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Want to Optimize Your Unified Communications? Head to the Cloud

December 22, 2014 by

Unified communications can have a powerful impact on a business's operations and overall performance. The same is true for cloud computing. Put them together, and you have an unbeatable combination.

Here are just a few of the reasons why unified communications as a service is the ideal choice for any company eager to gain a competitive advantage in its market.

Up and Running, ASAP

​One of the biggest advantages of UCaaS is also the first that any company will experience - its speedy deployment. As with any cloud-based solution, UCaaS has minimal hardware requirements for business users. There's no need to research, choose, install and roll out servers, gateways, session border controllers, or many of the other pieces of equipment that are essential for traditional, on-premise communications systems.

Once the business decides to go ahead with a UCaaS solution, the system can be up and running in a matter of days, or even less. A legacy on-premise solution, on the other hand, will take weeks or more to deploy.

Just as importantly, the lack of on-site hardware means that a UCaaS offering will have a much lower initial cost than an on-premise solution, which typically require a heavy up-front investment. This makes UCaaS the only viable UC option for a lot of smaller firms, and the more appealing choice even for larger enterprises.

Anywhere, Anytime

UCaaS is also the most flexible UC option available. Since it's based in the cloud, a UCaaS solution doesn't require any physical connections. Additionally, UCaaS is flexible, allowing users to use these resources via their smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal desktops and much more. Employees at home, on the road, or working from a satellite office can continue to collaborate, communicate, and contribute at all times.

Scalability Benefits

Finally, UCaaS is far more scalable than any other UC solution on the market. Adding new users or features is simple and easy - no need to invest in and deploy extra servers or other costly equipment. This is true whether the company needs to hire a few more employees or open a whole new branch.

The same is not true for legacy UC platforms. In those cases, increasing capacity will require a significant investment, one which may not even prove sufficient in a few years' time.

For companies looking to take advantage of UC now and well into the future, there's no better option than a UCaaS solution.

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