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in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Unified Communications

Biggest Advantages of Unified Communications

Unified Communications (UC) is gaining popularity as a preferred choice of communication system for businesses. In the past, business communication was often complex and time-consuming requiring the use of different applications, and the presence of all parties in the same location. UC solutions allow for the unification of communication channels integrating voice, video, messaging, and even social medial channels in a way that improves business outcomes. This allows businesses to provide everything their employees need internally to interact together, as well as externally with customers, into one easy to use system.

Key Advantages of a Unified Communications Solution

Improved Collaboration
An essential function of UC is knowing which content, tools, people, and conversations are available in your team’s workspace at any given moment. Whether they are in the next office or on a different continent, unified communication brings employees together with unique instant messaging options, optional screen sharing, and voice and video calling. Thus, improving the overall speed and ease of collaboration between employees.

Improved Mobility
One of the key advantages of UC is that it enables employees to work from anywhere, whether it is at the office, on the road, or from home. As companies continue to grow more dispersed due to trends like remote working and globalisation, UC solutions ensure that organisations can rapidly respond to customer needs. In an on-demand world, organisations cannot afford to respond slowly to business needs.

Improved Customer Experience
UC enables businesses to deliver a stronger customer experience by ensuring that employees have access to the information and support that they need, when they need it most. If an employee needs to forward a call to another department, they can do so knowing that an individual is there and available. Thus, reducing a customer’s wait time. It also becomes easier for an individual to reach out to a fellow team member on a separate channel — while still on the call with the customer — for the needed answer or information. This ensures that businesses can provide the most thoughtful and rapid response to a customer query.

Scalability
Unified Communications as a service (UCaaS) is ideal for companies that need to downsize or grow rapidly at any time. You can add or remove features to your cloud package whenever you see fit. This is particularly helpful for businesses with seasonal trends in business performance. If you need more people to use your UCaaS system one month, you can add more users for that period.

Do you need help with any of the items talked about in this piece?

StableLogic is an independent consultancy business – we don’t sell anything.

For more information on StableLogic’s unified communications services, please click here. If you want to speak directly to one of our consultants, please call +44 (0) 20 3861 6444 or email info@stablelogic.com.

in Contact Centre, Digital Transformation, Networks, StableLogic

5 Hidden Stumbling Blocks Impacting Your Cloud Deployment

Whether it’s a move to Cloud Telephony, a Cloud Contact Center or a complete move of office applications, most organizations have begun to move some of their services to the cloud. Whilst this might seem like the best option, many are quickly finding that it may not be so simple.

Too often, businesses contact us looking for help after their cloud deployments have been delayed, shelved or sometimes entirely cancelled due to deployment issues such as:

Network Performance – Issues with the network can have a high impact on service performance such as with voice, video or load times.

Security – Cloud applications create very new demands for a traditional security environment. Teams are often ill equipped to deal with requirements of cloud applications.

Shared Services – Often an application or service may have been bundled together on a single on-premise solution but now needs to be unbundled to move to the cloud e.g. a single PBX hosting voice, fax and contact center. This is frequently not considered and may have consequences for the business case and deployment logistics.

Change Management – Cloud technology often provides a new way of working. Without effective communication and training, pushback from stakeholders and end-users is likely.

Vendor Management – While many vendors will do a reasonable job of managing the deployment, this cannot be said in all cases. Poor professional services will quickly lead to deployment issues.

In almost all cases, the strategy was right but the deployment methodology was unable to deliver that strategy and cater for the change required.

At StableLogic, we are not only experts in IT, we also project manage these types of cloud deployments continuously. Consequently, we are perfectly equipped to oversee and assist in the deployment of your services at any point during the project lifecycle.

Using our proven methodologies, we can quickly integrate into a project team, analyze the project requirements, and effectively address deployment issues to pull your cloud deployment back on course.

For more information about our project management and programme management services, please contact us below.

in Contact Centre, Digital Transformation, StableLogic

StableLogic hosts the Consultant Alliance Conference 2019

StableLogic had the pleasure of hosting the annual Consultant Alliance conference this week. The conference took place over two days in London and included an evening dinner cruise along the Thames with Bateaux London. Much thanks to our partners who made the trip from Australia, the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Canada for another productive session.

The Consultant Alliance is a closely integrated global network of independent telecommunications and IT consultants. We deliver major projects for multinational clients while maintaining local expertise. Our partners within the alliance include Capcost, Data Perceptions, TeleResult, EE & Associates, Lucernys and MPC Services.

As partners, we work together to deliver projects across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

Typical projects for our international team of experts include global WAN procurements, regional fixed and mobile procurements and cost reduction audits. From opening a new office in Brazil to a fifty-country telecommunications audit – we can deliver.

This years conference discussed hot trends impacting each partner’s respective region, different partner innovations, opportunities for cross-collaborations and much more.

For more information about the Consultant Alliance, visit consultant-alliance.com or contact info@consultant-alliance.com.

in Digital Transformation, StableLogic

CSCS Appoint StableLogic for Digital Transformation Project

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), have appointed independent consultancy StableLogic to develop and manage the implementation of their digital transformation.

CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

In total there are 1.5 million CSCS cards in circulation and up to 400,000 new applications per year. The cards, including the imbedded technology, are required to work on the majority of UK construction sites and are even used for construction site entry systems.

Currently the CSCS card application process is largely manual and includes some paper-based processes. The project is to undertake a full digital transformation in order significantly improve service to both individuals and to the industry. The new service will include online applications, a new app and the delivery of a leading-edge customer services.

I am very pleased to have appointed StableLogic to support us with our digital transformation programme. Their skills and capabilities have already developed our vision and procured leading suppliers to remove much of the complexity surrounding the existing systems.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive of CSCS

It is a pleasure to work with CSCS as they transform almost all aspects of their operation. Our consultants are bringing multiple skills to the programme, from technical and procurement to customer service and project management.

Craig Robinson, StableLogic Director

More information on CSCS can be found at: www.cscs.uk.com

in StableLogic

StableLogic Moves to Larger London Offices

StableLogic is pleased to confirm that we have relocated to larger London offices. After a highly successful 2018, our brand new larger offices provide space for our expansion.

Our new offices address is:

StableLogic Ltd
The Minster Building
Great Tower Street
London
EC3R 7AG

Our telephone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

in Networks

Connecting MPLS to the Cloud | StableLogic

How do you connect your network to cloud providers? Almost all WAN providers (think AT&T, BT and Verizon) have built relationships with cloud service providers. This offers a direct interconnect between your MPLS network and the cloud provider. So, is this a cost effective and reliable way to obtain the network performance you require?

Organisations are using more and more cloud based services. This means the need for enhanced performance, security and reliability becomes critical. The use of Office 365, Salesforce and Amazon Web Services is now commonplace across most major organisations. Typically, there are two approaches to connecting your network to cloud providers. Either via the Internet or using an interconnect from your MPLS provider.

The Option to Directly Connect Your MPLS Network to Cloud Providers

The number of cloud services that you can connect to your network provider is growing daily. This is achieved by clever data centre pairing or direct links to these services with an interconnect relationship. Suppliers argue that this is a secure way to obtain guaranteed service levels.

Global organisations have been considering the move to hybrid networks. At the same time, they are looking to leverage their core network to connect directly with the cloud services they use.

Cost Model

The cost model used here is a ‘pay as you go’ approach. Most network service providers offer threshold bands offering discounts based on volumes. Considering the high costs of MPLS and the need to pay bandwidth, this is an expensive option.

Benefits

Key benefits of this approach include:

1. Performance

  • Determined performance levels via high powered, low latency private connections.
  • Global locations to cloud services providing enhanced performance thanks to optimised path selection.
  • Bandwidth scales up or down to meet volume demands.

2. Simplicity

  • Usage based resources on demand. No need to install costly infrastructure with restrictive speed limitations.
  • The ability to scale up or down with simple management via a centralised portal.
  • Access to new cloud services as they become available.

3. Secure

  • Secure gateways via private connections are completely separate from the public Internet.

4. Reliability

  • Service Level Agreements with high availability are supported in a contractual agreement. This is based on the service provider leveraging their mission critical infrastructure with multiple points of resilience.

5. Cost Saving

  • The total cost of ownership is much lower when compared to installing separate communication links to each cloud provider.
    The service access can be ceased with a short notice period. This allows for simple switching between cloud applications when required.

For more details of how StableLogic can help, please click here to review our network consultancy services.

    StableLogic are an independent technology consultancy with offices in London and Boston.

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    +44 20 3861 6444

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