Do you run a small- to medium-sized company? If so, you are well aware of the constant balancing act between profit and expenses. The idea of increasing profits while reducing expenses is ingrained in everything you do. Because, let’s face it, even if you have an outstanding quarter of sales, your profits quickly begin to disappear once expenses are factored in. From rent and utilities to salaries and cost of goods, the all-so-important margin starts to dwindle.
Although VoIP’s adoption rate has been increasing due to its ease-of-use and affordability, many businesses overlook the benefits of (and sometimes the need to) optimizing their network for their VoIP needs. After the initial joy of cost-savings wears off, the need for call quality becomes more important. Let’s face it… Dropped calls and garbled voices are not something you signed up for when you made the decision to transition to VoIP.
Many businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs, and a great place to start looking is by switching to IP telephony. Traditional PBX systems are isolated from the data network, which means the PBX hardware in the server room is directly connected to the user’s desk phone. At a basic level, PBX systems require separate wiring from the data network, which can turn simple repairs and maintenance a juggling act between your telephony and IT providers.
With the advent of internet-based voice communication software, more and more companies have been asking whether or not they should get rid of their desk phones and replace them with softphones. A softphone is a piece of software that allows a user to place phone calls using the internet. Popular softphones include Skype, Google Talk and MagicJack. In order to make a telephone call using a softphone, you will need a computer running the softphone software equipped with a speaker and microphone (or a traditional phone hooked up to a USB adapter) and a high-speed internet connection.
If you use a VoIP phone system in your small business, you may not know that they require software updates, just like any other software application. Systems like Asterisk are software-based solutions, and as such, regular upgrades mean bugs get fixed and security holes get patched. While not every update is required, you should pay particular attention to updates that improve the security of your system.
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Asterisk is the world’s most popular and powerful open source telephony platform. With Asterisk, virtually any computer can become a phone system, drastically reducing the cost of ownership and delivering a return on investment that no proprietary solution can touch.
There’s been a lot of talk over the past few years about VoIP phone systems… And with good reason. They are less expensive to install, maintain and upgrade than traditional business telephone systems. You also receive more features (e.g., voicemail, long distance, conference calls, etc.) for less money.
Thinking of a New Phone System For Your Small Business?
Maybe you’ve been thinking that when you hit a certain number of people you’ll switch over then. Or maybe you’ve been curious about a Business Phone System for quite a while but don’t really know what the benefits would be for your business. Well you will be surprised to find out that the benefits are many and you can start saving money right away.