Kimberly-Clark Selects Avaya as Global Partner for Communication Network Services
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB), a global health and hygiene company, has selected Avaya (NYSE:AV) as its provider of global telephony applications and communications network services. Under the terms of the agreement, Kimberly-Clark (K-C) will use Avaya MultiVantage® Communications Applications - a suite of Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, contact center, messaging and mobility applications - to connect more than 57,000 employees worldwide to deliver cost-savings and economies of scale.
Migration to this new communications network will take place over the next three years. This multi-year transition plan will leverage K-C’s existing IP infrastructure to assure there are no business disruptions. In addition, this approach allows K-C to lower the cost of operating its communications network, while at the same time introducing new communications capabilities.
“We are always looking to enhance the capabilities of our global communications network and to improve the economies of scale when it comes to connecting our disparate worldwide workforce,” said Randall Borree, IT Services Personal Productivity and Communications Director at Kimberly-Clark. “By integrating Avaya’s telephony services with the business communications applications we use across our enterprise, we believe we will enhance the functionality of our global communications network.”
Once completed, the Avaya suite of services will offer Kimberly-Clark the opportunity to integrate real-time voice with other key business communications applications, such as those from Microsoft and SAP.
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.
Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya website: www.avaya.com.
About the FIFA World Cup and Avaya
As the Official Convergence Communication provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Avaya is providing a champion communications network infrastructure for the World’s largest sporting event. The converged network – that combines voice and data on the same infrastructure – will connect the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums, the media centers in all stadiums and the FIFA headquarters in Berlin. Players, coaches, volunteers and fans alike will benefit from the Avaya network that will be instrumental in player and journalist accreditation, results reporting, material tracking, accommodation confirmations, transportation, and ticketing, among other critical functions. With an estimated 45,000 network connections, 30,000 network devices and over 15 terabytes (or 15,000,000,000 bytes) of data, it is the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world’s population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company’s 134-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
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