Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year- even more than the time off work to spend with family and friends, the delicious food, amazing post-meal nap, and of course, all the football one could ever want to watch. Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to slow down from the busyness of everyday life, reflect on the past year, and think about the things in your life that you are thankful for.
At Digium, we are thankful that we get to offer and support products and services that make life easier for businesses and their employees all over the world. We are privileged to deliver communications that help save lives in hospitals, protect and serve communities in public safety organizations, and provide education in schools at all grade levels. These organizations and countless others are reaping the benefits that VoIP and Unified Communications (UC) delivers through Switchvox. To celebrate Thanksgiving and to share how companies like these have changed the way they communicate, here are the top 5 reasons to be thankful for VoIP:
- Cost Savings
The number one benefit of VoIP and the one companies are most thankful for is the cost savings. We’ve done entire blog posts and webinars on the cost savings of VoIP, but there are a few major savings to highlight. Modern VoIP-enabled systems like Switchvox allow businesses to take advantage of SIP trunking, which eliminates the cost associated with expensive PRIs or analog lines and reduces their monthly phone bill up to 70%. VoIP systems also allow companies to save money on travel expenses due to powerful mobility and collaboration tools that connect employees regardless of where they happen to work. In addition, Switchvox includes all the communications features that companies need in one system and removes the need to pay 3rd party companies for features like call recording, conferencing and more.
We live in a mobile world today and VoIP connects companies to their remote employees in ways that were never possible 5 years ago. Today, your mobile employees can take advantage of the same communications features as your in-office employees – allowing them to be just as productive and maintain a sense of team with all your employees. The mobile applications available today provide this connectivity while still giving the employee the ability to separate their work and personal life. For managers, mobile employees can be monitored and held to the same standards as in-office employees since analytics can be seen for both in-office and mobile employees.
The fastest-growing segment of the communications industry today is Cloud-based or hosted phone systems. Companies are moving their phone system to the Cloud and taking advantage of the simpler management, advanced features, tax and cost savings of OpEx, and easy multi-site connectivity that hosted systems like Switchvox Cloud offer. Now businesses can spend their limited IT resources on technology activities that generate revenue instead of wasting budget on phone system management.
As teleworking matures into a practical option for employees of most companies, and business become more geographically dispersed, it becomes increasingly difficult to get teams together to move projects forward. The collaboration tools available with VoIP systems solve this growing problem. Features like conferencing, instant messaging, and video are bringing teams together regardless of location and making it easy to share and review information.
- Ease of Administration
Phone systems before VoIP were often a nightmare for IT departments. The administrative tools were cumbersome, illogical, and difficult to use. Even the most basic functions took too long and caused frustration. Once IT finally got the system to do what it wanted, the usage rate of features were low by their users because they were too difficult to use. Thankfully, those days are long gone. Switchvox provides an extremely simple administration portal that most anyone with basic computer knowledge can manage. User features are simple, and your company can actually take advantage of the benefits they bring in real world situations.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to be thankful for VoIP and what it provides businesses- and this is just the tip of the iceberg. To see how VoIP can help your company save money, become more efficient and connected, sign up for a personal demo of Switchvox.
From our family to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!