Managed VoIP Services: Some Points for Easy Transition

By: Kristen

Many a times it becomes rather difficult for large corporations as well as small and medium businesses to invest resources in terms of time and money for hands-on management of their communication needs. Even after the decision to switch to VoIP is taken, the corporate users face a dilemma. They have to decide on whether to take the help of qualified professionals to facilitate the transition or whether they should 'go it alone.'

More often than not, SMBs tend to go for managed VoIP services, while making the transition to VoIP. These services are reliable and hassle-free. Moreover, corporate users can depend on these services for a comprehensive solution to all their communication requirements.

The voice applications of many a large corporation going for this change from PSTN services to managed services are mission critical in nature. Therefore, certain guidelines need to be followed for the successful implementation of managed VoIP. The managed services provider should be able to deliver the best voice over IP services viz-z-viz the needs and requirements of the business users. The corporate clients should keep their focus on the

1.Type of VoIP services that are available and the flexibility that these services entail. The managed services provider should be competent enough to tackle these two factors.
2.Financial stability of the service provider,
3.Availability of resources such as hosted VoIP switches and managed services solution on demand,
4.Futuristic approach of the service provider towards the long term goals of the company wanting the change,
5.Assessment of the network management capabilities of the SMBs and other organizations.

Only after the SMBs and the organisations wanting the switch are fully satisfied at all these counts-a agreement should be made. The relationship between the managed service provider and users should be one of trust.

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