IP PBX for Service Oriented Architectures: Communications Web Services

The capacity for service-oriented architecture (SOA) to provide a framework for next-generation enterprise telecommunications services has become a reality through the maturing of Web services technology. Such communications services can now take their rightful place alongside collaborating business processes to allow enterprises to achieve a fully integrated SOA, an architecture that can grow with the business and grow with technology.

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Enterprise Phone Systems Comparison Guide

Internet protocol (IP) telephony is increasingly replacing traditional private branch exchange (PBX) technologies. But to replace their incumbent telephony systems, decision makers must look carefully at what’s available, what they’ve got, and what they need, before crafting a short list of candidates. This comparison guide from Focus Research is designed to help midsize and large enterprises do just that. Read More

Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use—which puts up a barrier to receiving potential benefits. Systems with integrated search functionality and Web-like interfaces can make ERP solutions easier to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for its usability, so you can avoid investing in platforms that aren’t evolved toward usable and efficient interfaces. Read More

PBX to VoIP Migration Checklist

A migration from T1/PBX (public branch exchanges) to voice over IP (VoIP) takes some planning and IT support, but the savings can be substantial. This short checklist can help get you started to make the switch to VoIP.  Read More

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Checklist: Adding Up the Return on IP Telephony Investments

Calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an Internet protocol (IP) telephony system is complicated. And you need to know the return on investment (ROI). But knowing the TCO doesn’t make it easy to figure out the ROI—because the benefits of IP private branch exchange (PBX) aren’t easy to quantify. You can, however, get an idea of your ROI by knowing 10 ways a new IP phone system can repay the money you spend on it. Read More

10 Questions to Ask Your Hosted IP PBX Provider, before You Sign a Contract

Signing up for a hosted IP PBX provider is like signing up for cable TV; providers want to lock you into a long-term contract at terms that give them the most profit, while you just want to get the service and features you need at the lowest possible price. The key to avoiding a contract with more—or less—service than you need? Ask the right questions. Find out what you should ask before signing on the dotted line. Read More

Extending VoIP to Remote Locations: Challenges and Solutions

In the past, the growing pains of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) centered on voice quality. However, VoIP solutions are now attractive alternatives to conventional analog voice and the public switched telephone network (PSTN). As real-world VoIP rollouts continue, however, new sets of challenges are emerging; in particular, businesses are encountering unanticipated problems as they deploy VoIP to remote locations. Read More
 
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