Buro Happold deploys Polycom RealPresence and saves £3 million annually

Telecom Lead America: Engineering consultancy Buro Happold has deployed Polycom RealPresence video solutions and saved £3 million annually.

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The decision to implement Polycom was aimed at reducing travel costs, improving engagement and collaboration, and increasing productivity significantly.

The engineering consultancy uses video meetings to enable teams to collaborate face-to-face in real time.

Polycom RealPresence video solutions enabled Buro Happold to reduce travel costs, amounting up to £3 million annually; gained 3,000 hours a month in productivity by working smarter; and improved the work/life balance for employees, 90 percent of whom are now video-enabled.

“The combination of Microsoft Lync and Polycom video solutions has been a real game-changer in terms of collaborating across the business. Together, they provide a true unified communications platform, where anyone can join HD video or voice calls at the touch of a button. The core reason for choosing Polycom was its close strategic relationship with Microsoft,” said Shaun Mundy, Group IT Director at Buro Happold.

Recently, Buro Happold implemented a unified communications solution for its workforce based on Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Polycom RealPresence video solutions connect with Lync through open standards.

“If anyone in our 27 offices needs to offer a client their unique expertise, whether it’s a hotel or stadium development or the design for a new city, we can readily bring in the relevant people using Polycom HD video,” said Paul Westbury, CEO, Buro Happold.

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