When it comes to IT, easy set-up, flexibility, and savings are music to the ears of any owner of a small- or mid-sized business (SMB). These are all features that contribute to the success of Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. The technology was built on a strong foundation that has allowed it to move with the times. Is your business prepared to move with the times and install a money-saving VoIP system?
First, we’d like to give you a quick rundown of what SMBs get from a robust VoIP calling plan today:
- Convenience – It’s easy to manage.
- Scalability – It’s even easier to expand.
- Economy – Calls over the internet are cheap.
- Portability – Access from anywhere with high-speed internet.
- Efficiency – Attach emails, send e-faxes, conduct virtual meetings, etc.
These are the core qualities that make VoIP systems so beneficial to SMBs. But how will value propositions like these be affected by future telephony trends? Could advances in internet technology possibly have adverse effects on VoIP, or will the two continue moving in harmony?
Here’s how VoIP and the internet are changing the future of businesses today.
The cloud + VoIP
Many companies’ first step away from their traditional phone system is to a premise-based VoIP system. It’s a great option, but one that may not fully capture all the benefits of VoIP such as lower costs and easy expandability.
A better solution is “hosted VoIP.” Because your whole VoIP system is cloud-based, you have low upfront costs, lower maintenance costs, and the lowest hardware costs.