Part 5 on migrating your business to a Voice over IP phone system. This is part 5 of our article series on switching your business over to a voice over ip phone system. Part 1 was an overview of what business Voice over IP is and how it can benefit your business. Part 2 covered some of the options and features available to businesses who wish to migrate over to a Voice over IP phone system. Part 3 discussed various aspects that you should take into consideration when switching to Voice over IP. Part 4 gave brief walkthrough of the next steps to take once you’ve decided to switch to Voice over IP. In part 5, we’ll wrap everything up and discuss some long-term considerations for your business.
If you don’t yet have a Voice over IP (VoIP) system for your business, then you’ll definitely want to read this article. A common reason that people are hesitant about migrating over to VoIP is because the process can seem confusing. Let’s go through the six easy steps to having your business migrate to VoIP.
Dr. Alan Ganz is the Chief Technology Officer at August Ninth Analyses. He received his Bachelors degree from CCNY and his Masters and PhD degrees from Columbia University, all in Physics. August Ninth Analyses (ANA) is a different kind of automation provider. Its technology is do it yourself (DIY). Even inexperienced users can install, operate and maintain a full-range Control & Analysis system for manufacturing batches. Of course, even the most adept do-it-yourselfers often need a helping hand. Realizing this need ANA developed a novel method to deliver assistance in the most efficient way imaginable. Instead of sending an expert out to the field, ANA provided a tool that allows them to participate remotely at the user’s site. Unsurprisingly, they discovered that this portable, Cloud-based data gathering kit, now called TripSaver, is useful for anyone needing to connect experts with problems – instantly and efficiently. TripSaver is not video conferencing, which is people-centric; it is remote participation, with expert attention directed to objects. The portable kit opens a window to the world of machines, buildings, processes and products. Expertise rather than experts is what moves globally. A big plus is that by reducing the need for travel, TripSaver saves money and reduces CO2 emissions.
A conference bridge gives you the ability to speak with multiple people at once. It enables you to have a meeting with several people without them all having to be in the same physical room. In the 70’s, conference calls were accomplished by physically bridging the copper lines together. This setup was generally limited to only 3 participants. Copper lines were designed for one on one conversation. Adding more participants to the conference call resulted in the quality of the call diminishing. Participants would have trouble hearing each other clearly. By the 80’s, telephone system manufacturers added a conference call feature to their telephone system. It was also limited to 3 or 4 participants. However, the quality of the conference call was greatly improved, since the system provided amplification and line balancing.
Auto Provisioning is a great tool. It enables a carrier to send you an IP phone that you will plug into the Internet. Once plugged in, the phone will automatically find the provisioning server and download the correct configuration files. So why worry? Look behind the fold.
A VoIP telephone system –or Voice over Internet Protocol system–allows you to make calls over your Internet connection instead of via a regular phone line. Using software driven equipment, VoIP lines send your voice over the internet, following the fastest and cleanest route possible. But why upgrade your business to VoIP? There are many benefits of a VoIP system, but the following are our top five:
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