booth, Director of Professional Services Europe, ScanSource Europe. “Ensuring resellers can provide the right products to end customers is not the only role of today’s distributor – end users are increasingly looking to outsource service-related tasks so a true value added distributor should be expanding the possibilities available to resellers to satisfy that need. When providing a quote on ShoreTel products, resellers can now tie in the installation and maintenance of that product into the overall proposal without having to send one of their engineers to the customer’s premises to perform the work: it can boost the reseller’s margins, save them time, and create a closer end user relationship that may lead to long-term repeating business.”

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