Aviva has signed a nine year messaging contract to Hewlett-Packard (HP) to improve productivity and enhance collaboration across all of Aviva's global regions.

The contract will include HP assuming responsibility for existing Microsoft Online SharePoint and Office Communicator solutions.

The new agreement is an enhancement to the global outsourcing agreement that was signed in February 2009, and is a key driver of Aviva‘s strategy to implement a unified communications capability across its organization.

HP will migrate Aviva’s existing IBM lotus notes messaging environment, including applications and approximately 30,000 user mailboxes, to the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) solution, which will be delivered from Microsoft’s data center in Dublin, Ireland.

Aviva UK General Insurance CIO Malcolm Simpkin said this new messaging and collaboration environment brings new functionality and will help increase employee productivity as well as reduce the cost of ownership.

HP Enterprise Services UK vice president Craig Wilson said Aviva wanted to modernize their messaging infrastructure by implementing a unified communications platform.

"HP, together with Microsoft, has designed a solution based on the Microsoft BPOS solution to help Aviva improve collaboration and built a comprehensive migration plan to minimize risk through the transition," Wilson said.