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How to Sell… Mobility

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM GO, Mobility

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A few weeks ago we did a blog series on 3 Steps to Telecom Success, with a variety of ways to achieve sustainable growthincrease your profit, and increase customer loyalty. One of the overriding themes was adding more cards to your deck – bundling more services into your existing offering.

Perhaps you have made the decision to add Unified Communications, mobility, or something else to your solution, but what’s next? How do we sell this new service?

This series is on “How to Sell…” Last week we covered UCaaS and this week we are moving on to mobility.

At first glance, mobility seems like an easy thing to sell. Nearly every one in our industry has a cell phone and uses it both at home and at work. And for many of your customers and prospects, it may be as simple as saying “Hey, we have a mobile app now” and they will immediately jump on board.

But for others, the prevalence of cell phones in the workplace may in and of itself may be our greatest stumbling block. If your customer has been using their cell phone effectively for years, they may think they don’t need your mobile services or app. So how do we convince them otherwise? Similar to UCaaS, we show them the benefits.

Benefits

If you give your prospect a few real-life examples of how they could use your mobile app or service, they won’t be able to pass it up. This comes back to Unified Communications and the ways it makes work simpler, easier, and more efficient.

Here’s an example: With our own gloCOM desktop and mobile app, calls can be passed seamlessly from device to device without interruption. Imagine that you are on an important call at your desk, but if you don’t leave the office now, you’ll be late for your next appointment. What are your options? Ask the person on the other end to reschedule and risk losing their interest. Ask them to hang up and wait for you to call back from your cell phone and risk losing them to another task. Stay on the phone and lose your next appointment. Lose, lose, lose. Or you could grab your cell and bluetooth headset, seamlessly transfer the call from gloCOM desktop to gloCOM mobile, and walk out of the office with the caller none the wiser. Which would you choose?

That is just one example of many. Similar to our strategies to sell UCaaS, be sure to walk through both benefits and features with your prospects. Other examples could stem from:

  • Presence, conferencing, and other favorite UC features available out of the office

  • Continuity in the face of natural disaster, outages, traveling, etc.

  • BYOD with consistency

  • Information and contacts go anywhere with you

So how do we achieve those kinds of benefits? It is important to get your mobile app just right.

Mobile App Features

If you want to be able to give a handful of enticing real-life examples of benefits like the above, you are going to need a feature-rich app. Some features that are important include:

  • Multiple platform support

  • Integration with a variety of softwares

  • UC functionality

  • Phone callback

  • Notification system

In today’s world, a mobile app will practically sell itself if it offers a bounty of useful features. Really, many of your customers are probably just waiting for you to offer it. To learn more about our desktop and mobile UC app, visit bicomsystems.com/products/gloCOM-Desktop-Mobile-Communicator.

If you are interested in learning more about mobility and/or selling, we have a few more blog posts that may be of interest to you.

As always, feel free to reach out to us if you want to chat with an experienced account manager.

Stay tuned for our next How to Sell post where we’ll talk about integration.

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desk phoneOur whitepaper and video presentation Do You Still Need a Desk Phone? takes you through the latest alternatives and complements to the desk phone, including mobile phones, softphones, smartphone docking stations, and Unified Communications.

Learn more and download your free copy today: www.bicomsystems.com/do-you-still-need-a-desk-phone

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What Do We Mean by UCaaS?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Unified Communications

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It is easy to pick up buzzwords and start throwing them around without fully understanding the implications. Words like Integration, The Cloud, and Collaboration appear in marketing materials for most telecoms today, but often without full understanding or definitions.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is another one. So what exactly do we mean by UCaaS?

I think CommsTrader defines it best:

UCaaS, or Unified Communications as a Service is a solution in which all of the collaboration and communication tools that an employee must use can be accessed through a third-party, provided by an integrated cloud platform.”

UCaaS is, at its heart, a singular platform that simplifies and enhances communication through a plethora of tools. It’s almost an oxymoron: nearly innumerable features and capabilities in one single product.

So what are some of those features? Basically anything that makes communicating easier and better. To name a few:

  • Voice

  • Instant messaging

  • Presence

  • Conferencing

  • Video calling

  • Collaboration

  • File sharing

  • Desktop sharing

  • Integration

  • Mobility

It is easy to see how these tools would bolster efficiency and productivity in the workplace. UCaaS will go over well with the accounting department as well since it gives you so much bang for your back. Perhaps best of all, Unified Communications as a Service is flexible and scalable, easily molded to fit the existing business structure.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today or watch for yourself all that gloCOM, our UC app, can do:

 
Learn more about gloCOM here.
 

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Don’t Play Jenga with Your Customers and Profits

Written by Kevin Langford on . Posted in Multi-Tenant PBX

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Do you remember the game Jenga? Popular in the 80s and 90s, kids everywhere tried to keep their hands steady as they gently slid blocks out of a teetering tower and continued building upwards until it all fell down. Hmm, sounds familiar in more way than one.

It is starting to come up with more frequency: customers dedicating a VM for each of their FreePBX instances per customer, trying desperately to attain some form of multi-tenant or multi-office PBX. Sure, it works at first and seems a simple and easy solution. But as you add more and more customers, it begins chewing up more and more IPs. Eventually you have a mile long list list of logins and IPs for each system and customer. One wrong move and your Jenga tower will crumble.

With the inevitable collapse comes the nightmare of migrating all of your customers and settings to a new platform. Just what you were trying to avoid, right?

The good news is that bona fide multi-tenant solutions do exist. With the right solution, you can build from the ground up on a firm foundation instead of playing Jenga with your customers and profits. For example, Bicom Systems offers both rented and hosted multi-tenant PBX solutions that support rapid and sustainable growth.

To learn more, contact us or visit our website today!

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5 Ways Unified Communications Saves You Time

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM GO, Unified Communications

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We all know the struggle of managing our time at work. The hours in the day are never quite enough to get everything done. But Unified Communications can save time on mundane tasks, letting you focus on whatever is most important to you and your business.

Below are just five UC features that will save you time.

1. Multi-tasking

Most Unified Communications apps support instant messaging and text messaging. Aside from being instantaneous, IMing allows you to multi-task. You can communicate via text even while on a call or working on something else.

2. One-click calling

UC lets you call anyone in the world with just the click of a mouse. Whether that means clicking on a contact within your UC app or enabling click-to-call with your browser, no more time will be spent looking for numbers and working out country codes.

3. Drag-and-drop conferences

Drag-and-drop conferencing is a favorite feature and it’s easy to see why. UC apps like gloCOM let you grab as many contacts as you want and drag them into an instantaneous conference. Gone are the days of scheduling conferences and dialing in to conference bridges with PINs and passwords.

4. Continuity

Unified Communications works on whatever device you have, wherever you are, so no time is lost due to travel, weather, power outages, or other unexpected bumps in the road. Remote workers have all the same capabilities as coworkers in the office.

5. Contact management

Compile all of your contacts and phone numbers in one secure place. UC apps like gloCOM will integrate with your existing address books so that no time is wasted scrambling to find a contact or phone number.

gloCOM is a Unified Communications app with all of the above and much more. Learn more about gloCOM here: www.bicomsystems.com/products/gloCOM-Desktop-Mobile-Communicator

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Amazon Connect Review

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Amazon Call Center, Call Center PBX

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Knowledge is power, especially in the fast-paced world of technology where things are changing so quickly. At Bicom Systems we like to research and even test new products as they come out so that we know what we are up against.

One of our developers recently spent some time looking at the Amazon Contact Center solution and wrote a review for all of you:

Amazon Connect: A Review

GUI

The GUI is not anywhere near where it should be. The content is breaking out and overflowing. Components take up too much space that you do not needed. Everything is fixed, you cannot adjust the window size, etc.

Contact Flow

Creating call flow logic is very easy with their graphical interface. You have components in which you add and connect with wires and then make logic. The starting position is the number which callers will dial and then enter into the system. I tried some custom, it was not too complex and it worked. But the question is how it will behave in a more complex situation. There are still some GUI problems. For example, when you move or edit a component, the connection is lost and you have to wire it again. After publishing it will show you errors and where you should fix it.

Prompts and Text-To-Speech

Prompts have the capability to use text-to-speech or recording. Text-to-speech is great for building small prompts, but of course it only works only with English.

Statistics

Amazon went with customizable reports, so it allows you to choose fields from a list and then you can save and run it again. This sound nice, but as I tried making a few reports – BAM – I would run into errors or fields that showed no data. If you want to talk optimization, well we know there is none. Even with little data, it requires a couple of seconds to build every report. And if you add fields, it takes longer and longer. So handling large data may not be possible.

The most annoying thing that I ran into was that when I was expecting certain data, it would not show at all or would show lower values than expected. So data accuracy is a big issue.

Also, unlike in our statistics, you cannot filter by time, for example from 8:00 to 11:00. You cannot break the data down to see all the CDRs an agent had at that time.

So statistics gets a big thumbs down. Though it may have plenty of filters and features, everything comes down to speed and accuracy.

Conclusion

Amazon took the approach of making everything customizable. But even with that in mind, there are too many things missing. First of all, you cannot create any queue strategies. You could create flows, but you cannot achieve automatization. Also, there are many instances of queue configuration on our system which would require big flows or be impossible to make. Statistics covers a lot of fields, but accuracy and speed are big problems here.

They have this simple WRTC softphone that works for simple functions – dial, hangup, transfer – but real call centers agents often need to see with whom they are talking. For now, the agent is put in this “after call work” state for every call, so there are no options like wrap-up time, auto pause, etc.

In conclusion, this software does not yet provide a good solution for large call centers. And even for small call centers, there are lot of bugs and GUI problems that need to solved.

If you would like to learn about our own call center solution, please visit our website.

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Unified Communications: Beyond Telephony

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, sipPROT, TELCOware, Unified Communications

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Unified Communications works great for telephony and voice. It makes communicating fast, easy, and efficient. But a good UC solution should be doing much more than just telephony. Unified Communications can support and improve your business in many aspects.

Collaboration

More than just a buzzword, collaboration is key to productivity in the workplace. Unified Communications solutions support collaboration with features like screen sharing, file sharing, and presence. gloCOM, our UC app, offers all of these features and more. Learn more by reading 6 Unified Communications Features that Promote Collaboration.

Billing

Integrated billing software automates invoicing, rate-setting, and other accounting tasks to free your time and concentration. Unique to our Unified Communications suite, TELCOware is a provisioning platform that performs billing, ticketing, accounts, shopping cart, and more, so that you do not have to.

Security

The issue of security is heavy on the minds of most VoIP users today. Our Unified Communications solution goes beyond telephony to help secure your network. sipPROT is an advanced SIP security module that protects against SIP attacks. Unlike other solutions, sipPROT works with live traffic, protecting the system even while it is in use.

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5 Benefits of the VoIP Softswitch

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBXware, Softswitch, TELCOware

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We have come a long ways since the manual telephone switchboard. 139 years, to be precise. From the days of manual telephone operators to PBXs to modern solutions that tap into VoIP technology to do more than just call routing.

We have written previously about what a VoIP softswitch is and even the difference between Class 4 and Class 5, but we had yet to actually delve into why you should use one. Let’s look at just a few of the benefits of using a VoIP softswitch…

1. Scalability

As a software-based solution, a VoIP softswitch can be scaled both up and down relatively easily. It will grow with your company so you can start as small as necessary. Upgrades are done by downloading new software.

2. Versatility

Routing, billing, reporting, and monitoring are just some of the functions that can be done on a VoIP softswitch. Integrated apps and software create a very comprehensive solution for maximum efficiency.

3. Billing

One of the most valuable functions of the VoIP softswitch, billing software is very accurate and gives you the ability to customize call rates and invoices for individual users. It takes the busywork out of billing so you have more time for what matters.

4. Cost-effectiveness

With no additional hardware to purchase, VoIP softswitches are more cost efficient than traditional switches. Upgrading via software is also much less expensive than purchasing new hardware.

5. Flexibility

Finally, with all of the aforementioned functions and capabilities, there is no denying that VoIP soft switches are very flexible. This makes them an ideal solution for all kinds of businesses and organizations.

An example of a VoIP softswitch is PBXware. Our integrated billing module is TELCOware. Visit our website to learn more today.

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Call Center PBX: An Enhanced Software

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, gloCOM, PBX System

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I recently stumbled upon an article claiming that PBX phone systems cannot replace call center software. My initial reaction was to scoff and dismiss it, but the article kept coming back to me as a response formed in my mind.

Rather than replying: “Yes, PBX can replace call center software”, I began to wonder why it has to be a question of one or the other – is it necessarily a replacement?

A PBX phone system that is dedicated to call centers is essentially enhanced call center software. Not a replacement, per se, but an improvement.

The aforementioned article challenged PBX phone systems on the basis that they do not offer the following features: Advanced routing, Call queueing, Live call monitoring, and Live reporting. The article further criticized PBX systems as less scalable than traditional call center software. Let’s go through these allegedly absent features one-by-one…

1. Advanced routing

Call centers are, by definition, dedicated to call management, so advanced call routing is essential. Call Center PBX solutions like PBXware offer skills-based routing, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and Automated Call Distribution (ACD). Our skills-based routing supports the following criteria: skill level, training level, performance, availability, call priority, and queue load. Additionally, should a call need to be manually transferred, gloCOM shows the real-time status of other agents and supports instant drag-and-drop transfers to whoever is available.

2. Call queueing

Queues are, without a doubt, indispensable in any busy call center. PBXware supports not only unlimited queues and optional callback, but also real-time queue monitoring and statistics. Live wallboards with real-time queue stats enable call center agents to monitor and keep up with call traffic. Queue reports enable supervisors to achieve better customer service by forecasting call volumes, calculating agent requirements, and comparing results with expectations.

3. Live call monitoring

Constant call monitoring ensures optimum customer service quality and satisfaction. PBXware supports real-time agent monitoring and barging. Supervisors can drop in on calls unannounced and unnoticed to verify that call quality standards are being met. Alternatively, they could jump on a call to provide input or assistance without ever placing the caller on hold or transferring them. Call center agents perform more consistently when they know that a supervisor could be listening in at any moment.

4. Live reporting

Real-time reporting of call center statistics inspires agents to perform better and keeps supervisors informed on progress. PBXware gives data on queue statistics, call detail records (CDR), actions logs, and system CLI messages. Many call centers put these stats on wallboards so that progress is at the center of attention throughout the day. Detailed reports can also be run after the fact and delivered at a specified interval.

5. Scalability

One of our primary goals at Bicom Systems is to enable partners to grow. Your success is our success and we have helped entrepreneurs start from the ground up as well as large corporations expand even beyond what the knew they could. PBXware is highly flexible and can scale both up and down fluidly. Bicom Systems is committed to giving you a solution as small or large as you need to get started. We are confident you will grow, so we are happy to start slow and grow with you.

Call Center PBX solutions do not need to be an alternative to call center software, but an enhancement of the traditional software. PBXware Call Center PBX is a powerhouse under-the-hood with all of the features and technologies that busy call centers need, but wrapped up in a simple and user-friendly interface.

Learn more about our Call Center PBX solution on our website.

 

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7 Features of CRM Integration That Your Sales & Marketing Teams Need

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Marketing, PBXware, Unified Communications, VoIP

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CRM software is great for business. VoIP solutions are great for business. Integrated together, they create a powerhouse that will support both your sales and marketing teams.

Lead management is a core part of any business and getting it right can make or break your success. A standard, efficient workflow to apply to all contacts and individualized nurturing for each lead are of equal importance to get through the sales cycle.

The balance can be reached with CRM integration through the following features:

1. Call & email logs

Integrated CRM software tracks all calls and emails to contacts. Forget flipping through your calendar or racking your brain to remember your last call with a specific lead or customer – an integrated CRM will give you that information and more in seconds.

2. Click-to-call

Now more an expectation than a perk, click-to-call with CRM integration makes it easy to call leads or customers as you are reviewing their account. Cut the time it takes to get through a list of sales calls by doing everything from one screen.

3. Call pop-ups

If click-to-call simplifies your outbound calling process, call pop-ups greatly enhance inbound calling. CRM integration puts the caller’s name and detailed information on your screen before you even lift the phone receiver. No more pressure to remember details or asking the caller to wait while you change gears and catch up.

4. Marketing campaigns

Your CRM is no longer just for the sales department. Marketing teams will find an integrated CRM invaluable for creating, sending, and tracking marketing campaigns. Responsive marketing that targets audiences based on past behavior and interests shown is more effective than passive, mass marketing.

5. Marketing automation

All the buzz in 2017, marketing automation is quickly becoming standard practice. An integrated CRM makes it possible to automate marketing campaigns on multiple levels without forgoing a dynamic, responsive approach. In fact, the data collected by your CRM will make marketing efforts even more responsive to lead behavior.

6. Data organization

Arguably its primary function, it goes without saying that your CRM organizes contact data. But an integrated CRM will go even further in placing pertinent information exactly where your company needs it.

7. Lead Tracking

An integrated CRM goes beyond contact information and call logs, you can now track website visits, social media behaviors, downloads, and much more. Both the sales and marketing teams can get better results when they have more information at their fingertips.

PBXware and gloCOM integrate with Salesforce, Zoho, Sugar, Zendesk, and Microsoft Dynamics. We can integrate with other CRMs through custom solutions. Learn more about gloCOM or contact us today.

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Do You Still Need a Desk Phone?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, gloCOM GO, IP Key Systems

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Not many years ago, this question would have sounded absurd. Traditional desk phones were the primary mode of business communications. Even as the Internet brought new options like email and instant messaging, these couldn’t truly replace a voice conversation.

But now, with VoIP at work in most offices across the world, the question arises: do you still need your desk phone?

VoIP and Cloud Communications have enabled the development of voice tools that transcend the desk phone. Softphones are now available for desktop computers, laptops, and even smartphones and tablets. In their earliest days, softphones were convenient for some kinds of calls, but would not have been sufficient to entirely replace the desk phone. Softphones today can do everything that a desk phone can do – and often much more.

Concerned about a local presence? Softphones can still give you a local number, as well as a global reach.

For me, the answer to the question is “no.” I said goodbye to my desk phone years ago when I started using gloCOM. Available for both desktop and mobile, gloCOM offers everything my desk phone did, and much more.

Others will not be ready to remove the phone from their desk. The good news is that unified communications apps (like gloCOM) often integrate with desk phones for the best of both worlds.

Still there are others that do not want to bother with modern technology and learning something new. After all, if it’s not broke… To them I would suggest IP Key Systems. A traditional key system that “just works”, but with some powerful technology hidden away under the hood.

What about you? Do you still have a desk phone? Would you give it up today?

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Is VoIP driving business away from you?

Written by Saulio Reyes on . Posted in Business PBX, Call Center PBX, IPPBX, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX, PBXware, Unified Communications, VoIP

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Over the years I have noticed that more and more of our new customers are no longer VoIP Entrepreneurs wanting to join the telephony provider venture. Seems like the more VoIP becomes the present and defines the future of communications, the more industries it touches.

These days, any business that provides IT industry related services is somehow related to, or forced to be related to, the communications infrastructure of their customers. Even better if the customer has some knowledge or is at least aware of the unified communications experience.  

Industries like Internet service provides, cable services, and/or fiber providers have already joined, are planning to join, or at least know the future is to integrate in order to gain and retain customers. To mention a few of the most common that will ring my desk, I should start with hosted service providers. Either hardware, software, or a mix of the two, is something that, sooner or later, VoIP has to become an integrated part of. Either a multi-tenant platform like ours in order to centralize all hosted PBXs, or separate Call Center/Custom environments, this is something that, along with other value-added features, a hosted service provider will get asked for pretty often.  

Other industries, less related to network services or hosted services like IT Managed Services, will encounter themselves one way or another supporting an IP Phone, a local PBX, or a PBX hosted by someone else. They will notice the additional revenue and increased customer retention will come as soon as they can also take care of the telephony needs. 

Many of my customers will often express how VoIP service may be just one service out of many, and maybe not the one that bring the most revenue in from customers. But VoIP is an essential piece of the relationship since it is the part that allows their customers to unify their communications, in addition to the suite of services it provides.

This article is a ‘heads up’ to all those out there that think VoIP services ‘could be’. Soon VoIP will be a ‘major’ part of any one proposal because it will become part of the request. The end-user likes to feel a level of unification that provides them the security that a single provider can serve, understand, and support all their technology components.

VoIP is so flexible that anyone that has a customer base and provides any type of service, even non-technology, could find a way to integrate it into their suite of services with a huge value and even bigger retaining element. Make it drive business towards you, not away from you. At this very moment deals are been turned down because the competitor shows a unified set of services with telephony, or impressed the customer with an additional service made possible by VoIP.

Just because everyone related is getting involved does not mean that it is easy. We still hear horror stories. Even that the voice quality is not working out, loss of RTP, but less. More and more it’s ‘how do I?’ Whether CRM integration or producing better reporting and so control of daily lives.

If you would like to explore your options, whether you are related to technology services or not, Bicom Systems would be happy to assist with whatever ideas you may have. We have not seen it all yet, but with the many we have worked with already, I’m sure you are at the right place for finding a solution. Our IPPBX PBXware comes in a Single Tenant Business Edition, Multi-Tenant Edition, and Call Center Edition, and the mix of all of them is as customizable and flexible as it comes.

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VMware PBX on the VMware Solution Exchange

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBXware, VMware

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We are pleased to announce our new VMware PBX image that allows you to test PBXware in a VM workstation or ESXi host.

Our developers created this by installing a VMware Workstation on a separate PC which ran Windows 10. We made a virtual machine that had 1 Vcpu, 1 GB of RM, 30 HDD (which was thin provisioned, meaning as the need for storage arises the HDD will expand) and open-VMware tools were added to this image for it to work properly. 

This was tested on the Windows machine first with up to 20 concurrent calls and 100 extensions. After that test was a success, we moved to testing ESXi hosts. ESXi hosts were tested with the same image with up to 30 concurrent calls and we did not encounter any problems. The test included Vmotion too, which was done while 30 concurrent calls were active. No calls dropped, the only thing we noticed was that 3 seconds before the virtual machine services started on the other ESXi host, we had 3 seconds of silence. Other than that, everything worked fine.

The second test was VMware’s HA (High Availability) which worked as well. After the host that was running VM goes down, the other host takes over and keeps VM up with no downtime.

After these tests were a success, we created a VMware marketplace account (as developers) and set it up with our company’s logo, information, and our PBX solution. The image was uploaded and sent for approval. It was approved 24 hours later. Check it out here:

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Just click the “Try” button to download this image for usage with a VMware Workstation or VMware Player PRO and Vsphere client.

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6 Unified Communications Features that Promote Collaboration

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Communications, gloCOM, Unified Communications

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9 out of 10 business executives believe that cloud-based collaboration is good for business, according to a study done by Forbes.

In an age when many companies have already embraced unified communications, our persuasion tactics must change from “why you should adopt UC” to “how you could be getting more out of UC.”

Everybody wants more collaboration in 2017 and unified communications features are one practical way to get it.

1. Screen sharing offers an instantaneous way to share exactly what you are working on with no room for error.

2. Video calling prevents miscommunications and gets things done as quickly as face-to-face meetings.

3. Instant conferencing brings the whole team together with the click of a button for quick problem solving.

4. Presence makes it abundantly clear who is available so no time is lost tracking someone down.

5. Instant messaging is the perfect way to get a quick answer even if one or both parties are on the phone.

6. Mobility takes collaboration beyond the office so the team can stay in contact despite geography.

These features are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Your unified communications or cloud-based solution should be supporting collaboration with all of the above and more. If you think you should be getting more from unified communications, we encourage you to check out our gloCOM Unified Communications app.

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5 VoIP Trends in 2017

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM GO, Unified Communications, VoIP

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2017 is officially here and it is going to be a great year for telecommunications. Let’s start off the year with 5 VoIP trends for 2017 from VoIP-News:

1. Mobile VoIP – According to VoIP-News, there will be more than 1 billion mobile VoIP users by the end of 2017. How many of your customers will be joining that number? Bicom Systems released gloCOM GO, our Unified Communications mobile app last year – check it out today!

2. Security – VoIP security has become a growing concern in recent years, and Forbes names it as one of the top three concerns for businesses in 2017. To start protecting yourself and your customers, download our free PDF: VoIP Security: The Risks and How To Prevent Them

3. Integration – Sure to be a buzzword in 2017, “integration” refers to the ability to incorporate other business services into a VoIP solution. This is at the heart of Unified Communications and Bicom System’s suite of VoIP software. Visit our products page to learn more.

4. 5G – While less directly relevant to our products and services, the potential emergence of 5G in 2017 will only contribute to the growth of mobility in the workplace. Our gloCOM GO mobile app shifts seamlessly between WiFi and 4G and we greatly anticipate the speed of 5G.

5. Network Strain – Ending on a more concerning note, experts predict a network strain in the coming year. We believe this possibility is all the more reason to partner with an innovative, customer-focused company that is constantly researching and improving. Join us today and gain an experienced Account Manager that will navigate with you in whatever 2017 may bring!

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How to Win More Telecom Sales

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Company, SERVERware, TELCOware, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP

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You step into the car dealership and look around at all of your options. Red convertibles, little sports cars, all-terrain trucks. In your mind, you’re already flying down the highway, the breeze in your hair, music pouring from the car’s speakers, when the salesperson interrupts your thoughts with his mundane descriptions of the type of rubber in the car’s tires and the new fuel injection system.

When customers buy a car, they want to know how it’s going to feel driving it, not all the little mechanical details. The same idea applies to Unified Communication sales. At Bicom Systems, we’ve learned that in order to win more customers, you must give them an experience, a feeling, not just a description of each component of a phone system.

Start by getting to know your potential customers. Understand their visions, their plans for the future. Ask them about their current expenses and problems and get them to look forward two or three years and tell you what they’d like to change. Get into the mind of the customer.

The next step is to shift the customer’s focus away from the phone system to the bigger picture. Don’t describe the features, describe how those features will change their lives. How they’ll be saving time and energy. How they’ll be making sales left and right. How the system practically runs itself. Bicom Systems products piece together to create a seamless system for customers. We tell customers that our PBXware, TELCOware, and SERVERware combination will free up their time to win more sales while the technical operations go on in the background.

Finally, don’t forget to include a number of applications. Potential customers can find “good phone systems” among your competition. But if you have a “good phone system” with additional applications to make life easier for the customer, that will set you apart from the crowd. Even the most simple application can make all the difference if it is incredibly useful. Bicom Systems offers gloCOM, our Unified Communications desktop and mobile app, as the icing on the cake. gloCOM and our other applications speed up otherwise laborious tasks and give our clients that extra push that they need to sign on.

In short, don’t get lost in the competition by just offering a phone system. Or even a good phone system. Stand out from the rest by offering a lifestyle.

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Wallboard at ZeroPlex

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBXware

zeroplexWe received a photo from one of our partners that is worth sharing with all of you. ZeroPlex in the Netherlands, a PBXware user, created an impressive wallboard in their Network Operations Center.

Described as “the beating heart of our organization”, the wallboard was created by ZeroPlex‘s software development department. Data comes from their PBXware MySQL database. They say this is one of the things they like about PBXware: “the ‘standard’ and freely accessible database makes it easy for us to create custom features.”

Their wallboard displays statistics such as number of calls, number of active SIP registrations, number of call minutes per day and per week, etc.

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Want one in your business? Contact your Account Manager to discuss how PBXware makes it possible.

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What is a Key System?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Key Systems, IP Telephony, Telephone Systems, VoIP

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A Key System – also known as a Key Telephone System (KTS) – is a very basic and traditional form of telephony primarily used by small and medium businesses.

Ideal for businesses with less than 30 users, traditional Key Systems include a central controller and multiple telephones. Each telephone has a button for every phone line.

Key Systems have been around in some form since the 1930s, but remain in use today despite new technologies. Many businesses decide to keep their Key System because they are simple and “just work”. By opting out of the VoIP trend, they are missing out on modern features and advantages.

For this reason, Bicom Systems created the IP Key System – Tradition Reinvented. Learn more about IP Key Systems here.

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Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Key Systems, VoIP

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It seems at times as if Key Systems have been around since before Alexander Graham Bell, certainly the dust that has grown up on them over the years is proof of this. And still they work. Well – almost!

For sure, I can still get the spare parts from Panasonic and Nortel’s BCM. However, my service provider is apparently stopping all TDM service in 2020. I asked my dry cleaner this morning as I picked up the laundry what he’s going to do.

His reply, as with just about everything he does, as he runs back and forward between the shop counter and the storage, was simply, ‘clean-up’.

Understandable, but not exactly with much direction, and this seems to be the case with about a quarter of the country. Here’s the news, to repeat some puns, “You’re going the cleaners!”

It’s a problem though. He’s not got time for a VoIP system. He just needs something to carry on working.

The Key System has a glorious history in Telecommunications using Line Presence as a feature that every customer could understand.

For this reason, we sat down and tried to find a solution. With Bicom’s Key Systems, we sought to provide tradition re-invented. You are able to use modern VoIP capabilities without having to retrain your customers on how to use their phone.

You have shiny new phones, yes. You have a choice of providers for your calls with much less cost. But for the user, they can still just pick up and make a call. Pick up and receive a call then transfer the line. It works.

Features, such as auto provisioning for your phones along with true Plug & Play capability, creates a winning combination.

Download our IP Key Systems brochure here. Or watch the trailer below:


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Telecommuting Benefit 5: Continuity

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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This is the final post in our series on Effective Telecommuting with gloCOM. Today we’ll discuss our fifth and final benefit of telecommuting: continuity.

Having workers in different geographic locations with a VoIP tool like gloCOM ensures constant and consistent service both within the company and in customer relations.

Different workers in different locations can deal directly with customers or supplier in their area, eliminating issues with time zones or travel. It allows companies to do business locally across the country or the world.

gloCOM also allows employees to work remotely with no warning in the case of being snowed in, staying home sick, or other emergency situations. It opens the door to employees that need a few weeks or months away from the office for whatever reason.

The best part? Customers will be none the wiser. gloCOM replicates your office anywhere in the world so work is not interrupted.

To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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Telecommuting Benefit 4: Savings

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers

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We’ve now discussed three benefits of VoIP telecommuting: better employees, increased employee retention, and productivity. Today let’s take a look at the savings that results from telecommuting.

Supporting individual telecommuters is much more cost-effective than supporting entire offices that require more hardware, furniture, even office space.

VoIP telecommuting via gloCOM makes it even more cost-effective with less spending and lower rates. It is simple to set-up gloCOM anywhere in the world with no need for special equipment or services. This is especially beneficial in countries where the company is not physically present or familiar with service providers.

Finally, telecommuting is often temporary, allowing companies to scale up and down as the budget allows.

To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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Telecommuting Benefit 3: Productivity & Collaboration

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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Our previous post in the Benefits of Telecommuting series looked at increased employee retention. Today we’ll discuss how a VoIP application like gloCOM causes productivity & teamwork to increase as well.

The biggest factor in guaranteeing productivity and collaboration among remote workers is presence. Using the presence feature on gloCOM, supervisors and coworkers are able to monitor who is online and available in real-time.

Supervisors can use this feature to ensure employees are online and active during working hours. Teams can use it to quickly monitor the availability of other team members and initiate spur-of-the-moment meetings.

Another feature essential to effective telecommuting is reliable communication in real-time. gloCOM provides several methods of communicating that always work with just the click of a button. From instant messaging to voice calls to screen share, telecommuters are available all the time in real-time.

Finally, telecommuting eliminates commutes and distractions that may decrease productivity in an office setting. With no idle chat around the water cool or slipping out of the office early to beat rush hour, employees will be productive for more hours in the day.

To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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Telecommuting Benefit 2: Employee Retention

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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In our previous post we talked about telecommuting offering better employees. Today let’s discuss how it also means happier employees which translates to increased employee retention.

Supervisors and business owners have long known that happy employees = productive employees.

While not all individuals will appreciate the telecommuting environment, many will thrive working from home. The increased flexibility and balance between work and home leads to more satisfied employees.

That satisfaction with work will make them more likely to stay at the company longer.

VoIP tools like gloCOM allow employees to happily work from home with all of the communication and collaboration tools they would find in the office. It allows management to supervise and communicate with remote workers to guarantee maximum productivity.

To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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Telecommuting Benefit 1: Better Employees

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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In this post we opened the discussion of the effectiveness of telecommuting with VoIP, and specifically with gloCOM, our unified communications app. In the next few posts we’ll delve into some of the specific advantages.

Let’s start by talking about the employees. Telecommuting workers are actually better workers.

With no geographic boundaries, companies can find best-fit employees from a much larger selection, and often at a lower rate.

Rather than settling for the local best, companies that use telecommuting can demand specialists or experts from around the world.

Can’t afford to have a specialist on staff? Telecommuting means the position can be part-time, temporary, or even on a consulting-basis.

And of course, gloCOM is the invaluable tool will keep all these experts in touch. To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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3 Ways UC Increases Call Resolution Rates in Call Centers

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, gloCOM, Unified Communications

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We have talked about Hosted VoIP in call centers as well as PBX Call Center software, but today is specifically about Unified Communications. What is the general purpose of any call center? Call resolution. That is exactly what a call center is created for – to answer and resolve calls.

Unified Communications contributes to improved Call Resolution Rates in a number of ways. Three specific features are:

1. Presence – Call Center agents that are on call can use Presence to quickly identify colleagues that are available to join the call or provide advice in another way like IM. This way the agent can stay on the call while seeking a solution rather than putting the caller on hold or sending them to unavailable extensions or voicemail.

2. Collaboration – Unified Communications makes it possible for Call Center agents to work together more quickly and seamlessly. Tools like IM, screensharing, or drag-and-drop conferencing mean a resolution is reached more quickly and efficiently. Agents that are on another call can still be reached through alternative methods.

3. Remote Agents – The ability to work from home or on the road means increased availability and flexibility. When more agents are available at more times, it becomes easier to resolve calls efficiently.

These and many other features make Unified Communications an ideal solution for Call Centers that wish to increase their call resolution rate. Our gloCOM app is the piece that ties together the rest of our telephony solution, putting all of our UC tools in one simple interface for your desktop or mobile phone. Learn more about gloCOM on our website.

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4 Ways VoIP Wins More Customers

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBXware, VoIP

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The benefits of VoIP are abundant and we have discussed them countless times before. IT Toolbox shared a few more benefits with a unique focus – winning new customers. We thought they were worth sharing here:

1. Toll-Free Numbers – Calling may be the first point-of-contact for many of your prospective customers, so make a good first impression by making the call free. VoIP supports toll-free numbers less expensively than PSTN.

2. Messages-On-Hold – We try to avoid placing customers on hold at all costs, but sometimes it is inevitable. Make the most of hold times by playing advertisements for your products or latest promos rather than music.

3. Custom Auto-Attendant – VoIP Auto-Attendant can do so much more than simply answer calls. Customize your Auto-Attendant to interact with the caller and direct calls more efficiently and quickly.

4. Click-to-Call Services – Placing a click-to-call number on your website, promotional emails, social media, and all other online presences makes it simple and easy for prospects to call as soon as their interest is piqued.

These and more features are available in our VoIP software solutions. Learn more on our products page.

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3 Ways PBX Call Center Software Improves the Customer Experience

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, gloCOM, PBXware

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The title says three ways to improve customer experience, but we all know there is really only one way to do that – by enabling and inspiring our agents, the ones who deal directly with customers. So these are really three tools that will inspire or enable your agents to enhance the customer experience.

1. Share Statistics – What better way to drive better customer service than to let agents see the positive impact of doing so. And of course a bit of healthy competition works well too. Call Center PBX even lets you show stats on a wallboard where agents can see it constantly.

2. Focus on Problem Solving – Rather than using call center software that focuses only on answering voice calls, expand to a unified communications solution that can shift the focus to actually addressing customer problems rather than just taking calls. gloCOM lets agents transfer calls, drag users into an instant conference, silently IM during a call, and much more. These tools let agents collaborate with other agents or supervisors to get to the root of a problem quickly and efficiently.

3. Make it Easy – Finally, cloud call center software is user-friendly, has a streamlined interface, and requires little to no IT help. If the technical side of call management is easy for agents, they will be happier, less stressed, and better equipped to deal with the personal side. Call Center PBX even offers a way for agents to take breaks so they can come back recharged, place themselves on “Do Not Disturb” so they can escape distractions, and much more.

If you are interested in learning more about Call Center PBX or downloading a demo, please visit our product page or sign-up for a free account to get in touch with an Account Manager!

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Auto-Provisioning: How It Works & Why You Need It

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Phone, IP Telephony, PBXware

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Auto-provisioning is a time-saving feature of IP telephony solutions like PBXware. How does it work? The administrator creates an account in the user interface then the IP phone is restarted and receives the configuration file via Internet. That’s it!

Aside from the obvious savings in time, auto-provisioning has a few other benefits:

  • All telephones can be configured from any location

  • Does not require IT personnel or support

  • Updating can be done on all phones regardless of location

  • Custom configurations are quick and easy

  • User errors are less common

If you would like auto-provisioning for your own office and your customers, check out PBXware or contact us today! 

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VoIP vs IP PBX

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IPPBX, PBX, PBX System, VoIP

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VoIP and IP PBX are terms that we use all the time, but despite similarities, they are not interchangeable. VoIP has evolved to be a very broad term covering a whole range of technologies, while IP PBX is more specific.

VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol – describes any telephony system that uses Internet rather than PSTN. The term is used for many types of modern telephony that have replaced legacy systems.

IP PBX – Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange – is a specific type of telephony system that switches calls between an internal data network and external networks.

IP PBX is a type of VoIP system.

To learn more, visit our products page or contact us today.

 

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Benefits of Multi-Tenant Architecture

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBXware

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There is no doubt that many, maybe even most, businesses are moving to the cloud. But the decision to move to the cloud is not the final choice to be made; companies must choose a type of architecture – multi-tenant or dedicated.

To understand the difference between the two, we can compare them to housing. A dedicated solution is like a home that you own – the whole thing is yours and yours alone. But a multi-tenant solution is like an apartment building that you rent a part of while the rest of the structure is shared.

Of course either scenario has its benefits and drawbacks. But multi-tenant architecture has many benefits that can be marketed to your customers.

First, the cost of multi-tenant is less than dedicated. From the up-front investment to the upkeep to the IT expertise needed, multi-tenant is a better option for companies with a small budget or interest in cost-effectiveness.

Second, multi-tenant is a more flexible solution. It is easily scalable and the owner can quickly and easily add features, do updates, or enhance service for all tenants.

Multi-tenant solutions are particularly appealing to start-ups that will appreciate the price and the built-in support system.

PBXware comes in a Multi-Tenant PBX edition that will offer all of this and more to your customers. Learn more on our Multi-Tenant page or contact us today.

 

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5 Benefits of The Cloud

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud, gloCOM GO

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With each new technological advance, the cloud becomes bigger and better. Here are just five of its many benefits:

1. Scalability – Our favorite advantage of the Cloud is how it facilitates growth. Whether scaling up or down, the Cloud makes it quick and easy to add and remove extensions from anywhere with Internet.

2. Costs – As with most modern technology, the Cloud decreases up-front and long-term costs. From no hardware investments to low maintenance costs, the Cloud is budget-friendly.

3. Disaster recovery – Because all data is stored virtually and off-site, disaster recovery is essentially seamless. Physical or hardware problems will not affect service or data.

4. Mobility – The Cloud is highly flexible and available anywhere with an Internet connection. Mobile apps like gloCOM GO can put your entire telephony solution in the palm of your hand.

5. Productivity – Finally, the Cloud caters to efficiency by making telephony streamlined and simple. Users can focus on customers and sales without giving a second’s thought to the telephony solution.

Learn more about a real Cloud solution on our website.

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VoIP Integration

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud, gloCOM, PBX System, PBXware, SERVERware, TELCOware, Unified Communications, VoIP

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Regardless of how many times we write about the benefits of VoIP, it is always worth pointing out more. VoIP is a game-changer for almost all types of companies and organizations, but only if you recognize its benefits and use it to its full potential.

One such benefit of VoIP, particularly cloud-based VoIP, is integration. The first step to Unified Communications, VoIP can integrate with many or all of your other applications.

Seamless integration saves on time and money and boosts productivity and efficiency. Everyone from the smallest business to the largest enterprise can benefit from a more cohesive and synergistic solution.

Bicom Systems VoIP products are built to integrate natively. PBXware for telephony, TELCOware for provisioning, and SERVERware as a foundation work together seamlessly, especially when tied together by gloCOM, our desktop and mobile communicator app. Learn more on our website.

 

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Effective Telecommuting with gloCOM

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telecommuting, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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While telecommuting has existed for years and years, it has never been as effective and productive as it is today thanks to VoIP and Unified Communications. With benefits to both employees and employers, telecommuting is a real option today using UC tools such as gloCOM.

A few major trends have made effective telecommuting not only possible, but maybe even the best option for many companies: The Internet, Mobility, and Globalization.

Nowadays there is Internet access virtually anywhere, whether via Wi-Fi hotspots or LTE data. That plus the constant presence of smart phones, tablets, and portable laptops means that anywhere can become an office in just moments.

Telecommuting is not only plausible; it’s advantageous to many companies today. Globalization means that companies have customers, suppliers, even competitors across the world. It only makes sense to have employees with just as far a reach.

gloCOM softphone enables users to work effectively anywhere with an Internet connection. From crystal clear individual or conference calls to file and screen sharing to group and individual chat, gloCOM will convert into a virtual office anywhere in the world. It overcomes archaic barriers to remote working such as the inability to communicate or technical difficulties. It even monitors productivity and keeps management up-to-date and involved.

Telecommuting provides several benefits to both employees and employers in the following ways:

  1. Better employees

  2. Increased employee retention

  3. Increased productivity & collaboration

  4. Savings

  5. Continuity

Ready to get started? Contact an Account Manager today!

To learn more or get started with gloCOM, visit our website or contact us today!

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What is IVR?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IVR, PBX, PBXware

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Going back to the basics – what exactly is IVR?

IVR stands for Interactive Voice Response and describes the technology that lets humans communicate with computers via voice.

In the world of telephony, IVR is an automated system that can interact with users to effectively process their requests. This may mean routing calls, providing information, or many other things.

Bicom Systems PBXware has an IVR feature.

 

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3 Advantages of Unified Communications

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Unified Communications

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The vast advantages of Unified Communications can be summarized in three categories:

  1. Cost Reduction

  2. Revenue Increase

  3. Quality of Life in the Office

The first two speak for themselves. There is little doubt that Unified Communications will save on costs and increase profits.

The third is a very general category that can be summarized as improving the quality of life in the office. This means benefits like:

  • Less stress

  • Less wasted time

  • More productivity

  • More collaboration

  • More efficiency

  • More user-friendliness

  • Better customer service

  • Simplification

Users of unified communications enjoy those benefits thanks to features like:

  • Presence

  • Call transfers

  • Voice or video conferencing

  • Screen-sharing

  • Voicemail to email

  • Fax to email

  • Compatibility

  • Multichannel communication

  • and many more!

gloCOM is a Unified Communications app that brings all of these features and values together in one shiny package. Learn more about gloCOM

on our product page or contact us today!

 

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How to Choose Billing Software

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in TELCOware

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Telecoms with good billing software save time, experience less stress, and have more satisfied customers.

So what should you look for in billing software? To start:

  • Web / Email – Choose an Internet-based billing software with an online portal and email invoices. This is so much easier and less expensive than the traditional paper and mail route.

  • Cost – Of course cost will be a factor in your choice. Look for software that matches your budget, but remember that you get what you pay for.

  • Notifications – Good billing software will have options for automatic notifications to both you and customers. This eliminates the need to process invoices month-after-month or track down late or missed payments.

  • Support – An often-overlooked factor, good support is essential. Look for a company with a solid support team that will be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently.

You can find all of these features and many more in TELCOware – our provisioning platform. Best of all, it is seamlessly compatible with the rest of our unified communications products. Learn more on our products page.

 

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Why Your Business Should Go Mobile Now

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, gloCOM GO, Unified Communications

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It is hard to believe that businesses without mobility still exist in the age of smartphones. If you still need persuading that mobility is right for your business, this article is for you.

1. Customer Connection

The first reason to go mobile is that your customers are already mobile. It is rare to find an individual without a smartphone nowadays; more than likely your customers are already mobile and would expect you to be too. This may mean a mobile-friendly website, a smartphone app, or a cell phone contact number. It probably means all three and more! Meeting your customers where they are at is a timeless rule.

2. Employee Connection

Similarly, your employees are probably mobile too. Bringing mobility to work will make employees more available, connected, and motivated.

3. Global and Local Presence

While global and local presences are opposites, both can be achieved with mobility. A mobile phone gives you a local number and more personal feel right at home, but also connects you instantly and seamlessly to partners or employees across the world.

4. Productivity

Mobility adds one more option (or maybe many more!) for communication and collaboration. Employees will be more productive with a mobile option, particularly when on the road or at home.

5. Competitors

If your competitors are not already mobile, they will be soon. Mobility is just one more advantage to have, especially as it becomes an expectation of customers. Do not wait too long and miss the mobility boat – the cost could be high.

gloCOM GO is a unified communications mobile app for businesses. Learn more about its features and values or contact us today!

 

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What is Cloud Communications?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud, Cloud Services, Products

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We talk about “THE CLOUD” all the time, but what exactly does that mean? Like clouds themselves, “the cloud” is something beyond our reach that we may not understand completely.

By definition, the cloud is a network of servers that are hosted by a third-party and can be accessed from anywhere via the Internet.

So cloud communications are any communication services and applications that are hosted by a third-party and accessed via Internet.

Cloud telephony is rapidly replacing traditional telephony and has many benefits to business. From price to features to scalability, cloud or hosted are great options for all kinds of businesses and organizations.

Learn about a real Cloud Communications solution on our products page.

 

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PBX for Small Business

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Business PBX, Hosted PBX, PBX System

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One of my favorite things about modern communications technology is the way it levels the playing field.

In the past, small businesses had a constant disadvantage against large organizations or enterprises. But with technology like VoIP PBX and Cloud PBX, this is no longer true. Small businesses can access many of the same features and values despite having fewer resources.

Hosted PBX is low-budget, easy-to-use, and scalable – all things that small businesses can appreciate.

Small businesses with a Cloud PBX can serve customers as if they were a large enterprise, opening the path for growth.

Speaking of growth, it is easy with Hosted PBX. Scalability allows small businesses to start with what they have and grow fluidly.

Learn more about PBXware Business PBX or contact an Account Manager today!

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How to Become an ITSP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in How to Start & Grow an ITSP, ITSP, PBXware, Softswitch, TELCOware, Unified Communications

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Becoming an ITSP or Phone Company is easier than it has ever been before. As communications technology has become more advanced in recent years, it has also become more simple and user-friendly. All it takes is a dream and some motivation to get started.

You can become an Internet Telephony Service Provider with four essential components:

  1. Hardware – This starts with a VoIP Softswitch and may include servers, routers, IP Phones, etc.
  1. Software – Core telephony services will be offered via unified communications software, billing software, etc.
  1. A VoIP Carrier – A VoIP carrier is necessary to become a services provider.
  1. Support – Too often forgotten, a good support system is vital to becoming a successful and growing ITSP. Nothing compares to having support from somewhere that has been there before.

Bicom Systems has all of the hardware and software that you need to get started, and our Account Managers are the icing on the cake. Visit our product pages to learn more or read our How to Start & Grow an ITSP whitepaper. 

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3 Trends in Call Center Technology

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, PBXware

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Call Centers that are thriving in 2016 pay attention to new trends and embrace new technology. In a world where innovation is happening every single day, businesses cannot afford to fall behind the trends. Call Center Software is constantly evolving to keep up with new technology. Let’s take a look at a few trends for 2016.

1. Cloud-based Software

As with most modern communications solutions, call center software is now available in a cloud-based format. The cloud offers many benefits to call centers of all sizes. With lower costs, enhanced usability, easy scalability, and more, Cloud Call Center Software will soon be the number one choice for call centers. PBXware Call Center edition is a cloud-based software.

2. Multichannel Communications

Gone are the days dominated by voice telephone calls; 2016 offers many other communication options. From instant messaging to video calling to screen sharing, call centers can now give customers choices to resolve problems more quickly and efficiently. Our gloCOM unified communications app offers all of these channels and more.

3. Better CDR

Finally, new call center technology means better tracking and performance management. CDRs are more accurate and detailed than ever, enabling managers to focus on efficiency and track improvements. Learn more about PBXware CDR features here.

If you are a call center, now is the time to jump on board with modern technological trends. Visit our website or contact us to speak with a real Account Manager.

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10 VoIP Selling Points

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, gloCOM, Marketing, Unified Communications, VoIP

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Everyone knows the benefits of VoIP and cloud services, right? It practically sells itself – save money, save time, keep up with the latest trend. But is that all there is to VoIP?

With nearly infinite features and almost as many ways to add value, VoIP is worth much more than most think. Try using some of the following features and values to market VoIP in a bigger and better way.

1. All Calls are Local

VoIP allows users to generate local numbers for anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need for expensive Toll Free numbers and makes customers feel closer to the company.

2. CDR

Call Detail Records are elaborate and complete with VoIP. Everything is recorded and saved, from call logs to chat history to bandwidth usage. This benefits both users and IT that monitor and maintain the system. With VoIP, CDR can even be customized.

3. Conferencing

VoIP permits inexpensive, easy, and efficient conferencing. Whether a spontaneous conference call or a weekly video conference, VoIP softphones makes it user-friendly and simple. gloCOM lets users start conferences by simply dragging contacts into a call.

4. File & Screen Sharing

Most VoIP solutions make it easy to share files or even screen share between contacts. It is quicker than emailing files or using third party software. File share and screen share can be done with the click of a button on gloCOM.

5. FoIP

While fax may seem like a thing of the past, most businesses are still paying for a fax line out of obligation or habit. Fax Over IP (FoIP) eliminates the cost and delivers faxes straight to your email inbox. Click to learn more about The Value of FoIP.

6. High Definition Audio

HD audio ensures crystal clear communication for the most important calls. From big sales pitches to important conference calls to custom support, HD audio is the next best thing to a real conversation.

7. Long Distance Calls

VoIP eliminates geographic cost disparities and saves on long distance calls. The ability to call for ‘free’ via cloud services encourages users to pick up the phone more often and communicate quickly and efficiently to all parts of the world.

8. Mobility

In a world of smart phones, tablets, and BYOD, mobility is crucial in the workplace. VoIP seamlessly integrates with mobile devices through call forwarding or apps, making communication possible any time, anywhere. gloCOM Mobile softphone is coming soon!

9. Recording

The ability to record calls is native to most VoIP phones and is an immensely useful tool for busy and preoccupied users. Record sales calls, training sessions, or any other important calls and come back to listen again later.

10. Voicemail

VoIP Voicemail saves time and cuts down on stress by delivering voicemail alerts and MP3 files directly to the user’s email. The file can be accessed from anywhere and can be quickly forwarded or deleted.

What are your favorite VoIP features and selling points? We’d love to hear from you in our discussion over on LinkedIn!

Ready to get started? Contact an Account Manager today!

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The Changing World of CLECs

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in CLEC, gloCOM, PBXware, sipMON, sipPROT, TELCOware, Unified Communications

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As the communications industry has evolved, CLECs have had to adapt and embrace new techniques to stay ahead in a competitive market. First they controlled their numbers, then transport, but what is next for Competitive Local Exchange Carriers?

While many changes seemed like insurmountable obstacles, CLECs have always found a way to keep up. More often than not, this is due to the local advantage. No matter how much technology advances, many customers will always value a local presence.

CLECs can add value and maintain a local presence with our Unified Communications suite. Tools like a Class 5 Softswitch, a Provisioning Platform, and Security/Monitoring apps integrate together seamlessly to form a powerful solution. Our Unified Communications app gloCOM is the icing on the cake.

Download our CLECs brochure to learn more.

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Hosted PBX vs On-Site PBX

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Hosted PBX, IPPBX, PBX

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The Hosted PBX vs On-Premise PBX debate is a recurring theme on this blog, so when we saw an elaborate infographic on just that topic we knew we had to share it here!

No Jitter shared a Hosted PBX or On-Site infographic with some great information. View the graphic here.

In summary:

Hosted PBX is a great option for SMBs, low budgets, or companies that do not want to dedicate time and resources to the phone system. Cloud PBX systems have lower costs, though they are ongoing as monthly payments. They are simple and easy to use and the provider will manage all maintenance, upgrades, and expansions. Read more about the benefits of Hosted PBX here.

On-Site PBX is a good option for larger enterprises or companies that need complete control at all times. An on-premise PBX is housed within the office and will involve more time and money up-front. Maintenance, upgrades, and expansion will be the responsibility of the company, but on-going costs will be relatively low. Read more about the benefits of On-Site PBX here.

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Go Global with VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Telecommuting, VoIP

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One of the best features of VoIP is that it levels the playing field and gives SMBs the same features and opportunities as large enterprises. One example of this is the ability to grow globally. VoIP News points out a few ways that even the smallest companies can have a global presence with VoIP.

1. Local Phone Numbers – This is probably the first step to a global presence. If your company is going to insert itself into a new country or geographic area, you need to be available to contact with a local phone number. VoIP makes this easy.

2. Long-Distance Call Savings – Previously a major burden on small companies, VoIP makes long-distance calls virtually free. Whether calls are across the street or across the world, costs will stay the same.

3. Telecommunication Abilities – More than just long-distance voice calls, VoIP also supports other modes of communication like conferencing, video calls, or screen sharing. Apps like gloCOM provide these features and more to make the world feel a little smaller.

4. Remote Workers – Finally, VoIP enables your employees to work from home, on the road, or anywhere else with an Internet connection. This allows for the consistent, around-the-clock communication that a global company requires.

To learn more about a VoIP program that can support a global company, check out our gloCOM page. Or visit VoIP News to read more.

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5 VoIP Features for Business Efficiency

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, PBX, PBXware, VoIP

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VoIP is constantly evolving and new features emerge faster than we can use them. VoIP News wrote an article highlighting five VoIP features that increase business efficiency. Let’s take a look at the features:

1. IVR – Interactive Voice Recognition is all about efficiency for the customer. A VoIP solution like PBXware will offer IVR so that customer calls can be attended and routed as quickly and painlessly as possible.

2. Less time on calls – Similarly, VoIP solutions handle and route calls more quickly, cutting the time spent on calls. Businesses of all sizes and industries appreciate less time on the phone! VoIP apps like gloCOM can reduce time significantly.

3. More communications options – From voice calls to video calls to screen sharing, VoIP offers more types of communication for increased efficiency and productivity. You will find all of these options and more in our gloCOM app.

4. Integration – Most VoIP solutions can integrate with your other software and solutions. Better yet, Bicom Systems offers all of the pieces so they created to work together seamlessly, saving time, money, and effort.

5. Cost-effectiveness – Finally, VoIP is cost-efficient, reducing up-front and long-term costs. VoIP can open the door for even the smallest businesses and level the playing field.

Thanks to VoIP News for reminding us of these great features. Learn more about a real VoIP solution on our PBXware page.

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How To Grow Your Telecom with Multi-Tenant PBX

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware

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The key to growth for any telecom or ITSP is a scalable platform. Of course there are other important strategies and steps to growth, but without a scalable PBX platform growth will be impossible.

Bicom Systems designed Multi-Tenant PBX as a scalable solution for telecoms that want to grow. With unlimited resellers, extensions, and tenants you can start as small or large as you want and scale up or down with the click of a button.

In addition to being highly scalable, Multi-Tenant PBX alleviates much of the workload, giving you more time to focus on sales and growth.

Get started today by visiting our Multi-Tenant PBX page or signing up for a free account manager!

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6 Guidelines to Choosing Call Center Software

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Systems

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1. Feature Set – The first and most obvious consideration is the feature set. Start by making a list of the non-negotiable features that your call center needs. Particularly useful features include predictive dialing, click-to-call, IVR, ACD, skills-based routing, etc. Do not settle for an option that does not have all of the features you require.

2. Integration – Call Center PBX software that can integrate with your other platforms, like your CRM, will increase ease-of-use and productivity. Better yet, a complete call center solution will come with all of the pieces already integrated into one package.

3. Scalability – One of the most important considerations is scalability. Once you finally select and implement call center software, the last thing you want to do is upgrade after a few years of successful growth and expansion. A great call center software will be highly flexible and able to grow with your company.

4. Reporting – The heart of any call center is, of course, the phone calls. So effective tracking and reporting are an essential part of call center software. Look for a solution with real-time reporting, administrator tracking, and CDR.

5. Customer Service – Any telephony solution is only as good as its customer service. This includes not only troubleshooting, but also the initial implementation process and training. Choose a company that backs its call center software with consistent quality customer support.

6. Pricing – While price should not be your primary consideration, your call center software should certainly fit within your budget. Pay attention to both up-front costs as well as maintenance and support costs that will come later on. Above all, look for a call center software provider that offers a free trial to test compatibility before making an investment.

Follow the above guidelines and you will be well on your way to choosing call center software. Get started by checking out our PBXware Call Center software.

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What Is the Difference Between a Class 4 and Class 5 Softswitch?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBXware, Softswitch

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A softswitch is the modern convergence of software and switchboards. In the past, calls were manually “switched” by an operator using a switchboard, but this is now done automatically but softswitches.

So what is the difference between a Class 4 softswitch and a Class 5 softswitch?

Class 5 softswitches are used within small geographic areas or businesses and organizations. They can route calls within cities, organizations, states, or even small countries. Class 5 softswitches connect phones and devices, operating on the end-user level.

Class 4 softswitches operate on a larger scale for long-distance calls over large areas or between countries. They route calls between Class 5 switches. Class 4 softswitches connect suppliers, operating on a provider level.

The following diagram illustrates the place of class 5 and class 4 softswitches.

Bicom Systems PBXware is available as both a Class 5 and Class 4 softswitch.

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On-Premise vs. Cloud IP PBX Systems

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, IPPBX, PBX, PBX System, PBXware

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Last month we learned what exactly “PBX System” means and some of the different deployment options. The two most common options – and hardest to choose between – are on-premise IP PBX and hosted or cloud IP PBX.

On-premise solutions are owned and managed by the user. The physical IP PBX is stored on-site and all of the technology is set-up and maintained in-house.

Hosted or cloud solutions are rented out by a service provider for a monthly fee that covers service, maintenance, and upgrades. The user needs only IP Phones that connect to the cloud PBX system via Internet.

Both are good options depending on the size and type of your business.

Let’s look at the benefits of each system:

On-Premise IP PBX System

  • No monthly fee

  • More control over the solution

  • Long-term investment

  • No reliance on a service provider

  • Can integrate with other solutions

  • May have more features

Hosted or Cloud IP PBX System

  • Low or no up-front costs

  • No additional maintenance or upgrade costs

  • More flexible and scalable

  • No need for IT expertise or personnel

  • Less employee training needed

  • Advances in technology will come in automatic upgrades

Clearly both systems have benefits and drawbacks. In general, hosted deployments are better for SMBs, organizations limited by budget, or companies expecting to grow in the future. On-premise systems make sense for very large companies that are prepared to own and support their own PBX.

PBXware is an example of a hosted IP PBX solution. Learn more on our website.

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How to Upgrade from FreePBX

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in FreePBX, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX, PBX System, PBXware

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A variation on the non-fairy tale we wrote about last week, we recently spoke with a business-owner that struggled with FreePBX for a year before throwing in the towel. Costs were through the roof, far too much of the work and configuration was falling on his shoulders, and support was all but non-existent.

In the process of shutting down his business, he was about to give up entirely when he realized that maybe a different PBX system would make all the difference. Perhaps an effective GUI and supportive provider would free him up to continue taking his business forward.

Research led him to Bicom Systems and PBXware.

Multi-Tenant PBX was designed specifically for entrepreneurs like him. With a simple yet comprehensive interface and vast features, our PBX system enhances business rather than restricting it. Best of all, our platform is scalable and flexible – it grows with you.

To upgrade from FreePBX or any other PBX system, contact us today or visit the PBXware page to learn more.

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