It can be difficult for companies to balance business goals with corporate responsibility in a post-recession era. As lean operations become the norm, organizations are in a continuous struggle to do more with less, all without leaving a lasting impact on the world around them. But there are ways to harness the power of the internet to get more done while saving money and conserving resources.
Going Green With VoIP Configuration/Setup
When companies take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, they typically think of making sweeping changes to supply chain management or undertaking major retrofitting projects. Large-scale green initiatives like these require a significant commitment of time and a significant output of resources. But there are other “green” changes that companies can make to reduce emissions and reduce expenses at the same time.
One such change involves switching from a traditional phone system to an internet-based communications systems. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems transmit telephone calls over the internet. Because VoIP systems utilize the power of the internet, telephone systems consume fewer resources and are able to deliver advanced calling features for less money.
VoIP Configuration and Setup for Green Companies
When you’ve decided that a VoIP system is in line with your business goals and green initiatives, it’s time to move on to configuration and set up. In order to get your company started, here’s what you’ll need:
A VoIP provider. While is it entirely possible to set up an internal VoIP system on your own, you need to select a provider in order to place and receive outside calls. Your VoIP provider will act as your new “phone company.” They will be a guiding force as you handle your VoIP configuration and setup.
High-bandwidth internet connection. Your broadband system will need to support the increased strain of a phone system. The more call volume your business experiences, the higher the bandwidth you’ll need. Your VoIP provider can help you determine whether or not you currently have enough bandwidth to support the expansion, of if you’ll need an upgrade before moving forward.
Reliable wired Ethernet router. The options for Ethernet routers are endless, but if your staff will be working remotely, be sure to choose a VPN router with strong concurrent connection volume. Consult with your VoIP provider if you need help choosing a router.
A PBX server. This is just a matter of designating a computer to act as the PBX server, the computer that will route and switch phone calls. If your organization is small, a modest computer will work just fine, but larger companies should invest in a more powerful server.
PBX server software. This is the nerve center of your new phone network. When you choose a VoIP provider, they will be able to help you select the right software for your communications system.
IP Phones. Traditional handsets for hard line phone systems will not work on a VoIP network. Your company will need to purchase IP phones for the new system. There are millions of options, so be sure to choose phones that are compatible with your PBX server, and that have all of the features your employees require to conduct day-to-day business.
Before settling on a VoIP provider, always conduct thorough research in order to choose a company whose philosophies and services match your organization’s goals and needs. A solid provider will be able to answer your questions every step of the way, and can guide you through the VoIP configuration and setup process. Choosing the right VoIP partner can ensure a smooth transition from traditional phone lines to a cost-saving and emissions-reducing virtual phone system.