Inflow designs and implements a world-class ShoreTel Unified Communications system for Traeger Grills

Inflow Communications has recently completed the ShoreTel phone system implementation for Traeger grills. The project involved designing and implementing a VOIP-ready network, installing ShoreTel at their corporate offices located in Wilsonville, and deploying IP handsets to their remote offices throughout the country.

High Definition Video Conferencing over Clear Wireless?

Okay, so this isn’t best practices by any means. That being said, Inflow Communications recently conducted a ShoreTel and Lifesize video conferencing “Lunch and learn” at the Portland City Grill. As we do in all our Lunch and Learns, we discussed ShoreTel and video conferencing technology and gave real-world demonstrations. The problem? We couldn’t get their IT staff to cooperate with us in regards to configuring their firewall to allow certain TCP and UDP ports for our video conferencing / Lifesize equipment.

How does ShoreTel stay ahead of Research and Development – a CONSTANT frustration to their larger competitors?

It’s simple. They follow the same philosophy Inflow Communications does – focus on a core competency and become very good at it. Let me explain:

The business phone system line provider

We’ve already compared two of the three components of a successful VoIP phone system / Unified Communications deployment; the vendor and the actual VoIP phone system equipment and technology. This blog will cover the third, the carrier. Like phone system / Unified Communications vendors and the actual VoIP phone system equipment, there are traditional carriers and next-generation carriers.

Traditional phone system purchase versus a managed phone system offerings:

We’ve posted a few blogs this month regarding the traditional model of purchasing technology and services versus a more forward thinking model – managed. Generally, the following points apply:

Business Phone System Vendors, a Comparison of Old and New

In a continuation from my last blog, I now want to compare the legacy business telephone vendor model and the new Unified Communications /VOIP phone system Vendor partnership (as reflected in Inflow Communications model). Note that I’m only generalizing here, but those who have experienced both can understand.

The new era of business phone systems, vendors, and trunking providers – a comparison between yesterday’s model and today

Inflow Communications takes a unique approach to providing business phone system and Unified Communications for our clients. Without rambling on in sales-speak and talking about our wonderful products and services (ShoreTel being our flagship product), I’ll present a comparison between the traditional phone system equipment, carrier, and vendor model and today’s VOIP phone system models – the ones you should demand. I’ll break this up into three different sections over a few days.

VOIP Advantages and Disadvantages

VOIP phone systems, IP Telephony, SIP Trunking – this is the absolute core of our business. We’re heavily focused on providing VOIP solutions like ShoreTel and Allworx to our customers in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Wasington and the Bay Area.

Why VoIP is the Right choice for Small Business Phone Systems?

Regardless of your organization’s employee count, number of locations, and budget, VoIP is the absolute right choice for small business phone systems. There are a number of reasons why a small business might be looking to upgrade, migrate, or purchase their first phone system. Either way, a small business should only be looking into a VoIP system. Do NOT purchase a digital or a hybrid system (digital system with some VoIP capabilities). Why? Many reasons:

A Definition of VOIP:

Voice over IP (VoIP) is a general term for a family of transmission technologies for delivery of voice communications over IP networks such as the Internet or other packet-switched networks.

Integrating ShoreTel Unified Communications Platform with Microsoft OCS

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So the 10,000 pound elephant in the Unified Communications room is Microsoft and their Office Communications Server (OCS). Between their OCS and Exchange platforms, they are now providing IP telephony, Integrating Messaging, conferencing, voicemail, and presence capabilities. Organizations can acquire this functionality via Microsoft’s standard Client Access License (CAL) model.

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