Unified Communications Made Simple

Unified Communications Made Simple

To stay successful, you need to keep the lines of communication open between your employees, customers, and business partners. People do business in many different ways, whether it's by phone, e-mail, instant messaging, or video conferencing. No matter how you communicate, you need technology that works smoothly with your business processes, to help your company grow and thrive.

Companies large and small are turning to "converged" networks that let them bring all of their communications—data, voice, and video—onto a single Internet Protocol (IP) network. A converged network lets your employees work together more easily and stay productive from any location. Information is always available, whenever and wherever it is needed, so you can serve customers better. With a converged network, you can improve customer loyalty, boost profitability and ultimately manage costs more effectively.

Cisco offers powerful solutions that help you implement a converged network, to transform your business and give your employees the tools they need to be successful.

The Benefits of Voice and Data on a Single Network

Cisco Unified Communications brings together all your voice and data communication onto a single converged network, building a foundation that dramatically improves the way you do business. The technology lets you work in the way that suits you and your customers best—with wired and wireless phones, e-mail and fax, video conferencing, and contact centers—all on the same network.

The Cisco Smart Business Communications System brings Cisco Unified Communications to businesses like yours. Designed specifically for small businesses, the solution is easy to deploy and use, while allowing for business growth. Award-winning support and easy financing, delivered through local partners, complements the solution.

Keep Costs Under Control

Growing businesses are constantly being asked to accomplish more with less. With Cisco Unified Communications, you can bring all your voice, data, and video communications together. Managing just one network is less expensive and easier than running separate networks. Cisco Unified Communications lets you:

  • Save money on long-distance charges, because you can use your network to place calls between your offices
  • Reduce the costs of moving or changing a phone extension
  • Save time when adding a new site

Be More Productive

Today's customers expect immediate responses to questions and problems, 24 hours a day. Cisco Unified Communications gives your employees the mobility and flexibility to deliver service anytime, anywhere. Whether your employees are working in the office or from home, a hotel, or an Internet caf, they can reach the right people and have the information they need to solve problems and respond to customers. Employees on the move can:

  • Make a secure connection to the company network anywhere there is an Internet connection, to reach the same tools and resources they have in their office
  • Answer a phone call from their laptop or mobile phone just as if they were in the office

Serve Customers Better

Business communication is moving faster than ever, and customers expect quick responses. The more quickly you can respond to a question or return a call, the more satisfied your customers will be. When employees have access to a complete, in-depth view of their customers, your business stays ahead of the competition. And with Cisco Unified Communications they have immediate access to the people, information, and communications tools they need-regardless of where they are working or how they are communicating. Cisco Unified Communications lets you:

  • Bring together your phone system and your customer relationship management (CRM) system, so when a customer calls, employees see a pop-up window with all the customer's information on their phone or PC
  • Have one phone number ring simultaneously on multiple phones, so employees never miss a call

A Single Network

The Cisco Integrated Services Router connects your offices to the Internet, and to your other offices. At each office, the Cisco router connects to a Cisco Catalyst® switch, which networks together all your telephones, application and e-mail servers, wireless devices, and security systems

Essential Call Services

"Call processing" is the basis for all the telephony services you use every day: dial tones, call transfer, hold, conferencing, call parking, and so on. Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, and the Smart Business Communication System provide these basic phone features, along with hundreds of others, to let you run your phone system on your company network.

  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition, brings together voice, video, mobility, and messaging on a single platform and eliminates the need for multiple servers to run each application. It is designed for businesses with up to 500 employees and up to five remote sites.
  • The Cisco Smart Business Communications System, is an affordable, complete system that extends voice, data, video, and wireless networking to small and medium-sized offices.
  • To further protect your calls, Cisco has developed Cisco Unified Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST). Cisco Unified SRST can take over call processing at one of your branch offices if needed, so your phone system stays up and running.

Feature-Rich Voicemail

Cisco voicemail helps your staff manage their messages better, so they can respond more quickly and be more productive inside and outside the office. They can pick up voicemail by phone, or on their PDA or laptop. And with unified messaging, they can receive voicemail and even faxes as e-mail attachments, using Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Notes. Cisco offers you several different options for voicemail:

  • Cisco Unity Connection delivers voice messaging, integrated messaging, speech recognition, and call-routing rules for companies with up to 3000 users.
  • Cisco Unity Unified Messaging offers voicemail, integrated messaging and unified messaging and intelligent voice messaging for larger organizations.

Video Communications

With Cisco Unified Communications, adding video to your communications is as easy as placing a phone call. Instead of spending time and money to travel to remote offices, you can have face-to-face conversations with your colleagues, customers, and business partners.

  • Cisco Unified Video Advantage adds video to your communications experience by providing video telephony features to your calls.
  • Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Express takes voice conferencing to the next level, bringing together Web, voice, and video to provide rich media conferencing. It also lets participants share information on an easy-to-use joint Web interface.

Next Steps

Cisco Unified Communications gives your business all the tools you need for productive, flexible, high-quality voice and data communications. With these advanced technologies, your company can present itself as a major player, no matter what its size.

To help you make the most of this solution, Cisco has developed the Smart Business Roadmap, which helps you deploy a technology solution that meets your business needs. Your Cisco reseller can work with you, step by step, to build on your network foundation and add new services when you're ready.

Learn more about how Cisco Unified Communications can help you transform your business.

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