Trade Show Tour 2019

Tradeshows

What a year 2018 has been! We had a blast attending all the Trade Shows, Conferences and Webinars this past year. Meeting new customers, interacting with industry leaders and speaking on topics that we are passionate about is what keeps bringing us back.

Next year we will be attending some of our favorite shows that we have been going to for years plus a few new shows! We are excited to see familiar friends and meet new faces.

If you are interested to know where we will be in 2019, keep reading!

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ITEXPO
January 30th to February 1st
We are starting the new year off right and heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for ITEXPO! You can find Bicom Systems at booth #911.
Register for ITEXPO here and save 25% off your Super Pass with promo code ‘BICOM25′!

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FISPALIVE
February 20th to February 22nd
Shortly after Capacity Caribbean, we are heading to Nashville, Tennessee to attend FISPALIVE. We’ve been to FISPA events in the past and are very excited to have a booth at their event again this year. If you are in the area, come stop by but don’t forget to register here.

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IT Partners 2019
March 13th to March 14th
Two days of intensive business in the community of French Channel IT decision makers?! Sign us up! This is the first time Bicom Systems will be attending a French IT trade show and did we mention it was being held in Paris, France? Register for IT Partners today.

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Enterprise Connect
March 18th to March 21st
Bicom Systems is going to stay connected by going to the Enterprise Connect 2019 trade show in Orlando, Florida. This is another new opportunity for Bicom Systems to connect with buyers and sellers in the telecommunications industry. Advanced rate ends January 11th, 2019, register for Enterprise Connect today!

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WISPAMERICA
March 19th to March 21st
I know what you are thinking. WISPAMERICA is the same time as Enterprise Connect. Not to worry, Bicom Systems has both covered. We will be in Cincinnati, Ohio for WISPAMERICA’s 7th year running. Are you registered for this 3-day event? Do it here.

 

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AstriCon
Bicom Systems has been a part of AstriCon in some way or another every year since it began. The date for this year’s conference has not been released yet, but we will update this post once it is. Check back in the new year for more information on AstriCon or visit their website.

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WISPAPALOOZA
October 7th to October 11th
Another trade show that Bicom Systems is not a rookie at is WISPAPALOOZA! Last year we held our very own user group meeting and it was a huge success. We were nominated for ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and participated in many informational sessions. We are looking forward to heading back to Las Vegas, Nevada for another round of WISPAPALOOZA. Check back to their website in the new year to register.

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ISP Summit
November 4th to November 6th
Although we have served customers and partners in Canada for years, Bicom Systems recently opened their first Canada office. We are thrilled to attend the 2019 Canadian ISP Summit this coming year in Toronto, Ontario. Visit their website to see registration details once they come available.

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BTA
We recently experienced the BTA’s ‘Capture the Magic’ conference and it was such a success that we are going again! This trade show was a great way to end the year and we are looking forward to attending Capture the Magic 2019 back in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you want to learn more about the BTA events in 2019, check their website.

Do you want Bicom Systems to come to your trade show? Send us an email at marketing@bicomsystems.com. Don’t forget to keep checking back to this post as we update the event details.

See you in the new year!

10 Things You Can’t Miss out on With gloCOM 5.2

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We’re back with another update! With constantly changing technology,our developers are always innovating. As soon as we release one version, we already have new ideas for the next.

Bicom Systems strives to give our customers the best versions of Unified Communications. Our newest version, gloCOM 5.2, will increase efficiency, productivity and support collaboration like never before. Here are 10 new things gloCOM can offer you and your customers.

1. Communicator Branding (BRM – Bicom Release Manager) 
Your company information. Your logo. Bicom Systems offers white label products to resellers who want to rebrand our products. This way your customers won’t get confused when they see another companies information plastered on their applications. This branding feature also benefits resellers so their customers won’t go directly to the manufacturer for their telecommunication needs, ensuring the customer remains with you.

2. New languages for GUI
Two new languages were added to this upgrade. gloCOM 5.2 is now offered in English, Italian and French. This update gives reseller’s a competitive edge in the market by offering their products in different languages.

3. Caller ID when Faxing
With gloCOM 5.2, users can now choose what caller IDs to send a Fax as. When you add a new contact you input their; name, phone number(s), email addresses and if applicable, their fax number. Now all the user has to do is right-click on the contact and they have the option to send them a fax straight from gloCOM.

4. Block Caller ID Notification
This new feature gives the user two options. They can either hide their Caller ID permanently or hide their Caller ID for the next call they make. An icon will appear during your call letting you know if your Caller ID is hidden.

5. Agents Pause Reason Codes
You can now see why and when an agent pauses their calls and what their current status is (ex: on a call, busy, paused, offline etc). When you hover over an agents name with your mouse, a tool-tip will appear with the agents status and why (ex: Paused: Smoke Break). Not only can supervisors see this information but other agents can too! This becomes handy in case they need to transfer a call to another agent or if they need to discuss a matter.

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6. Filter Queue Call Tab
This new feature is especially useful for clients with multiple locations and queues per location. The supervisor can choose to only see the calls for a specific location. This makes it easier to navigate and organize through wait times, service levels, amount of calls answered/unanswered, etc.

7. Default Ringtones
Before gloCOM 5.2 it was hard to distinguish whether it was an internal or external call because it was the same ringtone. Now, you can set different ringtones for internal calls (within the organization) and external calls (outside of your organization).

8. Add Users to Existing Chat
This new feature on the update makes collaboration even easier. You can instantly start a group chat by dragging a new user(s) into an existing chat. It saves users time and increases productivity.

9. Module Icons can be Personalized
The icons for the modules inside gloCOM can be personalized. The telephone icon must stay there but the following three icons can be chosen by the end user. The user can arrange the icons as desired to boost accessibility by simply dragging dropping.

10. Show/Hide Numbers Next to Contact Name
Having the ability to see the contacts name and number(s) can be very convenient or take up a lot of space. It is fast and convenient that you do not have to click on the contact and go into their profile to see their information. This is helpful when you are quickly looking for a phone number to give out or access yourself. But with all this information when you have a lot of contacts, it can look messy and cluttered. This new feature gives you the option to show or hide these numbers.

To read all of the new features added to gloCOM 5.2 read over the official release notes here. If you want to upgrade your gloCOM to the latest version, visit our website or contact your account manager.

How to Choose a Virtualization Platform

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Understanding what a virtualization platform is can be difficult, then having to choose the best platform for your business can be exhausting. Even though it has been around for a while, the virtualization concept is relatively new for some small-medium sized businesses and the big ones are still considering making the switch.

Below you’ll find 5 basics questions that will help you jump on the virtualization band wagon! Keep reading if you want some tips on How to Choose a Virtualization Platform.

To start,
What is a Virtualization Platform?
It is a virtual (not actual, not real, not tangible) machine that acts like a real computer with an operating system. So, instead of owning a physical server, you have a virtual one that can be hosted online. Cool right? It has virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices and computer network resources. Everything you need in one place minus all the extra hardware.

Why should your business go Virtual?
We all know the old saying, ‘why fix it if it isn’t broke’ right? Although that may be common, the truth is that businesses have to stay innovative for their customers and clients! Going virtual has so many benefits such as:

–        Reducing IT Expenses
–        Boosting Efficiency
–        Better Disaster Recovery
–        Simplified Data Management
–        Reduction of Physical Servers (Goodbye to the days of ‘server rooms’)
–        Cooling and Power Costs are Reduced
–        Increasing Productivity

The list goes on…

Now we know the ‘what’ and ‘why’, but let’s focus on the ‘how’. (The real reason you clicked on this post).

How do you choose and switch to a Virtualization Platform?
Some companies may offer services you may not need and some may offer services you never thought existed.The trick is, to figure out what you need or want to get from your Virtualization Platform and find a company that does just that. When researching ask yourself the following:

–        Is their software user friendly?
–        Do they offer a free trial?
–        Will they be present at a trade show near you? That way you can meet their team!
–        Will they be compatible with the equipment your office already has?
–        How much is this going to cost?

And remember, ‘popular’ brands aren’t your only option. There are many fish in the sea of vendors and there will be the perfect one out there for you!

Although there are many options, in our unbiased opinion – we believe Bicom Systems to be one of the better choices. Which brings me to my next topic, the ‘who’.

Who do you choose?
Bicom Systems of course! The Virtualization Platform that Bicom Systems offers is called SERVERware. It is the only Virtualization Platform dedicated to Hosting Telephony & Unified Communications in the Cloud. Bicom Systems offers three different editions, so companies can choose what works best for their operations. If you want to learn more about SERVERware check out our website!

Ok maybe you don’t choose Bicom Systems. We won’t be that sad. But you may need to choose someone, which leaves this blog post to its final ‘w’ the ‘when’.

When do you choose a Virtualization Platform?
NOW! There is no time to waste in the virtual world.

Needed Hardware for 2600 Extensions

Hardware compatability

Requirements for the project are to find a possible server configuration that should be able to cope with 2600 extensions usage. We must take into account that each extension will use gloCOM and have a deskphone as well.

Since time was a limited resource and the fastest server that we had was the HP DL360 G7, we decided to use that server as a quick testing scenario where we would try to come as close as possible to the technical setup needed for the project. Once we had the minimum needed result numbers, we could now compare to some use cases with our servers and the performance of servers that are new on the market.

G7 specs are as follows:

  • CPU: 2x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU L5630 @ 2.13GHz (4 core/8 threads)
  • RAM: 24GB DDR3
  • DISKS: Combined 500GB of space SAS drives
  • OS: Serverware 3.0 with 1 PBXware 5 VPS instance

This server managed to run approximately 750 extensions with a  total of 230 calls, 750 gloCOM connections, 15 SIP registrations per second, and 375 OPTION packets per second. This was all done on one VPS.

Bicom Systems has a production server with about 3700 extensions split between 24 VPSs with maximum number of extensions per VPS at 750. Keeping in mind this server is running older versions of Serverware and PBXware, with much less features than our newly available versions. The configuration of said server is:

  • CPU: 1x Xeon D-1541 with 8 cores
  • RAM: 32GB
  • DISK: 1x 1.6TB SSD
  • OS: Serverware 1.9 with 24 PBXware 4 instances

Now, taking into account the new Xeon CPUs, which perform much better than servers such as the G9 and G10, we came to a possible configuration that will satisfy project needs:

  • CPU: 2x Xeon E5 with 8 cores each
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Disks: if we consider recording considering you do not go under 1TB, the number of disks would depend on the type of Serverware. We would also recommend a solution with call recordings being stored on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), while the system and all else that accompanies it be stored on a Solid-State Drive (SSD).

One thing that needs to be mentioned is that we can’t be sure if all of 2600 extensions would be able to coexist on a single PBXware VPS, so it is recommended to start out with one VPS and if you run into issues, split them into other VPSs. This should resolve those issues.

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Creator Bio:

Eldar Avdic,

UADs & Appliances Manager and Developer. Maintains Bicom Systems’ UAD support and keeping appliances up to date.

Dino Mesic,

UADs & Appliances Engineer and Developer. Develops support for UADs, maintain technical documentation and test new UADs and appliances.

4 Benefits of Webinars

4-benefits-of-webinars Webinars are a great interaction tool for any business. It is an efficient and sure way of getting your message out to customers directly, especially in the tech industry. Below are four (4) benefits of presenting webinars. 

Around the clock availability

Webinars are available live and can be visited later on if you are unavailable. This around the clock availability is extremely useful if you have clients that are constantly busy or do business internationally on different time zones than you. Also, having the availability of the webinar after it has gone live helps increase your reach through search engine optimization (SEO) when being searched for at a later date. This helps you stay relevant rather than hosting live seminars and losing the attention once it’s over.  

Easy way of delivering your message to your target

More often than not, those that watch your webinar have an interest or stake in what you are presenting. This means that your audience for the webinar is most likely who you are targeting or should try to target with your marketing efforts. Having your target market come to you rather than putting in extensive, and expensive, market research will simplify your job greatly.

Cost savings

Although you have to spend to create a webinar, you also save considerably from other sources. These include travel costs that your company would have endured in order to educate your customers on changes to the system; the cost of time that’s spent by your presenter while they could be working away at other tasks; and lastly the costs you would’ve undertook to hire a venue and all that comes with hosting a live event. You always want your customer to be educated, however, budgeting properly is should also be a top priority.

Easy way of generating qualified leads

If you ask any sales representative, they will say that generating leads is easy; however, generating QUALIFIED leads is a more difficult process. Relating back to the second benefit, those that are watching your webinar are probably interested in what you are presenting. You are now able to use the registration from the webinar to collect lead information such as contact methods and locations. This is also considered a form of market research as you can see what your demographics and geographics are. Lastly, by educating those watching your webinar you have already qualified them as leads since they are now aware of your products and services and there will be no need to re-qualify.

The 4 benefits mentioned above explain how webinars are a powerful tool if you are looking to increase brand awareness, minimize costs, and boost revenues in the simplest possible way.