Considering the “Cloud” for Unified Communications?

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March 5, 2017
Considering the “Cloud” for Unified Communications?

What is the implication for real-time services such as VoIP and Contact Center?

UC (Unified Communications) is typically defined as offering at least some of the six communication elements below to a community of end users.

  • Voice
  • Conferencing – Audio, video and/or web collaboration.
  • Messaging – voice mail messages embedded within an email format
  • Presence and instant messaging (IM)
  • Mobility options to portable or hand held devices
  • Variable client options for desktop and browser based applications.

In addition to these primary components, clients now also need to consider additional applications such as E911 support, Multi-Media Contact Center, IVR, ACD reporting, and integrations to CRM’s or other mission critical databases.

Today there are hundreds of companies offering UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) or cloud-based solutions.

  • How will you determine which vendor or provider best suits your firm’s short and long term objectives?
  • Which cloud offering is most likely to survive and thrive in the current marketplace?
  • Which cloud companies are offering the features and expansion that will meet your long-term growth plans?
  • How geographically distributed are these companies, and can they continue to provide service in the event of substantial network outages?
  • What is their service model and do they offer SLA’s?
  • What is the true overall total cost of ownership (TCO) when evaluated over 3, 5, or 7 years?

Communication Strategies can guide you through the analysis and selection process to secure the platform that most closely aligns with your business objectives.