When planning your telecommunications strategy, it’s important to plan for things before they go wrong. Disaster events seem ever more common in today’s world, whether it’s weather, forest fires, or a cyber-attack. In 2017, British Airways had an outage that stranded thousands of passengers and cost them $102 million. The impact to YOUR business from a disaster event is likely to be even more catastrophic. According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never recover from a disaster outage and of the businesses who do survive, another 29% fail within 2 years. Disaster planning is literally a survival imperative for your company.
Topics: disaster prevention
Are you acquiring new locations to add to your business? Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are increasingly common in the US market with 2017 setting a record year in M&A growth. Building a clear communications system strategy can greatly improve the M&A process. Every location you acquire will have its own phone system and call flows. A strategy ensures each new location can quickly communicate with everyone else in the company with minimal hassle and every call is handled in the same way.
Have you found yourself suffering from buyer’s remorse on your new cloud PBX service? The demos all looked great and the software was really impressive, but now that you’re using the system you’re finding yourself with problems?
If your company sells and services large equipment, then providing technical support can be a real issue. Qualified technicians are hard to come by, and many problems require on-site visits to diagnose and fix. The longer the tech spends on one field call, the longer another customer is awaiting a solution. The shortage of qualified technicians makes this problem worse. According to a study by Deloitte University Press, in 2016 the shortage of technicians and engineers dropped by 33% and product workers dropped by 54%. It is estimated that by 2020, the shortage of technicians and engineers will sink to 48% and production workers will be even further impacted, dropping down by 63%.
Buying a new cloud PBX system normally comes down to features and price. But the quality of installation, service, and support is just as important. This starts with the project planning and implementation, but long term support is critical as well. Read on to learn about the key features of a great support team.
Do you experience delays in audio during your phone calls?
Do you or the person on the other end of the line cut out during a conversation?
Do you have occasional or frequent service outages?
All of these issues can be signs of having low call quality, and when phones are crucial to the success your operations and business, it’s unacceptable.
Getting the most out of your budget is a challenge that every leadership team faces. One often overlooked expense is the company’s telecom system. While it may appear that a telecom system comes with a set cost, that’s untrue. In fact, your telecom expenses are often a reliable place to find savings, due to the fact that there are many moving parts in your telecom system, sometimes provided by a handful of different carriers.
The Argument for Combining a Premise-Based and Cloud-Based System to Create a Custom Hybrid System
Selecting a new phone system can seem overwhelming. With all of the vendors out there, it may seem like there are endless phone system options, and how do you know which system is right for you? Luckily, Vertical Communications has decades of experience helping businesses discover what type of systems and features are best for them.
Key Metrics of Voice Quality Measurement Tools
Imagine the time has come for you to select a new phone system provider. You begin perusing your options online and find that you have a wide variety of features to select from. You can take your pick from features like unified communications, video collaboration, and more. But selecting a new phone system requires more than outlining your wish list of communications features. More important is selecting a phone system that provides reliable, quality communications no matter the circumstance.
Two Major Steps for a Successful Phone System Implementation
Planning, professional project management, and implementation is pivotal to a successful phone system launch. Whether you are choosing a cloud-based PBX, a hybrid solution, or a premise-based PBX, the success or failure of the project depends on the quality of project management and implementation support provided by your vendor. If these items aren’t covered in your proposal or are downplayed by your vendor, it is a huge red flag. These items mean the difference between a smooth launch of your new phones, and endless pain and suffering as you stumble through problem after problem.