Recently, we highlighted that during the coronavirus pandemic many businesses with legacy (on-premise) contact centers are struggling to pivot to a remote working setup. As a result, they are being inundated with unhappy customers who, instead of speaking to a human being, are being put on hold and told that “their call is very important” over, and over, and over again. Fortunately, the solution to this anti-customer bottleneck is simple and proven: switch to a cloud contact center. Here are the five key advantages: 1. Instant Scalability: Adding new customer service agents to the roster is fast and affordable. There is no...

The global demand for cloud-based communication has been increasing at a rapid pace recently. It is estimated that the global cloud PBX market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13%, reaching a value of 6.36 billion dollars by 2027.If you don’t switch to cloud communications, your competition will have an advantage. Many organizations have either already switched or are beginning the move to cloud technology. The benefits of switching include increased flexibility, improved performance, and lower cost. Nevertheless, there are still businesses that have not taken the final step to convert to the cloud.We understand if...

Regardless of the size of your business, there’s a very good chance that you either have some staff working from home right now, or you’ll have some staff working from home in the near future (if not exclusively, then partially). This has nothing to do with social distancing, and everything to do with the fact that remote working is generally cheaper for employers and generally preferred by employees. Plus it’s good for the environment. However, if you think that a conventional landline+smartphone is sufficient for your remote workers, then think again! Here are 5 reasons why a cloud phone system is...

These days, the word “revolutionized” gets thrown around rather loosely. It’s used to describe everything from kitty litter, to air fresheners, to apps that can help find a lost TV remote control (OK, that’s pretty useful, but revolutionary?).  However, there are situations when labeling something revolutionized isn’t fluff and hype: it’s an honest, objective assessment because it has re-invented a concept and established a new category of excellence and expectation. And without question, one such scenario is cloud telephone systems.  Here are five ways that cloud telephone systems have revolutionized business communications: 1. Cloud Telephone Systems Enable Small Businesses to Look and Act...

Across the U.S., nearly 700,000 firms in the construction industry employ more than 10 million people — carpenters, electricians, project managers, site managers, masons, plumbers, welders, glaziers, surveyors, engineers, architects, and the list goes on — who collectively build over $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year.Strong, Ongoing GrowthMany of the construction projects that were stalled or cancelled during the Great Recession have since resumed, which combined with historically low interest rates are fueling ongoing growth and expansion. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the U.S. construction industry is expected to enjoy a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% through 2023, at...

To dramatically lower costs and take advantage of advanced Unified Calling features (e.g. instant messaging, paging, call screening, etc.), a hosted cloud phone system shares the same network infrastructure that is used for connecting to the internet, browsing the web, sending and receiving emails, transmitting files, and so on.As a result of this integration, if the power goes out — such as during a storm — then provided that you have back-up power supplies, you can continue using the hosted cloud phone system. This is because a hosted cloud phone system uses a geographically dispersed cloud-based infrastructure.In simpler terms: if...

So it Begins… It’s the kind of nightmare scenario that sends chills up and down the spines of even the most unflinching business owners and executives: without warning the network goes down and takes the phone system with it, along with wireless connected devices including computers, laptops, tablets, printers, and smartphones.Operations grind to a screeching halt. Customers cannot get through to buy solutions or get support, colleagues cannot connect to move the needle on projects and programs, and everyone sits around hoping — and praying — that someone, somewhere, reconnects a wire or flips a switch. Indeed, according to research by...

What’s the most terrifying word in the business vocabulary? For most organizations, it’s not churn or recession. It’s downtime.Indeed, “going off the grid” and having no phone system access for any length of time — even a few minutes — isn’t just an inconvenience. It’s a major threat that triggers high costs across four areas: Productivity Loss: Employees cannot collaborate with each other or serve customers, which not only reduces productivity — sometimes grinding it to a virtual halt — but it creates a massive backlog of work that must be tackled when power is restored and the phone system (finally) goes...