Custom Work: Blink(1)

While requests for customized solutions are common around here, some of them are a little more unique than others. One such request from Fritz Welter at Netinteract was to integrate a customizable call pop-up window in gloCOM. The purpose? To enable call notifications with blink(1), a USB indicator light. (Learn more at https://blink1.thingm.com/about). Interesting.

This was easy enough to do. Blink(1) provides an API that can be reached through the localhost. Any URL can be placed in the call pop-up window in gloCOM, so in this case the user just has to insert the localhost to blink their USB device. gloCOM’s custom URL field opens up endless possibilities to integrate with other third party products like blink(1).

Thanks to Fritz Welter and Netinteract for bringing this to our attention and giving us the opportunity to deliver a solution. With so many customers asking for integration with blink(1), we are happy that Welter can now tell them “yes”.

What about you? What are your customers requesting?

What Do We Mean by UCaaS?

ucaasIt is easy to pick up buzzwords and start throwing them around without fully understanding the implications. Words like Integration, The Cloud, and Collaboration appear in marketing materials for most telecoms today, but often without full understanding or definitions.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is another one. So what exactly do we mean by UCaaS?

I think CommsTrader defines it best:

UCaaS, or Unified Communications as a Service is a solution in which all of the collaboration and communication tools that an employee must use can be accessed through a third-party, provided by an integrated cloud platform.”

UCaaS is, at its heart, a singular platform that simplifies and enhances communication through a plethora of tools. It’s almost an oxymoron: nearly innumerable features and capabilities in one single product.

So what are some of those features? Basically anything that makes communicating easier and better. To name a few:

  • Voice
  • Instant messaging
  • Presence
  • Conferencing
  • Video calling
  • Collaboration
  • File sharing
  • Desktop sharing
  • Integration
  • Mobility

It is easy to see how these tools would bolster efficiency and productivity in the workplace. UCaaS will go over well with the accounting department as well since it gives you so much bang for your back. Perhaps best of all, Unified Communications as a Service is flexible and scalable, easily molded to fit the existing business structure.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today or watch for yourself all that gloCOM, our UC app, can do:

Learn more about gloCOM here.
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5 Ways Unified Communications Saves You Time

unified communications timeWe all know the struggle of managing our time at work. The hours in the day are never quite enough to get everything done. But Unified Communications can save time on mundane tasks, letting you focus on whatever is most important to you and your business.

Below are just five UC features that will save you time.

1. Multi-tasking

Most Unified Communications apps support instant messaging and text messaging. Aside from being instantaneous, IMing allows you to multi-task. You can communicate via text even while on a call or working on something else.

2. One-click calling

UC lets you call anyone in the world with just the click of a mouse. Whether that means clicking on a contact within your UC app or enabling click-to-call with your browser, no more time will be spent looking for numbers and working out country codes.

3. Drag-and-drop conferences

Drag-and-drop conferencing is a favorite feature and it’s easy to see why. UC apps like gloCOM let you grab as many contacts as you want and drag them into an instantaneous conference. Gone are the days of scheduling conferences and dialing in to conference bridges with PINs and passwords.

4. Continuity

Unified Communications works on whatever device you have, wherever you are, so no time is lost due to travel, weather, power outages, or other unexpected bumps in the road. Remote workers have all the same capabilities as coworkers in the office.

5. Contact management

Compile all of your contacts and phone numbers in one secure place. UC apps like gloCOM will integrate with your existing address books so that no time is wasted scrambling to find a contact or phone number.

gloCOM is a Unified Communications app with all of the above and much more. Learn more about gloCOM here: www.bicomsystems.com/products/gloCOM-Desktop-Mobile-Communicator

Unified Communications: Beyond Telephony

unified communicationsUnified Communications works great for telephony and voice. It makes communicating fast, easy, and efficient. But a good UC solution should be doing much more than just telephony. Unified Communications can support and improve your business in many aspects.

Collaboration

More than just a buzzword, collaboration is key to productivity in the workplace. Unified Communications solutions support collaboration with features like screen sharing, file sharing, and presence. gloCOM, our UC app, offers all of these features and more. Learn more by reading 6 Unified Communications Features that Promote Collaboration.

Billing

Integrated billing software automates invoicing, rate-setting, and other accounting tasks to free your time and concentration. Unique to our Unified Communications suite, TELCOware is a provisioning platform that performs billing, ticketing, accounts, shopping cart, and more, so that you do not have to.

Security

The issue of security is heavy on the minds of most VoIP users today. Our Unified Communications solution goes beyond telephony to help secure your network. sipPROT is an advanced SIP security module that protects against SIP attacks. Unlike other solutions, sipPROT works with live traffic, protecting the system even while it is in use.

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Call Center PBX: An Enhanced Software

call center pbxI recently stumbled upon an article claiming that PBX phone systems cannot replace call center software. My initial reaction was to scoff and dismiss it, but the article kept coming back to me as a response formed in my mind.

Rather than replying: “Yes, PBX can replace call center software”, I began to wonder why it has to be a question of one or the other – is it necessarily a replacement?

A PBX phone system that is dedicated to call centers is essentially enhanced call center software. Not a replacement, per se, but an improvement.

The aforementioned article challenged PBX phone systems on the basis that they do not offer the following features: Advanced routing, Call queueing, Live call monitoring, and Live reporting. The article further criticized PBX systems as less scalable than traditional call center software. Let’s go through these allegedly absent features one-by-one…

1. Advanced routing

Call centers are, by definition, dedicated to call management, so advanced call routing is essential. Call Center PBX solutions like PBXware offer skills-based routing, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and Automated Call Distribution (ACD). Our skills-based routing supports the following criteria: skill level, training level, performance, availability, call priority, and queue load. Additionally, should a call need to be manually transferred, gloCOM shows the real-time status of other agents and supports instant drag-and-drop transfers to whoever is available.

2. Call queueing

Queues are, without a doubt, indispensable in any busy call center. PBXware supports not only unlimited queues and optional callback, but also real-time queue monitoring and statistics. Live wallboards with real-time queue stats enable call center agents to monitor and keep up with call traffic. Queue reports enable supervisors to achieve better customer service by forecasting call volumes, calculating agent requirements, and comparing results with expectations.

3. Live call monitoring

Constant call monitoring ensures optimum customer service quality and satisfaction. PBXware supports real-time agent monitoring and barging. Supervisors can drop in on calls unannounced and unnoticed to verify that call quality standards are being met. Alternatively, they could jump on a call to provide input or assistance without ever placing the caller on hold or transferring them. Call center agents perform more consistently when they know that a supervisor could be listening in at any moment.

4. Live reporting

Real-time reporting of call center statistics inspires agents to perform better and keeps supervisors informed on progress. PBXware gives data on queue statistics, call detail records (CDR), actions logs, and system CLI messages. Many call centers put these stats on wallboards so that progress is at the center of attention throughout the day. Detailed reports can also be run after the fact and delivered at a specified interval.

5. Scalability

One of our primary goals at Bicom Systems is to enable partners to grow. Your success is our success and we have helped entrepreneurs start from the ground up as well as large corporations expand even beyond what the knew they could. PBXware is highly flexible and can scale both up and down fluidly. Bicom Systems is committed to giving you a solution as small or large as you need to get started. We are confident you will grow, so we are happy to start slow and grow with you.

Call Center PBX solutions do not need to be an alternative to call center software, but an enhancement of the traditional software. PBXware Call Center PBX is a powerhouse under-the-hood with all of the features and technologies that busy call centers need, but wrapped up in a simple and user-friendly interface.

Learn more about our Call Center PBX solution on our website.

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