The Model for a Successful Enterprise Today Includes Embracing the Cloud

Enterprises gain agility and the ability to scale up and down with an investment in the cloud.Enterprises of the 20th century were accustomed to housing their infrastructure onsite, managing all aspects of IT and navigating changes in the market gradually. As cloud solutions become more widespread, it will help level the playing field and allow smaller, more agile companies to edge out bigger, lumbering enterprises.

CIOs are seeing the benefits of paying a subscription fee rather than investing in a big hardware spend. The frequent updates and advances in software applications mean that cloud solutions make sense for enterprises that want to stay competitive both in efficiency and in the customer experience.

Scalability is leveling the playing field. It used to be that only the biggest enterprises could enjoy the advantages of the best software, but subscriptions make it easy for small- and mid-size companies to access the same tools large enterprises are using. For any size business, subscriptions make a team more agile, able to scale up or down based on changes in the marketplace.

Enterprises — the finance department, in particular — love the subscription model of cloud options because the investment can be categorized as an operational expense, rather than a capital investment. The ability to scale up or down also lowers the fixed costs of the enterprise and makes it easier to adjust spending to accommodate demand.

Everything as a Service (XaaS) is now an option. While Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) have been in use for a long time, the growing service industry is also allowing for the growth of other service areas, including security management and managed services. The XaaS mindset is dominating conversations about digital transformation as executives weigh the benefits of housing more of their IT management with service providers.

The service economy has plenty of room for growth. The market is just entering a shift from “procure and maintain” to a full-service economy. Enterprises are embarking on plans to embrace XaaS models of completing business processes, but there is a lot of opportunity for service providers to capture growth in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Big Data analytics.

The shift to the service economy is evident across a variety of industries. Examples like car-sharing or pay-by-the-hour jet rental can be compared with companies in the financial arena sharing data management services.

If you’d like to capture new opportunities in the service economy, Focal Solutionscan help you. When you choose Focal Solutions as your trusted telecom partner, you are choosing to extend the range and value of your own IT team. Contact us today to learn more.

SIP Trunking: Strengthen Networks and Enterprise Communications

shutterstock_162985193Session Internet Protocol (SIP) Trunking is the best way to save money on local and long distance calls, broadband DSL, cable, Ethernet, mobile, and a host of other data, voice, and cloud services for businesses.

What SIP technology does is effectively consolidate plain old telephone service (POTS), hosted VoIP, mobile, wireless broadband services, and more. Providers typically offer it as part of a bundled communications plan to call centers and multi-location businesses.

SIP Provider Best Practices

When selecting a SIP provider, businesses should be certain that they never compromise data and can deliver on the promise of Unified Communications (UC). It’s also important that the provider offer a customer service crew for ongoing 24/7 technical support.

Overall, make sure that providers offer these features:

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  • Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SRTP)
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Better Business Security

When it comes to protection, SIP supports security processes. SIP authenticates and encrypts business communications with TLS for heightened protection and privacy. That benefit alone affords one of the the greatest precautions available from hackers and other cyber assaults, like denial of service (DoS) attacks and message tampering.

Call Centers and Multi-location Businesses Reduce Operating Costs

Organizations with premise-based IP PBX systems can use SIP Trunking to help their enterprise achieve:

  • Cost savings through a secure cloud-based solution
  • Improved phone system security
  • Comprehensive VoIP service offerings
  • Improved sound quality
  • Unified communication

SIP Trunking can unify the data traffic flow from an organization’s communications systems to consolidate:

  • Regular landline wired phones
  • Ethernet networks
  • PBX
  • Mobile phones
  • Wireless broadband

Strengthen Networks With SIP Trunking

From Ethernet interoperability to multi-platform mobile support, SIP Trunking is the missing link in communications networks. It brings together the most sophisticated security, business, and enterprise communications protocols for seamless virtual networking. And businesses that deploy SIP Trunking are sure to enhance their communications like never before.