Cutting the Cost of Mobility

Spending on mobile devices and communications is growing as more and more people demand anytime-anywhere access to each other.  Consider this: while economic data shows personal consumption expenditures from 2007 to 2010 (including the heart of the economic turndown) slowed to a modest 2.9 percent growth, spending on mobile devices increased at a 17 percent rate. The growing cost of mobility is getting the attention of anyone who worries about budgets, as well it should.

In business, it’s estimated that well over half of all mobile minute usage occurs within the halls and walls of the enterprise, where alternate solutions exist and where a user’s desk phone may be only a couple of feet away.

So what can enterprises do to embrace mobility and take advantage of the productivity benefits it brings without incurring the high costs? For small and growing businesses, Avaya IP Office offers a number of options for better managing your company’s mobile phone charges:

  • Avaya IP Office allows you to handle incoming mobile calls on landline phones. You can pre-configure the system to push the mobile call to a ‘free’ landline phone in real time.
  • Avaya IP Office allows you to eliminate redundant services (e.g., mobile voicemail, conferencing services or text messaging) because you can get these capabilities through IP Office.
  • IP Office makes it easy for employees to ‘business-enable’ their personal phones if and when required. No client needs to be downloaded; you can simply enlist your personal device for business use when needed (e.g., to use enterprise dialing or search the corporate directory). The business does not have to pay for the cost of the mobile device and the user gets to keep their preferred device.
  • Many enterprises have Wi-Fi or WLAN networks allowing employees to stay mobile within their workplace. Wi-Fi hotspots are also commonplace in many public places such as airports, hotels, coffee shops, etc. the user can move all communications over Wi-Fi. For a business traveler, this can result in large savings.

The Agency Group, a global talent agency with offices in the U.S, Canada and Europe recently implemented a mobility solution using Avaya IP Office and chalked up savings of around $50,000 a year. See the video at http://bit.ly/qGYytO)

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About Vic Levinson
Telecommunications and IT professional with over 20 years experience in Business Telecommunications. Specializing in voice over IP (VoIP) for business: hosted VoIP, business VoIP phone systems, SIP providers, carriers, T1's - the works. Founded Prime Telecommunications in 1993 and providing business communications solutions. Cloud Applications- everything from hosted network security, hosted Disaster Recovery, hosted printer management, data centers and colocation solutions for businesses.

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