Unified communications (UC) with IP telephony can transform your business. But what you don’t want is a hefty price tag attached.
Instead, you need a low total cost of ownership (TCO). This should take account of all costs over the system’s life cycle, including acquisition, deployment and maintenance.
Unified Communications Strategy
For many businesses, a UC strategy is vital. To remain competitive, you need a flexible, cost-effective approach to managing communications. You also want to make the best use of technology.
IP telephony is the basis for a successful UC strategy. But you don’t want to deal with unwanted expenses further down the line. After all, technology changes rapidly. This is why ShoreTel’s UC offering from top ICT Solutions provider Proximity Communications, with the lowest TCO in the IP UC industry, is such an attractive proposition.
Total Cost of Ownership
The TCO approach is subtler than a simple reliance on price. It allows for:
• The wider financial impact on a business
• The operational economics of a new product
• Cost-effectiveness and productivity benefits over a period of time
UC solutions, with their emphasis on technological advantage, cost-cutting and flexibility, are ideal for TCO analysis. The UC industry is adopting TCO as the main criteria for promoting its solutions. And within this industry, ShoreTel is proving to be the cheapest and the best.
For each of its UC solutions, ShoreTel includes the following costs.
• Planning and installation
• Upgrade of network
• Training and support
• Software upgrades
• System management
• Ongoing network costs
• Downtime costs
• Moves, additions and changes (MAC)
• Charges for long distance calls
• Energy use and carbon footprint
These cover capital and long-term operational costs.
Direct TCO Comparison
A 10-year cost analysis of the major UC system sellers shows ShoreTel to have the lowest TCO. TDM, Cisco, Nortel and Mitel offer more expensive options.
For example, the ShoreTel TCO is 12.25% less than Mitel, its nearest rival in TCO terms, and 43.55% less than TDM.
With ShoreTel, you get a proven TCO advantage. You also have a high-quality product.
What lies behind both is the company’s unique software and call routing architecture. These enable ShoreTel to offer you lower costs for each TCO component.
UC with IP telephony can give you a competitive edge. You can increase this edge further with ShoreTel’s guarantee of a low TCO. For any business, IP UC with the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry has to be worth investigating.
Proximity Communications is also able to offer payment options at lowest ever pricing! For more information or for a free demo contact Proximity on 0845 372 9010.