Business Telephone Systems

Making the Decision-VoIp Versus Landlines

on October 10, 2018 No comments

 

Landline versus VoIP phone system. Which one should you choose? It’s a difficult choice, but if we put in into perspective, it’s like choosing between a classic car and a newer one. A classic car has a history of performance, it’s a known entity. Business PBX systems have been around since forever. The issue is this, will they still be around as your company grows and expands? The answer is, probably not.

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It’s Important To Have a Tech Plan For Your Buisness

on September 18, 2018 No comments

Do you have a tech plan for your business?  At Unified Technology Solutions we are happy,make that eager, to assist growing companies, or startup companies or companies of any shape and size, to create a workable, scalable technology plan. If you have ever read our blog or taken a look at our Facebook page, you already know that we advocate for working with IT professionals to configure your network, phone system, servers before you spend thousands of dollars on systems that may not be right for your computing needs.

We also help companies with Cloud Migration, anti virus software, security and mail servers. I think you probably get the idea by now, but some of you may still be skeptical. To help convince you, I would like to share an article I came across:

David Rabin, guest writer for entrepreneur.com

“1. Make a plan and map your milestones.

Startups and SMBs celebrate the drama of the business plan but can turn a blind eye to its corollary, the technology plan. Every good business plan needs a tech plan, too.

The best way to plan office technology is around business milestones. What infrastructure will you need when you reach 10 employees, or 100? Ten million in revenues, or $100 million? Technology use tracks closely with headcount and revenue generation. Both of these indices are a starting point to help project your future tech needs….

2. Recognize the strategic value.

Startups and small businesses generally focus on investors, customers and cash flow, and can often treat office tech as an afterthought, or simply an expense.

That won’t cut it in today’s hiring environment. More than half of millennials say office technology is important in deciding where they’ll work, according to a recent PwC study. In their personal lives, they’re used to investing their own money on really good tech — the latest phone, tablet or TV — so understandably they expect the same from their employers.

Office tech is a key strategic investment. It goes beyond functionality, as important as that is, and increasingly reflects the caliber of your brand, the appeal of your workplace, and whether your business is truly future-facing.

3. Benchmark against your physical space.

Real estate is usually a company’s greatest expense. The kind of space you have and how your people interact with it is the biggest factor in how you’ll be using technology both this week and next year.  Real estate is also more fluid today than ever, constantly transforming, with more variants than ever – everything from open floor plans, to telecommuting, to hoteling, which eliminates assigned seating and lets everyone just perch where they want.

Making a precise, in-depth inventory of your real estate needs is key. Does your floor plan have offices with doors? Is it mostly unassigned workstations? How many of your people telecommute? Whatever your footprint, you’ll need the right technology tools to deliver what your people actually use. Balancing real estate with IT is a tough trick, but the time spent cracking this part of the code will pay major dividends down the road.

4. Set some rules and follow them.

These days, most everyone is a technology expert, at least in terms of what they know and like. Every company has one person or more who can’t live without their personal laptop and expect the company’s network to configure around it. There’s a fine line, however, between flexibility and dysfunction.

Big companies have IT standards for a reason – it’s unmanageable without them. Small companies that delay implementing standards run the risk of becoming franken-techs. The monitors bought on eBay, the laptop on sale at Best Buy, may make sense at the time but can add up to compromised performance. When it’s time to scale, you’ll likely have to rip out the gear that once seemed such a good value and start over…”

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To read the rest of the post, head on over to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318641

 

 

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Business Computers

on June 14, 2018 No comments

Unified Technology Solutions is your GO TO Vendor for the purchase of desktops, laptops and servers you need to keep your business running. We have been around for several years now and you can ask anyone who has worked with us if we know our tech. They will say yes.

I would like to let you in on a little secret though. We also sell computers, phone systems and servers  to businesses. In fact, we are always just a little worried when we have to try to set up and entire network from with someone’s off the shelf computers.

It’s important to know that while the big box stores may have a few models of different brands of computers on their shelves, not all of those computers are configured to serve you well over time. Business owners are often tempted to buy the most economical systems when they are on the hunt for a desktop or laptop, but purchasing a computer that can’t take the wear and tear of a device which is being used all day every day can be a waste of your valuable funds.

Purchasing a computer that can take the punishment and can be upgraded or repaired as things wear out, and have the computing power to handle the business software which is so important to running your company is something we understand. Please, give us a call before you head out to purchase any electronics for your business.

What else is it that we do besides sell computers or repair your broken PC’s? Well, we have our Help Desk services you can sign up for, so that when there is a system problem help is there to walk you through the problem.

UTS has great network support as well. If you need more computing power to run your network, we have servers which can take care of that. We are your business computer company here in Vero Beach and the surrounding cities. We also set up the all important back up and can move much of your data storage to the Cloud. VoIp phone systems are another tool we can use to make your operation run smoothly.

Give us a call..let’a have a talk about your business computing needs..

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Working Smarter Not Harder

on April 23, 2018 No comments

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American culture has for years embraced the notion that the more hours you work, the more effective you are. There are studies out now which dispute that fact. According to Lou Babuaata of Zen Habits, prioritizing your Most important tasks. Then get those done first thing in the morning and move on with all of the other work that pops into your life during the day. This is the best way to be productive. Any number of hours we work in a week that surpasses 55 hours is mostly a waste of our time. The longer we work, the less productive we become. We can now say that’s a fact.

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Advantage of VoIP Versus Land Lines

on February 15, 2018 No comments

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Unified Technology Solutions installs and maintains VoIP phone systems for companies from Indian River County to surrounding counties. VoIP gives companies the flexibility to have multiple lines without the hassle of installing physical phone lines. We have long been proponents of this type of phone system vs the standard land lines from that big company who shall not be named.

What are some reasons why VoIp have become a popular alternative to old fashioned PBX and Landlines?

“Why Choose VoIP Phone Service for Your Business?

Many VoIP services have the same quality and reliability you expect from your phone company, but they cost less and offer more features. VoIP services often have better international rates and can be used on cordless phones, computers, smartphones or tablets so you can reach clients and coworkers. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dropped calls. VoIP services give you a lot of flexibility: You can direct your voicemails to your email, use a mobile app that lets you use your smartphone like your office phone, plus you can forward calls from your office to any device, including a desktop or laptop computer…..”

“VoIP vs. PBX Systems

PBX, private branch exchange, systems are traditional business phone systems. These analog exchanges consist of physical equipment hosted in your office that connects your internal lines to external phone lines. PBX is a reliable phone system for your office, but the costs are much greater than a VoIP phone service’s costs. VoIP services use software and are typically hosted in the cloud, so there is usually no hardware to purchase, install or maintain.

While VoIP systems are typically just as reliable as PBX systems, they rely on your internet connection. That means if you ever have a power outage that leaves you without internet, your phone lines will also be down. However, you can still access your VoIP account from a mobile device, if it has a data plan.

Which VoIP Phone System is Best for You?

When choosing the best VoIP service for your business, consider your budget, the size and type of your company, and what your calling needs are. Maybe add-on features will be the determining factor in your decision. For example, some VoIP services provide video conferencing in addition to phone capabilities, which is useful if you have multiple offices or remote employees.”  From Business.com   BY CHAD BROOKS

Should you have a case where your company is growing by leaps and bounds, but you don’t have office space for all the new hires, then a VoIp system will be invaluable. You can set the system up so that employees working remotely will appear to be sitting right there in your office building. In the case where you have plenty of room, but the nature of your work keeps certain people out in the field most of the time, then the ability to interface with tablets and smart phones is one your company will need.

Still not sure you want to cut the cord? Give us a call and we can have a chat about the right option for your business.

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Top Tech Trends for 2018

on January 18, 2018 No comments

With breakthroughs for promising technology on the horizon, pleasant surprises such as the emergence of blockchain are piquing the interest of those interested in the shift to a digital currency. As we cross the threshold into the new year, let’s take a look at what the technological terrain will look like in 2018.

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Changing the Way Business is Done

on January 9, 2018 No comments

 

Ten years ago, consumers began to tire of the old way of doing business. Being force fed a steady diet of overly zealous commercials imploring consumers to use a product or service were largely being ignored. Company’s like Ford understood this more quickly than others, when targeting the younger audiences, and instead of commercials they did something radical.

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Information Technology and the End User

on November 29, 2017 No comments

 

IT was long the realm of the Information management department and it’s people. With the advances in Mobile technology and portability, that monopoly has begun to fray around the edges. Today, more of the IT decisions are being driven by the people who actually use the software and the devices in their work for the company. In our line of work, all too often  we see the frustration when the software used for different applications within companies are data processing friendly and highly end-user UNfriendly. The good news is software and hardware companies are getting the point and the end-user is no longer in the mystery realm, they know how to use their smart phones and tablets. If they don’t like the software they’re being forced to use, they will go find something which works for them and simply work around management to get their work done. 

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Laptop News

on October 9, 2017 No comments
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New, sleeker laptop announcement from HP

 

Laptops. On the one hand they provide us with the flexibility to take our work with us. On the other hand, they are much more fragile than a desktop, often times they are slower than a desktop, and most people don’t drop their desktops. Laptops and cracked screens are practically synonymous.

For a while it seemed like innovation in the laptop segment in the market had stalled. However, lately, I have seen the offerings in the laptop arena are getting better. Microsoft Surface was lovely to look at when it was first released, and for some applications, it well outperformed  some of the other offerings on the market. HP had a good reputation for a time, but then their laptops began to garner less than stellar reviews. It looks like they are set to redeem themselves with a new line of high-end laptop/tablets which are positioned to give the Microsoft Surface a run for it’s money

Larry Dignan for Between the lines had this to say about the new Spectre Line:

“HP calls the second-generation Spectre 13 the thinnest touch laptop and added an integrated privacy screen for the Spectre x360 13. CNETHP Spectre x360 has instant privacy screen, 10-hour battery, good for long flights

HP outlines new business PCs, targets smart office, collaboration | HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

Among the key points:

  • Both laptops have the 8th generation Intel Core processor.
  • The HP Spectre 13 is built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber and comes in ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to 4K high resolution displays.
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD and memory up to 16GB.
  • And up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
  • The HP Spectre x360 has a battery life up to 16.5 hours and comes in natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents.
  • Up to the same resolution, storage and memory options as the HP Spectre 13.
  • A Windows Ink Certified pen.
  • And an integrated privacy screen.
According to HP, the Spectre 13 will be available Oct. 29 starting at $1,299.99 and the Spectre x360 will run you $1,149.99.”
It will be interesting to read the reviews once the product is actually released. Some of the early reviews are saying that while HP has managed to clean up issues from the past,  delivering a sleek, state of the art product, they are holding their opinions for the time being. Once it’s fully released we will see how it holds up and performs in the real world.
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Switching to a VOIP Phone System

on May 2, 2017 No comments

 

VOIP phone systems for business in Vero Beach, FL

When your company uses landlines, the ability to be mobile is restricted. The ability to add lines and upgrade features is limited. The ability to integrate the company Smart Phones is limited. When you install a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) System all of those limitations and restrictions disappear. And, it’s less expensive. 

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