Ah, camping. Spending quality time in the great outdoors is relaxing, not to mention fun. But only if you come prepared.
Forgetting toilet paper on a long weekend in the wilderness gives a whole new meaning to “getting in touch with nature.” If you’ve experienced this misfortune, you know it can make for a pretty . . . unpleasant time.
Forgetting the essentials can lead to some frustrating situations. So, how do you avoid this? Make a list of everything you need and make sure you have it all before you leave.
The same idea applies to new business technology, too. Especially with a solution like unified communications (UC).
UC helps teams communicate more efficiently, boosting productivity and collaboration in the process. It’s a game-changing solution. But only if the platform you choose includes all of the features your business needs.
“Ineffective communication leads to a loss in productivity, costing an average of $11,000 per employee annually.” – 2017 Workplace Productivity and Communications Technology Report
To help make sure you aren’t missing any, we created a list of the 7 any worthwhile UC system has.
Presence eliminates wasted time spent trying to reach specific coworkers. This feature indicates which members of your contact list are online. It can even detect when employees are on the phone or show when other users are in a meeting.
With UC, you can host or attend presentations, seminars, business meetings, and more without leaving your desk. Features like screen share, chat discussions, and shared whiteboards are available, too. A UC solutions provider can help you integrate these features into your communications platform.
Imagine if you had one inbox for all of your faxes, voicemails, emails, and SMS messages. Seriously, it would be so much easier to keep track of all your various communications.
Enter unified messaging. This feature allows all of your messages to be stored in one “unified inbox” that’s accessible from different devices. Inbox management made easy.
Need a quick response from a member of your team? Don’t have time to wait minutes for an email? Not to worry. With instant messaging, you can communicate with your team in real time.
VoIP, or voice over internet protocol, is a combination of hardware and software that allow users to make and receive calls using the internet. It increases mobility and is easily scalable, meaning that as your business grows, your VoIP solution grows with it.
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This functionality of this feature is exactly as it sounds. Desktop sharing lets you share your desktop content with other users. It also lets you access yours from another device, regardless of your location.
Find Me/Follow Me
We’ve all been there, waiting for a call that never came. And no, we’re not talking about rejection. We’re talking about missing an important call because you were away from your desk.
The find me/follow me function forwards calls to your mobile or alternate phone after a certain number of rings to your desk phone, helping eliminate missed calls.
“Communication is the core of good business. Consequently, communication solutions are a crucial base for successful IT practice.” – CIO.com
Adopting Unified Communications
UC has the potential to revolutionize how you connect with your team and your customers. Simply put, the easier it is to connect, the easier it is to collaborate.
With a variety of different features, you can certainly create a solution that caters specifically to your business needs. What are you waiting for? Unlock productivity, today.
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