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August 13, 2010

Calculating the ROI of Implementing an IP Fax Solution

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

It has been estimated that 100 billion fax pages are transmitted worldwide on a yearly basis, according to Sagemcom.

Organizations of all sizes within different industry verticals fax hundreds or thousands of invoices, purchase orders, and other confidential and legal documents. Fax continues to play a strategic and mission-critical role in the evolving communication landscape in which customers are migrating from traditional faxing to IP network implementations that build on the concept of unified communications.

Sagemcom offers the XMediusFAX ROI calculator so companies can calculate how migrating from a traditional fax landscape to a  fax server solution can drive cost savings within your organization.

Maintaining traditional single-purpose fax machines and paying for analog phone lines is expensive and inefficient. Long distance, electricity, toners, paper, and labor – walking to and from the fax machine, impose cost burdens on organizations who continue to rely on their traditional fax machines.

Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) XMediusFAX software-only fax server with T.38 FoIP technology provides a return on investment via the following benefits:

·         Secure and rapid fax delivery

·         Easy to install, administer and use

·         A typical ROI of one to six months

·         Cost savings of at least 90 percent since manual faxing expenses (analog POTS lines, hardware consumables) are no longer required and long-distance fax charges are reduced through Least Cost Routing (LCR) functionality

·         Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) due to XMediusFAX’s boardless technology

·         Improved productivity by 90 percent due to desktop faxing and fax broadcast capabilities

·         Unified messaging integration so faxes can share a common inbox with e-mail and voicemail

The ROI analysis can also be extended to system configurations that require redundancy and/or remote branch survivability as part of an organization’s faxing landscape, according to Sagemcom officials.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's print publications, including "Internet Telephony", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications (News - Alert)" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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