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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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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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5 Reasons to Choose Bicom Systems

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM GO, PBX System, Softphone, TELCOware, Unified Communications, VoIP

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At the risk of ‘tooting our own horn’, we jotted down some recent comments made by partners that chose Bicom Systems over our competitors. We hope these will help other telecoms stuck in the decision-making process.

1. Integrated Billing Software

A key part of our unified communications suite is TELCOware, our provisioning platform. Our partners report that no one else integrates billing into their telephony platform despite the clear benefits. This frees users from doing complicated billing procedures themselves or hiring a third party. Learn more about our Billing Software.

2. Simple, Effective Interface

Over the years we have seen many partners express relief when first viewing our simple, yet effective PBX interface. Our GUI is user-friendly and lets you focus your time and concentration on what matters most to you. Best of all, we work to improve the interface in each new release.

3. Mobile App

While most of our competitors do now offer VoIP mobile applications, we hear that none compare to gloCOM GO. And it is no surprise after the weeks and months dedicated to perfecting the application that ties together all of our other unified communications products. Learn more about our Mobile VoIP App.

4. More features

Our PBX feature-set has been carefully developed to give our partners the highest value possible. We have listened to customer requests and attempted to provide features both for their internal use and for the development of a higher valued end product.

5. Affordability

One of the complaints we get the most is our lack of pricing on our website, but those that take the time to speak with an Account Manager find our pricing structure more than satisfying. Unlike competitors with set-in-stone prices, we work on an individual basis to create a solution that matches the needs and budget of each partner.

If you are trying to choose a PBX system we’d love to chat with you. Contact us now or browse our products.

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Are All Prospects Worth the Sales Pitch?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Marketing, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Softphone, Unified Communications

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The short answer: Yes.

Anyone in telecom sales knows the importance of prioritizing leads and allocating your time wisely. Of course there will always be prospects that are clearly worth extra attention and time. But no prospect should be ignored if you are still interested in growing.

The reasons are obvious: you never know who will surprise you, ignoring a lead may hurt your brand image, etc. But we have a prime example of the value of every lead.

A few days ago we were contacted by a company that wanted our gloCOM unified communications softphone app. They already had an Asterisk-based PBX system and were not interested in making any changes. They just needed that one last piece to tie the whole solution together.

Rather than writing them off as satisfied with another provider, the assigned Account Manager started a conversation to see where it went. In just 15 minutes the contact had become interested in our philosophy of “all the pieces” and signed-up to test Multi-Tenant PBX.

Moral of the story: Even a prospect that is 100% satisfied with their current provider can be swayed with even a short, open conversation.

So the answer is yes, ALL prospects are worth the sales pitch.

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How to Increase Call Center Productivity & Efficiency

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

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PBX Call Center Software

The goal of any call center is to handle the maximum call volume as efficiently as possible. This means answering and resolving all calls favorably and quickly. While this may have been more difficult in the past, PBX call center software makes this possible for call centers across the globe today.

Call Center Productivity Tools

By enabling call center agents with the right tools, you can ensure maximum efficiency and productivity. Modern call center software allows agents to:

  • Solve caller problems more quickly – The primary purpose of call center agents, problem solving can be done more quickly with the right software. Call center applications like gloCOM enable agents to find a solution without hanging up or putting the caller on hold. Whether this means using instant messaging with coworkers or supervisors, instantly conferencing in another party, or transferring the caller to an available agent, the call will be brought to resolution more quickly.

  • Route calls more efficiently – Sometimes it just is not possible to resolve a call in one step, so the next best option is to get the caller to the right person as quickly and painlessly as possible. A good call center app will show the real-time status of other agents and support instant drag-and-drop transfers to whoever is available. Some PBX solutions will also offer skills based routing and more advanced queue options.

  • Stay more motivated – Agent burnout is a real problem in many call centers, so it is worth it to keep agents happy and motivated. Software like PBXware Call Center PBX can show real-time stats on a wallboard to encourage friendly competition and inspire agents to work more quickly. And a complementing app like gloCOM allows for monitored breaks that will keep agents energetic and happy. Supervisors can see which agents are inactive too often and take action accordingly.

More Productivity Means More Profit

The three ideas above are a starting point to making your call center more productive and, in turn, more profitable. The best part is that most PBX call center solutions will be scalable and allow you to keep up with the growth that is sure to follow.

To learn more about call center software solutions, check out our Call Center PBX page or contact us today.

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5 Ways Hosted VoIP Supports Collaboration

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

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Employee collaboration is essential to productivity in any size company, but particularly important to small companies just getting started. Effective productivity can mean the difference between a growing start-up and a failed business.

Fortunately, Hosted PBX and Cloud PBX offer collaboration tools with valuable benefits to even the smallest businesses.

1. Faster collaboration

Unified communications enables employees to share resources and information more quickly. This can be done through a variety of features including screen share, video conferencing, drag-and-drop instant conferencing, status presence, instant messaging, mobility, etc. You can find all of these features and more in gloCOM softphone.

2. More options than email

While email still has its place in business, VoIP opens up several other channels that may be more effective. For example, dragging users into an instant conference will lead to a quicker conclusion than a lengthy email thread. Written communication can lend itself to misunderstandings and delays that are avoided with voice or even video tools.

3. Customer service

In addition to collaborating quickly with one another, unified communications users can also respond to customers more quickly and efficiently. Whether this means reaching a solution and getting back to the customer quickly or bringing the customer right into a conference call or screen-share, customers will be pleased with the rapid service.

4. Budget- and growth-friendly

Even start-ups with the lowest budget can afford many unified communications tools and apps to get started. Hosted and cloud solutions in particular have low or no up-front costs and little maintenance. Best of all, most of these solutions are highly scalable and can grow as your business grows.

With all of the VoIP tools available today, there is no excuse not to get started. Contact us or visit our website to start planning today!

Read more about collaboration tools for small businesses at VoIP-News.

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4 Ways Voice is Still Better than Video

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

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While video calling is gaining traction in the world of VoIP, voice calling is still the best choice in most business circumstances.

What makes voice better than video?

1 – Voice Eliminates Distractions

Traditional voice calls appeal to just one sense (hearing) and allow both parties to focus on simply listening to a voice. Video calling, on the other than, brings in a whole other sense (sight) and opens the door to distractions. For example, delays between the sound and image will distract the viewer and slow down communication. Video also brings in other factors such as clothing, expressions, or things in the background that distract and detract from the speaker.

2 – Voice Has Lesser Requirements

Video calling necessitates more hardware and a better network than voice calling. Aside from needing a camera and device that processes sound and video, video calling uses more bandwidth. Most VoIP voice calls use 8 to 24 Kbps while video calls can use from 128 Kbps to over 1 Mbps. Video calls have other consequences to equipment such as lower battery life.

3 – Voice is Easier to Setup

Whether VoIP or PSTN, voice is easier and quicker to setup than video calling.

4 – Voice is More Compatible

VoIP Voice calls are almost always automatically compatible between different parties, offices, and even parts of the world. Different software and/or hardware work together seamlessly. Video, on the other hand, results in endless compatibility issues. Both parties must be using the same video tool on the same type of device to ensure an easy connection and optimal quality.

For a Unified Communications Voice application, check out gloCOM.

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Four Ways to Get Started with Mobile VoIP

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

Do you use mobile VoIP at work? If your answer is no, you should start! And if your answer is yes, keep reading, you still may learn a thing or two.

The following are four things to think about as you get started using mobile VoIP in your business.

1. Choose a Data Plan

The cellular data used by mobile VoIP when outside of a WiFi zone can add up quickly. Before getting too far, ask your carrier about data plans and choose the right one for your company.

2. Make it Secure

As with any other business calls, VoIP or not, security is an important issue to consider. Whether your company will use MDM (Mobile Device Management), EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management), or a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app, do not skip this step and open the company to potential security breaches.

3. Skip the Consumer Apps

Though consumer VoIP apps are common and free, it’s not a good idea to mix business with consumer software. From Skype to Viber to WhatsApp, these applications serve their purpose well enough outside of the office, but seek a business solution for your business.

4. Take Advantage of Features

One of the things that makes VoIP so popular today is its plethora of features. This is no different in the case of mobile VoIP. Take time to learn the features and take full advantage of them.

Ready to get started? Check out our softphone gloCOM.

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Conference Calls

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

If you haven’t seen the “Conference Call in Real Life” video yet, watch it now. It will have you laughing and nodding in agreement from the start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ

Humor aside, conference calling is an excellent tool that is often wrought with problems. But before you throw in the towel on conference calling altogether, we recommend trying a dedicated Unified Communications app like gloCOM.

Our business soft phone makes conference calling simple and easy. With drag-and-drop functionality, it is easy to start a spontaneous conference and get to business quickly.

To learn more about conferencing calling and other features of gloCOM, visit our website today!

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Softphone or Mobile – A Third Option

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

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VoIP News brings up an interesting quandary for businesses: softphones or mobile phones?

They discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each option:

Everyone already has a mobile phone, so it makes sense to use them. BYOD is so popular already. And for employees that spend time working out of the office, a mobile phone is a valuable tool.

But softphones offer even more benefits. They are usually a free software included with your unified communications solution. Softphones can often function much like a desk phone, so productivity is not lessened. And they have the advantage of a more professional appearance than using a cell phone number.

The decision seems difficult, but we suggest a third option: a mobile softphone.

gloCOM is a business softphone that can be used on desktop or mobile. Whether sitting at a desk with your IP handset, working from a laptop, or on the road with just your smart phone, you can have the same number and expansive functionality.

Don’t worry about making the choice – you can have the best of both worlds. Visit our website to learn more about gloCOM today.

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7 Collaboration Tools You Should Be Using

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

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One of the most valuable features of Unified Communications is increased collaboration. A plethora of UC tools make collaboration possible outside the confines of an office or meeting room. Below are just a few collaboration tools you should be using

• Presence – Colleagues can interact as if they were in a physical office when using presence.

• Screensharing – A fast way to convey ideas and information without miscommunications or long explanations.

• Recording – Users that miss an important call or presentation can catch-up with a recording as soon as they are available again.

• Conferencing – One of the older tools, conferencing with unified communications can be spontaneous and quick.

• Mobile – Most unified communications tools are now available on mobile, putting collaboration in the palm of your hand.

• Messaging – Instant messaging can get quick answers even when users are busy or on call.

• Integration – Email, CRMs, and more can be integrated with unified communications to bring more tools to your fingertips.

Tools like the above can increase productivity and save time on a daily basis. Get these tools and more in an application like gloCOM.

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5 More Benefits of VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Softphone, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

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We all know the two major benefits of VoIP: It saves time and it saves money. But as VoIP continues gaining popularity those become less exciting and more normal expectations. Fortunately, VoIP touts many other benefits too. Here are just a few…

1. Call routing & automation

Today everyone has experience automated menus on the phone. While we may complain about these systems at times, think back to before when calls would just go to voicemail, or, even worse, ring perpetually. Call routing is much more efficient.

2. Even playing field for SMBs

One of the best things about VoIP is that it evens the playing field for even the smallest companies. VoIP is scalable and can give a small company just what they need and then grow with them.

3. No geographic restrictions

VoIP can give you local phone numbers and inexpensive long-distance calling, breaking traditional geographic boundaries. Even the smallest companies can expand geographically with a simple VoIP system.

4. Less maintenance

Hosted VoIP is managed, at least partially, if not fully, but the service provider. This means no need for maintenance or big IT teams for your company. Updates will be taken care of by the provider, taking that stress off of you.

5. Mobility

An increasing popular option, VoIP allows for mobility. Our gloCOM business soft phone is available for desktop or mobile phone, making your office portable. Gone are the days of losing time and missing calls when on the road or at home.

Read more at VoIP News or contact us to get started on your VoIP journey today!v

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5 Forgotten VoIP Tools

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, gloCOM GO, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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VoIP gives us so many features and benefits that it is easy to forget some and miss out. VoIP News reminded us of five great features that are too often forgotten.

1. Calling is not limited to the desk phone

Unlike in the past, making calls no longer means sitting at a desk with a telephone in your hand. VoIP allows users to call with soft phones on any kind of device – computers, mobile phones, tablets, etc. For example, gloCOM is a business soft phone for desktop or mobile.

2. Voicemail is flexible

Similar to calling, voicemail is no longer bound to a desk phone. With VoIP, you can access voicemail from any device or even via email. Whether as an audio file or a transcript, your voicemail could be delivered to your inbox along with all your other messages.

3. Transferring is easy

Transferring calls within a VoIP system is as easy as the click of a button. Ever called one number only to be given another number to write down, verify, and then hang up and call? VoIP makes transfers to other branches, remote locations, or even mobile phones possible.

4. Surveillance and security can be incorporated

VoIP and Unified Communications can even incorporate your office security system. Rather this means checking your surveillance cameras right from your soft phone or opening a locked entrance for a visitor, VoIP has you covered.

5. Fax can be VoIP too

Finally, users too often forget that VoIP can include more than just calling. Fax over VoIP (FoIP) functions much like calling and gives you all the same benefits. Fax to email eliminates the need for a fax machine altogether.

If you’d like these features, check out gloCOM, our business soft phone that offers many of these and more!

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4 Reasons Employees are More Productive with VoIP

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

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Among the many benefits of VoIP for business is increased productivity. Below are just a few ways that your employees can be more productive with VoIP.

1. Unified communications

VoIP is the first step to unified communications, which streamlines user activities for improved more productivity. Applications like gloCOM bring everything together in one simple interface so users can communicate quickly and efficiently.

2. Better call routing

Another benefit of VoIP is the ability to route calls efficiently for less wasted time. Callers can be automatically routed to the right person, bypassing transfers and holds that use valuable time. Employees that are working on something else can avoid interruption.

3. Lower costs

The fact that VoIP is less expensive than legacy encourages users to make more calls, even long-distance. If employees can just pick up the phone rather than writing out an email or waiting for a schedule meeting, they will get work done more more quickly.

4. Less stress

As a result of all of the above, VoIP users are less stressed. As any supervisor knows, happy employees are productive employees. A less stressful work environment allows for maximum collaboration and productivity.

If you want more productivity in your company, contact us today!

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5 Implications of Decentralization with Hosted VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, gloCOM, Hosted PBX, Softphone, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Continuing our previous post on 5 Ways Hosted VoIP Supports Decentralization, today we discuss some of the implications of decentralizing your business with hosted VoIP.

1. You will need to outsource your telephony.

The first step in decentralizing with Hosted VoIP is accepting that you will need to outsource your telephony system. If you are hesitant to make this decision, consider how much progress VoIP has made and how popular it has become. VoIP is quickly surpassing legacy and is certainly a stable solution that is here to stay.

2. You will need to use the cloud.

Similar to the first, the second step is deciding to trust the cloud. There is no way around using the cloud for successful decentralization. Like VoIP, the cloud has become a prevalent solution that can be trusted. You will find that the cloud can serve your business even beyond basic telephony needs in the form of unified communications.

3. You will use SIP Trunking.

Yet another modern technology, SIP Trunking has many advantages over legacy trunking. Much like the cloud, you may be surprised to find what else SIP trunking can do for you. The use of these technologies will open the door to unified communications and collaboration in more ways than you anticipated.

4. Your office will change.

With all of these technological advancements, it is no surprise that the office itself is changing and transforming. While one large, central office was the norm for years, hosted VoIP and decentralization allows for many smaller remote locations of even home workers. Consider the advantages this can afford to your employees and customers.

5. Your business will change too.

Finally, hosted VoIP and decentralization will cause your business to change and progress. Whether this means expanding to a few new geographic markets or becoming an entirely virtual company, hosted VoIP is bound to lead to growth for your company.

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

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5 Ways Hosted VoIP Supports Decentralization

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, gloCOM, Hosted PBX, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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Most businesses want to grow. In today’s global market an important part of growth is geographical expansion.

This type of growth has not always been easy or even possible, especially for SMBs with a tighter budget. Legacy telephony would have required a new, expensive phone system for each new office or location.

But Hosted VoIP has made geographic growth possible for even the smallest budgets. Ziff Davis came up with five ways that hosted VoIP supports decentralization:

1. Hosted VoIP offers the ability to work from home.

While working from home was previously undesirable to employers and detrimental to collaboration, cloud VoIP makes it an ideal situation. Modern VoIP tools like gloCOM make it so that home workers perform as if they were in the office, or maybe even better. Clients will not know the difference and coworkers or supervisors can be in constant, real-time collaboration.

2. Hosted VoIP makes growth more cost-effective.

With hosted VoIP, telecoms can add new locations without investing in a new telephony system for them. With as little a local Internet connection, offices across the world can connect to the central hosted VoIP system and function immediately. This makes growth less of an economic risk.

3. Hosted VoIP is flexible.

Along those same lines, growth with a hosted VoIP system is more flexible. The low economic risk means lesser consequence in case of slow or no growth. With SIP trunking, it easy to scale up or down and use only as much of the system as needed. For example, during peak times it would be easy to add temporary extensions that would later be removed.

4. Hosted VoIP gives you peace of mind.

Another benefit of hosted VoIP and decentralization is continuity. With on-premise systems, disaster recovery is up to the company. But with hosted VoIP, the system is in a remote data center and mirrored and different locations. In case of natural or other disasters, service should continue uninterrupted in all locations.

5. Hosted VoIP necessitates less IT.

Finally, hosted VoIP takes the burden of IT maintenance and support off the company. The provider can do as little or as much as needed. This is particularly useful for companies with multiple locations and home workers that do not want to hire IT staff all over the world.

If you are a telecom that wants to grow, hosted VoIP may be the right option for you. Sign up for a FREE account to learn more today.

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3 Ways Hosted VoIP Helps Businesses Grow

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

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Anyone that has a hosted VoIP system will be quick to spurt its many benefits and advantages. At the top of the list is how easy it is to grow with a hosted solution.

First, a hosted VoIP system makes it easy to open new locations or offices. The ability to use the same central telephony system in any number of new branches means cost savings and peace-of-mind. Opening new offices becomes inexpensive and easy with hosted VoIP.

Second, work can be outsourced or delegated to work-at-home employees. A hosted VoIP system brings the office to the worker, wherever they may be. This makes hiring new employees or outsourcing temporary work incredibly easy and inexpensive. It also fixes any space issues at the office. Applications like gloCOM bring the capability of an entire office to your desktop, wherever you are.

Finally, hosted VoIP allows for growth even on a tight budget. Certainly less costly than legacy telephony, and more economical than premise-based VoIP, hosted VoIP generally only requires monthly expenditures without up-front investments or ongoing maintenance costs. Companies with hosted VoIP can expand without breaking the budget.

Is your company ready to grow? Whether you already have a hosted solution or not, sign up for a free account to take the next step today!

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5 Reasons to Migrate to VoIP from Ziff Davis & 1 From Us

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

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While sticking with a legacy system may seem like the easiest option, there is a plethora of reasons to migrate to VoIP. Ziff Davis brings us 5 of those reasons that we summarize below.

  1. Cost

    What is the primary motive for most business decisions? Cost! From cutting costs to increasing revenue, the budget is central to an SMB’s agenda. Thus it is the first reason to migrate to VoIP. Check out a few VoIP options and crunch the numbers. We guarantee that VoIP will end up costing you less in the long run.

  1. Employee Behavior

    Take a look around your office – are employees using their desk phones? looking at their computer screens? on a mobile device? Employee behavior is changing and the desk phone is losing its place as the center of any office. Modern business is done not only via voice, but also through email, instant messaging, and even video. VoIP integrates voice with all of these new technologies.

  1. Productivity

    Along those same lines, the ability to integrate VoIP with a wide range of other communication methods means increased productivity. A desk phone limits employees to communicate only when at their desk, and only when the other person is free. A comprehensive VoIP solution opens the door to employee collaboration through a variety of channels. Features such as presence give the real-time status of users, saving time spent looking for coworkers.

  1. Voice is Data

    Employees and usage aside, VoIP is a better option because it runs over the data network. A legacy system runs on a dedicated voice network, forcing companies to have two networks. This means paying two networks, maintaining two networks, plugging in two networks, etc. It is much simpler to run all of your voice and communication applications over one data network. 

  1. The Industry

    The final reason to switch to VoIP is simply keeping up with the industry. Not only users are migrating to VoIP, vendors as well are shifting from legacy solutions to VoIP. It will not be long until legacy support is difficult to find. Now is the time to take the leap – stay ahead of the industry, not behind it.

  1. It’s going to happen anyway

    Depending on where you are in the world, the TDM networks may have already switched off, or will next year. Find out before you’re found out.

Whether you are ready to sign up now or still not convinced, we recommend taking a look at gloCOM. A business softphone that simplifies and enhances communication, gloCOM embodies the essence of VoIP and Unified Communications. gloCOM empowers business users to communicate and work better in modern workplaces. Among other things, gloCOM can

  • Simplify and enhance business communications

  • Save time and money spent on communications

  • Encourage collaboration and productivity

Visit our gloCOM page to learn more!

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A VoIP Glossary

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Telephony, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

Do you ever hear VoIP jargon and acronyms that fly over your head? Thanks to Ziff Davis we can learn all of those terms and more in The Business User’s Glossary to VoIP.

Some of the acronyms they cover are:

ATA – Analog Telephone Adaptor

Adapts a traditional analog phone to work with VoIP.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Employees today are often allowed to use their own mobile devices or tablets at work.

CDR – Call Detail Record Detailed information about incoming or outgoing calls.

DID – Direct Inward Dialing Refers to an internal extension that can be reached via a standard 10-digit telephone number.

E1 The European version of T1 (see below).

HUD – Heads-Up Display The idea of using a softphone right on the computer screen rather than a phone on the desk.

IVR – Interactive Voice Response Refers to a VoIP voicemail system.

POP – Point of Presence The point where the company’s network connects to the telephone company’s network.

SIP – Session Initiation Protocol Allows different devices to be compatible on the same VoIP network.

T1 Standard data transmission line in North America

Head over to Ziff Davis to read more!

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Four Ways to Get Started with Mobile VoIP

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

Do you use mobile VoIP at work? If your answer is no, you should start! And if your answer is yes, keep reading, you still may learn a thing or two.

The following are four things to think about as you get started using mobile VoIP in your business.

1. Choose a Data Plan

The cellular data used by mobile VoIP when outside of a WiFi zone can add up quickly. Before getting too far, ask your carrier about data plans and choose the right one for your company.

2. Make it Secure

As with any other business calls, VoIP or not, security is an important issue to consider. Whether your company will use MDM (Mobile Device Management), EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management), or a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app, do not skip this step and open the company to potential security breaches.

3. Skip the Consumer Apps

Though consumer VoIP apps are common and free, it’s not a good idea to mix business with consumer software. From Skype to Viber to WhatsApp, these applications serve their purpose well enough outside of the office, but seek a business solution for your business.

4. Take Advantage of Features

One of the things that makes VoIP so popular today is its plethora of features. This is no different in the case of mobile VoIP. Take time to learn the features and take full advantage of them.

Ready to get started? Check out our softphone gloCOM.

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Paying Too Much for a Telephony System that Doesn’t Even Give You Results?

Written by Kevin Langford on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, IP Telephony, PBXware, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Products, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

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Support and maintenance cost you an arm and a leg. Your telephony system operates like something straight out of The Flintstones. You’re itching to make more sales and grow, but an old system is holding you back. Worst of all, you’re losing customers to companies that offer ‘cool new features’.

We’ve heard the story over and over again… It’s time for a change! Forget the Flintstones – let’s become Jetsons!

Bicom Systems helps telecom resellers update their telephony system and take the first steps toward more sales and growth. We cut the support and maintenance costs so you can focus your budget on what really matters – a powerful and feature-rich system that opens the door to unlimited growth. With a variety of hosted and rented options, there is no need for large up-front investments or mortgages. Growth doesn’t have to be expensive anymore!

The best part? Fun and cool features. From Call Detail Records to Customizable Queues to IVR, your new features are sure to attract and retain customers. gloCOM, the most advanced softphone on the market, brings the latest in Unified Communications to desktop and mobile devices. gloCOM will give your users all of the tools they need for effective communication, including click-to-call, instant messaging, drag-and-drop conferencing, call records, file and screen share, faxing, voicemail, and more!

What are you waiting for? Leave Bedrock behind and give us a call today!

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4 Ways VoIP Adds Value to SMBs

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

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As we discussed in VoIP Selling Points, VoIP and cloud services are about so much more than just saving money. It is about more than telephony, too. VoIP is an entire integrated communications experience that is capable of adding value to businesses in many ways.

So how do VoIP and application like gloCOM softphone add value?

Head over to Telecom Reseller to read our full post!

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Paying Too Much for Call Center Software that Doesn’t Even Give You Results?

Written by Kevin Langford on . Posted in Call Center PBX, gloCOM, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Support and maintenance cost you an arm and a leg. Your call center software operates like something straight out of The Flintstones. You’re itching to handle more calls and grow, but old software is holding you back. Worst of all, you’re losing calls and customers for a lack of ‘cool new features’.

We’ve heard the story over and over again… It’s time for a change! Forget the Flintstones – let’s become Jetsons!

Bicom Systems helps call centers update their software and take the first steps toward higher call volumes and growth. We cut the support and maintenance costs so you can focus your budget on what really matters – powerful and feature-rich software that opens the door to unlimited growth. With a variety of hosted and rented options, there is no need for large up-front investments or mortgages. Growth doesn’t have to be expensive anymore!

The best part? Fun and cool features. From Call Detail Records to Customizable Queues to IVR, your new features make it possible to efficiently handle a much higher volume of calls. gloCOM, the most advanced softphone on the market, brings the latest in Unified Communications to desktop and mobile devices. gloCOM will give your angets all of the tools they need for effective call handling, including click-to-call, instant messaging, drag-and-drop conferencing, call records, file and screen share, faxing, voicemail, and more!

What are you waiting for? Leave Bedrock behind and give us a call today!

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Custom Work: gloCOM

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Custom Work, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications

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Did you know we can customize gloCOM for any company or telephone system?

We’ve already done it for for S-Net Communications, Telappliant, and many others. You’re next!

Among other things, the custom solution can include:

  • Different name

  • Different icon

  • Disabled faxing

  • Support for web plugins

  • Setup of default country for outgoing calls

  • Removal of free edition

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The Value of Fax Over IP (FoIP)

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

When we think of VoIP the first thing that comes to mind is voice calls, right? But VoIP can do so much more, for example Faxing over IP or FoIP.

While fax may seem like a thing of the past, it is still a requirement of many businesses for compliance or record management purposes. Most businesses are still paying to have a fax line whether it is worth the cost or not.

FoIP delivers fax documents straight to your email inbox, making fax so easy and inexpensive that you may began using it more often than you think.

So where do you get FoIP? Good question.

gloCOM, our Global Communicator app, includes FoIP among its many value-adding features. You can send and receive faxes, view your fax history, and print fax documents all from gloCOM!

Ready to get started? Visit the gloCOM page to learn more or contact us today!

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How Bicom Systems uses Asterisk Manager

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Asterisk, PBX System, PBXware, Softphone, Support

We sometimes hear that our customers are using Asterisk Manager and always advise against it. Among other things, Asterisk Manager is not scalable.

Bicom Systems recommends using our own PBXware Proxy for a few reasons…

  • PBXware Proxy stores the Asterisk state in memcached in real time, so there is no need to ‘ask’ Asterisk anything when a client connects

  • Licensing can be done in PBXware Proxy

  • gloCOM depends on PBXware Proxy for many of its features

  • PBXware Proxy provides FULL PBX access

  • Multi-Tenancy

Learn more by visiting our website today!

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Custom Work: Agent BLF

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, Custom Work, PBX System, Phone Systems, Softphone, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications

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Presence is one of the most popular advantages of Unified Communications and, more specifically, gloCOM. The ability to check the status of employees or coworkers in real-time is invaluable to productivity and collaboration for call centers or other businesses.

But if it’s not working correctly, what’s the point?

We created a custom solution that lets agents check and make sure presence is working on the telephone system correctly.

We give a BLF button to all users, allowing them to see if they are logged in or not and to log in or out with just a quick press of the button.

This is particularly useful for large enterprises or call centers that have many users online at any given time.

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2014 State of Unified Communications – Part 3

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Telephony, PBX System, Softphone, Unified Communications, Virtual PBX

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In our first and second posts in this series on the 2014 State of Unified Communications we discussed the overall growth of the market, premise vs cloud deployments, collaboration, and what users are looking for in Unified Communications.

We’ll start off our final post talking about what IT Teams need to do in Unified Communications…

With the growth of the Unified Communications market in 2014, IT teams have more pressure than ever to develop and maintain an excellent solution.

IT Teams must acquaint themselves with the vendors on the market. Aside from all of the large business providers, consumer and cloud providers are gaining traction and represent real competition in the world of Unified Communications.

They must also recognize that Unified Communications are an essential part of telephony today. The market is growing and the competition has already adopted Unified Communications.

WHAT TO DO WHEN STARTING OR EXPANDING A UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION

After hearing those statistics and expectations for the Unified Communications market in the year to come, are you ready to start or expand your UC development? If so, follow these guidelines for a smooth transition:

  1. Target the deployment, at least at first. Provide UC to only those users that will most benefit to begin a slow transition.

  2. Evaluate all of your PBX options. You may not have to upgrade your PBX equipment. Unified Communications is more about virtual features and capabilities than equipment.

  3. Seek a vendor with plans for federation. As the world of telephony moves to 100% Unified Communications it will be important to connect with suppliers and business partners that have different systems.

  4. Do not minimize the importance of voice. While Unified Communications has many benefits to offer, voice continues to be the most fundamental service. Ensure that the new solution will allow maximum quality voice features within your company.

  5. Take full advantage of training. Less important is how to actually use Unified Communications – that tends to be self-explanatory; but teach users the value and benefits of using those features in order to get the most out of the system.

  6. Market your UC solution to its full extent. Unified Communications has so much to offer – show users and potential clients why it is so indispensable. From increased efficiency, to reduced cost, to employee productivity, UC practically markets itself with a little effort.

Not sure where to start? Bicom Systems Account Managers would be happy to talk to you. Contact us at sales@bicomsystems.com, browse our products, or watch our gloCOM Unified Communications app video:

In summary, the world of Unified Communications has made vast improvement in the past year, but there are still several areas that could use some work for the remainder of 2014.

Want to keep reading? Download the full report from Information Week

What are your thoughts on how the Unified Communications Market is going? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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5 Steps to Migrating from Legacy to VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Phone, IP Telephony, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Support, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

While VoIP has been around and available for over a decade, many businesses have yet to make the jump from a Legacy Telephony System to VoIP. Legacy Systems were a significant investment and were expected to last, so many businesses are hesitant to abandon them for the newest trend. However, VoIP is quickly becoming the mainstream choice in the world of business telephony, so it is time to take the leap.

Fortunately Ziff Davis wrote a guide that will walk you through the process step-by-step: Migrating Your Business to VoIP: Five Key Success Factors. We outline those steps for you below:

  1. RECOGNIZE THIS IS A JOURNEY
    The first step to transitioning from Legacy to VoIP is simply understanding that VoIP is constantly evolving and preparing yourself for constant change. But recognize that this change is not a bad thing; on the contrary, it means ever improving service and increased features. Moving to VoIP will entail some risks but we are confident that the benefits outweigh any roadblocks along the way.

  2. ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF 3 STAKEHOLDER GROUPS
    Once you are prepared to begin the journey of VoIP, your company must define its goals.  VoIP will impact three major players in your business and each can potentially benefit:a) Employees – Your employees will be the primary users. VoIP can increase their efficiency and effectiveness. For example, VoIP features like a softphone will encourage employees to quickly and efficiently communicate with coworkers or clients.

    b) Executives – The ultimate decisions will be made by the company executives. Points of interest to them will be the cost-effectiveness of VoIP, the increased worker productivity, and the ability to integrate the telephony system into a complete Unified Communications solution.

    c) IT – Company techs will be responsible for the VoIP system. They will enjoy the fact that VoIP is more user-friendly and most features and updates will not require their assistance, freeing up time for other matters.

  3.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT DEPLOYMENT MODEL
    VoIP gives you three deployment options:a) Premise – This is basically a continuation of your legacy system. It would mean a smaller change and more control of your system, but is more expensive and requires a comprehensive IT team.

    b) Cloud – The opposite of a premise system, a cloud system would save money by outsourcing management or hosting. This option is becoming more common as the cloud gains popularity.

    c) Hybrid – A hybrid system combines the best of both premise and cloud. A company that is not ready to part with its legacy system may choose a hybrid solution that will VoIP-enable their older system.

  4.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT VENDOR
    The next step is deciding whether to continue with your Legacy provider or shop around for a new provider. If you have a positive business relationship with your current provider and they offer an enticing and affordable VoIP transition plan, that may be the best option.However this may be the time to move on to a smaller company that is more specifically suited to your company’s needs. Nowadays you will find many options, even outside the world of telephony.

  5.  PREPARE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
    The move to VoIP will be a big change and your company must be prepared.

    Step 1 – Review your phone system contract and determine whether you can replace your telephones and system.

    Step 2 – Create a timeline with specific goals and targets. Assign responsibilities to specific people.

    Step 3 – Perform a network assessment to decide if your system is ready for VoIP. This will also help in the decision between Premise or Cloud.

    Step 4 – Determine what will change for your employees and prepare them for those changes.

    Step 5 – Test the new system with a specific group of users to ensure it is working as promised, particularly during busy times.

Transitioning to VoIP may sound like a daunting task, but thousands of companies have made a successful transition with great benefits in the short and long term.

Want to read more? Check out Migrating Your Business to VoIP: Five Key Success Factors from Ziff Davis.

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5 Benefits of Hosted VoIP (Cloud VoIP)

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

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As companies today make the move to VoIP telephony, they are faced with two options: Premise or Cloud.

While premise is a popular option because it is similar to legacy systems and gives more control to the company, Hosted VoIP offers several benefits to SMBs.

Ziff Davis shares give benefits of Hosted VoIP in Five Implications that make Hosted VoIP Good for your Business. We outline those benefits below.

1. SIZE DOESN’T MATTER – ANYONE CAN DO IT

While bigger often has the advantages in business, Hosted VoIP levels the playing field and represents an opportunity that even the smallest business can deploy.

A Hosted VoIP system means that a third party is taking care of most aspects of the communications system like managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, etc. SMBs that do not have extensive IT abilities will still be able to use the system.

2. YOU’LL GET CLOSER TO YOUR CUSTOMER

While legacy systems were primarily focused on giving employees a means of internal communication, VoIP opens the doors to customers on the outside. Hosted VoIP offers extensive features such as softphones, video calls, chat, and mobile. These open up the lines of communication with customers and ensure their satisfaction. While this is plausible with premise VoIP as well, it would require a comprehensive IT team to carry it out.

3. YOU’LL GET MORE LEVERAGE AS A CUSTOMER FOR TELEPHONY

The Hosted VoIP market is a consumer’s market that boasts several choices. Legacy systems were not built for SMBs and required costly investments for a less-than-ideal products. Hosted VoIP, on the other hand, is available in many different packages with varied prices and features. SMBs can shop around and choose a provider that meets their needs and budget.

4. CLOUD IS A BETTER BUSINESS MODEL FOR VOIP

Hosted VoIP provides a better model for SMBs that are on a budget. Expenditures are reduced via a lesser initial investment and lower usage costs. Monthly fees are a fixed rate that fit into SMBs budgets.Additionally, Cloud VoIP means more reliable service that is not susceptible to local weather conditions or power outages. Employees can work from home or anywhere with an Internet connection.

5. GROWTH-FRIENDLY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Hosted VoIP is a good decision for long-term growth. While legacy systems were an investment, they did not drive growth or improve with time. Hosted VoIP can scale and evolve at a low cost as the company grows. It is simple to add new offices or work-from-home employees.

In summary, Hosted VoIP can do so much more for SMBs than simply save money. To read more, visit Five Implications that make Hosted VoIP Good for your Business from Ziff Davis.

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Is Microsoft Lync Taking us back to the 1960s?

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, IP Telephony, Microsoft, PBX System, Phone Systems, Softphone, Unified Communications, Virtual PBX

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PBXware collaborate:

An office phone system of any size usually consists of multiple inbound lines mapped to a larger number of phones sitting on desks and is supposed to meet all telephony needs for the organization.

Lync is undermining that assumption and taking us back to the situation in the 1960s and 70s where organizations operated internal phone systems, ‘PAX’, and an externally facing ‘PBX’.

Because Lync is being introduced via the MS desktop estate, it reaches a market that’s currently poorly served from the PBX and circumvents the traditional voice management and procurement routes.

Out of the box, Lync offers IM, presence, screenshare, internal extension to extension calling, and an audio bridge. Call Recording? Possibly a few other features. Leaving aside the difficulty to install it and get it going compared to many other Unified Communications clients such as our own gloCOM. The missing feature is inbound DDI and outbound calling.

The use case is as follows:

Virtual teams within an organization will use presence and IM and screenshare and a combination of mobile and desktop audio. They’ll make use of the onboard audio conferencing for internal discussions but have to use a traditional audio service and some other to another service if external parties are involved.  This undermines the whole thing as the Lync audio client is now redundant, although landline and mobile are available, as soon as you consider the need for a headset it gets messy.  A user would need 3 headsets.

Apart from the power of Microsoft – why does anybody bother?

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IP Phone: Top 10 Considerations Buyer’s Guide

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Phone, IP Telephony, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Support, Telephone Systems, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System

The costly and uniform telephony systems that dominated businesses for years are quickly becoming a thing of the past. IP Telephony is a more economic and flexible option that makes sense for most companies today. Whether you are looking to start fresh with a brand new IP Telephony system, or simply to upgrade your current system to better fit your needs, IP Phone: Top 10 Considerations, Buyer’s Guide from Ziff Davis is a must-read article. Below we highlight their top ten points that companies must consider when shopping for an IP Phone System.

  1. Usage – While legacy phones were solely meant for voice calls, IP phones have a much wider range of capabilities and options. From video to conferencing to messaging, considering how the phones will be used allows you to get the most out of the system.

  2. Who – We used to choose one type of phone and all employees would use the same one. IP phones, on the other hand, come in many varieties and can be used in more places. Now more employees can have phones and each type of employee can have a certain type of phone.

  3. Type – Desktop phones were the only option in the past, but IP phones come in a number of forms. Decide whether your employees need traditional-looking desk phones, softphones, or even wireless devices.

  4. Budget – Telephony systems are no longer a major investment expected to last for years. The cost of transitioning to VoIP has dropped greatly and the overall cost of telephony and equipment is lower as well. Different budgets may be assigned to different employees or departments.

  5. Voice – Traditionally, telephony was only used voice. And voice is still the number one use today. While VoIP may not offer the same quality of voice as a legacy system, it is a less expensive option. HD voice is an emerging market to consider.

  6. Features – Your company should weigh its required features and desired features. Choose a system that offers everything you ‘need’ and then look for extras.

  7. Display – Different systems offer all different kinds of display options. From basic text to bigger and better screens to camera and video, your company must think about what kind of display it needs.

  8. Video – Along the same line, video is now an option with IP telephony. If some or all employees need video, they will need video-enabled devices and a network to support it. However, IP phones can only take you so far with video.

  9. Mobile – If desk phones are no longer a necessity at your business, you may begin shifting towards mobility. Some IP phones are compatible with mobile phones or can help the company begin to shift in that direction.

  10. Power – It is no longer a requirement to use AC power and keep telephones close to outlets. Your company may opt for Power over Ethernet (PoE) which allows power and connectivity to use the same cable.

To read more, see IP Phone: Top 10 Considerations, Buyer’s Guide from Ziff Davis.

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gloCOM Updates

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Phone Systems, Softphone

Emails from our satisfied and enthusiastic customers – like the below – are one of the highlights of our work days and the reason we work so hard to produce and improve our software. Our most recent release of gloCOM is intended to make your experience better. Here’s what a few customers had to say about it:

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Fonality HUD vs gloCOM

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Competitors, Softphone

We recently received an email from a customer that uses Fonality HUD but was looking for an alternative.

He came across our gloCOM video and liked what he saw. According to him, the biggest advantages of gloCOM over HUD were Group Chat and compatibility with Linux, Mac, and Windows.

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What next after Trixbox? How do I upgrade?

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, Hosted PBX, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Softphone, Virtual PBX, VoIP, VoIP Software

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The rise, fall, and last hurrah of Trixbox (the community PBX system based on Asterisk) has now played out. The nomenclature of confusion between Trixbox CE and Trixbox Pro does not cloud the simple fact that what thousands or hundreds of thousands downloaded as Trixbox is no more. Both privileges of support and the forum are gone and it’s time to look for a new way forward.

But if we first take a moment to look at the past it gives some valuable lessons that will help customers make a decision on the next step. We all knew the day was coming. From the moment Kerry Garrison and Andrew Gillis sold their interest to Fonality it was hard to see that such a corporate affair was going to continue to support another free project. Betrayal is easy to sense when you have committed so much time and faith to a product. However, there are always two sides to each story. It takes a lot to run a project like Trixbox and it is very possible that Kerry & Andrew felt they simply could not push further.

Fonality had shareholders to answer to and I doubt Chris Lyman left as things were rocketing ahead. For sure, there’s not been as much noise on the street since. It would appear the company is simply trying to make a return on capital. With the cost of maintaining a project like Trixbox surely escalating and fast, Elastix came along and one can see why we got to where we are. This is where this post starts to get interesting to anyone looking to go forward.

Still, some more truths to face first. 2012 is not the same as 2004. The sheer expectations from customers escalate. They even ‘expect’ voice quality to be perfect – Yes, if you have forgotten, that was not always the case. The days of getting some leftover P4 server and stringing together a Sangoma Card, then the nights of playing with all the options to the final dawn chorus of “I’ve made it work”, have been replaced by the need to meet office rents, have customers that are not breaking things and, oh yes, soon there will be mobile.

Let’s face it. It’s time to upgrade.

If you have been stringing Trixbox together on virtual servers then it is high time you get a MultiTenant. To help you with the transition we have a Bicom Systems Trixbox offer on Hosted Solutions. Quite simply, we’ll provide the software to cover your existing customers provided you take one of our packages.

If, however, your customers are onsite and hardware is an issue, we have our M1000 & M2000 and for Q3 2013 you will see hardware of a kind you will just wish to hug – For a cost of hardware and software that will be less that that P4 server!

Really, though, the future is Unified: gloCOM

gloCOM goes way beyond HUD and, once mobile, will do what the world has not seen before: produce an experience to the mobile user that is the same as though they were in their office. Whether presence or chat or sharing – everything comes together.

Still, even this is not the real difference in Bicom Systems. It’s not just the software. It’s the people, the team that supports you. Your Account Manager will always be there to provide pre-sales support to help you win business.

Don’t wait any longer, upgrade today by contacting us at sales@bicomsystems.com or visiting us at www.bicomsystems.com/products.

 

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Thirdlane: How to Upgrade?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Competitors, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Softphone, Thirdlane, Unified Communications

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After our previous Thirdlane post, we were slightly taken aback with the response we had. Some Thirdlane customers were so dissatisfied they wanted refunds. We are hearing from an increasing number of dissatisfied Thirdlane customers.

The more we speak with these Thirdlane customers, the more we come to understand that sooner or later that wall is hit and there seems no way round or beyond.

A good example is Unified Communications. The market wants it, is insisting on it, but there’s just a big gap. Where’s the gloCOM? How does one scale? Where’s the billing integrated or held together somehow?

What about a provisioning platform? It is, though, the cost of maintaining Thirdlane that seems to hurt. The cost of support.

However we’ll leave you to your own conclusions compared with:


To see is to believe.

The problem also is clear that the longer this goes on the more IPPBX customers will be stuck in one set of infrastructure and dissatisfied to the point they must look elsewhere.

So – what can we do to help ?

Here’s our offer:

Any deposit paid to Thirdlane in the past 3 months we will refund on purchase of a PBXware TELCO Solution from Bicom Systems.

Any existing deployment: we will provide conversion credits to assist.

We will also provide a transition roadmap to assist with the process.

Sign up for a free account today and ask for a call from a dedicated and experienced Account Manger.

Other posts on Thirdlane:

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Sugar CRM

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Softphone, Support

Bicom Systems offers a CRM plugin for SugarCRM software prior to version 6.4.3. A few notes:

  • Our preference is the crm plugin for version 6.4.1.

  • The crm plugin for version 6.5.x only has one working feature: click2dial and only works with gloCOM.

  • Version 6.4.0 (Beta 2) is not supported until bugs are fixed.

  • Version 6.2.1 is not supported as it shows two click2dial images.

SugarCRM is an open source CRM software.

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IPSMARX vs. PBXware and How to Upgrade

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, IP Phone, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Support, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

We received an email from a customer a few days ago asking how the IPSMARX product compares to our own? (IPSMARX offers an IP-PBX solution similar to our Multi-Tenant PBX and has even tried to pose as Bicom Systems.)

Our response: while the two products may appear similar at first glance, we’ve noted some significant differences.

  • IPSMARX is not open standards, Bicom Systems is.

  • IPSMARX may appear simply an adapted prepaid calling system turned into a Multi-Tenant Service Platform, we have created a specialized product to give SMBs huge feature functionality, not adapted.

  • IPSMARX platform does not always integrate with other platforms via SIP trunks, ours does. We know – that’s why their customers have come to us !

  • IPSMARX being closed means that sooner or later to do things that open systems allow requires their intervention and payment.

  • IPSMARX does not have the largest Telco’s driving their development. A good example is the softphone that has delivered a simple dialler but not taken communications to a unified extreme.

To find out more about the difference with PBXware and GLOCOM … please contact us : sales@bicomsystems.com

UPDATE: How to upgrade from IPSMARX?

Since I posted the above blog we have been slightly taken aback with the response we have had. Some customers of IPSMARX were so dissatisfied they asked for their monies back. Credit must be given where it is due. For example, Ikon Telekom in Turkey felt their investment in IPSMARX was a huge mistake.

IPSMARX came forth and were very honourable about the matter. However the numbers of customers contacting us seems to be growing a quite a rate. Many at the brink of decision, some having just placed deposits, others already with established customer bases. One such company claims that IPSMARX is a fraud.

At first we could not understand why this was so prevalent. However the more we speak with customers the more we come to understand that sooner or later that wall is hit and there seems no way round or beyond.

The Breeze Unified Communications offering is a good and recent example, certainly it makes a first attempt. Beyond the basics there seems though no further goal plan. However we’ll leave you to your own conclusions compared with :

gloCOM

To see is to believe.

The problem also is clear that the longer this goes on the more customers will be stuck in one set of infrastructure and dissatisfied to the point they must look elsewhere.

So – what can we do to help ?

Here’s our offer:

Any deposit paid to IPSMARX in the past 3 months we will refund on purchase of a PBXware TELCO Solution from Bicom Systems.

Any existing deployment : we will provide conversion credits to assist.

We will also provide a transition roadmap to assist with the process.

Sign up for a free account today and ask for a call from a dedicated and experienced Account Manger.

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Latin America Trade Mission

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Press Releases, Softphone

The UK Trade & Investment department of the UK Embassy in the Dominican Republic, along with Bicom Systems, hosted the first ever Latin America Trade Mission in Santo Domingo last month.

From September 25th to 27th local businessman were introduced to ten different British companies that have a presence in the Dominican Republic and would like to create partnerships with businesses there. They were given the opportunity to make new business contacts and learn about business in the UK and other parts of the world.

Bicom Systems shared our products, services, and case studies, and was most excited to officially launch the newest edition of gloCOM Global Communicator! We look forward to working more closely with the Dominican Republic in the future.

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Keeping Up With the Market

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Hosted PBX, IP Phone, IP Telephony, PBX System, Phone Systems, Press Releases, Softphone

As new technology hits the market every year, month, even day, older office equipment and tools are becoming a thing of the past. Things like desk phones, tape recorders, and fax machines are sitting on shelves accumulating dust.

According to a survey done be LinkedIn, the top ten items that are becoming a thing of the past are:

  1. Tape recorders (79%)

  2. Fax machines (71%)

  3. The Rolodex (58%)

  4. Standard working hours (57%)

  5. Desk phones (35%)

  6. Desktop computers (34%)

  7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27%)

  8. The corner office for managers/executives (21%)

  9. Cubicles (19%)

  10. USB thumb drives (17%)

Source: http://press.linkedin.com/node/1229

As bulky equipment and old tools disappear from the work field, you can turn to Bicom Systems to get up-to-date solutions and keep up with the rest.

We offer things like PBXware – an open standards turnkey telephony platform that can operate as a hosted solution entirely in the cloud, gloCOM – a desktop application that unites and enhances communication and can be used on nearly any electronic device, and many other options found on our website.

Don’t continue using antiquated items and falling behind the competition, contact Bicom Systems today to begin using the most modern technology on the market.

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Customer Testimonials on MS Lync

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, gloCOM, PBX System, Phone Company, Softphone

MS Lync is the flavor of the month out here – when I read the architecture guides and system requirement guides I just don’t understand 🙁 GloCOM and  PBXware are a much better combination IMO.

Lync has more  features  –  but I like the simplicity and standard approach  of gloCOM and PBXware. Being able to integrate easily with other environments like Google is a good move. A mobile client would also be good.

-John

 

“We’re firing up a major logistics company here in the Southeast US (160 extensions) that is also switching off of Microsoft Lync and onto gloCOM. Early indications are they’re liking it.”

Specific features they liked: “Direct integration with their shiny new phones. Plus chat. Plus desktop faxing.”

– Mike Rathburn, IntelaCloud

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PortaOne vs Bicom Systems

Written by Saulio Reyes on . Posted in Competitors, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Company, Phone Systems, PortaOne, Softphone, Virtual PBX

Were you born a vampire or someone just bite you to become one? (A comparison of Bicom Systems and PortaOne)portaone

Many customers interested in our Multi-Tenant platform come to me asking the difference between Bicom Systems PBXware Multi-Tenant edition and switches out there that one way or the other are advertising ‘multi-tenant’ capabilities such as PortaOne.

Well I believe the answer is as simple as the vampire fact : if you were not born as a vampire but rather turned into one you will never be as good as a born vampire. In brief, without digging more into science fiction, let’s discuss my explanation to terms we are all familiar with : if a system is not born as an IPPBX but rather adjusted to act like one the end user will never experience the real deal and the service provider will never accomplish complete satisfaction.

Several popular switches out there, like PortaOne, claim to include a Multi-Tenant IPPBX, but when all is done they are ‘Centrex’-like simulations or service providers landing in the middle of ongoing development on something that was not designed to be an IPPBX and/or a Multi-Tenant.

Bicom Systems PBXware was born as an IPPBX and comes in 3 editions: Multi-Tenant, Call Center and Business.

I suggest that customers test our product and experience a real Multi-Tenant IPPBX. To test, use the following login details:

http://mt.bicomsystems.com/ email: mt@bicomsystems.com password: mtdemo

I recently compiled a comparison chart with PortaOne wholesale switch and Bicom Systems PBXware.

Key Feature Bicom PortaOne Comments
Call Shops YES YES Call Shop / Calling Card Edition Available in PBXware
Calling Cards YES YES Call Shop / Calling Card Edition Available in PBXware
WholeSale Billing YES YES Available in PBXware integrated with TELCOware Billing Platform
100% Multi Tenant Platform YES NO Centrex Alike Emulation
Full Featured IPPBX YES NO PortaONE is a Wholesale Switch not a fully featured IPPBX
Virtualization YES NO Not present in PortaONE
Basic Call Center Features YES NO Not present in PortaONE
Advance Call Center Edition YES NO Not present in PortaONE
Dedicated Virtual Enviroments YES NO Not present in PortaONE
Desktop Apps YES NO Windows, Linux and MAC Applications including free unified messaging client
Mobile Apps YES NO IPhone, Android and Blackberry Softphone
Onsite Deployments YES NO What will you do when the customer requires a deployment on site ?
Onsite to Cloud Redundancy YES NO What will offer when customer ask for on site with redundancy in the cloud?
Real Time Reports / Statistics YES NO Via Desktop Applications and Web Interface, graphics and recordings access
Call Instant Recording / Barging / Monitoring YES NO PBXware can do call recording in multi-levels
Tenant Level Admin Access YES NO Tenant Administrator or Client has access to his own hosted PBX
Auto Provisioning to ATA, IPPhone, Softphones YES NO PBXware provisions Cisco, Polycom, Aastra, YeaLink, Snom, Linksys, Sipura
Custom Design YES Limited Limited to PortaONE only

Also see PortaOne broke up a phone company over PBXware MT

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Reseller Support

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in IP Phone, Softphone, Support

I just replied to a partner in Africa doing a bid for a large public organization. Here’s some of the advice I forwarded. Just the way we work to support resellers.

Firstly : YES !

When I first read this, it smelled like ‘Asterisk’ One telling item is this : Page 9 ; 38. BYO Phones ‘bring your own phones’ Mostly – this helps as it excludes Traditional Vendors. However it risks the price to be very low without functionality counting. Even the receptionist panel thing is risky as there are some really poor quality panels that will crash.

You need to try to work out who is who in the room on the 25th.

Here are my questions you should voice on 25th July

Aside of the 500 extensions, how many concurrent calls are needed to start & as capacity ?

Why do they want us to supply Digital Phones ? It can be done but it is expensive and a step backwards ? It will cost more to gateway each digital phone than to buy IP phones. How many digital phones of the 400 are there and which brand ? Do you want the existing digital phones supported ‘just to dial tone’ or do you want other buttons supported as well ?

What functionality do they want on the phones ? One line ? Two lines ? With or without a screen ?

How many Manager / Receptionist Phones ?

Operator Consoles : what functionality ? Just to see calls in queues ? Call Parking ? Or to take messages that can be fed out to other users ? How many lines open do they want ? Do they want this by softphone (in which case – headsets – do they want $15 headsets or $200 ones) or on a supporting hardphone ?

Faxing : T38 … yeah ok – but it is not going to work. So please confirm you want the faxes connected to the PBX by FXS and how many supporting lines do you want the PBX to connect to on the E1 ?

For this contract, how long do you expect the support to be available ?

What weighting of preference do you provide to suppliers that offer upgrade insurance ? That is to say that provide you remain within the support contract that upgrades of hardware and software are provided ?

UPS : how many hours do they want it to stand up ?

Which Law is this to be governed by ?

Does item 38 BYO Phones mean that any provider limited to closed standards is excluded from this bid ? (Avaya, Cisco … eat your heart out !)

With respect to Desktop & Mobile integration. These are increasingly becoming standard items with the collaboration tools they support. Most public bids now require these as options. Were their exclusion deliberate, in which case – why ? or just over looked and options should be necessary so as to ensure the contract has some level of future proofing.

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Plantronics Malfunction

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in PBX System, Softphone, Support

For the past four days my life has seemed on the edge of a cusp.

Having got habitually accustomed to our new Glocom 3.0 working off our MultiTenant PBXware and working off the SIP client on the desktop with perfect voice quality – my $350 headset just disappeared. Not from the desk beside me but neither the Mac nor a PC I borrowed could recognise it anymore. Torment and ridicule followed.

Pulling USBs in and out of my monitor, laptop 1, laptop 2 and even the coffee warmer at one point, tried to find drivers knowing well that I’d throw the CDs away – this though was an endless task as are no drivers for the device. Almost burst to complaint to their head office secretary as she was kindly setting up a meeting for a site visit by two of their staff to assist Denis with further integration. Just as well I bit my tongue at that moment!

The only pleasure was that to be had by smirking colleagues – ‘mine works!’

Bugged the dear lady at Onedirect.fr in technical support but refused her RMA muttered for another day and then did the sensible thing and gave up and surrendered. Printed the RMA form, disconnected the USB CB60 from the power and sulked towards the printer to pick up the RMA form.

In a last fit of madness I connected the USB of a device that did not have any power coming to it – to the MAC and … you know the rest …

the Fairy Lights of the Plantronic‘s device started flashing – all was working.

The moral of the story – whenever there is anything technical not working – start by shooting the fairies. (Then try disconnecting the power cable and re-inserting it).

Steve Wingfield

steve@bicomsystems.com

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Thirdlane Dialer

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, gloCOM, PBX System, Softphone, Thirdlane

“Thirdlane Dialer is the only Asterisk dialer with no need for access to the Asterisk Manager Interface”

I stumbled across the above on the Thirdlane website. 

Well, this is simply not true. Our gloCOM desktop and mobile softphone fits that description and much more.

Learn more in our video:

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