Case Study – Green is the Color of Money

Today, we are continuing our focus this week on how we have assisted businesses in moving away from on-premise PBX system to the cloud. Today we highlight The Christensen Group, an entity in Boise, Idaho that manages the most technologically advanced buildings in Idaho – The Banner Building. A real story, with real people and real-time application of cloud-hosted technology.

 

Situation: Decade-old, on-premise PBX that is shared with tenants in the building was becoming harder to manage and the costs were escalating. Christensen was looking for alternative offerings for their customers that leveraged their shared broadband access but no longer required them to maintain and manage the PBX.

 

Solution: Soteria offered a cloud-based hosted VoIP solution including phones, fax, conference room, and lobby phone options for building tenants.

 

Results: Tenants liked the plug-and-play aspect and the cost point of the Soteria solution. Provisioned on-line, the phones arrived on location ready to be plugged-in and deployed. The customization that could be done quickly – from programming the auto-attendant, to setting-up hunt groups, call forwarding, mobile integration, and bringing over existing numbers – were all important features for building tenants.

 

The Banner Bank Building is an amazing example of “green” architecture (click for more information) and now the tenants there have an amazing hosted PBX, powered by Soteria’s uConnect.

 

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Case Study – Gold at the End of the Rainbow

We are continuing our focus this week on how we have assisted businesses in moving away from an on-premise PBX system to the cloud. Today we highlight Camp Rainbow Gold, a non-profit in Boise Idaho that helps families deal with childhood cancer. A real story, with real people and real-time application of cloud-hosted technology.

 

Situation: separating from the American Cancer Society, Camp Rainbow Gold needed a new office and a new phone system. Being a not-for-profit, cost was an important factor in their decision. With offices in Boise, ID and another in Ketchum, Idaho, there was also distance to consider as well as having a system that is able to answer and direct calls 24×7.

 

Solution: Soteria utilized a cloud-based hosted VoIP solution in conjunction with Meraki cloud-based networking.

 

Results: Soteria was able to deliver a hosted VoIP system that allowed each individual to be represented to callers via a unique greeting as well as greetings on in-bound calls to match regular hours, off-hours, and holidays. Soteria also incorporated a cloud-based Meraki firewall (MX60W) that allows us full-access to their network remotely as well as shaping broadband traffic and guaranteeing voice quality.

When the Ketchum office needed connectivity, they were added to the cloud-based system and integrated with Boise overnight. With four digit dialing between the sites, allowing others to cover unanswered calls while being two-hundred miles away, and having simultaneous ringing on two phones for inbound calls were all features that created value for CRG.

 

Camp Rainbow Gold is an amazing customer: not because they are our customer; rather, because of the mission they have in our world. They provide camps for kids stricken with cancer as well as resources for siblings and parents in coping with this awful disease.  Please consider supporting this great cause – https://camprainbowgold.org/donate/

 

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Case Study – Configured for Community

 

Today, we are continuing our focus this week on how we have assisted businesses in moving away from on-premise PBX system to the cloud. Today we highlight Boise First Community Center that has activities happening in their building 7 days a week. A real story, with real people and real-time application of cloud-hosted technology.

 

Situation: an existing on-premise 25-year old AT&T PBX, with parts failing and very limited access for reeplacements. As a non-profit entity, the cost of replacing the unit with another on-premise PBX that fit their needs was in the 10’s of thousands of dollars. The church is also a “community center”, catering to other not-for-profits during the week while still functioning as a mainstream religious denomination.

The customer needed a solution that allowed for directing and capturing calls that could not be answered both in- and out-of-hours, ability to attach multi-function analog printers/copiers, have public-accessible phones in common spaces, delineate multiple entities under one system (library, pre-school and church) and handle faxing.

 

Solution: Soteria utilized cloud-based hosted VoIP solution with Cisco ATA’s in conjunction with Meraki cloud-based networking.

 

Results: Soteria was able to shape the customer’s broadband traffic via Meraki firewall and integrate a 100% cloud-based VoIP system. With the customized auto-attendant capability, Boise First was able to route call traffic and change messaging on demand. For the multi-function printers, Soteria was able to replace the analog landline connection with a Cisco ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) and make the system cloud-connected.

 

Overall, Boise First was able to forego spending thousands of dollars in capital acquisition as well as years of on-going maintenance and support costs for a new on-premise PBX. They are also able to customize the system via the customer portal and configure their phone system as they need, when they need.

 

Interested in seeing what a cloud-based phone system can do for you? Contact us and let’s find out!

 

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Case Study – Call Center Anyone?

This week I want to spend my blog time talking about our most valuable asset – our customers. How they are utilizing our services – especially hosted VoIP – tells a more complete story than just talking about features and capabilities. Real stories, real people, real application.

 

Situation: existing on-premise Avaya PBX, older, out of maintenance, escalating support costs. Small business, large customer base, looking for a solution that allows for a high volume of calls, scalable, ability to port numerous local and toll-free numbers as well as the ability to interface with an on-premise IVR (Interactive Voice Response system.)

 

Solution: Soteria utilized cloud-based hosted VoIP solution in conjunction with Meraki cloud-based networking.

 

Results: the call center is fully integrated with 100% cloud-based VoIP and running a call volume of 10’s of thousands of minutes per week. More importantly, Soteria was able to integrate the IVR system which allows call routing from the IVR to agents, and/or to provide on-system information which cuts labor costs significantly.

 

Overall, the IT budget spent on telephony has been reduced over 30% in just one year. Soteria has also worked with the customer on other cloud-based offering for mail, back-up and continues to provide network monitoring and reporting via Meraki.

 

What can we do for you? Contact us and let’s find out!

 

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uConnect – How Are You “Operating”?

 

At the advent of the telephone, connecting two parties was a manual process. A wire would run from each home to a central office, and when a party wanted to talk to another, the Operators would “make a connection.”

 

Later, machines would take over this function, replacing rooms of operators with rooms of machines. Eventually, even homes and businesses had their own systems on-premise to handle multiple lines and other functions like voice-mail, conferencing, etc.

 

Today, with the advent of cloud-based telephony, making connections has never been simpler, more powerful or more cost-effective. Businesses now have the capability to make connections with customers, prospects and vendors and look like a Fortune 50 company doing it (AND without the cost!)

 

One of the projects Soteria engaged in in 2014 was talking a spin-off from a Fortune 100 company and helping them quickly and efficiently move small offices and remote users to a cloud-hosted PBX system. Set-up and provisioned with enterprise-quality features in a matter of days – all with low, per-user, per month pricing and no contract.

 

No Operators, no equipment, just connection!

 

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