Companion Animal Growing Pains

Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital has rapidly become a networking hero in North West Chicago. They serve the demands of area veterinarians and clients with specialized internal medicine, physical therapy and skilled surgical services. Their practice grew from a need in 1997 to help general veterinary staff with after-hours and weekend emergency coverage. Facility … Read more

Softphones: A Viable Option?

Conventional wired telephones in homes are becoming something of an anachronism as people do away with them in favor of mobile devices. Even businesses who traditionally rely on desk phones have migrated to Hosted PBX phone systems and are now integrating softphone solutions into their complete unified communications plan. Softphones are simply a 2D graphic … Read more

Building a Strategic Technology Plan Part 1

Growing pains are a natural part of a successful business. This milestone is often marked by a need for a larger space, more employees and, invariably, better technology to support it all. Part of this success comes from executing on a sound business plan developed in the early stages.  Revisiting this practice not only helps … Read more

Building a Strategic Technology Plan Part 2

continued from part 1. Sound Infrastructure Choices Look for long term solutions with broad compatibility when choosing a software solutions. Generally, open source platforms are easier for other vendors to integrate their add-on solutions with and help keep costs lower. Consider that today your company may only need an accounting program with payroll software, but … Read more

Winning Campaigns with Hosted PBX

polical campaigns and hosted PBX platforms

Wars are won through effective communication and managing logistics. Political campaigns are no different. Effective campaign managers, like generals, must have an ability to rally staff to execute on an established plan with a central goal in mind. While political campaign battles are waged with words, the technology used should be just as cutting edge … Read more

Call Routing Rescue for Business

Hold Message Hell cartoon

Call routing for your business is critical to retaining happy customers and doing it the right way increases your satisfaction ratings. What could possibly be worse than getting stuck in Answering Machine Hell when you’re trying to call a business to secure a service or purchase a product? Well, the truth is, a fast busy … Read more

How Can Voicemail Hurt You?

Voicemail risk

Perception is everything. You may be incredibly busy and sometimes, it is a fact of life that a large number of your callers get shuffled off to voicemail. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a couple minutes to think about what your voicemail is saying to your callers. What you said: “Hi … Read more

For Whom the Fraud Tolls

PBX hacking phone froud

Telephone fraud has been going on for a long time. It became prevalent in the 1960s, when DTMF (Dual-Tone Multiple Frequency) dialing was being introduced to replace pulse dialing from then-current rotary phones. Crafty individuals educated themselves and fabricated handheld red, black, and blue boxes that could generate the necessary tones to alter the target … Read more

Legal Firms can get more from VoIP systems

Modern VoIP systems are powerful communications tools. They help streamline workflows, improve client satisfaction and curb costs. In order to capitalize on the initial VoIP investment and get the most value possible, you must know your voip systems capabilities and understand how to use its tools properly. Most professionals focus keenly on their field with little or no thought about communications tools they use every day. Key features are often overlooked and sometimes making the time commitment for training isn’t seen as important as it should be.

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