As a first step in this initiative, Bell will offer its small and mid-size business customers a Productivity Suite, including licensed editions of Microsoft Office software or Microsoft Office Live Meeting service, along with Bell’s market-leading business telecom services such as DSL Internet connectivity, Productivity Pak, Business Back Up and Desktop PC Care. The new integrated offering will be distributed through Bell’s direct sales channels and Microsoft’s channel network across Canada. Through this package, Bell will allow small and mid-size business customers to pay for these integrated services on a monthly basis. Details on pricing and availability will be announced in early 2005.
This isn’t just cool because you can get Microsoft software as a small business owner through the same company where you already get phone, voice mail, DSL, and long distance. This is cool because you can imagine what it takes on the backend to create a new type of bundled service for Bell Canada, integrate that bundle with existing bundling offers, derive pricing rules based on existing and new product combinations, and integrate local pricing and regulatory laws accordingly in multiple regions. This is an SOA geek’s dream.