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How Mitel-Powered Contact Centers are Evolving to Improve the Customer Experience

While voice-based channels remain the primary communication method with customers today, consumers are increasingly expecting, even demanding, to interact with companies through alternate methods such as text, web chat, email and other social media tools.

This means that every company MUST become as fluent in these emerging media channels as they are with voice communications today. That’s where TCI and Mitel’s Contact Center Solutions come in…

  • Multichannel Contact Center Solutions give customers the flexibility to choose the method of contact that makes the most sense for them at any given time, while giving your organization the ability to provide the same prompt, informed customer experience across all channels.
  • Outbound Contact Center Solutions provide tools your teams can use to proactively reach out and execute campaigns efficiently. Information is delivered right to agents as they make calls, increasing the chances for successful interactions.
  • Inbound Contact Center Solutions allow agents to efficiently handle calls and perform common actions using fewer steps and with reduced errors in call processing for an optimized customer experience.
  • Workforce Management and Recording Management Solutions allow you to plan, forecast and schedule agents to increase operational efficiency. A variety of tools help monitor, analyze and enhance individual and group performance.

For more information about Mitel’s Contact Center Solutions and how they can improve your business, contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Phone Systems in the Cloud vs. On-Premises vs. Hybrid Deployments

Phone systems have traditionally been deployed on-site, but the lure of the Cloud is strong. Many multi-site businesses are now using a hybrid combination of both… deploying an on-premises system at headquarters and Cloud solutions for the branch offices – all interconnected and centrally managed in a hybrid arrangement.

Click here for Mitel’s helpful Decision Tree for deciding on Premises vs Cloud

There are many reasons why On-Premises phone systems remain popular…

  • The need to control technology in-house.
  • The need for customized features, integration with other applications, or advanced call center capabilities.
  • The need for uninterrupted communications or compliance with strict regulatory requirements.
  • The need to depreciate equipment costs over time.

The Cloud can be a good fit for small to mid-sized businesses or a larger enterprise with smaller, remote offices…

  • Eliminates need for upfront investment. Costs become operational expenses and are more predictable.
  • No need for in-house staff to purchase, configure and manage your system, servers and storage.
  • Maintenance and support are simplified and upgrades are automatic.
  • Whether your business is growing or needs to scale down in a pinch, a cloud service can easily adapt.

Let TCI step you through all your VoIP deployment options, recommend the best approach for your business model, and manage the roll out for you. Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Ensuring Your LAN Can Support Crystal Clear Voice & High Speed Broadband

With voice and data converging in today’s IT environments, you need a technology partner with the know-how to implement and maintain a unified network that can handle everything you throw at it.

Whether you are implementing VoIP, SIP or UC on your LAN, the success of the deployment hinges not only on the system you purchase, but on the robustness of the underlying IP Infrastructure. TCI infrastructure experts simplify this challenge by providing…

  • Network Assessments – We take a close look at every aspect of your LAN, including devices, bandwidth, and QoS levels. You’ll get detailed recommendations so you can make informed decisions about next steps.
  • Design & Implementation Services – When you’re ready to upgrade, our project team ensures a seamless transition. Our certified engineers provide ongoing Operations, Administration and Maintenance support.
  • Wireless Upgrades – Beginning with a comprehensive site survey, our engineers map out and deploy wireless access points throughout your facility to ensure optimal coverage and mobility.
  • Switches & Routers – Our team deploys secure routers and managed PoE Switches for optimal quality and network protection.
  • Security & Redundancy – TCI provides a suite of managed security services, from firewall and VPN services to intrusion detection and reporting. We also support your disaster recovery arrangements.

Technology advances have also vastly improved the capabilities of today’s local network gear, which can support:

  • Faster Implementation
  • Faster Troubleshooting
  • Greater Security
  • Increased Bandwidth
  • Cloud-Ready Support
  • Enhanced Power over Ethernet
  • Power Redundancy

Don’t let inertia, limited bandwidth and sluggish voice & data applications slow your business down another day. Contact us now at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Need an Avaya Escape Hatch? More Reasons to Go with Mitel & TCI

Avaya filed for Chapter 11 protection in January. If you’re an Avaya customer or were considering one of their systems, Mitel and TCI are ready to help.

Ready for Tomorrow
With any Mitel solution, your investment is future-ready, even as you grow or decide to shift from on-premises to cloud communications. Mitel’s expansive portfolio of customer experience, mobility and collaboration solutions provide a unified platform for your business communications – no matter what the future holds.

A Global Leader
If you’re thinking about a cloud deployment, a study by Synergy found Mitel has more than 2X the number of cloud users than Cisco and Avaya combined. With public, private and hybrid cloud deployment options, Mitel can meet your unique business needs, and TCI is ready to provide local implementation and ongoing support.

Award Winning Technology
Gartner Group is also singing Mitel’s praises… for the third year in a row Mitel is once again the leader in their Magic Quadrant ranking of Unified Communications providers.

Act Fast
Mitel is making the transition affordable too with limited-time offers available exclusively to Avaya users or anyone actively considering investing in an Avaya solution in 2017.

Looking for a trusted future for your business communications? Contact TCI now: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Hey, Did You Know TCI Offers Professionally Designed Sound Masking Solutions?

What is Sound Masking?

Sound masking is the process of adding a low level, unobtrusive background sound created by special digital generators and distributed by normally unseen speakers through an area to reduce distractions or provide confidentiality where needed. The sound is typically introduced through speakers installed in or above the ceiling. The sound is random and is generated such that the listener is not even aware of it.

Why do we need it?

  • 70% of all offices now have an “Open Floor Plan Design.”
  • Over half of cubicle and open office employees are dissatisfied by their workplace’s speech privacy.
  • The #1 reason for Employee Dissatisfaction in the office is Sound Privacy (Temperature is a distant #2).

How does it work?

  • Sound masking is barely noticeable and sounds similar to airflow, but it’s specifically tuned to the frequency and amplitude of human speech to make speech less intelligible.
  • The sound is introduced through speakers installed in the ceiling, creating a blanket of sound.
  • Sound masking typically reduces the area where speech is intelligible and distracting from upwards of 50 feet to around 15 feet.
  • Workers can still collaborate with their neighbors but are no longer being distracted by conversations on the other side of the office.

Download Cambridge Management’s Sound Masking 101 Guide

Reduce noise distractions and protect speech privacy. Contact us now at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Digital Transformation: Understanding the Digital Imperative

A major challenge for businesses in every industry is how to maintain and increase competitive advantage in today’s dynamic economy.

Companies can no longer simply differentiate their products and services along a single dimension – like price, features, quality, and support.

Except for commodity goods and services, the lowest price doesn’t guarantee a sale, poor quality is never acceptable, and customer service requires far more than a friendly smile.

Instead, perceived value, functional match to requirements, exceptional quality, and total customer experience across all touch points are all important aspects of the new competitive norm.

Continued success is now based on being able to capture new opportunities in a rapidly changing market.

Businesses must find innovative and creative new ways to engage, attract, and retain their customers.

Learn more about how Digital Transformation has become a top initiative for business and IT leaders… and how you can enable it.

Click here for your FREE ebook

Is your business positioned for digital transformation? TCI has solutions to get you there… Contact us today at (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

The TCI Difference – We Are NOT Your Average Cloud, Hosted Voice or UCaaS Provider

Individually Designed… Flawlessly Engineered… Meticulously Implemented Solutions

Powered by technology from global leader Mitel, our Hosted “Unified Communications as a Service” solution fills a crucial gap in the DC Region’s fast moving Cloud Voice market.

Whether you’re a small or large business, we custom design and manage every solution specifically for your unique requirements.  Every TCI HOST/UCaaS client is provided a fully-featured, dedicated arrangement that doesn’t share resources with any other customer.  Unlike “One Size Fits All” offerings, our solution will not restrict access to features or limit your deployment options.

Flexible Deployment & Acquisition Options

Exploiting the flexibility of IP technology, your virtualized UC platform may be deployed on your premises, in a public or private cloud, or any data center location, including TCI’s.  You can Rent, Lease, or Purchase and we offer Fully Managed or Self-Managed support.

We’re Proven & Experienced 

  • Providing service and solutions for 36+ years
  • More than 3,000 systems installed – local, nationwide, globally
  • Over 35,000+ lines under service contracts
  • Mitel Certified Voice & Data Technical Engineers
  • 24 x 7 x 365 Live Answer Customer Service

A Seamless, Easy Transition

Unlike other Business VoIP providers, TCI takes care of all the important details for you, from delivering phones to network testing and set-up, feature programming, training, and ongoing support.  Ready to simplify and improve your Business Communications?

Learn more about The TCI Advantage

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

Mitel Mass Notification… Connect with the Right People at the Right Time

Mitel’s award-winning Mass Notification solution enables faster delivery and acknowledgement of vital information to your customers, employees, and other constituents.

From routine billing notices, order status, and appointment reminders to crisis events such as outages, recalls, and emergency response, Mitel enables you to deliver personalized information in real-time to the right people at the right time.

Mass Notification allows you to text, email or call to get the word out

  • Notify your target audience of events, promotions and limited time offers using their preferred device.
  • Using channel of choice, managers can notify staff of tasks that require immediate action.
  • Notify all your locations regarding notices, product issues, policy changes.
  • Notify people to fill shift; billing notices, appointment reminders, order status.
  • Automated notification for unexpected outages, planned outages and outage restoration.
  • Customer Notifications with welcome messages and appointment reminders.
  • Send Promos, coupons and loyalty programs via customer’s media of choice.
  • Generate real-time reports consisting of auditable record of open, acknowledged and closed issues.

Check out how Texas A&M is using Mass Notification as they discuss how they use the technology to keep its sizable student body, faculty and staff connected – especially when it’s critical.

For more information about Mitel’s intelligent notification solution, contact us today at  (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Mitel Rolls Out CloudLink… Customized App Development for Your Unique Communications and Workflow

The way we communicate is changing forever. Our connected world is undergoing a digital transformation, creating fundamental shifts in the way we work and live.

With an aggressive strategy focused on innovative application development, Mitel is transforming TCI’s business too, enabling us to refine solutions to meet our customers’ specific industry and business communication needs.

Dubbed Mitel CloudLink

Mitel’s new approach allows us to break the complex communication workflows within your business into building blocks so apps can be precisely tailored to the unique ways you work and connect.

And, with its application platform open to customers, partners and business app developers, Mitel lets you decide who builds the personalized communications experience your business needs.

The possibilities are endless. 

No matter the industry you’re in – retail, healthcare, education, hospitality, any industry – Mitel’s applications can be specifically optimized to how you operate. With easy-to-use intuitive tools natively integrated into your phone’s operating system, the custom applications streamline and simplify your business communication workflow so you connect faster, easier and better.

TCI shares Mitel’s singular purpose and vision…

To provide seamless communication that transforms businesses. Your business.

Video Overview 

Learn more about Mitel’s CloudLink and the potential it has to transform your business. Contact us today at  (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

Hey, Did You Know TCI Offers Single-Source Broadband, SIP, Access & WAN Services?

Business communications and carrier services are no longer just a ‘required’ cost of doing business.  In today’s competitive landscape, optimized communications services are a competitive advantage.

As your trusted IT and Telecom services advocate, TCI helps you select, source and implement what you need at the best prices:

  • Broadband Internet Access
  • SIP Trunking
  • Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Dedicated WAN Services
  • Wireless and Mobile Services
  • Local & Long Distance, PRI, POTS 
  • Audio, Video & Web Conferencing

Better Solutions, Pricing and Support

TCI thoroughly reviews your services, invoices, agreements and providers while evaluating your spending to find better deals and uncover savings. We stay current on the service providers and what they offer. To help you avoid service problems, we act as your representative and work with only the most dependable carriers and providers.

At TCI, our top-most concern is you.

  • Save Time – Comparison-shopping can be time consuming. Contacting various providers and working through the quoting process can be overwhelming.  Let TCI do the work for you so you can focus on your core business.
  • Single Point of Contact – We can be your 1-call for both hardware and carrier services.
  • Reduce Costs – We can secure the best pricing when shopping for new or existing services
  • We are Carrier Neutral…  We recommend the best providers and services for your unique requirements.

Contact us today to schedule a complementary Broadband and Carrier Services consultation: ( 703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.