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Three elements of a great interactive voice response (IVR)

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 3, 2019 10:49:00 AM

Note from TeleDynamics: Allison Smith will be at our booth (#1472) at Channel Partners in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. to answer your questions about IVR best practices and about how to offer professionally voiced greetings to your customers. Also, get a free, professionally voiced opening IVR greeting for every IP PBX you buy from TeleDynamics through June 30, 2019. See details below.

By Allison Smith, The IVR Voice.com

When clients send me IVR trees to voice, the scripts are already written, usually very methodically crafted, and debated over – even hotly contested among groups of decision makers within companies. In extreme cases, the script has even made its way through the legal department for final approval.

It’s a rare thing when prospective clients approach me before the script is written. When they do, I implore them to be clear on a few things before they write the first word of their phone tree.

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Topics: Customer Service, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Total Voice Solution

The missing piece in the phone system installer's puzzle

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mar 13, 2019 10:51:00 AM

Three reasons your customer should not be recording their own IVR greetings

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By Allison Smith, The IVR Voice.com

You’re an installer. You’re on the front lines of ensuring that companies – large or small – have their telecommunications systems installed, scaled to the appropriate size, and working seamlessly. You’re part engineer, part salesperson, and a huge part problem-solver in the installing and maintaining of telephony systems.

You’re actually putting together an intricate puzzle. But most installers don’t realize that a significant piece of that puzzle is missing.

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Topics: Customer Service, Outsourcing, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Total Voice Solution

What’s impressive about Panasonic’s KX-TGP600 SIP-DECT phone system

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Feb 19, 2019 10:52:00 AM

Product Review

Panasonic has introduced the KX-TGP600 cordless telephony base station plus handset package, offering all of the benefits of DECT and SIP technologies in a sleek, elegant and turnkey solution, for an incredibly affordable price. Requiring only an internet connection and a subscription to an online SIP provider, your SMB can be up and running with a telecom system within minutes. 

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Topics: SIP Phones, Business Telephone System, SIP, Cordless, DECT, Product Review, Panasonic

How to troubleshoot voice quality problems in VoIP phone systems

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Nov 21, 2018 10:46:00 AM

How to deal with jitter, packet loss, latency and signaling delay

Some of the most difficult issues to troubleshoot on a network are failures resulting in a degradation of service, a slowdown in speed, or intermittent connectivity, as opposed to a complete disruption in service.

When it comes to troubleshooting issues involving VoIP, this becomes even more acute. Intermittent, low-quality, and metallic-sounding voice, as well as erratic connectivity between VoIP end devices, are all network problems falling into this difficult-to-diagnose category.

Almost all such malfunctions are due to a faulty implementation (or lack thereof) of quality of service mechanisms. In this article, we will look at some of the most common failures of this type, what they sound like, and what should be done to verify and rectify the problems.

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Topics: Business Telephone System, VoIP, SIP, Troubleshooting

QoS for VoIP networks: IntServ versus DiffServ

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Oct 17, 2018 10:48:00 AM

Your customer using a legacy phone system decides to switch to voice over internet protocol (VoIP). They install an IP PBX and buy some IP phones. Great, they’re all set, right? Wrong. Without configuring their data network for quality of service (QoS), they will experience a severe deterioration in voice quality and may regret making the decision to switch. Yes, the IP PBX and the IP endpoints will already be configured for QoS. But what about other parts of the network like the pre-existing routers, switches and firewall? All it takes is one missing link for the whole system to be compromised.

QoS is a big topic. In this article, we’ll look at two main approaches to QoS: IntServ and DiffServ, their strengths and limitations, and when to use which one.

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Topics: QoS, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Routers, Network Design, Switches

Customizing a VoIP deployment for your multisite customer

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Oct 10, 2018 10:48:00 AM

 

Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at different ways to structure multisite VoIP deployments. The truth is, each business is unique and sometimes a customized architecture is needed. In this article we look at a hybrid solution. A hybrid call processing deployment allows you to craft a solution that is perfectly tailored to a specific customer’s needs.

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Topics: Customer Service, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Total Voice Solution, Network Design

How and when to deploy distributed call processing in a multisite environment

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Oct 3, 2018 10:54:00 AM

Last week, we discussed centralized call processing and its benefits and potential pitfalls. In this article, we’ll examine another type of telephony infrastructure design for multisite enterprises: distributed call processing.

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Topics: Business Telephone System, VoIP, Total Voice Solution, Business Continuity, Network Design, Business Strategy

How to set up centralized call processing in a multisite enterprise

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Sep 26, 2018 3:53:00 PM

Enterprises with multiple sites have a variety of options when it comes to their IP telephony infrastructure. Which setup will best meet their needs depends on the answers to questions such as:

  • Where should the call processing take place?
  • Where should calls to the PSTN exit the network?
  • Where should incoming calls connect to the corporate network?

These decisions depend on the nature of the underlying network infrastructure that will carry the IP telephony services, as well as other considerations such as the location of the remote sites, the dial plan, and cost.

In this article, we discuss the centralized call processing model and how to avoid common complications with its deployment.

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Topics: IP PBX, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Network Design, Gateway

Tips for streamlining dial plan normalization in multisite VoIP deployments

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Sep 12, 2018 3:52:00 PM

Implementing telephony solutions in an enterprise environment can be daunting. The level of difficulty and complexity usually escalates with the number of end users. Implementing a telephony solution in a multisite environment takes the complexity to a different level altogether.

In this article we offer up some tips for streamlining the implementation of a multisite VoIP deployment so the company can derive the maximum benefit from the solution.

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Topics: Customer Service, Business Telephone System, VoIP, Total Voice Solution, Network Design

VTech ErisTerminal ET600 Series IP phones

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Aug 8, 2018 3:54:00 PM

Product Review

In 2016, VTech joined forces with the pioneering spirit of German engineering in Snom, and the impressive results of this merger are embodied in the new ErisTerminal® ET600 Series family of products. The line includes the ET685 and the ET635 SIP color desksets and the ET6 expansion module (with new products to be announced soon). These products make communication easy with color LCD displays, world-renown Snom® audio and software, and Bluetooth connectivity for better mobility in the workspace. 

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Topics: SIP Phones, Business Telephone System, Product Review

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