Now that we understand what types of communications are foundationally important in today's business environment - voice, video, and data (Part l of lV blog series) we need to further understand functional methods available for delivery. It is essential to recognize that every organization has unique requirements that may or may not require a customized solution. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages for each delivery architecture is the best way to begin the analysis of which of solution is best for your needs.
Telephony has grown and expanded in ways that we never thought possible. To add to that thought, here is a quote from an ad that appeared in the 1916 Literary Digest on June 24th, "Business executives are rapidly awakening to the imperative need for a better business telephone, to the necessity for a more efficient method of constant and perfect intercommunication between the individuals and departments of their own organization." Our wise elders were already finding the advantages of adapting the technology of the day into their organizations changed workflow and delivered results directly to their bottom line.
“My dial tone sounds fine, the phone rings, it’s paid for, we invested in the best.” Is what most of you are saying to yourself but that phone system was the "best" five years ago. Think about how far your cellphone has come in the last 3-5 years... it is no different for how far the business phone system has come.
Financing isn't anything new- we know you can finance your car, your credit card bills, and your home. But did you know that you can finance your telecom? This means that making the switch to a newer or upgrading to a more customizable business telecommunications solution doesn't have to cost you big money.
One of the most enlightening things I have learned lately by talking to potential customers is that, Cat 3 - digital phones, digital systems can be a real and necessary part of the infrastructure landscape. Not entirely surprising, because of their rock solid performance. But, with manufacturer support and parts for these systems phasing out, sometimes the options can seem bleak.