What is IVR?

ivrGoing back to the basics – what exactly is IVR?

IVR stands for Interactive Voice Response and describes the technology that lets humans communicate with computers via voice.

In the world of telephony, IVR is an automated system that can interact with users to effectively process their requests. This may mean routing calls, providing information, or many other things.

Bicom Systems PBXware has an IVR feature.

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PBX for Small Business

business pbxOne of my favorite things about modern communications technology is the way it levels the playing field.

In the past, small businesses had a constant disadvantage against large organizations or enterprises. But with technology like VoIP PBX and Cloud PBX, this is no longer true. Small businesses can access many of the same features and values despite having fewer resources.

Hosted PBX is low-budget, easy-to-use, and scalable – all things that small businesses can appreciate.

Small businesses with a Cloud PBX can serve customers as if they were a large enterprise, opening the path for growth.

Speaking of growth, it is easy with Hosted PBX. Scalability allows small businesses to start with what they have and grow fluidly.

Learn more about PBXware Business PBX or contact an Account Manager today!

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5 VoIP Features for Business Efficiency

voipVoIP is constantly evolving and new features emerge faster than we can use them. VoIP News wrote an article highlighting five VoIP features that increase business efficiency. Let’s take a look at the features:

1. IVR – Interactive Voice Recognition is all about efficiency for the customer. A VoIP solution like PBXware will offer IVR so that customer calls can be attended and routed as quickly and painlessly as possible.

2. Less time on calls – Similarly, VoIP solutions handle and route calls more quickly, cutting the time spent on calls. Businesses of all sizes and industries appreciate less time on the phone! VoIP apps like gloCOM can reduce time significantly.

3. More communications options – From voice calls to video calls to screen sharing, VoIP offers more types of communication for increased efficiency and productivity. You will find all of these options and more in our gloCOM app.

4. Integration – Most VoIP solutions can integrate with your other software and solutions. Better yet, Bicom Systems offers all of the pieces so they created to work together seamlessly, saving time, money, and effort.

5. Cost-effectiveness – Finally, VoIP is cost-efficient, reducing up-front and long-term costs. VoIP can open the door for even the smallest businesses and level the playing field.

Thanks to VoIP News for reminding us of these great features. Learn more about a real VoIP solution on our PBXware page.

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5 Reasons to Choose On-Premise PBX

on-premise pbxWe discussed some of the benefits of a Cloud PBX System in a previous blog post, so today we’ll discuss the benefits of choosing an On-Premise PBX system.

#1 OWNERSHIP

Traditionally, phone systems have always been purchased and owned. If this precedent has worked well for your business, there is no reason to change now. Owning an on-premise system gives control and peace-of-mind to the company. It is one more company asset that cannot be changed or taken away.

#2 CONTROL

Along the same lines as ownership, an onsite pbx system puts the control into the hands of the company. The in-house IT team can manage and customize the solution to fit current needs and even specific users. With all of the new features offered by VoIP, it only makes sense to have the control to use and change them as you wish.

#3 COST

While some companies will shy away from the larger up-front cost of an on-premise system, others will appreciate making a one-time investment. Unlike hosted systems, on-premise will not require monthly rent or other fees. On-Premise VoIP is less expensive than Legacy because it is software, rather than hardware, based.

#4 PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS

If you already have a good relationship with your providers there is no reason to change now. Your provider already has experience and knowledge of your company, users, and communication patterns. An onsite PBX solution allows you to stay with the same provider rather than start from scratch with a new vendor.

#5 IT TEAM

Companies switching from legacy to VoIP likely already have an experienced IT team in place. An on-premise system allows them to continue their current duties and carry the company through the transition to VoIP. Entrusting the new system to the current IT team will ensure a smooth transition.

In conclusion, there are many benefits to choosing an On-Premise Based PBX system. However there is a caveat; VoIP systems are inherently more complicated than legacy systems. They come with the advantage of an interface GUI to deal with this; however, the core skills to manage the network remain critical. The provider of your legacy system may not be familiar with these skills.

There are benefits to both On-Premise and Hosted systems depending on the needs of your company. To learn more, read 5 Reasons to Deploy a On-Premise Based VoIP System from Ziff Davis.

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On-Premise vs. Cloud IP PBX Systems

Last month we learned what exactly “PBX System” means and some of the different deployment options. The two most common options – and hardest to choose between – are on-premise IP PBX and hosted or cloud IP PBX.

cloud ip pbxOn-premise solutions are owned and managed by the user. The physical IP PBX is stored on-site and all of the technology is set-up and maintained in-house.

Hosted or cloud solutions are rented out by a service provider for a monthly fee that covers service, maintenance, and upgrades. The user needs only IP Phones that connect to the cloud PBX system via Internet.

Both are good options depending on the size and type of your business.

Let’s look at the benefits of each system:

On-Premise IP PBX System

  • No monthly fee
  • More control over the solution
  • Long-term investment
  • No reliance on a service provider
  • Can integrate with other solutions
  • May have more features

Hosted or Cloud IP PBX System

  • Low or no up-front costs
  • No additional maintenance or upgrade costs
  • More flexible and scalable
  • No need for IT expertise or personnel
  • Less employee training needed
  • Advances in technology will come in automatic upgrades

Clearly both systems have benefits and drawbacks. In general, hosted deployments are better for SMBs, organizations limited by budget, or companies expecting to grow in the future. On-premise systems make sense for very large companies that are prepared to own and support their own PBX.

PBXware is an example of a hosted IP PBX solution. Learn more on our website.

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