Avaya Platinum Partner Merrill & Associates Continues To Grow Technical and Engineering Resources by Adding Sam Samari

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Merrill & Associates has hired former Avaya employee Sam Samari to lead Program Management and systems integration for the Avaya Platinum Partner

Merrill & Associates

We have always believed in having these resources in house as opposed to contracting them, and these additions help to keep within that model.

Merrill & Associates a Platinum Avaya Partner and Solutions Provider today announced a key component to their technical team to further increase their efforts around unified communications and applications. Mike Merrill, President and CEO, made the announcement.

"As our industry continues to evolve and applications become focal points of their business, we must ensure that our clients have the necessary technical resources available to them," said Mike Merrill, President and CEO. "We have always believed in having these resources in house as opposed to contracting them, and these additions help to keep within that model."

About Sam Samari:

Sam Samari, Sr. Program Manager - With more than 20 years of experience as a Program Manager, Sam joins Merrill after 2 years with Avaya. He has delivered more than 20 large-scale contact center (inbound, outbound, and blended media) and CTI/CRM projects using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), deploying skills-based routing in customer service organizations, for over 40,000 contact center agents.

Before joining Avaya, Mr. Samari was a consultant, and previously worked as a Senior Manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where he helped create packaged CRM solutions for CGEY's concept of Touchpoint Integration. He also delivered several sophisticated solutions based on the Siebel CRM, mySAP CRM, and Genesys Labs suite of applications. Before CGEY, he worked as a Director of Contact Center Practice at Cambridge Technology Partners for the West Coast. Mr. Samari also held a variety of positions at Genesys Telecommunications Labs, a CTI middleware developer, and Fujitsu Business Communication Systems, a switch maker.

Mr. Samari's solution delivery and program management experience cover the areas of contact center assessment, business process re-engineering, functional analysis, technology and infrastructure implementation, BI reporting and dash-boarding, VoIP/PBX/CTI implementation including Genesys' HA-enabled suite of CTI/GVP/Reporting products, Avaya Media Servers, Nortel Meridian M-1 switch, Cisco Call Manager v4.2 switch, customization of mySAP and Siebel CRM products, web-enabled self-service systems, as well as a wide variety of Avaya and Avaya-Partner products such as NICE Perform, and Verint/Witness voice recorders. He is expertly familiar with project delivery using Project Management Institute (PMI) methodology. He has managed projects in Financial Services (retail banking, brokerage, money management, home mortgage, credit card collections), Insurance (health, auto, property and casualty), Energy and Utilities, Oil and Gas, Consumer Packaged Goods, Automotive, Telecommunications, Call Center Outsourcing, and High Tech. Mr. Samari has directed projects with resources in excess of 25 persons, and costing over $30 million.

Merrill & Associates is a leading provider of end-to-end communications services including Unified Communications (UC), Voice over IP, convergence, mobility, and contact centers. They also specialize in consulting, design, implementation, maintenance, and technical support services. As a Platinum Avaya Business Partner, Merrill works closely with Avaya and other strategic partners such as Cisco, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, NetIQ, Polycom, and Tandberg, to integrate the latest hardware, software, video and applications into leading-edge business solutions.

"Sam brings an incredible amount of experience and expertise in working with contact centers and multi-vendor integration," said Lenin Rodriguez, CTO. "Bringing Sam on board, helps to raise the level of Professional Services and value that we can bring to our clients."

About Merrill & Associates:

Founded in 1989 Merrill & Associates is a Platinum Avaya Business Partner and has strategic partnerships with Cisco, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, NetIQ, Polycom, Tandberg and many others. Merrill delivers scalable, cost-effective solutions tailored to a customers communications needs. They provide end-to-end support from design, implementation, testing, maintenance, and technical support.


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