VoIP & Disaster Recovery

VoIP & Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery capabilities are a key benefit of AVAD Technologies Hosted VoIP PBX telephony solution. Unlike traditional telecommunications systems and premise VoIP solutions, a hosted PBX solution from AVAD Technologies ensures that your phone service is always available, even if your physical office location has been rendered inoperable.

What happens if my office becomes inoperable?

Because AVAD Technologies is a Hosted VoIP system, callers to your business will still be able to reach any employee and leave a message. Your employees will also be able to retrieve their messages. Your primary phone numbers, including toll-free numbers, can be re-routed to an alternate location in a matter of minutes. AVAD Technologies Hosted IP PBX can be pre-programmed to forward calls if the primary user’s phone becomes inoperable for any reason. This means that in the event that your office location becomes disabled, no human intervention is required. In addition, all PBX services (Auto-Attendants, Hunt Groups, and voice mail accounts) will continue to function.

Easily Set Up a New Location

If you are able to retrieve your IP phone sets, they can be plugged into any high-speed internet connect and function as if they were in their original location. Your employees can even take their phones to their home offices, provided they have a high-speed internet connection and operate as if they were in their offices. Callers to your company will not be aware that your primary office location is no longer operational.

If you are unable to retrieve your IP Phones, AVAD Technologies can ship replacement phones to any location in as little as 48-hours. When the replacement phones arrive, simply connect them to any high-speed internet connection and they will operate as if they were in your original office location.

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Call Centers are Within Reach of Small Businesses

AVAD Technologies’s Hosted VoIP Call Center supports both individuals as well as distributed multi-site call centers to act as a single virtual call center, regardless of geographic location.

Build Your Own Hosted VoIP Call Center

  • Simplified installation and maintenance.
  • No hardware required.
  • Easily add/remove agents.
  • Add an unlimited number of agents.
  • Agents can be located anywhere, including home based agents.
  • No hardware required, agents can use a soft phone.
  • Agressive Pricing Plans

Configurable Routing

  • Enhanced Automated Call Distribution (ACD)
  • Route calls to any agent regardless of geographic location
  • Customizable Periodic Comfort Message

Key Features:

  • Automatic Call Distributor (ACD): Intelligent call routing and queuing.
    Enhanced ACD: Advanced queuing when the call center is not staffed and maximum wrap-up timer settings.
  • Auto Attendant: View Auto-Attendant DetailsInteractive voice response (IVR) and custom messaging.
  • Call Center Reporting: View Call Center ReportsPreset real-time and historical reports in graphical and tabular form.
  • Music On Hold and Comfort Announcement: Callers are provided with a greeting, followed by music or advertisements and periodic comfort announcements in audio or video format.
  • Monitoring and Recording: View Call Recording DetailsPre-integrated, third-party vendor solutions for real-time monitoring and recording of agent calls.

Hosted Call Center Benefits

  • Improve Customer Service: Ensure all incoming calls are serviced efficiently under any network condition and at any time.
  • Easily create virtual call centers: Establish call centers anywhere in the world, just with a broadband connection.
  • Follow-the-Sun customer care: Offer 24x7x365 ubiquitous services with a single number for distributed call center locations.
  • Manage calls effectively: Choose from a range of call distribution policies, including skills-based call distribution. Minimize Costs: Provide the option for agents to work remotely with access to all call features. Voice mail Transfer: Transfer calls directly to voice mail.

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Business VoIP FAQ

Business VoIP FAQ

Even though VoIP has been around for over 10-years and there are more than 21 million VoIP users in the US alone, I still get a lot of basic questions about this technology from the small business community. So I thought now would be a good time for a VoIP Q & A Refresher.

  1. What is VoIP?
    VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology that allows you to make and receive phone calls and faxes over the Internet instead of through the telephone network.
  2. What is Hosted VoIP?
    Hosted VoIP or Managed VoIP is a service where a third-party provider hosts and manages all the telecommunications equipment and software on the VoIP Providers location. Companies that use a Hosted VoIP Service get the benefit of the VoIP Providers facilities and technical expertise without the costs and risks associated with managing those facilities.

    A managed VoIP-service package typically includes the design, integration, and deployment of IP-telephony equipment and software, along with management and maintenance of existing telephony solutions and the new VoIP network.

  3. Is a T-1 Broadband Connection Required?
    Not always. Depending upon your internet connection usage requirements, you may be able to use a cable or high quality DSL connection.
  4. Can I keep My Existing Telephone numbers?
    YES, in virtually every case, even if you are moving to a different area code or even a different state. Read about Porting (transferring) your existing telephone numbers to your new VoIP Phone Service.
  5. Is VoIP Reliable Enough For Business Use?
    Yes, some of the largest companies in the world are using VoIP.
  6. Will I be talking on a Computer?
    No. You will use IP Phones that look and work like traditional telephones to make calls. However, there are “Soft Phone” which allow the same access through a USB Headset attached to your computer.
  7. How Do I Manage My VoIP Phone System?
    A Hosted VoIP Phone System offers a great deal of flexibility for managing your system. Most systems give you the ability to add/remove phone users, create new departments either at your physical location or at a separate location.

    All of the technical aspects of managing a Hosted VoIP phone system will be handled by the VoIP Provider. One of the most important, but often overlooked aspects is Redundant facilities.

    You should only choose a VoIP Provider that has redundant facilities. When a VoIP Provider has redundant facilities, their system will automatically fail over to the secondary facility should the primary facility experience a problem.

  8. What Does VoIP Cost?
    VoIP Providers offer 2 basic types of Business VoIP Calling Plans. Plans are either unlimited calling (generally in the US & Canada) or Metered Plan (pay per minute of talk time).
    Your choice of calling plans should depend on your businesses calling pattern. If you do a lot of calls, you may want to consider an unlimited plan so that you can fix your costs. On the other hand, if your company is not a heavy phone user, a metered plan may be less expensive.
  9. Is There a Minimum Size for Business VoIP?
    Theoretically, the answer is no. You can have a single VoIP user company. In practice, companies typically have a minimum size requirement below which they will not offer service. Most respectable companies have a stated limit of 10-users. They hope is that these companies will grow into larger organizations.
  10. Is There a Maximum Number of Phones for a VoIP System?
    Theoretically no, the maximum number of phone users at any given location is governed by the available bandwidth.
  11. How is call quality insured?
    Voice Quality (VQ) technology solves the problems of keeping voice service over the Internet reliable. By prioritizing voice traffic at all the constraint points of WAN links between Speakeasy and customers, VoIP Providers are able to provide high quality and reliable service. This is done by smoothing traffic at the traditional bottlenecks: Toward the customer WAN and through use of router prioritization. Application Layer Gateways (ALG) are used in a similar way to manage the traffic flow from the customer to the network.

It is important that businesses get these questions answered prior to jumping into VoIP. Find a VoIP Provider whose solution best helps your company achieve your goals. Do not try and fit your company into a solution.

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What is Motivating the Businesses VoIP Migration

Most businesses move to Voice over IP (VoIP) on the belief that VoIP technology will save money over their current phone system. In many instances, this is simply not true.

Traditional phone companies have responded to the VoIP challenge by lowering their rates. With this being the case, what is it that explains why so many companies are moving to VoIP?

If the benefit of moving to a VoIP phone system is limited to just the cost savings, we would not expect to see so many companies adopting VoIP technology.

What is the Real Benefit of VoIP for Businesses

The real benefit companies gain from adopting VoIP technology comes from the increase in productivity, improvement in customer satisfaction and flexibility.

Productivity/Customer Satisfaction and Flexibility

VoIP, especially Hosted VoIP enables companies of all sizes in virtually any industry to increase productivity. Because a Hosted VoIP phone system allows companies to incorporate workers in any geographical location, companies can expand their hours of operation without incurring overtime.

For example, a company with a technical support department can have support staff on the east coast and the west coast. This allows a company to have expanded hours of operation and not have to pay overtime since employees will be working during normal business hours. This is a productivity gain because a company gets the same level of output without increasing costs. It is also an increase in customer service since the company was able to increase the hours it can provide customer service (8:00 A. M. Est to 8:00 P.M. PST).

Another obvious productivity/satisfaction gain comes from giving companies the ability to hire workers in an area that has a high-speed internet connection. Just because your company headquarters is in a high rent area, like New York, Chicago, Los Angles, does not mean you have to have your entire company at this location.

The JetBlue Example

JetBlue’s 500 reservations agents work out of their homes within a half-hour drive of the JetBlue Reservations Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Reservations Center has 100 seats for training new reservations agents and also houses the IT staff. JetBlue reservations agents connect to the host reservations system over the internet and use voice over IP (VoIP) connections to interact with customers. The IT staff supports reservations agents remotely by phone. And when the agents have a hardware problem that can’t be resolved over the phone or they need to upgrade the operating system or application, they take their removable hard disks to the Reservations Center to be re-imaged or exchanged for new disks.

By using VoIP technology, JetBlue has tapped into a pool or talent that may not have been available had JetBlue required their reservation agents to work out of a central office location. Another benefit to JetBlue from this strategy is the savings in overhead associated with leasing office space. This expense completely goes away because JetBlue adopted VoIP technology.

Conclusion

VoIP, especially Hosted VoIP, offers company opportunities to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and save money. The flexibility to hire workers in any location and incorporate them into a company’s phone system is a game changer. Companies are now freed from only having to draw talent from the local area surrounding the home office location and they are no longer to accept the higher rent space of a geographical area, just because it happens to be where their headquarters are located.

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Why Are Some Businesses Passing On VoIP?

Why is it that some businesses have passed on the opportunity to implement Voice over IP (VoIP) even though VoIP has been proven to be able to deliver significant benefits to the organization. Many businesses have cited fears of potential unforeseen implementation costs, quality issues or possibly putting their network at increased risk.

Business Passing On VoIP

Research has shown that many companies, both large and small are uncertain about the benefits to their organization that a VoIP telephone system offers. 55 percent of North American and European companies reported that they did not understand the value that a unified communications solution can deliver to their organization.

Many individuals in the position to make or influence the telecommunications decision do not fully understand the benefits a Voice over IP telephone system can have for their organization. These individuals generally understand how VoIP works, the improvement in ROI, and some of the features made available by VoIP. But, unless they truly embrace how VoIP enables Unified Communications and think through all the possibilities a VoIP system brings to the organization, they are unlikely to implement VoIP.

“The Vonage Syndrome”

Even though VoIP companies are fairly new as compared to the traditional telephone companies, many of these newer VoIP companies are not effectively making the case for VoIP to their clients. The biggest mistake these new companies make when discussing the benefits of VoIP is the cost savings over their current telecommunications solution. I call this the “Vonage Syndrome”.

While cost is important, it should not be the primary selling point. In fact, existing telecom companies are still competing with and winning new deals against VoIP providers. It is the IP PBX features and functions that a VoIP telephone system brings that set VoIP apart from traditional PBX systems.

Business VoIP vendors must first educate their customers as to why VoIP makes sense for their business.

When speaking with a prospective client, it is important to stress that VoIP technology has dramatically improved, especially call quality and reliability. More importantly, VoIP companies must stress how VoIP technology can be used to help the customer improve customer service and efficiency.

Forrester (News – Alert) Research has determined that mobility is a top priority for companies, with 64 percent of respondents citing it as a priority and 23 percent calling it a critical priority. In order to continue to increase mobility and extend to companies the functionality they want to be efficient and productive, a move toward business VoIP makes sense. If you notice, cost savings were not in the top 2 reasons.

Conclusion

The biggest benefit of VoIP for businesses is the functionality a VoIP system offers. These new features offer businesses ways to improve customer service and increase customer satisfaction.

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Is China Really Going to Crack Down on VoIP?

Last month, the Chinese Ministry of Industry issued a notice calling they will begin cracking down and ban “illegal VoIP” phone services in China. The announcement, which many believe is designed to protect the interests of State-owned telecom carriers, has, as you can imagine, caused concerns that VoIP companies such as Skype will be forced out of China.

During a recent telecom industry conference, Wen Ku, director of the Industry Ministry’s Technology department said: “the ministry is not against Internet-based telephone services, but only those operating illegally in the country”. He went on to state “VoIP phone service is a world trend in the telecom industry, and China is not against VoIP technology,”.

Another Ministry of Industry spokesman, said the “issue is over”, and refused to comment on whether the ministry will adopt any measures to crack down on Skype. This is possibly a sign that China may not ban VoIP.

China has been vague about what constitutes an illegal VoIP service. The ministry on Dec 10 called for a crackdown “on illegal VoIP telephone services” and said it was collecting evidence against them.

At the conference, Wen would not define what an illegal VoIP service is but noted that the crackdown is mainly to fight online crimes and fraud done through VoIP services.

Since 2005, Chinese authorities have permitted only China Telecom and China Netcom, to conduct trial VoIP services in four cities. Experts say that this rule technically means that all VoIP phone services provided by other companies are illegal, said Wang Yuquan, senior consultant with research firm Frost & Sullivan in China.

These pilot programs never happened, and the so-called illegal VoIP services have grown rapidly since that time.

Experts believe that Chinese authorities will be extremely cautious in dealing with the regulations to avoid raising international concerns and do anything that could harm their economy.

China does not want to see another foreign company forced out of China (due to censorship), especially after what happened with Google.

Skype’s partner in China, TOM Group, said earlier this week that the Web-based calling service complies with the Chinese law.

A TOM Group spokeswoman said that “the operation of Skype in China is compliant with local laws and regulations” and “it is business as usual”. Chinese users currently have no problems accessing Skype.

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