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Mitel Study of Business Executives Reveals What’s Driving Cloud Voice Adoption

Mitel recently issued a study of the perceptions and motivations of executives for migrating to a cloud-based model for their business communications. Key takeaways include…

Innovation is at the heart of cloud migration

Access to innovative features not available with traditional telephony solutions was by far the main driver for migrating to a cloud model. With cloud technology delivering faster and easier access to key productivity tools, companies now view such functionality as indispensable.

Unified communication features, including presence, secure instant messaging, voice and video calls, are top of their “must-have” list. Advanced collaboration functions, such as audio and video conferencing and seamless content sharing were also cited as essential.

Migration costs are critical for measuring ROI

The costs of migrating existing telephony architecture to the cloud are top-of-mind for most businesses, compared with other costs for such things as ongoing management, equipment and maintenance. Companies also reported migration costs as the primary factor to consider when it comes to ROI. The performance improvements they can expect from the cloud are deemed heavily dependent on the quality of underlying IT systems.

Businesses are looking for cloud expertise

Companies are choosing different paths to the cloud, whether their business model aligns to a public, private or hybrid approach. According to the research, most businesses report a need for experienced advisors to help them migrate to the cloud in a manner that makes the most sense for their organization. Cloud deployments are considered a critical part of their long-term communications strategies, and companies are investing in expertise to guarantee future success.

With Mitel as its strategic partner, TCI is well positioned to design and implement the best cloud solution for your needs. Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

 

Unified Communication as a Service… Move Your Voice to the Cloud – Get DR and BC at No Cost!

Businesses are investing in Cloud Voice for a variety of reasons, including cost savings, mobility, scalability and the desire to shift financing from CAPEX to OPEX.

Others are taking Cloud Voice a step further – not only adopting UC as a Service (UCaaS) for its collaboration tools, but for its built-in disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) capabilities as well.

When you think of how important communications continuity is to your business, moving to UCaaS is a very smart move, especially when the platform already relies on a resilient cloud infrastructure. Trying to replicate this internally would require a redundant PBX and a duplicate cluster of UC servers at a backup location, in addition to paying monthly carrier fees to maintain network connections to that site.

Supporting Daily & Emergency Communications

When you incorporate UCaaS into your daily operations, you also cover your emergency communications. Using the same UCaaS tools for daily operations and disaster situations also means your users and IT staff won’t have to worry about getting familiar with a backup system in the middle of a crisis.

With UCaaS, no matter where you work or what device you use, you have access to the same set of collaboration and communication tools. When a local emergency shuts down your building, your team can work offsite without interruption. Communications continue seamlessly, regardless of the type or duration of the disaster.

Ready to put your built-in business continuity plan in place? Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Cut Your Network & Telecom Costs and Enhance Your Services

Wondering if you’re getting the best pricing, service, and solutions? Need faster broadband, voice or data? A more reliable connection to your data center? Want great customer service when you need it?

Now you can have it all…

Get all the communications support you need from your single-source partner – TCI. We find the best solutions for you and manage everything… acting as your advocate with the service providers every step of the way.

You call us. We do the rest.

We recognize that networks and phone systems are essential to your daily operations. Our team of carrier, broadband, and network services experts review your entire IT and Telecom environment. We look for opportunities to optimize what you have or find you better solutions and better pricing.

You pay nothing extra for our expert advice and coordination – and you get TCI’s outstanding support.

Get started today! Contact TCI at: (703) 321-3030 or CustomerService@tcicomm.com.

 

Evaluating Your Voice and IT Support? TCI Offers Customized Ad Hoc and Annual Plans

Our customers appreciate having a choice of service programs for keeping their Voice and IT systems running smoothly. We support everything from traditional ad hoc support to annual plans.

Certified Technicians

TCI’s factory certified technicians provide installation, repair and maintenance services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…

  • Telecom system moves, upgrades and service
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Managed Services
  • Monitoring service (Telecom and Network)
  • Service level programs

Extended Service and Support

  • Discounted labor bundles (2, 4, 6 and 8-hour units)
  • Labor can be used for anything
  • Flat rate annual contract with no trip charges
  • Extended hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Maintenance Contracts

  • Flexible programs
  • Alarm monitoring and reporting option
  • Four packages to choose from:
  • Parts coverage
  • Parts & Labor business hours
  • Parts & Labor business hours, plus free remote MAC
  • Parts & Labor with 24 hour labor coverage, plus free remote MAC

Take the headaches out of managing your Voice and IT…

Contact the TCI relief team to customize a support plan that makes the most sense for your business: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

4 Team Collaboration Trends Easing Email Overload

Information overload can dilute employee engagement, drop productivity and raise turnover rates. Easing this burden requires having the right balance between communication, collaboration and technology without contributing to overload. Here are some trends to adopt that can ease the burden for your business…

  • Trend #1: Integration of Team Collaboration Tools – Rather than stretch email as a “one-size-fits-all” communications channel, it’s more productive to use team collaboration tools. From instant messaging and team workspaces to audio/video conferencing and desktop sharing, collaboration tools will transform the way you work and enable your teams to be more productive, whether they’re in the office or off-site.
  • Trend #2: Shared Calendars & Presence Capabilities – Many emails are from people trying to coordinate schedules. A better way to organize meetings is to adopt shared calendar functionality and integrate presence features. That way, colleagues will know instantly who is currently in a meeting or on the phone. Everyone will be more productive when group interactions are centralized into a single, synchronized workspace.
  • Trend #3: Document Collaboration – Shared document collaboration systems store and organize documents in a central online location. Team members can log into the system and edit, comment or review documents whenever they need to. With only a single instance of every document stored online, there’s no problem of multiple versions floating around or multiple emails causing confusion and delays. This makes teams more productive and businesses more efficient.
  • Trend #4: Unified Collaboration for Project Management – Projects don’t have to get bogged down with a disconnected array of messages and tools. Collaboration technology makes it easier than ever to keep up to date on projects, assign to-dos with deadlines and track the progress of team members within a single application. The entire team can have a common view of where the project stands and everyone’s roles and contributions.

Embracing one or all of these trends will reduce employee stress and lead to better, faster decision-making.

Email isn’t going away any time soon, but the deluge of information created by disparate systems is a factor you can control. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Simplify & Secure Your Wi-Fi/Wireless Networks with Our Cloud Managed Service

Your business depends on having a reliable network infrastructure that is continuously monitored for proper operation. Wireless connections are a critical element of today’s network infrastructure and one that consumes a growing share of IT resources to secure and manage.

To support your wireless connections TCI has launched a cloud-managed solution – powered by Cisco Meraki – that enables you to streamline switching, routing, and security tasks via the web – all delivered in one comprehensive package.

When it comes to protecting your Wi-Fi networks, for example, you can arrange to dynamically grant or restrict network access to a device based on its security status, location, installed software and OS version, and more. And when a user fails to comply with a set security measure – such as disabling the antivirus program, jail-breaking a device, removing a pass code, or leaving a given territory – that person’s access to your Wi-Fi networks will be automatically revoked.

Combining Cisco Meraki’s cloud management and TCI’s certified network expertise, we optimize and manage hosting of your entire Wi-Fi infrastructure by offering:

  • Immediate implementation and expansion of Wi-Fi, switching, and security to new sites.
  • Upgrades, patches and maintenance, which become the responsibility of Meraki Cloud and TCI Managed Services Teams.
  • Support to allow mobile and remote workers to become as productive on the road as in the office.
  • Tiered services to suit the needs of any sized organization.

Our Managed Meraki Service relieves the 24×7 monitoring and management burden of Wi-Fi networks from your IT shop so it can focus on delivering greater value to your business.

Ready to open more doors to converse with your customers? Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Ice & Snow Season Arrives… We Make Connecting Your People from Home Easy

‘Tis the season when bitter cold, gusty winds and snow storms can pop up at any time. This means weather-related office closings can be expected too.

DC-area businesses cannot afford weather-related shutdowns. Now is the time to review snow emergency plans to ensure your people know how to respond. And if your business does not have a Disaster Recovery plan in place, make time to formalize that too.

TCI makes it easy to set up Voice and Data Mobility for your staff. This keeps your customers happy, while you obtain immediate productivity and efficiency benefits. Plus you get disaster protection when you need it.

With “plug and work” access to your office network, your team can use all of the features and functionality of the company’s phone system while at home or on the road, allowing your business to keep going in spite of the snow. While other businesses are sputtering after a storm, your business continues on course without skipping a beat.

Contact TCI today for more tips on beating Old Man Winter: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

 

 

Mitel & VMware Bring Voice, Data and Cloud Together

Imagine being able to manage Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions like any other business application in your virtualized data center…

Working closely with VMware, Mitel unites Voice and Data applications on the same shared servers, enabling you to achieve:

  • Faster system deployment
  • A common management platform for voice and data
  • A single business continuity plan

Combining voice and data increases efficiencies and offers significant savings:

  • Minimizes server hardware
  • Lowers real estate needs
  • Reduces power consumption and server provisioning costs

Mitel Virtual Solutions for the data center shrinks IT resource requirements through:

  • Reduced complexity
  • Centralized administration
  • Fewer skill sets, less training

Call TCI for your Cloud and Virtualization solutions…  Our experts will design a cost effective public, hybrid or private communications cloud solution tailored specifically to the needs of your business.  Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or CustomerService@tcicomm.com.

 

Download Your FREE Copy of ‘Team Collaboration for Dummies’ Today

The biggest investment and competitive advantage in any business is often your employees. Maximizing employee productivity has a significant impact on the bottom line.

Today’s employees use mobile devices and mobile apps in practically every aspect of their lives  ̶  that includes the business world. These devices and apps influence the way your employees collaborate and interact professionally.

Now is the time to embrace the mobile lifestyle and find innovative ways to adapt these productivity enhancing tools to a professional setting for effective team collaboration and communications.

Click here for your FREE ebook

Team Collaboration for Dummies, Mitel Special Edition, explores ways to…

  • Impact your business  ̶  strengthen your collaboration skills
  • Evolve your team dynamics  ̶  improve team productivity, competitiveness, agility, and decision making
  • Become a collaborative enterprise  ̶  find out what it takes
  • Discover the Mitel MiTeam solution  ̶  a work stream communications and collaboration tool that provides a highly collaborative, persistent workspace for team-based meetings, conversations, content collaboration and project management. Reduce organization silos, and increase your speed to market with one converged collaboration application that extends beyond your company walls to mobile employees, partners, and customers.

Start the conversation about Team Collaboration with TCI.  Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

Desktop Phone Hacks Happen… Here’s How to Protect Your Business

Many offices have IP phones, but unknown to most users is that hackers can actually listen to everything that’s going on in the room – whether or not you are on a phone call.

Hackers from a remote location have been able to exploit some IP phones’ vulnerable software and firmware to gain access – even phones sitting behind a firewall.

Here’s some of the mischief hackers can do when they ‘tap’ your IP phone:

  • Listen in on your phone conversations and identify who you’re calling.
  • With access to the phone’s microphone, hackers can feed the conversation into a speech-to-text engine and post the transcript to social media.
  • Since the microphone never shuts off, hackers can listen to everything the phone hears, such as conversations in a company’s board room.

IP phones are basically computers and manufacturers periodically issue software and firmware updates to plug security holes. The trouble is that smaller businesses – and many larger ones – are still lax about keeping their systems updated with the latest patches.

The most effective way to stop hackers from taking control of your IP phones – or any other computer – is to keep the software and firmware current with the latest patches from your phone manufacturer.

Ignoring these patches – or waiting too long to implement them – could leave your business exposed to hackers bent on doing it serious harm.

Concerned about possible IP phone vulnerabilities at your location? Reach out to TCI today… We have communication solutions that can protect your business. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.