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How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From A VoIP Enabled Phone System

How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From A VoIP Enabled Phone System

How SIP Trunking Helps Companies Benefit From VoIP

With more companies opting to use VoIP as their means to make calls, they needed the means to transition their phone system into a more VoIP based communications. The answer to that has been Session Initiation Protocol or SIP.

With this cloud-hosted technology, companies are able to replace traditional telephone trunks that connect their phone system with the public switched telephone network (PSTN). And since SIP is also an IETF standard for multimedia initiations, it has also become the means to deliver video over the Internet as well. This paves the way for more features like video conferencing through your own phone system.

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With SIP trunking, you are getting a VoIP-enabled cloud-hosted phone system that has the following benefits:

Flexibility and mobility

SIP trunking takes advantage of the Internet. Because it is hosted over the Internet, location is no longer a limitation. Companies are now able to access their own cloud-hosted phone system from anywhere in the world and make and receive VoIP calls as long as they have stable Internet connection. This is important as the modern working environment is moving towards a more flexible workforce that telecommutes and is constantly mobile.

Scalability

The technology also allows you to have a phone system that adjusts to your business needs. It makes it easier for you to add or remove phone numbers-toll free numbers or local numbers at any city in the US – or add or delete extensions depending on the growth of the company.

Virtual presence

VoIP and SIP are able to allow companies to establish presence in different locations without the need to be physically present there. For example, you can get a local number that people in the community can call even if you do not have a physical location in there.

Reduced call costs

SIP trunking allows for flat rates for both local and long distance calls that greatly reduce actual calling costs. Lastly, by being able to implement a phone system with extensions, users within the system can easily call and communicate with each other with no additional costs.

Unified communications

SIP allows for the transmission of different communication tools such as voice, data, and video. This allows SIP trunking providers like BroadconnectUSA to combine different communication tools like fax, voice, and others into one phone system. This allows them to provide companies of all sizes a streamlined cloud-hosted phone system that combines different advanced communication features.

Now that you know the benefits of SIP trunking for an effective VoIP-enabled business communications system, you want to know if your own company network can adopt the technology. While the only real requirement for VoIP and SIP trunking is an Internet connection, you want to make the most of it by adapting good practices that allows you to make the most out of the technology.
So before talking to the next SIP trunking provider, check your company first for:

Stable Internet connection

If you do not have a reliable Internet connection, any VoIP related communication tool will not be satisfying. You need business level Internet connection that is stable and high broadband speed. Recommended options are DSL and fiber optics. There are also speed testers online that you can use to measure your own Internet speed.

QoS routers and switches

Choosing the right routers and switches is also important in ensuring clear VoIP calls. QoS stands for quality of service and these routers and switches ensures that the network prioritizes the transmission of voice data over other types of transmission like downloading or streaming.

A robust network

robust-network

The effectiveness of cloud hosted phone systems depends largely on the ability of the company’s own network to facilitate it. If the company has an old and outdated network infrastructure, then it can be the cause of phone service disruption. A good SIP trunking provider can be very good but still ineffective if the network it will run through is not able to adapt. So before signing up, make sure that your network can handle the data transmission required by this type of phone service.

SIP ready phones

While most VoIP services can be accessed through the desktop or mobile device, a lot of companies still prefer to have IP phones. A lot of providers give companies the option to buy or lease phones from them that are SIP ready and are already configured for the phone system. Some companies, on the other hand, may already have their own IP phones, which they want to use on their new service. If that is also the case with your company, you have to first check if it is a SIP enabled phone as there are other services that uses a different protocol. You also have to check if that specific IP phone model is supported by your new provider and how it can be configured to the phone system.

Once you have those areas checked, you can now fully enjoy the benefits of a VoIP-enabled phone system for your company.

By Glenn Blake

Growth Of The European Cloud Market

Growth Of The European Cloud Market

The European Cloud Market

We’ve written about the international cloud markets a number of times on CloudTweaks and it makes for some interesting discussion. A number of our 12/12 contributors have touched on some of the key points as to why there are such cloud adoption challenges.

Roger Strukhoff discusses: “There are significant issues of data sovereignty and security entangled in distributed cloud infrastructures that cross international borders, to be sure. But inter-governmental organizations from the European Union (EU) to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to the East African Community (EAC) and many more are stocked with serious-minded people working to address and solve the political issues so that the technology may flow and improve the lives of their people…

Gary Gould continues that: “Businesses within the EU are not adopting cloud-based systems as quickly as expected. Do data protection laws and restrictions play a role in Europe’s slow uptake? Despite the fact that cloud computing now plays a vital role in the development of our businesses, use of the Cloud amongst businesses in the European Union did not increase in 2014…

While Johan Christenson has an interesting take: “The competitive mentality in the US poses a stark contrast. Researchers even identified a gene in those that once emigrated from Europe to the US, which allows for higher tolerance of risk. Starting a company in the US is a given. Most Europeans are still asking what job they should get, not what company they will start. Europe also does not have the force from the society to be as competitive. Equally most European struggle with diverse markets and different languages which overall does not help…” 

Scorecard

To help shed some additional light on the international cloud market, we’ve come across an interesting and helpful BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard. The scorecard ranks 24 countries based on seven policy categories that measure the countries’ preparedness to support the growth of cloud computing.

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See the full list here.

For some of the good news, it appears that the European cloud market is expecting positive growth over the next 4 years in the areas of: Public, Private and Hosted Private Cloud services. Included is an infographic provided by IDC titled “The Wonderful World Of The Cloud“.

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Growth Hacking And The Social Media Cloud

Growth Hacking And The Social Media Cloud

Social Cloud Growth Hacking

This week, Apple gave in to Taylor Swift’s demands that artists be paid for trial period streams of their music, thanks in large part to her use of social media. While Taylor Swift has a lot more kick than your average Twitter user, ensuring you actively and effectively utilize all of the social media channels available to you can be the difference between middling performance and spectacular success. Last week CloudTweaks guest contributor Garth Cartman talked about the importance of Social listening and this week we’ve provided an infographic by urbancloud that takes a closer look at the state of social media and the cloud. (Zoom In)

INFOGRAPHIC - Urban Cloud V3

The “Big Four

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are at the forefront of popular consumer social media platforms. While many small businesses like Black Milk Clothing have utilized the marketing potential of Facebook with extraordinary success, there are as many opponents as advocates for this tool. Convince & Convert Digital Marketing Advisors discusses the pitfalls of employing Facebook ineffectively, noting how detrimental a badly managed page can be. If you don’t have the time and the know-how, you might be causing more harm than interest.

If Facebook Were a Country

Let’s Talk Social Media for Small Business provides some insight into the power of social media and discusses how the wrong approach can alienate your audience. With Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn collectively receiving more than 2.5 billion visits in one month, YouTube providing 375 million unique visitors with more than 75 billion video streams in a year, and an approximate 900,000 blog posts created every 24-hours, the reach is staggering. In January, Huff Post Tech reported that if Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous nation on earth. It might not be a bad idea to make sure you’re successful in that country.

And Then Some

But don’t forget about Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest and the host of other social media tools at your fingertips. As Fortune details, thriving companies like Autodesk, Boston Consulting Group and Genentech use all of the platforms available to them to market to their customers, provide customer support and quickly deal with complaints, and distribute content. Knowing which tools best fit your needs and suit your customers helps streamline your efforts and enhance your impact.

What For?

Aside from increasing brand exposure and opening new communication lines, social media platforms let you share your innovations immediately. The grapevine is long, but the spread of information almost instantaneous. Social media can also put your customers in touch with the people at the top, providing more personalized experiences. If the President of the United States is getting intimate with Google+ and Twitter, so should you. The loyalty created when customers are treated as individuals, thanked directly, or tipped-off with exclusive offers is invaluable and creates a positive word-of-mouth campaign you could never buy.

A lot of these streams are 100% free to use, and in the end the only cost is your time. Your time, however, is exceptionally valuable, so why not make sure you’re making the most of it with John Jantsch’s free guide, Let’s Talk Social Media for Small Business.

By Glenn Blake

Plugging Into The Cloud – API Style

Plugging Into The Cloud – API Style

Plugging Into The Cloud – API Style

We’ve discussed API’s a few times on CloudTweaks but probably not nearly enough. So for those unfamiliar with what an API is. In simple terms, API or application program interface is a set of requirements that rule how an application can connect and talk to one another. APIs can be used to move data between programs much the same way a phone call can be made from one phone number to the next. Currently, APIs make it incredibly easy for online Cloud/SaaS vendors to allow apps/web services to implement their service data which can result into a Mashup (Web Application Hybrid) depending on the combining data sources. Engine Yard provides an nice example of an API Mashup with Sinatra.

API Industry

API is also important today because it can dictate the direction of app development by tapping into large Web services such as social networks like Pinterest or Facebook or perhaps utilities like Dropbox or Google Maps. For instance, a developer can use the Dropbox API to allow players to store their saved games on the cloud. This adds to a nice level of flexibility and provides additional revenue streams for API providers.

Included is an excellent infographic by smartfile which does a good job of highlighting some of the most common protocols. businesses and industries offering API integration opportunities.

apis-cloud

Cloud, CMS and Security

Cloud, CMS and Security

The Growing Interest for Security and CMS

CMS services are allowing more people to run their own successful websites without needing to know HTML or any web programming languages.

CMS, which stands for content management system, is software you install on your web host/server that allows you to manage the content of your website through an admin control panel. That way you don’t have to go into the coding and manually add the content, which is what you used to have to do with HTML websites. Some of the most notable CMS services are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal which are all free services.

CMS-Cloud-Security

Along with the increasing popularity of CMS services running in the cloud, there is also an increasing demand for security. Since CMS software is open source and many people use it, this allows hackers to study the programming and develop strategies for intercepting the basic security that comes preinstalled with the software. Once they figure this out, they will be able to hack multiple websites that run on the software because it is the same software everyone else is using.

Therefore, businesses need to take extra measures to secure their website in order to make sure hackers cannot access their website’s content management system. Whether you run a personal blog or business, maintaining the security of your CMS is just as vital as protecting your servers. You are not only protecting your information, but you are protecting the information of the customers and subscribers who have signed up through your website as well.

The type of security you will need depends on your hosting in general. For big business CMS websites, they are likely going to be run on dedicated or cloud hosting servers.  As for personalized websites, they are typically run on shared web hosting servers. These are more susceptible to attacks because the servers are shared with potentially hundreds of thousands of other users. Many of these users could very well be the same type you are looking to precisely guard and defend your site against. So you must be careful.

Backup Plan

There are several methods which can help protect your website such as utilizing security Plugins (WordPress), CDNs (Incapsula, CloudFlare…) and Backup/Storage services (Box, VaultPress, Dropbox…) Keep in mind, nothing is 100% guaranteed as seen with the recent Sony outages nonetheless, you’ll sleep better at night knowing you are trying to do something about it.

Provided is a sponsored infographic by websitesetup.org which offers a comparision between the 3 leading CMS website builders in the market today.

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By Glenn Blake

Cloud Infographic – Marketing The Cloud

Cloud Infographic – Marketing The Cloud

Marketing The Cloud

There is no denying that Marketers have realized the power of using words and phrases such as “Cloud computing“. However, too many times the term is overused/misused which treads down the questionable path of Cloud Washing. Normally these are imitators and sometimes a few reputed companies that have been swayed by the attraction of profits and subsequently they start polishing up their old or low grade equipment under the buzzword and sell it for good margins. Cloud washing today is prevalent because it is immensely lucrative due to the popularity of the phrase ‘the cloud’. It is a similar concept to that of green washing, which has been popularized in the industry due to environment affiliation.

When using the term it’s important that it’s used correctly and in the right context. No shopper likes to be fooled if one minute they expect a seamless pay as you go cloud based SaaS solution only to later discover that the product is only available via download.

Provided is an infographic by Salesforce which is one of the pioneers in the SaaS market and clearly knows a thing or two about the industry.  The have a number of interesting survey results from over 900 senior-level marketers around the world.

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Today’s marketing leader must be more agile, data-focused, and customer-obsessed than ever before. For The State of Marketing Leadership, a joint research report from LinkedIn and Salesforce Marketing Cloud, we surveyed more than 900 senior-level marketers on LinkedIn to learn what’s top-of-mind in their roles—whether director, VP, or CMO.

Key findings include:

  • 86% of senior-level marketers agree that it’s absolutely critical or very important to create a cohesive customer journey.
  • 56% of enterprise companies have a customer journey strategy, vs. 33% of mid-sized companies and 27% of small businesses.
  • The top three challenges facing senior-level marketers: budgetary constraints, quantifying marketing’s ROI, and creating personalized experiences.
  • Among marketers who have fully integrated customer data (only 17%), 97% said they are now successfully creating a cohesive customer journey.

By Glenn Blake

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

You know, the cloud has assumed control when even the most hesitant of businesses – lawful, monetary – talk about far reaching private mists, particularly for their industry.

It appeared for quite a while that the conventional explanations behind moving to the cloud, i.e. decreased expense, expanded adaptability, were the key drivers behind the movement towards cloud-conveyed programming. Yet, only a few callings are seeing profits that are more extensive. Let’s take a look at the illustration of Human Resources Cloud.

What is HR Cloud?

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It’s not difficult to see why Human Resources experts were, at first, hesitant to move to the cloud – individual information, being open through a username and a secret key. The thing is that a large number of people were stuck in the period of paper and pen. Expense and adaptability, in this way, may have been drivers for a move to the cloud, yet were barely convincing to those stuck in the ‘HR past’. It’s a lawful thing.

With regard to both payroll and HR, enactment is everlastingly evolving. One administration will institute enactment at regular intervals, and the following government will cancel or upgrade that enactment. Previously, those with HR or payroll programming would have needed to overhaul their product physically to stay agreeable with the new enactment.

Disappointment to go along would mean potential fines from HMRC, or could mean excessive charges or underpayments to workers, which would obviously bring about disgruntlement and, much of the time, takeoff to a more dependable manager.

Staying aware of enactment, in this way, was part and bundle of HR. It was, obviously, a bad dream for those running the product.

All this changed with cloud-conveyed HR programming. Now, the overhauls are simply taken off on the web, typically overnight, in time for the following pay run, implying that the business could:

a) Guarantee that representatives were paid the perfect sum.
b) The organization evaded fines.

This is an engagement thing!

I regularly backpedal to my days of color-coded papers for occasion structures as a sample. Yet, it’s a decent one, and it wasn’t such a long time ago. In fact, structures would be lost or rejected in light of the wrong color paper. We have a tendency to think once again on the “paper” days in an awful light; they weren’t all that terrible, yet they were inclined to slip. What’s more, that mistake would prompt a genuine disgruntlement.

Marks & Spencer had comparative issues in that each one store had an HR individual, with their HR tenets. It was tricky to oversee several stores around the nation when there was no incorporated HR strategy connected. An HR framework fabricated to bring together these tenets and regulations, and really wound up tackling an alternate issue – engagement.

Getting occasions closed down rapidly may sound like a little thing, yet the finish of little things, being carried out accurately, has an enormous effect. Having the capacity to request leave on the web, at home, and have it closed down inside an ensured timeline does a universe of marvel for a representative engagement.

Furthermore in this manner, you may think, for offers of elasticized pants.

The Takeaway

We’ve (at long last) arrived at a stage where the cloud is viewed as a pretty much default. With CRM and so forth moving to close to 100% cloud by 2020 (or 85%, as indicated by some late research), we’re about there.

To quicken this, we have to take the HR edge and take a look at the expense investment funds and the adaptability, as well as the genuine ROI and normal business change. For HR, this was about dodging fines, expanding consistence and boosting worker engagement. The cloud has done what on-reason (or paper) couldn’t – it has really brought about a noticeable improvement.

We can’t continue running out the same contentions about expense and adaptability, however, we can begin taking a look at substantial enhancements. Who knows, we may really have the capacity to enhance the cloud frameworks we’ve, as of now, got set up?

By Glenn Blake

Leveraging The Power Of 3D Cloud Printing

Leveraging The Power Of 3D Cloud Printing

Leveraging The Power Of 3D Cloud Printing3d-printing

Two of the most exciting technologies to have hit the mainstream in recent years are finally finding a way to fuse together. 3D cloud printing has just begun helping consumers design and create their own versions of popular products.

Unless you have been living on one, you know that cloud computing facilitates an inexpensive way for individuals and businesses to host, collaborate, store and share data via to internet.  When applied to printing, the cloud network is set up to printers that you control so that necessary tangible documents can be sent to any printer you have set up within your cloud network.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is exactly what it sounds like. A model replica of a design is constructed from a digital mold. Of course the necessary materials would have to be readily available, but with 3D printing a sketched idea or plan can actually be made into an object that you can hold in your hands. Sounds amazing, but in fact this technology has been around since the ’80’s where it was first used mainly for research purposes at major universities and large companies. It has now spread into the rapid manufacturing of everything from jewelry to shoes.

For 3D, or additive, printing to work, the desired materials are joined together in a particular order as per the digital instructions provided. Plastics and metals are widely used in almost all types of applications, while medical technology has been exploring its possible applications using live tissue. A particularly exciting concept for medical professionals looking at alternatives for human transplant needs. 3D printing has even started to make a mark in the food industry, with some rather well known brands partnering with 3D printing companies to devise alternative production means for some of our favorite foods.

(Infographic Source: 3D2Print)

The Fusion

Now wrap your mind around the idea of the combination of the two. The ability to send a digital 2D sketch of an idea you have to a company who will print out its 3D version and ship it back to you. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

As a consumer you can design your own product, pick the materials and send the 2D image over the cloud network. The enterprise that is handling the printing will go over the design and chosen materials to make sure it is feasible before printing begins. With your idea and their expertise, you can create and customize just about anything you can think of.

With the consumer making their own products, it won’t be long before on-line retailers get in on the action. So far it seems that the only problem plaguing 3D cloud printing is a higher demand than initially expected. Major companies from around the globe are looking for ways to cut costs with this technology as well as continue to hold consumer interest in their products. The idea of going to the Nike web store and designing your own pair of running shoes no longer seems far-fetched. As this technology continues to expand, expect to see it popping up in all aspects of your world.

By Glenn Blake

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