Overcoming VoIP hurdles to enjoy its benefits

With the ability to enable both national and global telecommunications with unprecedented productivity and cost-efficiency, IP-based business phone systems such as VoIP (Voice over IP) are quickly becoming a standard for companies evolving into the present day.

Pace International – a high quality agricultural manufacturer and distributor – is one such forward-thinking enterprise that was able to enjoy both cost savings as well as customer service gains by partnering with an IT consulting firm to implement VoIP technology.

According to a 2010 article published by Entrepreneur Magazine, the company was operating across two states with 11 warehouses and eight international offices, necessitating a way to unify communications between these different branches at a reasonable cost. By switching from a legacy system to an IP-based system, the article reports that Pace saved between 10 to 20 percent of its IT department's time each month while enjoying savings of roughly $65,000 in decreased long distance, connectivity and conference calling costs.

However, the article also mentions that the process of transitioning to a VoIP system does involve a certain degree of financial obstacles to be overcome, especially during initial implementation. Fortunately though, by partnering with a reliable service provider, all of these hurdles can reportedly be dealt with.

For example, the article recommends working with a provider with proven service quality standards.

"Regardless of bandwidth, VoIP works best when priorities regarding data types are established," writes author Mikal E. Belicove. "These priorities will vary on a case-by-case basis, but it amounts to favoring certain types of traffic (for example, voice data), without killing others (for example, video)."

Luckily for business officials in Ohio, by turning to a Cincinnati phone company, these goals can be accomplished by tailoring a VoIP program to the specific needs of individual business models from implementation through ongoing support and consultation.

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