31.05.2007 | Romania

S&T and HP Open New Customer Concept Center in Romania

The Center provides unique IT Datacenter concepts and processes for Business Critical Infrastructure Solutions that will boost business and markets in the region

S&T and HP opened yesterday the new S&T Customer Concept Center in Bucharest that will provide customers in the region the opportunity to test and customize business solutions from both companies, with a focus on IT Datacenter Processes and Business Critical Infrastructure Solutions.

The partnership between HP and S&T Group has very strong roots based on over a decade of close business relations and successful cooperation. The joint objective of the two companies is to provide their customers with best-of-breed solutions to match their needs and to offer comprehensive support for their business processes. S&T Group is the biggest HP Preferred Partner with specializations in Central and Eastern Europe, such as S&T Romania is one of the most important local partners of HP in Romania with skills proven in a significant number of complex projects. This expertise encouraged the management of S&T Group and HP to establish the Customer Concept Center in Bucharest with a responsibility to support the group wide activities. “The degree of specialisation on the IT market is increasing continuously. The Competence Center enables us to deliver services of the highest quality to our customers in our countries. At many companies, value creation depends to a significant degree on the efficiency of the IT systems and processes. Customer’s IT landscape must respond rapidly to changing market requirements. We advise and assist them in evaluating, testing and establishing high-performance IT systems”, explained Christian Rosner, CEO of S&T AG.

"This common competence center underpins HP's commitment to support customers in adressing and solving IT problems by transforming their IT environment to higher levels of efficieny. It also underpins HP's commitment to the channel, in particular to S&T, with it's expertise in local markets and solutions and it's long lasting history with HP - not only in and for Romania, but all over CEE: this matches S&T's set-up as true - pan regional Value Add partner.", said Eric Lallier, Director Channel Business CEE of Hewlett-Packard.

The Customer Competence Center is specifically designed to provide consulting to the customers, to evaluate new technologies and to support all phases of IT projects. To make this possible the center is equipped with a wide range of hardware and software that enables testing of all types of platforms, specifically for complex projects. Solutions can be tested “hands-on” by the customers with full support from S&T and HP, Customer benefit from risk-free testing, a predictable quality and friendly costs. The solutions tested and blueprints available in the Customer Concept Center proof the joint concepts of HP and S&T.

Concepts and tools

In the Customer Concet Center, customers will be able to test Business Continuity & Availability concepts like Data Protection, Backup/Recovery and Replication; Information Lifecycle Management concepts like Business Intelligence and Database & ERP solutions; Server and Enterprise concepts like Clustering and Virtualization. All of these concepts are demonstrated using an architecture based on HP Proliant and Integrity server product families, HP Storage equipment and all is brought together in a flexible and adaptive IT infrastructure. Together with the variety of software and business applications from Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, LiveLink, Cognos, VMWare and HP Software platforms for practically all business solutions can be tailor suited and tested.

“This Customer Competence Center shows our commitment to help and develop businesses in Romania, to ensure that our customers will benefit from rigorous testing of IT solutions before implementing them”, says Radu Enache, Country Manager of HP Romania. “It is our mission to help our customers manage and transform their IT environments in order to optimize their business outcomes.”
“Working together in establishing the S&T Customer Concept Center is the result of a long and fruitful joint approach of business by S&T and HP in this market”, says Bogdan Cocora, Country Manager of S&T Romania. “It represents our mutual business commitment to support and guide our customers get the best from their IT investments.”

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $94.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.