Posts Categorized: Productivity

Managed Service Options That Can Streamline Your Business Operations

Managed Service Options like network, application, system, and e-management services are among the offerings of a Managed Service Provider. These MSPs deliver services across a network to multiple enterprises with “pay-as-you-go” pricing.  Many Managed Service Providers focus on management services as their primary offering. However, many include third-party services such as application service providers, Web hosting companies, and network service providers. Managed Service Options There are many elements to Managed Services. Here are some of… Read more »

Managed Services, what does it mean, and does my company need it?

Managed Services can be powerful tools for small to mid-sized businesses to supplement the capabilities of their IT resources. In many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the ‘IT Person’ is the employee who knows the most about computers.  He or she does their regular job and are the go-to person for all things tech. Small and medium-sized firms who are lucky enough to have a real ‘IT Person’ probably count on that person for everything… Read more »

Unified Communications – Is it right for your business?

  Unified Communications (UC) is quite literally the unification of all your communication tools into one platform.  Every day we use our phones, email, instant messaging, and cell phones.  On occasion, we use features like “GoToMeeting”, “Dropbox”, “Skype” or other meeting, video conferencing, and file sharing applications.  UC essentially provides a one-stop shop for an array of business communications applications and tools. Unified Communications Elements for Your Business Hosted PBX We’ve talked a lot about… Read more »

Hosted PBX: to Self-Install or Not to Self-Install

Where Hosted PBX is concerned, sometimes it’s OK to listen to the little voices in your head. Now that you’ve considered the logistical and financial pros and cons of a hosted vs a premise-based phone system, you’re ready to purchase and install your hosted PBX system, right?  Not so fast, even though you’ve made the decision to go hosted, you still have one more decision to make. Full Service or Self Service? Many hosted providers… Read more »

Comparing Total Cost of Ownership: Premise vs Hosted IP Phones

Polycom VVX-400 Hosted IP Phones

When choosing between a cloud-based technology and an on premise technology, it’s usually necessary to weigh up-front costs vs. recurring costs over a period of time.  Premise based and hosted IP Phones are no different. Invariably, you’ll pay a bit more on a monthly basis for hosted IP phones, but when you consider the up-front and hidden costs of premise-based phone systems, you’ll usually save with a hosted solution over time. To help you do this… Read more »