1 Hosted Communications 10 Ways Hosted PBX Can Benefit Your Business xo.com
2 Hosted communications are voice and data communications hosted in the service provider s IP network. The provider owns and maintains the service, giving businesses access to the cloud. Because you only pay for services or applications you use, you have a more cost-effective, reliable and secure communications environment.
3 LATELY, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF BUZZ surrounding hosted communications for business. Companies can finally replace their old phone systems and get a far more flexible phone solution for a fraction of the cost. But it s not just replacing one phone system for another. With hosted communications, you get the benefits of outsourcing the management of your phone system, which means you ll need fewer resident experts to handle things. What s more, hosted communications enhance flexibility and productivity by providing a range of advanced features and functionality. And it does so without straining your budget. No wonder more and more companies are adopting this powerful, yet affordable solution. In fact, according to industry research, hosted communications is one of the fastest growing technologies, dramatically changing the way companies do business. Even though companies both large and small heap praise upon this solution, many business people are still unaware of the difference hosted communications can make to their business. We hope this guide provides answers and useful insights on how hosted communications can impact your business immediately and for years to come by providing more features and more flexibility, all for significantly lower costs than you might expect. 3
4 Hosted Communications - 10 Ways Hosted PBX Can Benefit Your Business 1 I d love to have THE NEWEST communication features for the company. It would help us get on equal footing with some of our larger competitors. But it s always a budget buster bringing in the latest technologies. Lower Total Cost of Ownership Business is more unpredictable than ever growth one year, contraction the next year. Ideally, you d be able to secure the most advanced technologies without having to spend significant money upfront on hardware. Hosted communications makes this possible. With a hosted communications solution, you save from day one on your monthly communications service fees. All you need are VoIP-ready handsets. That s right, no expensive boxes or systems required. You save money every month as well because you no longer need to manage both phone and data lines. Traditional phone lines, and the high price associated with them, are now a thing of the very expensive past. $ 4
5 ALL THIS VoIP STUFF IS GOBBLEDEGOOK TO ME. The last thing we need is another complex technology to manage. 2 Minimal IT Support Required Unlike the complex traditional phone systems that sit in a closet, hosted communications requires very little IT support or training to administer. You can quickly configure voice features all without additional support or staff. The reason? A simple web interface. In fact, a hosted communications solution is so simple and intuitive, users can manage their own features right from their computers. It s one management issue that can be taken off the shoulders of IT. Who knows, maybe they ll even thank you for a change. 5
6 Hosted Communications - 10 Ways Hosted PBX Can Benefit Your Business 3 Maybe if I didn t listen to reports on the economy, I d feel more comfortable about spending big money on a new phone system. We do need it, but I don t need the expense right now. Operating Expense vs. Capital Expense The last thing you want to do in this of capabilities that dramatically improve economy, or any economic climate for productivity. that matter, is spend tens of thousands of dollars on a phone system. Let s imagine you were a business that needed to incorporate call center func- 6 With hosted communications, there are tionality. You received a quote for a tra- no large servers or systems to pur- ditional telephony system. It s possible chase. Other than phones, there are it could cost you an excess of $120,000. minimal capital expenditures to depreci- By contrast, a call center based on a ate over time. Which means it comes off hosted communications system may be of your books. All you have is an afford- as low as $1,200 per month! Imagine able monthly service fee that connects the impact that would have on your your business and employees to a host finances.
7 Phones keep the heart of my business beating. If service stops for any reason, it can cause significant damage. 4 Business Continuity Let s assume some worst case scenarios: Your building is flooded. Or an earthquake wreaks havoc. Or a fire knocks out power for miles around. Now, let s assume you have hosted communications. Want to know how things would be? Business would go on uninterrupted. Since no PBX resides on your premises it resides in redundant and secure data centers customers can still connect with your business because employees can work from anywhere. The reason? A web-based portal that allows you to quickly forward calls to cell phones or other phones in unaffected locations. It s an incredibly fast and easy way to take control of a disastrous situation and ensure that anything major becomes just a minor incident.! 7
8 5 I Scale Up / Scale Down used to be able to take a long view of my business. But with this economy, I can t afford to get locked into any technology that can t scale. Impossible. My company needs the flexibility to make immediate changes. Five year projections? Ten year projections? Frankly, for most businesses, it has become nearly impossible to make accurate predictions. It s why you need a highlyflexible technology like hosted communications. Hosted communications is a sure way to give you the peace of mind that comes from not being constrained by a phone system that only supports a fixed number of employees and can be costly and complicated to expand. If resources become squeezed, you can quickly scale back. On the other hand, if you open a new branch office, or need to provide remote communications, or just need to prepare for a spike in demand around the holidays, it s quick and easy to scale up without any disruption to your business. Total flexibility. Easy to manage. Quick to deploy. Hosted communications is a decision with only upside. 8
9 We re a small company who needs to look big to be competitive. Having the latest technologies would help, however, features are expensive and only certain ones apply to my business. 6 More Functionality Even if you re jaded about technology, once you see all of the advanced features and functionality that are available from a hosted communications system, you ll be seriously impressed by the impact it can have on your business. And the best part is you can activate only those features that you need to make your company more productive. It starts with HD voice, the clearest a business call can get. That s just scratching the surface. Through hosted communications, you can have voic s automatically forwarded to your account, you can make a call from any device and have it appear as a call from the main office. You also have the ability to make and receive calls from any device, at any location, with only one phone number, one dial plan, one voice mailbox, and a unified set of features. Move calls seamlessly from your desk phone to your mobile when you need to take an important call home with you, or move a call from your mobile to your fixed phone when you arrive at the office. Basically there isn t much you can t do with hosted communications. 9
10 7 It Automatic Upgrades seems that every time I invest in technology, in no time, it s time to upgrade. With hosted communications, there s no box on your premises, so there s no hardware to upgrade in order to take advantage of new features and technologies. Because your service is outsourced, upgrades are provided through software changes that happen automatically in the background. Of course, you ll be made aware of any new capabilities as they come on line. That way, you can quickly utilize them to support your employees and better service customers. So stay focused on your business and leave the upgrades to your hosted communications service provider. 10
11 In this business, individuals & teams work in all kinds of locations. From the boardroom to the warehouse, in offices, shop floors and conference rooms, our com- pany relies on having the right products for all of the ways we communicate. 8 Productivity Anywhere It s hard to advance your business if it s tethered to convention. And there s no ball and chain quite like a desk phone. Hosted communications is the ideal solution for existing and emerging workforces who demand constant connectivity and productivity from anywhere and at anytime. Whether attacking issues from a desk, a conference room, or powering through meetings on the road, hosted communications gives companies the powerful tools they need to keep things moving forward no matter where or when business is done. 11
12 9 These Video On days, we need to get more done with fewer resources. We ve had to cut back on travel. But there s nothing as productive as face-to-face communica- tion with our staff at other locations. Within the enterprise, video conferencing is the perfect solution for moving business forward while cutting back on costs. Facial expressions, gestures, eye contact they all make communications far more personal and ultimately, more productive. Video calling significantly increases the quality of communications. With hosted communications, it s easy to get started with video, and so simple to use. In fact, video calling is as easy as making a traditional phone call. As you ll see, there is nothing quite as compelling as being able to see the people who matter to your business. 12
13 XO Communications On any given day, there are DOZENS of issues to manage. A phone system should be the last of our concerns. Phones should reliably assist us in our business, and not be in need of our assistance. 10 Focus on What Matters One of the best ways to stay competitive is to focus on your core business. With a hosted communications solution, the management of increasingly complex business communications is done for you off-site. It all happens in the background while your employees utilize advanced features and productivity tools like voice, video, and wireless to take up new goals and take down obstacles that stand in their way. Copyright XO Communications, LLC. All rights reserved. XO, the XO design logo, and all related marks are registered trademarks of XO Communications, LLC. 13
14 About XO Communications XO Communications is a leading nationwide provider of advanced broadband communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO Communications offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 85 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit For XO updates, follow us on: Twitter Facebook Linkedin SlideShare YouTube Flickr Copyright XO Communications, LLC. All rights reserved. XO, the XO design logo, and all related marks are trademarks of XO Communications, LLC. XOECCWP-0412
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