Unified Communications

Ever feel overwhelmed by communication coming at you from all angles? Today’s digital dispersion of communication methods rivals the legend of the Towel of Babel’s scattering of languages.

In the business world, colleagues speak to each other via telephone, videoconferencing, voice mail, instant messaging, email, social media, and fax. These different communication avenues can cause confusion and miscommunication unless merged through unified communications (UC) solutions.

 

Unified Communications: An Overview

You may be wondering, “What are unified communications?” First, you can think of it as a translator. Suppose you receive a voicemail and want to access the message through your email instead. UC systems translate and transpose the data for access across a wide variety of media.

Ultimately, unified communication is an integration service that provides consistent communication across multiple media types and devices.

Objectives

The purpose of unified coms is to improve business practices and simplify the user experience through enhanced collaboration. Business communication optimization leads to shorter meetings and higher productivity levels.

How It Works

Unified coms solutions comprise:

·      A cloud-based IP-PBX.

·      Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) microphones, cameras, and phones.

·      A multipoint control unit for videoconferencing on multiple devices and web conferencing features.

·      An interface that combines communication channels.

·      Text and voice applications.

·      Social network tools.

All these technologies combine on one platform to assist the digital workforce.

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What UC Brings to the Digital Workforce

UC solutions bring flexibility to the workforce by allowing workers to collaborate as a team without physically working together. UC expands the office to anywhere with internet access, enabling the workforce to interface via text message, file sharing, voice memo, or video conferencing.

Businesses that utilize unified coms as a service benefit from even greater flexibility and scalability since they do not have to host and operate UC independently on their servers.

Communication vs. Collaboration

Unified communications and collaboration go hand in hand because project collaboration cannot occur without clear communication services. For example, it would be impossible for team members to understand each other’s goals while dual-editing a project if they couldn’t first video call each other to talk strategy.

What Are the 3 Main Components of UCs?

A UC solution has three main components:

1.    Presence: Have you ever set up a “Do Not Disturb” automatic message when vacating the office? Presence indicates if you are online or unable to receive communications.

2.    User interface: Web-based user interfaces allow you to record your voicemail message, listen to your voicemail, and edit your phone settings — all from a web browser.

3.    Integration with voice capabilities: You can quickly make a phone call by utilizing a click-to-conference or click-to-call button on any device.

 

Key Benefits of Unified Communications

Instead of investing in different communication tools and platforms, businesses turn to UC as their optimal solution for a multigenerational workforce that needs to collaborate efficiently.

Increased Productivity

One of the main benefits of unified coms is an increase in productivity. Onboarding new employees with numerous communication systems is taxing and time-consuming. Training employees in UC takes less time and thus generates productive employees more quickly.

Reduced Costs

By enhancing remote and virtual collaboration, UC systems nullify the need for business travel. Meetings occur over cloud technology instead of in a packed conference room, and businesses profit from the switch.

Better Performance

Businesses must continue to grow and innovate to stay relevant and lucrative. Unified coms solutions improve preexisting communication issues, increase organizational agility, streamline IT applications, reduce the likelihood of security risks, and look to the future, using AI in meeting transcriptions and scheduling.

Quality User Experience

Quality communication services and collaborative teamwork lead to fewer unresolved questions and issues throughout the workday. Fewer miscommunication issues result in lower stress levels for your employees and a better overall experience for your customers. For example, a unified communications system gives your employees the best chance to quickly locate files on the cloud and share them with your customers, negating the dreaded on-hold music and callback scheduling.

Features of a UC System

UC services remove the need for multiple passwords on several business apps. A unified coms system aims for convenience, making conferencing with your team simply a click away.

Advanced Notifications

Other features of a unified coms system include advanced notifications. For example, if a staff member dials 911, the system sends notifications to essential personnel, keeping them abreast of the situation.

Conferencing

Instead of opening a web app for online messaging, using a desk phone for conversations, and utilizing a video-only application for meetings, conferencing on one platform is possible with united communications. You can easily escalate an online messaging conversation into a video chat without wasting time signing in to a different application.

Collaboration

Have you ever virtually edited a document in real-time with your peers? This level of collaboration is only achievable through solid communication — the kind available through UC systems.

Fax Support

With UC systems, there are no fax amount or fax size limits. You also gain customizable fax cover sheets, fax via email, and the ability to track your fax status in real-time.

Mobility

With work-from-home jobs steadily rising, remote employees rely on UC features to complete their work successfully while managers utilize UC’s monitoring capabilities to ensure timesheet accuracy.

Presence

With a UC system’s presence feature, co-workers can know when to expect a reply by noting if you are online or reading your away message.

Unified Messaging

With UC systems, voice messages and emails combine in one mailbox for easy access.

Web-Based User Interface

UC systems also allow you to interact with software that runs on a remote server using a web browser.

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Our Unified Communication Solutions

At Emerald City Solutions, we offer UC solutions for businesses looking to improve their productivity. Cloud Office Pro Elevate is the integration solution you need, bundling all your communication tools in an easy-to-use interface.

Streamline Your Offices and Save Some Trees

Going green to protect the environment is an intelligent business tactic that promotes longevity and looks good from the consumer’s viewpoint. If you’re in the process of going paperless, a communications system can help you rely less on paper in favor of digital faxes. Faxes that go directly to your inbox are not only quick and convenient but also help save trees.

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The Tactical Push Toward BYOD

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy benefits small businesses that cannot afford the latest technology. Even larger corporations have come to recognize that their employees are more productive on their own devices. Our UC solution comes with mobile device management to ensure the privacy and safety of your company data on personal devices.

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VoIP Communication Is Built for Businesses

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) comes with many benefits, including:

    A lower price point than your current phone bill with a traditional landline.

    No need for extra wiring or hardware.

    Special features, such as call waiting, video calling, and conference calling, which are not available with a traditional landline.

    An auto attendant.

    The ability to work remotely.

    The same phone number, even if your business changes address.

    Clear voice quality.

    The ability to send images, documents, and videos while remaining on the call.

    Security encryption and identity management.

Emerald City Solutions: Get Communication Right and Everything Follows

The foundation of any profitable project is effective communication. If you want to build your business into a towering success, first make sure your team’s communications tools are not a stumbling block.

Emerald City Solutions’ unified communications package, Cloud Office Pro Elevate, is the ideal option for consolidating your phone system, videoconferencing apps, computer screen share technology, presence indicator, and fax capability, all on one manageable platform.

A family-owned business, Emerald City Solutions prioritizes technology innovation and superior, personalized service. Please give us a call at 206-531-3978 to receive a quote today.

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