The telecom industry has gone through a number of transformations in recent years. The impact of this innovation has revolutionized how businesses approach communication. However, what hasn’t changed is the need for excellent communication and collaboration tools. The concept of hyperconnectivity has been eagerly adopted by businesses as a way to stay competitive.

Many have taken to cloud-based UC platforms as a way to achieve this higher level of connectivity. UC systems work by integrating applications into a single, seamless interface, which make it ideal for unifying communication efforts. Not to mention, they have also been recognized for their ability to ability to boost business productivity and growth opportunities.

If you’re looking at your current system and feeling underwhelmed by its functionality, consider a UC system. It’s not hard to switch, but one thing you do need is a fast connection and secure network. Make sure to consider if your network is sufficient to support a new UC system. If not, we’ll offer some ways to optimize it.

The quality of your UC platform communication relies heavily on bandwidth speed. Many major internet providers have free speed tests available. You can find them on websites or even apps. Here are  tools you can use to measure your internets speed:

Network congestion is unavoidable for most business, especially with employees downloading and transferring files. The real challenge isn’t how to eliminate network congestion, but rather how to minimize its effects. One of …

The Biggest Mistake Companies Make When They Move Offices

Have you planned everything out for your next office move? Though you’ve doubtless planned your office spaces, acquired new furniture, and notified your customers, there’s one area that many companies consistently ignore — technology. Your organization’s technology needs are likely the backbone of your operations, but the old adage applies: Out of sight, out of mind. You may not have appropriately planned out your space for your tech, and that’s a mistake that could come back to haunt you later.
Checking Wiring
Not all buildings are already wired for the services that you need. Just because a building has Internet service does not mean that it has the connectivity to support high-speed Internet access and VoIP, for instance; you could find yourself investing thousands of dollars in simply getting access to your property. When building out the interior, it’s also easy to forget where the network cables and wiring will need to be run. Each office will need its own telecommunications outlets, and the server room itself will need to be compensated for. Make sure that you’ve created a wiring diagram and ensured that the wiring is available to your unit before you commit to your floor plans.
Getting Utility Quotes
Don’t just assume that services are there — they either may not be available or the cost could be prohibitively high. Getting competing quotes is of critical importance when calculating the cost of moving into a new space. One space may seem more affordable but have a far higher utility cost related …

10 Time Saving Tips for IT Directors

Time, it’s the only asset we can’t seem to get more of. And in the world of IT, you’d probably pay good money to get a little bit more of it. From outages to repairs and system updates and upgrades, the list of tasks can seem endless. Although you may think there’s no way to simplify the situation, there are some timesaving solutions IT Directors can implement to take some pressure of the clock.
Tip #1: Set One Major Goal a Day
Duncan Bannatyne, the Chairman of Bannatyne says, “One major goal at a time is enough. If you try to do too many things at once, you’ll end up failing on several fronts. I try to focus on big decisions and eliminate trivialities.” Start the day putting energy and focus on a single goal, and if you succeed at that, move on to the next project or goal on your list.
Tip #2: Keep Lists
Implement a goal list with that first major goal at the top and the other tasks descending in priority going down the list. After you accomplish your one major goal for the day, you can then establish a new goal based on your prioritized list.
Tip #3: Take Work With You
If your business has not implemented options for working remotely or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), they likely will be soon. Having instant access to email, calendar, voicemail, chat and conferencing can provide a significant increase in productivity. Answering a …

Up to 1GB of Bandwidth within 7 Days, No Smoke or Mirrors Needed

With the advent of the BYOD and the “Internet of Everything”, bandwidth is King. So what do you do when you need more bandwidth? You probably call your local telco person and they provide you with a few quotes from the likes of At&T, Comcast, etc.

According to the yearly statflash by Vertical Systems Group, metro fiber passed the 40% threshold this year. Fiber penetration into commercial buildings with 20+ employees has now reached 42.5%, moving up strongly from 39.3% last year. Five years ago, the figure stood at 22.9% of such buildings, a number which we may even officially double in 2016. Of course, that still means that 57.5% of those buildings still get their bandwidth from the likes of copper and occasionally microwave. The penetration rate is much higher in large cities, but rather lower when you get out into less populated areas.

If you have ever ordered bandwidth or changed your carrier, you know this is not a quick process, often taking six months to fully deploy. What if you do not have six months? Enter 123Net Metro Wireless solution. 123Net is the largest provider in Michigan for High Speed Fixed wireless. 123Net’s SLA for this product is the exact same as the SLA’s for fiber, so please do not think the quality will suffer.

Below are a few of the Highlights

Speeds of up to 1 Gbps over secure, fixed wireless links
Fast installation turnaround of 7-14 days
Low installation and …