Education IT News For VARs — July 29, 2014

Education continually benefits from technological advancements from school security to maintaining the arts in the classroom. Data fuels the fire as Kansas keeps the school reports private and school administrators and teachers are trained.

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You Never Get A Second Chance: Onboarding Your New Employees

You’ve hired a new employee: congratulations!  It took hours of work and lots of expense to make that happen, and your team is relieved to know help is on the way. The new employee is excited too. They show up on day one, ready and eager to begin the next chapter of their working lives. But there’s just one problem: nothing was prepared. The receptionist doesn’t know who they are; their manager isn’t at that location; and they have no desk, computer or phone. At this point they are beginning to think they may have made a bad choice. 

The Future Of The SIP Phone Is Strong

Some software vendors and communications pundits are predicting the demise of the hard phone, including SIP phones. This appears to be inaccurate hype to bolster their SIP softphone license sales. A recent blog “SIP Phone Market Can Support More Manufacturers” points out several opposing arguments. SIP phone sales are expected to increase with more SIP phone models and manufacturers entering the market.

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What is a SIP Phone? Manufacturers, vendors and service providers describe the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as if it were the foremost technical solution for Voice over IP (VoIP). It does have numerous benefits; SIP brings enhanced VoIP and powers other technologies such as SIP phones and SIP trunks. Understanding SIP and the uses for business allows users to make the greatest gains.

Selecting The Right SIP Phone For Your IP PBX

There are many Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) phones on the market manufactured by IP PBX vendors and third parties. Selecting the best phone for your use is both a technical and a business decision. The selection process starts with the choice of SIP phones based on technical requirements. Once the SIP phones have been selected, possibly from more than one manufacturer, then the manufacturer’s geographic coverage, sales channels and financial strength will narrow down the potential choices.

Improving The Audio Conference Experience

We have all attended conference calls where you can’t hear well, the meeting is disorganized or people are not engaged. Selecting the best technology, combined with an effective moderator and cooperative attendees, can make all the difference. Here are some recommendations that can help deliver effective and productive conference calls.

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