Small Business VoIP - The Best May Be yet to Come
This was the question asked in this Small Business Computing article. The technology behind small business VoIP has certainly not changed, but the quality, number and maturity of VoIP applications has definitely grown. The true answer to what’s next is not found in the technology, but instead in its ability to drive Unified Communications (News - Alert) that small businesses can leverage for optimal performance and efficiency.
Small business VoIP will become the foundation for the Unified Communications (UC) in any business. Without this technology, video conferencing wouldn’t be possible. This platform allows for collaboration between employees while they work remotely. At the same time, video conferencing cuts travel costs.
Business processes are also expected to become simpler with the use of small business VoIP. Communication-enabled processes that can run over small business VoIP enable employees to work on a document at the same time and then collaborate over the Web, video or IM. The implementation of such technologies can help the small business to meet deadlines and budgets.
The implementation of small business VoIP also allows for the introduction of mobility. This is considered to be a significant competitive advantage for small businesses. As the number of remote employees increases, wireless VoIP will continue to evolve from a luxury to a necessity. It also enables single-number access, regardless of the location of an employee.
Open source VoIP is another option to extend out the benefits of small business VoIP. Open source options prove to be more affordable, yet they can also be more difficult to implement. Open source does offer significant room for customization, yet can be intimidating for those not as familiar with the technology.
When considering small business VoIP, a company should keep a few things in mind. First, even with improved capabilities on today’s networks, bandwidth is still a commodity. It is important to ensure the service provider can support the applications being moved to the small business VoIP platform. Second, security is always an issue and IT managers have to be on their toes with VoIP applications. Communication should be secure, accessible and conducted in accordance with industry-specific regulations.
Small business VoIP can be a great asset, when it is leveraged and managed appropriately to drive success.
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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca