Posted by Jeff Hussey on Jul 14, 2015 9:14:59 AM
VoIP migration: making the change to SIP or hosted VoIP service
When we work with clients to determine the right mix of communication services for their business, we're always struck by how much some companies still rely on traditional voice services and PBX's. It's not too hard to understand why - after all, traditional voice systems, once they're in place, tend to stay running for a long time, and they can also be pretty cost-effective, especially when those companies keep that traditional infrastructure in place for a really long time.
Part of our job at NCA is to educate our customers as to why a migration to a newer, more effective technology makes sense for their company, and why they should move to either SIP or hosted VoIP, and how that move will benefit their company. Some of the advantages that we point out include:
- Greater flexibility - there's no question that SIP and VoIP provides a great deal more flexibility than traditional voice systems. Both offer the ability to add new devices, functions and applications much more quickly than traditional systems, and because both technologies are common standards, there are far more hardware, software, and network options available for them, as opposed to traditional systems.
- Less management overhead - Both VoIP and SIP offer better and more cost-effective options for management of the system. Partly this is because of the breadth of options available, and partly this is because of the relatively high availability of talent available to support these technologies, as opposed to many of the older voice systems. And in both cases, the fact that they are hosted services means that much of the network portion is taken off your plate, and put onto your network provider's plate.
- Lower costs - Especially over time, the costs to manage to SIP and VoIP networks become much more cost-effective. Sure, at the start, your traditional voice system is cheaper, probably because of the equipment that powers your network is already paid for. But over time, the management of that older network will more than make up for what you saved on hardware and software.
There are a lot of other benefits, but these are some of the more common ones that we see on a regular basis. If you would like to talk to us about ways in which we can help you migrate to SIP and hosted VoIP, contact us today.
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