If predictions hold true, there will be 1.3 billion mobile workers in 2015. Empowering mobile workers has become a priority for many companies. Employees have traditionally used a single connected device for all their needs including email, social media, corporate applications, information management, web and video conferencing, and note taking. Increasingly, they are using multiple phones and devices. As a result, the demand has grown for multi-device connectivity to enterprise systems.
Employees are seeking the freedom to be productive from anywhere using any device. They also tend to be happier if their work doesn’t tie them down to one specific location. These trends are true among both older and younger workers.
So how do you meet the expectations and needs of these workers in the changing workplace? Increasingly, employers are implementing enterprise-wide Unified Communications (UC). UC boasts the benefits of anytime and anywhere collaboration by giving employees access to real-time communications tools on any device.
Organizations with UC save an average of 32 minutes per employee per day because UC enables staff to reach one another on the first try. UC typically includes real-time collaboration features such as screen sharing, presence, instant messaging, SMS text messaging, and video conferencing that make interaction among colleagues quicker and easier. Empowering your workforce to collaborate more efficiently allows them to focus on your core business goals and avoid communication barriers such as the need to return missed calls and manage multiple virtual voicemail boxes and email threads.
With Hosted VoIP and UC, users only need to give out one number, and they can keep their personal mobile number private, yet still keep in touch with colleagues and customers using virtually any device. Business phone calls made from your mobile number appear to originate from your Hosted Voice number (instead of your mobile number). These business phone calls also use your Hosted Voice minutes plan. You can even start a call on your desk phone and transfer it to your mobile (or vice versa) on the fly. MegaPath UC includes desktop, smartphone and tablet clients for all major OS platforms, delivering a full-featured UC experience across devices.
Businesses can rapidly and inexpensively scale cloud-based communications services to fit their need. Companies that use Hosted PBX with UC can easily ramp up new employees and perform self-service provisioning. Because UC is offered in a subscription payment model, companies buy only what they need and avoid large up-front (capital) expenditures as well as ongoing staffing costs to upgrade and maintain an on-premises system.
In UC solutions, office phone systems are often integrated with enhanced collaboration and unified messaging features such as screen sharing, presence, instant messaging, SMS text messaging, and video conferencing, all within one easy-to-use interface. Together, these communication and collaboration features speed up virtually every aspect of the business cycle including decision-making, customer support issue resolution, lead generation, sales, and more.
UC with integrated telephony gives busy workers more freedom and flexibility in how they communicate and how they manage their communications, boosting productivity and collaboration. Calling and mobility features such as Find Me/Follow Me (self-service call routing), Visual Voicemail (voicemail transcribed as email), Call Recording, and Audio Conferencing further support a mobile and productive work style and improve interactions with colleagues, partners, and customers.
Real-time communications and collaboration solutions are compelling for businesses of any size, whether they have a single location or hundreds of locations with remote employees spread across the globe. Unified Communications solutions offer various advantages such as reduced total cost of ownership, reduced travel time and expenses, improved collaboration, and the ability for all employees to connect faster and get more work done.
With advantages like these, it’s clear why companies everywhere are making UC a priority on their technology roadmap.
If you would like to know more about how UC can increase your team's productivity, check out our free webcast entitled Three Ways to Increase Productivity with Unified Communications.
MegaPath Unified Communications offers superior service and a more diverse set of standard features than alternative UC solutions. Our 24/7/365 customer care, self-service management portal, and trouble-free installation make MegaPath a compelling choice for your communications.