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The Next Level of Cloud Voice Flexibility from Mitel & RingCentral… TCI Makes it Happen

Our new strategic partnership with RingCentral makes it easier to leverage one of the best cloud-based UCaaS options available today. RingCentral Message Video Phone (MVP) is an all-in-one solution that can easily meet the changing needs of your workforce.

Upgrading to RingCentral provides everything you need to build a company culture that will position you for long-term success:

  • A unified, collaborative hub for all employees, regardless of where they are working
  • Higher capacity video conferencing, more powerful messaging, and full-featured telephony
  • Enterprise-grade security and unmatched reliability that delivers 99.999% uptime
  • Over 275 out-of-the-box integrations with business apps and open APIs
  • A modular system approach that can grow alongside your business
  • Analytics and real-time reporting that make tracking important metrics easier than ever
  • Seamless integration with any of your existing features

Special Offers for Existing Mitel Customers

For our existing Mitel customers looking to upgrade or replace their cloud technologies, there’s even more to be excited about. For a limited time, Mitel is offering up to three months free of RingCentral MVP. They’re also waiving early termination fees and offering free onboarding and implementation services. Make sure to ask us if you’re eligible for this special competitive pricing, but act fast – these offers end on June 30, 2022.

Your local TCI team will ensure a seamless upgrade experience, so you and your team will be up and running in no time. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

The 2022 HR Challenge – Building a Supportive Company Culture in the Digital Era

As companies continue with hybrid and remote work arrangements, human resource departments have had to reorganize their priorities. When asked what they saw as their primary role in their organizations in 2021, 65% of HR professionals pointed to “keeping employees engaged and building a supportive company culture,” according to a recent survey.

Replacing the Physical Workplace with a Collaborative Space

The first thing that usually comes to mind when attempting to define “corporate culture” is the physical office. Historically, the workplace environment has had an outsized influence on corporate identity, employee productivity, job satisfaction, and morale.

The needs and values of today’s employees have evolved. Rather than speculating on ways to revive the old culture and re-create it, companies should be using employee input to visualize and create a new culture that transcends the confines of physical space.

How to Create an Authentic Company Culture using UC

Of the organizations that indicated significant transformation since the beginning of 2020, three out of four reported they expect to be more reliant on remote work, according to a recent survey. Not surprisingly, 69% also said they expect to be more reliant on technology for internal collaboration.

Here are some ways organizations can use UC tools like those from Mitel to create and support company culture:

  • Leverage video conferencing tools so both in-office and remote employees can stay informed and engaged on important topics. Equal facetime is important for employees to feel involved and valued.
  • Create shared workspaces where employees can exchange files and documents and store them in one place. This can stem virtual meeting fatigue by reducing the number of status calls and facilitating collaboration across time zones and geographical locations.
  • Record calls when you need to use flex hours and catch up on what you missed by listening to the recordings at a later time. This feature allows employees to achieve better work-life balance while staying involved.
  • Use UC monitoring tools to track project completion and delivery milestones, rather than just time spent on a given project. Employees are more empowered when they’re able to determine their personal workflows.

No two employees work the same way, and UC tools can be used to accommodate different approaches to achieving goals. By providing employees with the flexibility and tools they need, managers can make everyone feel like they’re part of a community, rather than just cogs in a machine.

Your local TCI team is ready to implement UC technologies that support your company culture and employee work styles. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Migrating to the Cloud… The Easiest Way to Simplify Your Business Communications

Your business has its own needs and distinct workflows, and the path you take to the cloud will be just as unique. Our new e-book will help you discover which path to the cloud is best for you, and how the cloud’s benefits – reliability, agility, and simplicity – and affordable monthly pricing can work for your business.

Learn why migrating with Mitel and our new UCaaS partner RingCentral is your easiest and most effortless way to connect with the cloud.

eBook: You Can Get There from Here, Profiles of a Cloud Migration Candidate

Connect Your Workforce

Migrating to the cloud gives you the best foundation for supporting the growing shift to hybrid work models and driving engagement with both employees and customers. Give your employees the tools to do their work, their way, supported by the best solution out there.

Support Your Customers

Enhancing employee experiences with your technology is a small change that has a big impact on your ability to meet your customers where they are and help set your business apart.

Migration Made Easy

Your TCI, Mitel, and RingCentral teams will work closely to ensure a seamless migration experience so you and your team will be up and running in no time. You will get access to world-class features and functionality with industry-leading 99.999% uptime.

Ready to talk about your path to the Cloud?
Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

RingCentral MVP Cloud Service… Everything You Need in One Great App

Last month we announced the addition of MVP to the TCI solutions line-up. Our latest Cloud offering includes an All-in-One Phone, Team Messaging, and Video Conferencing app.

MVP provides All-in-One Communications

  • Phone – Get a modern business phone system with 50+ features.
  • Message – Move projects forward with team messaging, file sharing, task management, and more.
  • Video – Remote meetings are easier with HD voice and video, one-click join, and easy screen-sharing.

1-minute Video: Welcome to the RingCentral App

RingCentral MVP is Award Winning

  • Reliable – 99.999% uptime
  • Secure – Seven layers of protection
  • Innovative – 250+ app integrations
  • Global – 110+ countries

Why Decision Makers choose RingCentral

  • Affordable – Save 30% or more with all-inclusive monthly pricing.
  • Simple to set up and use – Setup takes minutes, not days, with a dedicated onboarding specialist to ensure a smooth installation process and preconfigured phones that quickly connect to your existing internet service.
  • Any device, anywhere, anytime – The RingCentral mobile app turns your employees’ desk phones, laptops, tablets, and smartphones into mobile offices, giving them 24/7 access anywhere they have an internet connection.

MVP sets up in minutes, is easy to use, and is backed up with exceptional customer support based here in the USA.

If you’re an existing MiCloud Connect customer, ask your local TCI team about Mitel’s limited-time-offer MVP migration promotions. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Are You Getting the Full Value Out of Your CRM Platform?

Getting the most out of your CRM requires that you integrate it with your Business Voice applications. Almost all of the popular CRM services on the market seamlessly integrate with TCI’s Mitel and RingCentral systems.

Using a customized CRM? Our experienced development team can bring your customer data, phone system, and call center together…

  • When your CRM is integrated with your phone system, the contact’s personal details can be set to pop up on your phone or computer screen. Imagine how much time will be saved when your people don’t need to search for important information like customer preferences and details of past transactions.
  • Enhanced call functionality like click-to-dial, automated call logging, intelligent dialing, and screen pops and transfer can all be enabled and integrated with your customer data.
  • Bringing CRM and Voice together makes every employee and contact center agent in your business significantly more productive while improving the customer experience.
  • Let’s talk about connecting your phone system and contact center with your CRM platform.
    Contact TCI today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

     

We Make HIPAA Compliant Communications Easy for Healthcare Providers

TCI offers healthcare communications solutions that enable more proactive and efficient care to increase patient engagement and satisfaction. We specialize in enabling more proactive and collaborative communications in hospitals, medical centers, and physician practices.

Reliable communications between healthcare facilities – such as between a doctor’s office and hospital – are essential to delivering patients the best care in a timely and efficient manner. Protecting your patients’ right to communications privacy should not be difficult or expensive. TCI and Mitel take the worry out of protecting patient privacy by offering HIPAA-compliant communication solutions.

The need for information to remain secure extends past physical human interactions. The transfer of patient information also needs to be done through secure and regulation-compliant communications methods. TCI’s
Mitel-powered solutions protect your communications on-site or in the cloud.

Connecting healthcare providers…

  • Hosted Cloud Voice Services for Small Healthcare Organizations – Reliable, easy to use, manage, and set up. Get the HIPAA-compliant communications service your healthcare business needs for an affordable monthly price.
  • On-site & Private Cloud for Larger Healthcare Organizations – Truly seamless communications and collaboration lets care providers focus on patients instead of processes. On-site communications solutions and cloud phone systems can make all the difference.

More Efficient Workflow Operations

Our healthcare communications solutions keep on-site nurses, dispersed physicians, and non-clinical staff connected with each other and with patients. When communications solutions are securely integrated into your workflows, you can reduce the chance of bottlenecks and ensure patients get the right information at the right time.

Better Outcomes. Satisfied Patients.

Better patient care means higher satisfaction rates and higher reimbursement rates. Build your business and attract new patients with communications solutions that help you deliver better care to more people.

Let’s talk about how TCI connects the DC region’s healthcare providers and how these solutions can benefit your facility.

Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

More Choice & Flexibility… TCI and Mitel add RingCentral MVP Cloud to VoIP Service Portfolio

TCI continues to expand our product portfolio… Our most recent addition is RingCentral’s popular MVP Service. We support MVP with the added value of TCI’s end-to-end design and deployments, all backed with outstanding customer support.

What does RingCentral MVP bring to the table?

RingCentral is rated as the #1 UCaaS provider by many industry analysts. RingCentral’s MVP solution will be a great Cloud choice for many TCI customers, offering a comprehensive suite of communication and collaboration services…

  • An integrated phone, team messaging, and HD video experience built on intuitive mobile and desktop clients for better employee productivity and customer engagement.
  • Rich analytics and real-time reporting to unlock insights for every part of your business.
  • A secure and reliable platform with 99.999% call service uptime to ensure your communications system is always running.
  • A global calling footprint in over 44 countries, and local and toll-free numbers across more than 110 countries, enabling you to scale quickly with employees who can work from anywhere, all backed by industry-leading reliability and security standards.
  • Over 275 pre-built integrations and 500+ APIs are available to enhance business applications and workflows.

Supporting Public & Private Cloud Services or On-Premises

TCI clients choose us because we customize everything to fit their requirements. Supporting small to large enterprises and single office to multiple locations, your TCI team offers a range of cloud and on-premises deployments to keep your organization connected – public cloud subscriptions, private cloud arrangements, on-site systems, and hybrid arrangements – whatever fits you best.

More Cloud Service Options

In addition to RingCentral’s MVP, TCI offers TCI Advantage – Host, our ‘Mitel-powered’ Cloud service. We connect Host clients across the DC Region and nationwide, improving their business operations with affordable, locally sourced and supported cloud communications. Based on your unique needs, TCI Host can be deployed in public, private and hybrid arrangements.

On-Premises… Customized Control

If you need more control, an on-site business phone system can offer a customized blend of communication and collaboration tools presented in one easy-to-use user interface. No need to combine tools from multiple vendors, TCI will design and deliver the unified communications solution you need to support your business apps and system integrations.

Local experts. Better technology.

We back up our advanced technology solutions with exceptional 24 x 7 support – whether managed plans or on-demand – to keep your organization well connected and productive.

Let’s talk about your business and how TCI can connect you for more success in 2022. Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

3 Good Technology Decisions that will Fuel Business Growth in 2022

Many businesses are finding they are weighed down by technology choices they had to make quickly during the pandemic.

With little time to assess communication platform pros and cons, they made quick purchase decisions that may have been awkward for employees to navigate, saddled businesses with unanticipated costs, and introduced performance problems that frustrated staff and customers.

The beginning of the new year is an ideal time to ensure you have a communications platform that’s designed — from the ground up — to deliver the reliability, agility, and efficiency you need to optimize productivity today and respond quickly to unanticipated changes tomorrow.

To take advantage of that opportunity, you’ll want to make 3 smart choices:

1 – Choose the Cloud to Streamline and Strengthen Your Technology

The cloud is the easiest way to simplify and supercharge your communications technology. By consolidating disjointed communications tools into an all-in-one, cloud-based solution that offers team and video collaboration, mobility, and voice capabilities, you can unleash greater productivity and performance, while eliminating the cost and resource burdens of managing your current systems.

2 – Choose a Proven UCaaS to Meet Your Needs Today and Tomorrow

Customer and employee expectations have permanently changed. Businesses have gained new confidence in their staffs’ ability to work from anywhere. Employees value the balance that hybrid working environments provide. And customers just want great service — and don’t care where the employee supporting them is working from. That’s why TCI is partnered with Mitel and RingCentral to empower our clients with the world’s leading UCaaS technology.

3 – Choose a Trusted, Local Partner to Customize Your Migration Path

Your business has already made investments in its communications platform. You’ll want a migration plan that takes that into consideration. Look for the guidance of a local partner with extensive expertise in the full range of VoIP deployments — including on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud systems. TCI has been serving the DC region’s businesses and public sector for 40+ years. That’s why you can trust our experts to ensure your transition to the cloud will be based on a customized migration plan and timeline.

Choose the Freedom to Focus on the Future

If the communications platform you put in place during the pandemic isn’t providing you with all the functionality you need to grow and meet new challenges ahead, now is an ideal time to press the reset button.

Contact TCI to help you make the right choices for your business. Call us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Better Collaboration… Integrate Microsoft Teams with Mitel-Powered Telephony, Contact Center & CRM

Now you can improve the productivity of your Microsoft Teams users with Mitel’s advanced telephony, contact center and CRM integrations.

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Give your users the calling features they need to be successful with Mitel’s end-to-end suite of communication tools. By pairing Mitel-powered service with Microsoft Teams, you can save time and improve your calling experience with integrated telephony, conferencing, and contact center.

Let Microsoft do what they do best and let TCI and Mitel do what we do best – delivering seamless connections. TCI has over 40 years of industry expertise and Mitel is a global leader in helping businesses connect, collaborate, and provide better experiences for their customers.

Get the Best of Mitel + Microsoft

  • Click-To-Call – Save time and reduce entry errors by simply clicking on any phone number to place a call.
  • Contact Center – Improve your customer experience with integrated options for simple or robust contact center capabilities.
  • CRM Integration – Increase agent efficiency with Mitel’s native CRM integrations including Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce.
  • Outlook Integration – Easily schedule meetings and automate your presence and call routing as your schedule changes.
  • Single Sign-On – Eliminate multiple logins with our Active Directory integration for a single password across systems.
  • Advanced Telephony – Enhance your collaboration experience with call routing, hunt groups, presence, call history, call merging, and more.

Make the most of your collaboration tools without sacrificing enterprise telephony features… Contact TCI today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Tips for Hosting Successful Virtual Events

With the pandemic event planners, sponsors and attendees were forced to pivot quickly from in-person to virtual events. It soon became clear the traditional in-person event couldn’t simply be adapted to a virtual environment. It would have to be re-imagined  ̶  and even re-invented. Mitel User Group Liaison, Denise Desjardins, has been organizing events for years and shares some insights…

The Virtual Advantage
No one should fall into the trap of thinking virtual is simply a stopgap measure. In fact, virtual events offer several compelling advantages in any environment:

Positively Productive – Virtual events eliminate the stress, time, and cost of travel, of course. But what’s not often discussed is the tremendous amount of flexibility they offer attendees, who can work their daily schedules around the agenda. Focus on the sessions that matter most and skip the less relevant ones. When people can take care of what matters in their everyday lives, they’re more engaged at the event. It’s the best of both worlds.

Extra Days, Extra Value – Unlike an in-person event, which has a defined start and end, virtual events can (and should) be kept open for at least 30 days past the live component. This extended period offers benefits for hosts, sponsors, and attendees alike. By making the material available for a longer time, hosts can create an agenda packed full of compelling content and speakers. Attendees can return again and again to watch videos and download content.

Always-On Classroom – Training is usually not possible for attendees to complete during the live event. The advantage of going virtual is that all these resources can stay accessible long after the event ends.

Return On Investment – Virtual events provide tangible evidence of success. By measuring attendance, downloads and other web analytics, sponsors can calculate exactly how valuable the event was for them.

In-Person, Virtual, or Both?
There are pros and cons to each type of event, in-person and virtual. One of the most compelling reasons to consider doing both is the ability to reach more people.

That’s because each type of event attracts different people. An in-person event is a big draw for those who enjoy the entire travel experience, from getting on the plane and staying in the hotel to socializing during sessions and at the end of the day. Some people don’t have the budget for travel while others are constrained by work projects or family responsibilities. That means there’s a strong argument for doing both: it gives you the opportunity to reach a wider audience.

Just like the workplace, expect to see the event industry adopt a hybrid approach. Virtual events are likely to dominate for a while longer. But as the world re-opens, events will become a mix of in-person and virtual.

Ensure your broadband and collaboration tools can support the virtual events in your future. Contact TCI today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.