Migrating from legacy to VoIP is a big and exciting move for most SMBs. Here are a few things to consider before diving in:
1. Your Network
If you are new to VoIP, your current telephony system is probably entirely separate from your data network. Neither has much impact on the other. VoIP, however, uses the data network and requires bandwidth and stability. Before implementing a VoIP solution, ensure that your data network is sufficient to support VoIP and all that it entails.
Today’s market offers a plethora of VoIP providers and solutions, so it is okay to be picky. Take the time to find a solution that is compatible with your setup. An easy deployment will set your company up for a successful VoIP experience. PBXware is compatible with most systems and can seamlessly integrate with all of our other products.
3. The Budget
Budget is probably the first thing most SMBs think of when they consider a new telephony solution. Do not forget to analyze all of the costs that accompany both your current system and the new one. From the cost of long distance calls to hardware to maintenance, carefully compare your options.
Finally, VoIP brings with it a brand new issue: Security. This was not a problem with legacy systems, so it is easy to forget or ignore. However a breach in security could mean huge consequences for your company. Take the time before migrating to VoIP to ensure your company will be secure. Products like sipPROT and sipMON do the work for you and guarantee security.
Cost What is the primary motive for most business decisions? Cost! From cutting costs to increasing revenue, the budget is central to an SMB’s agenda. Thus it is the first reason to migrate to VoIP. Check out a few VoIP options and crunch the numbers. We guarantee that VoIP will end up costing you less in the long run.
Employee Behavior Take a look around your office – are employees using their desk phones? looking at their computer screens? on a mobile device? Employee behavior is changing and the desk phone is losing its place as the center of any office. Modern business is done not only via voice, but also through email, instant messaging, and even video. VoIP integrates voice with all of these new technologies.
Productivity Along those same lines, the ability to integrate VoIP with a wide range of other communication methods means increased productivity. A desk phone limits employees to communicate only when at their desk, and only when the other person is free. A comprehensive VoIP solution opens the door to employee collaboration through a variety of channels. Features such as presence give the real-time status of users, saving time spent looking for coworkers.
Voice is Data Employees and usage aside, VoIP is a better option because it runs over the data network. A legacy system runs on a dedicated voice network, forcing companies to have two networks. This means paying two networks, maintaining two networks, plugging in two networks, etc. It is much simpler to run all of your voice and communication applications over one data network.
The Industry The final reason to switch to VoIP is simply keeping up with the industry. Not only users are migrating to VoIP, vendors as well are shifting from legacy solutions to VoIP. It will not be long until legacy support is difficult to find. Now is the time to take the leap – stay ahead of the industry, not behind it.
It’s going to happen anyway Depending on where you are in the world, the TDM networks may have already switched off, or will next year. Find out before you’re found out.
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In our previous posts we looked at what to do before and during a VoIP phone deployment. While those are important phases of adopting VoIP, the post-deployment phase is an often forgotten and equally important step in using VoIP to its full potential.