Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Why Do You Need Call Accounting or Call Management Software?

Why do You Need Call Accounting in your Office?

         Here are 20 Reasons:       Request a Quote

1.     Detect fraudulent phone activity. Track questionable inbound and outbound calls, helping you quickly detect problems and avert risks.

2.     Reduce Labor Cost by identifying peak calling times, adjust staff accordingly

3.     Alerts on defined trigger patterns for calls like 911, 411 and other sensitive numbersGet 911 notification by extension, text, phone call, on screen.

4.     Facilitate timely client billing and cost recovery.  Set time/date for billing reports that automatically calculate usage and cost by client, tenant or partner.

5.     Scheduled Reports.  Email reports automatically based on preset criteria, allowing managers to respond immediately to call volume changes.  This can reduce your labor costs.

6.     Measure Campaign Responses and Effectiveness.  Know where your prospects are calling from and to which campaign or ad they are responding to.

7.     Analyze Traffic.  Capacity planning tools help you identify peak calling times and who’s calling. What-if analysis allows you to balance infrastructure needs and take proactive measures to ensure uninterrupted and efficient phone service.

8.     Flexible call costing & time-billing-Flexible options for bill back.

9.     Trunk Analysis-Eliminate underutilized trunks for cost savings
10.  Multi-site capability providing consolidated or individual office reporting 

11.  Export reports to multiple formats like Excel, Word, PDF, HTML (to view using Web browser on the internet from Web folders)

12.  Call costing with user-programmable rate plans and rate tables

13.  Automatic scheduling of all reports and data archival

14.  Time billing reports based on hourly consulting rates

15.  Completes the feedback loop on agent productivity and phone presence, telemarketing efforts and service levels

16.  Understand call distribution (IN/OUT) for agents during various times in the day and days of the week by category

17.  Wildcard searches for random/specific calls, information

18.  Import contact information from ASCII files generated by Outlook etc.

19.  Network-based remote and consolidated multi-site reporting capability

20.  A complete call management tool to increase productivity, profitability, with rapid return on investment!  Ask for a product demonstration today!

 Ask for a product demonstration today! Request a Quote or call 972 484 4900.

What Type of Phone Service or Cloud VoIP Should You Use and Are You Paying too Much?

Analog (POTS) lines, T-1 (PRI), SIP Trunks, Cloud VoIP Phone Systems.  Which is right for you, and are you paying too much?

No matter what voice and internet carrier services (AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Business Class, XO, Birch, Telepacific, etc) you have for the phone system in your office, chances are you have an auto renewal clause in your contract (most agreements are 3 year terms) with the provider you currently have. In most cases, a written cancellation 60-90 days before your contract ends is required on your contract. If you do not address this prior to your contract expiration, your providers contract may auto renew and you’ll be paying 30-50% more than you should for your services for another year, and even longer in some cases.  This includes cloud or hosted type voip phone systems, which are also offered in a contract term format.
Check your contract now. If your voice/internet services or cloud/hosted voip solution are coming out of contract, Office Telesystems could save you up to 50% on these services, which can also include faster internet, more inbound/outbound lines and more.  This includes cloud phone systems, which offer voice/internet services along with your desk phones, and the features associated with them.  If your phone system is separate from your services provider, it can also help you afford a lease payment on a new system.  The savings could even pay for the entire monthly payment!  Office Telesystems works with several different providers so we can find the right one for your needs.  Office Telesystems also offers Cloud based VoIP systems such as Fonality cloud/hosted solutions.

Service Types Include:

Analog or “POTS” lines                                      Request a Quote

These are the type phone lines you have at home or in small businesses.  They use copper wire in most cases, but can also be delivered by T-1 or VoIP type delivery.  Many small businesses still use them if their needs are minimal.  2-6 lines and DSL type internet are still cheaper than other services designed for larger applications and usually doesn’t require a contract of 3-5 years. They are adequate for most offices with 2-8 employees.

PRI/SIP Service                                                    Request a Quote

PRI has been around for a while but is still very prominent in the marketplace. One PRI circuit allows for up to 23 voice channels or “call paths” and can be sold as a “fractional” PRI, usually provided with 6 or 12 channels instead of a full PRI's 23 channels. You can even have multiple PRI's. Many larger systems hold up to 8 PRI's with 23 Channels each! There are some advantages of PRI services over analog lines.  All carriers we partner with provide PRI type services as part of their carrier offerings. Systems will require a PRI card for operation per PRI circuit.  The cost to deliver PRI service to offices has decreased steadily over the last few years.  As contracts come up for renewal, there is a good chance for a customer to save money on services renewal, enough to justify a new phone system or an increase in internet speed (bandwidth).  PRI generally gives better sound quality throughout your system, along with some additional direct dial numbers, a block of long distance minutes and less cost per line than analog lines when your needs require over 8 lines.  PRI also can let your phone system provide additional features that are not available with analog lines.

Cloud or Hosted VoIP systems                             Request a Quote  

If you have a cloud based VoIP system, you usually have a contract term associated with your system.  Evaluate your system 6 months or so before your contract expires to see if it is providing you the features you need, and you are getting adequate support from the provider. In many cases, if you have purchased your VoIP desk phones, you can re-purpose these phones onto a new cloud or hosted providers services.  In many cases you can realize improved feature set and reduced cost from a new provider.  

SIP Trunks                                                             Request a Quote

Cloud or hosted VoIP systems utilize SIP trunking, but later model premised based systems can utilize this type of service as well.  SIP Trunks are a VoIP type voice line, or “call path”, similar to PRI T-1 but with a different delivery method.  The number or SIP trunks can vary from just a few to a few hundred in one location, whether in cloud design on premise based. The main advantages to SIP trunks are that multiple area codes can be provided in one location for centralized answering. If you're using a premise based VoIP phone system, you can usually add SIP licenses on the same card in your system that supports your VoIP phones. SIP licenses for an existing VoIP card will cost less than a PRI card in many cases.

Long Distance Service-Analog phone lines usually have a cost per minute associated with the line, but many carriers have gone to a block of long distance minutes with business services. In some cases you can have “unlimited LD” for business customers (most cloud/hosted providers provide unlimited LD), but check with your provider for details. PRI/SIP services usually have an LD bundle ranging from 1000 minutes of LD to 100K minutes or more for premise based systems, depending on customer needs.  

Ask Office Telesystems how we can help get you the right services provider for your cloud/hosted or premise based system.  It could end up providing enough return to pay for a whole new solution!  Call us today 972 484 4900, (817) 529-1700 or visit our website at www.officetelesystems.com.