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3 Best Practices for Data-Driven Decision-Making with Voice & Network Performance Analytics

Today’s business communications technology produces a lot of valuable data. With access to it, you’ll be able to monitor and refine your voice network and deliver better performance to users. Without data, you’ll be left playing a game of trial and error.

Mitel offers 3 best practices for data-driven decision-making with performance analytics:

  • Detect Problems Sooner with Synthetic Call Tests – By testing VoIP and network performance with synthetic calls, you can pinpoint the most important problems before users are impacted. For instance, you can schedule a SIP call test to occur at 4 am each day between your N. Virginia office and your branch office in Baltimore. If the test identifies poor scores on jitter, packet loss, delay or voice quality, you’ll have time to troubleshoot and correct the problem before it impacts users.
  • Choose Solutions that Adapt to Your Workflow – Monitoring tools are only helpful when they alert you to the problems that matter. Performance analytics ensures you see the problems that matter most based on your workflow and operations. For example, you can customize your alert emails using HTML templates, emphasizing important content and removing extraneous details. You can also customize alarm filters by severity, content or device type.
  • Let Capacity Analytics Guide You – Finding cost-saving opportunities and preventing network problems is easier when you have analytics telling you when your trunks are close to overcapacity or not operating at full capacity. Reports provide easily understood analytics and recommended actions, allowing you to downsize to save money or scale up to prevent performance problems.

When it comes to the reliable performance of your voice network, better data makes for better decisions and outcomes for your business. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

As Cyber Attacks Speed Up, Innovative Managed Firewall Solutions Keep Pace

In the mid-year update of its 2018 Cyber Threat Report issued in July, SonicWall raised the alarm on the continuing surge of malware and ransomware, as well as encrypted threats and chip-based attacks.

Among the key takeaways from the report…

  • More than 5.99 billion total malware attacks detected, up 102% in the first six months of 2018.
  • Ransomware is back in big way, with 181.5 million attacks since January, a 229% year-to-date increase.
  • Encrypted attacks that hide weaponized code are up 275% over last year.

Download the full report

Criminals are not the only ones making big gains, however. The report noted that innovative and emerging firewall technologies are adapting to the changing threat landscape by delivering actionable threat intelligence, security efficacy, and automated real-time breach detection and prevention.

For example, the company’s Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) firewall technology now stops Meltdown and Spectre chip-based attacks, as well as attacks leveraging PDFs and Microsoft Office documents.

With TCI Secure, our multi-layered security service, you can rest easy knowing all your systems are protected by a broad array of Next Generation Firewall and Management Solutions from SonicWall, End Point Security from Cylance, as well as Patch Management, Wireless Security and Backup/Recovery from security industry leaders.

TCI Secure is subscription-based, offering a flexible, Security as a Service approach to fit your changing requirements. And when coupled with our exclusive Net360 Network Assessment, Comprehensive Onboarding Process and Cloud Based Managed Services, you’ll experience the TCI Advantage!

Don’t wait for a cyber attack to cripple your business… TCI has security solutions that are right for your organization. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

Managing Multiple Sites? Hundreds of Phones? How Cloud Voice Enables Corporate Communications

Designed to support small businesses to large enterprises that require customized UC and Collaboration, TCI’s Cloud Voice solution delivers the highest levels of performance, reliability and security through its global, mobile-ready cloud platform.

TCI’s team of certified network engineers will design and deploy a voice solution that keeps your business operating at peak performance – no matter how many locations you may have.

Ideal for Multi-Office Environments

Managing Cloud Voice locations and users is easy. Your local administrators can add and move users from an intuitive, centralized online portal. You can extend feature and call flow control to users or manage their access.

Your users will appreciate having the same communications experience anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Applications and information can be accessed seamlessly from any location because they are delivered from the cloud. Advanced security protection ensures that sensitive data remains safe.

Collaborate Smarter

Users can bring Outlook, Notes, Google, Lync/Skype and other applications into the conversation for true unified communications. TCI also offers robust productivity-enhancing features, including presence-based awareness, instant video communication, visual voicemail, attendant console, and much more.

Maximum Flexibility & Scale

Regardless of company size, you get all the flexibility you need to create your own communications environment without the complexity of managing it yourself. Cloud Voice can easily be scaled up or down instantly, allowing your business to grow and add features at your own pace.

If your legacy phone system is holding back your business, let’s talk about Cloud Voice Service. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Mitel Partners with Google AI to Develop the Intelligent Customer Experience

By 2020 Customer Experience is expected to overtake price and product as the key differentiator used by customers to influence their brand, product and service decisions.

Responding to this reality, Mitel has partnered with Google to deliver new AI-driven customer experience capabilities across all Mitel core contact center solutions, including its cloud-based MiContact Center.

Download: The Impending Contact Center Disruption

Accelerating customization

With a traditional chatbot, a contact center team is responsible for predicting what their customers are going to ask, and painstakingly scripting each interaction. With Mitel/Google’s AI solution, the customer is connected directly to your company’s knowledge base, shifting chatbot implementation time from months to days.

Using NLP – natural language processing – Mitel’s intelligent customer experience solution understands what your customers are saying, chatting or texting – without requiring specific phrasing – and a virtual agent responds in real-time whether a human agent is available or not.

Whenever the virtual agent reaches a question or situation it cannot handle alone, it can involve a human agent in the conversation, feeding its conversation details directly to that agent.

Leveraging machine learning, the AI solution will continue to observe the customer-agent interaction, suggesting relevant options or content to the agent and monitoring which responses come to a successful conclusion. This real-time coaching from AI Agent Assist enables more accurate, more responsive follow ups and an improved customer experience.

The Video Demo: How it Works

This Mitel video explains how the technology…

  • Uses the virtual agent chatbot and AI analytics to respond to common customer needs
  • Stays with each call, SMS or chat to find the best information for each customer
  • Learns what works and what doesn’t to improve future interactions
  • Simplifies agent workflows with smart virtual agent assist

Ready to improve the experience of your customers with AI? Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

Worried About Staying Connected When the Next Hurricane Hits? UCaaS Has You Covered!

Any number of threats can take your business offline, including floods, road closures, fire and other disasters. When your people can’t get to work, your operations can come to a grinding halt and the collateral damage from your unexpected shutdown can be severe.

In addition to the pain of lost revenues, your customers may find alternative providers and your public image can take a hit.

Paying for expensive redundant services can help mitigate such calamities, but with Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) you’ll get a built-in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan – without the extra cost.

Today’s voice systems and services are more powerful than ever and are designed to safeguard your business from a range of contingencies. As long as your team has UCaaS, smart phones and wireless data, and/or laptops with access to WiFi, they automatically have the essential elements of a DR plan.

Equipping your team members and contact center reps with their office tools and apps – as they seamlessly work from a remote office or home – will enable your business to withstand virtually any local emergency that shuts down your building.

Let’s get ahead of the next hurricane or disaster before it arrives and talk about exploiting UCaaS for your business continuity plan. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

 

Want Better Telecom & Broadband Pricing, Performance & Support? TCI Knows the Best Providers

Finding new ways to improve broadband, data, and voice network services and cut costs is important for the financial health and competitiveness of any business.

One way to achieve fast results is to have the TCI team review your current bills and services. Our relationships with the leading carriers, cable, broadband, and cloud providers, puts TCI in a trusted position to assist your organization in sourcing optimized, carrier-agnostic solutions.

As your advocate, we recommend the providers offering the best service with the best pricing. We lay out all your options so you can make a well-informed decision based on your unique needs. Here’s our proven, step-by-step approach…

  • Undertake a thorough review of your services, invoices, agreements and providers.
  • Evaluate your spending, find better deals and service arrangements, and uncover savings.
  • Lay out all the alternatives and offer recommendations with a clear projection of your savings.
  • Implement your choices by acting as your agent to place orders with the service providers.
  • Track installation progress and manage escalations.
  • Provide a single point of contact for all your voice, data and Internet needs.

Put us to work so you can enjoy better technology, more responsive support, and the best pricing. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Aging Phone System Slowing You Down? Mobilize Your Business with Cloud Voice Service

Still tethered to your desk while taking calls? If your old phone system is still holding you back, now is a great time to upgrade your communications to Cloud Voice.

You’ll get more mobility, quality, and reliability – all at a lower cost than you’re paying now. You’ll be able to easily add offices, users and features as you grow, and customize how you connect with your customers and your team.

Here are 6 ways Cloud Voice can add value to your business…

  • Productivity – With your communications tools in the cloud, users get a seamless experience on any device, anywhere in the world so they can easily manage voice, email and IM from a single screen.
  • Simplicity and Security – You’ll appreciate having a system that’s simple to use and manage, with no boxes to install or software to maintain. You also get high reliability, exceptional quality and enterprise-class security through the cloud.
  • Connectivity – Access the same phone and collaboration features you enjoy from your office anywhere, so you can seamlessly transition from the office to the airport, the golf course, or your kids’ soccer practice without missing an interaction.
  • Management – Easily add, move, change, and delete users from an online portal with a simple click-and-drag interface. Instead of managing routine updates to the system, you can reallocate your IT resources to activities that require more technical expertise.
  • Business Analytics – With powerful data visualization tools accessed via intuitive dashboards, you can view real-time analytics to better plan contact center agent resources and fine tune your organization’s call flow for optimal performance.
  • Customer Service – When you integrate Cloud Voice with your contact center, including Salesforce.com and other CRM solutions, you can link callers and data in real time to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Don’t let inertia and your old phone system hold you back another day… Let’s talk about Cloud Voice for your business. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Growing Your Business? Ease Your Onboarding Headaches with UC & Mobile Applications

Onboarding new employees can be a major headache, especially when you’re hiring at a brisk pace. If the process doesn’t go well, your new employees can take longer to reach their full potential. If they get frustrated, they might even quit.

The key to successful onboarding is making it possible for new employees to ramp up quickly. For that to happen, you need to equip them with robust, intuitive tools and capabilities…

  • Unified Communications – With real-time presence technology, new hires can instantly see which colleagues are available for a call. Immediate, real-time collaboration with group calling and chat allows new hires to get their questions answered in real-time.
  • Mobile communications app – Built on top of UC, new hires can have at their fingertips everything necessary to meet the customer’s needs and the ability to see all their work colleagues on a single screen within the app. Because the app is intuitive, they can quickly master its features with little effort, thereby becoming instantly productive.
  • Platform Integration – Seamless integration with iOS and Android mobile devices keeps employees connected. The ability to answer calls from multiple incoming lines, including your company’s 800 number, means new hires can answer from any location, keeping them accessible wherever they are working.
  • Single User Interface – The Mitel UI has been meticulously designed to offer a single look, feel and operation across ALL hardware and software deployments… Once you learn one, you can use them all.

Need relief from onboarding headaches? TCI solutions boost confidence and job satisfaction. Contact us today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.

 

Relocating Your HQ or Adding a New Office? Your Technology Plan Should Be Priority 1

Whether you’re faced with relocating the company headquarters or adding a new office, ensuring a successful Day One requires that you plan ahead – especially when it comes to office technology. Some of the technologies you need to consider and plan for will include:

  • Voice, Data and Video Services and Platforms
  • Wired and Wireless Infrastructure
  • Audio/Video and Conferencing Systems
  • Room Scheduling, Overhead Paging and Sound Masking
  • Access and Security Systems
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans

Technology done right takes planning, time and coordination with ALL the relevant trades involved in your move or new space, including HVAC to protect your IT equipment and UPS to back up your systems when the power fails.

Let TCI experts manage the details. We have decades of experience supporting business and public sector clients in every type of facility…

  • Commercial Offices
  • Industrial | Manufacturing
  • Warehouse | Distribution
  • Secure Facilities
  • Retail & Branch Locations

TCI’s certified network engineers are ready to coordinate everything… We’ll work with your real estate professional, general contractor, project manager, designers, and architect to ensure that all technology requirements are included in their plans.

Engage our experts well ahead of your relocation date – keeping in mind that some services can take as long as six months to deliver. We’re ready to design, build, manage, and support your technology. 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 Mitel’s 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 Mitel’s MiVoice or MiContact Center, for example, 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 on 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 calling experience for your customers.

Let’s talk about connecting your CRM to your phone system and contact center. Contact TCI today: (703) 321-3030 or info@tcicomm.com.