IT managers working for an SMB have a tough gig: maximizing the return on every IT dollar spent. With tech budgets shrinking across the nation, there’s an urgent need for every IT product or service a company chooses to deliver higher value at a lower price. Fortunately, this need has resulted in the emergence of a host of cost-effective, productivity-enhancing technologies. Among them, the hosted VoIP phone system leads the charge for smart business communications.
But, if you’re an IT manager, you already knew that. You’ve done your homework. Now it’s time to convince your boss, who may be coming from a different perspective and have different priorities. Here are some tips on how to present a hosted VoIP solution that will get the C-level to sign on the line that is dotted.
1. Easy on Cash Flow
Why not lead with the knock-out punch? Hold the pretty explanations and come out of the gate with the fact that the upfront capital expense of a hosted VoIP PBX is tiny compared to any other professional phone system. For equipment, you’re paying for the cost of your VoIP phones and maybe a couple VoIP routers. There’s no $10k+ box-in-the-wall or clunky on-site server to worry about financing. Hosted VoIP is the professional phone system your boss can afford even if he or she can’t afford a professional phone system.
2. Conserve Your IT Staff Resources
With a managed service like FreedomIQ, you don’t need to squander your precious time wondering what the blinking light on your PBX means. You don’t have to thumb through manuals or search for tech guides online should a phone go on the fritz. Your boss can keep you and your IT staff on business-critical development full-time because you have a hosted VoIP service provider to take care of these things (or prevent them from happening in the first place).
3. No Investment Risk
Remember when we were talking about the minimal investment required (#1) to get hosted VoIP service? Well, not buying that wall switch or server in the first place means you and your boss don’t have to worry about what to do with it a year or two down the road. You know, the time just after its hardware warranty has run out and it’s either a) quickly turning into a steaming pile of junk or b) you’ve outgrown it to the point where it’s practically tinkertoys relative to the needs of your business. Hosted VoIP’s equipment-free nature provides an ease of scalability that saves your boss from the embarrassment of a 4- or 5-figure PBX paperweight.
4. Strong Productivity ROI
Saving money is great, but what about your employees? Won’t somebody think of the employees? Enhanced productivity is where you’ll find that hosted VoIP is no slouch. Even though you’re paying a fraction of the price, you’re getting all of the advanced features and functionality of an enterprise phone system.
You get unlimited local and long distance calling, a professional auto attendant, call forwarding with ACD routing, voicemail service, Internet faxing, web-based settings and call reports – the list goes on. But the real productivity kicker is when you show your boss how FreedomIQ integrates into the programs his or her employees already using, like Outlook and Salesforce CRM. With this feature, FreedomIQ works seamlessly with your existing business environment, helping employees be as efficient as possible.
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