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Telephone System Configuration Support Before Christmas

Customer Service Announcement:

Customers who need help with their Mitel telephone system configuration or out of office messages to reflect their operational hours over Christmas period, please contact our dedicated service team before Wednesday 19th of December 2018 to request help.

You can submit your request either by emailing our dedicated service team at support@4sightcomms.com or by visiting our customer support portal

Mitel System Support Services

4Sight provides maintenance and support services for all Mitel products and solutions with 24/7 365 UK coverage. To find out more about our Mitel System Support Services click here.

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Mitel MiCollab Release 8.1

4Sight is pleased to announce the General Availability of the MiCollab Release 8.1. MiCollab Release 8.1 focuses on enhancing the overall user experience of our suite of Next Generation clients and simplifying how employees talk, chat, meet and share information with others throughout their workday.

MiCollab Release 8.1 focuses on enhancing the overall user experience of our suite of Next Generation clients. Listening to user feedback – internal and external – MiCollab Release 8.1 was designed to improve how employees talk, chat, meet and share information with others throughout their workday, make the communications and collaboration experience for customers’ more seamless, and enhance their ability to work effectively from anywhere, at any time.

The core enhancements to MiCollab include:

User Experience Improvements
• Improved presence presentation
• Multi-call handling
• Contact Group handling, UI layout changes, & right click
• Media Device selection
• Ad-hoc Meeting escalation embedded throughout desktop-based clients
• AWV Web improvements, Audio callback, and Roll call

Fixed Mobile Convergence:
• Call Through
• Inbound call optimization for iOS
• Full Take Call feature

Management & Security Improvements:
• General Security updates
• Next Gen PC client Virtual Desktop support
• MiShare Auto update

MiContact Center Business integration (MiCollab 8.1 SP1):
• ACD Softphone (SIP) support with MiContact Center Business Ignite Client

Microsoft Skype for Business integration (MiCollab 8.1 SP1):
• New client integration with full Skype for Business user experience
• Outlook integration
• Skype for Business UCC Bundle

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What’s new in MiContact Center Business 9.1

The Release 9.1 Web Ignite client has been enhanced to support the following features and functionality previously only available in Desktop Ignite:

  • Supervised transfers
  • Conference
  • Blind transfer to voicemail
  • Request help
  • Agent greetings
  • Inbox grid detailed view

In addition to the Desktop Ignite feature parity improvements, Release 9.1 also introduces the following exciting new features to Web Ignite:

  • Tabbed, embedded URL screen pop – pass URL-based Web content directly to agents using Web Ignite or pop out content directly from the agent interface.
  • Advanced search – by case record, state of the case, media, date/range, subject, from address, queue, employee, time in state, and standardized search operators.
  • Response templates – add custom variables to reply templates based on workflow collected data and create personalized reply templates from Web Ignite’s Tools tab.
  • Outbound Calling Line Identification Presentation (CLIP) – leveraging YourSite Explorer’s DNIS configuration, agents now have the option to specify the outbound CLIP they would like to display to the caller when making outbound calls. Optionally, this can be automated by leveraging a new Dialing Caller Number option on the Make Call activity, which will automatically update the outbound number presented to callers when a callback is made

Effective as of the release of MiContact Center Business Release 9.1, all new features and functionality will reside only in the Web Ignite application and the legacy desktop Ignite application will enter a period of sustaining. It is our recommendation that all MiContact Center Business Release 9.0 customers use Web Ignite exclusively to take advantage of all of the new features and functionality of the release. Desktop Ignite will be supported through the course of the Release 9.x lifecycle, and Manufacturer Discontinued in Release 10.0. During this period of sustaining, Desktop Ignite will receive only best effort defect fixes, as required, and not new features and if a feature cannot be fixed in desktop Ignite and only delivered in Web Ignite, customers will be required to migrate agents to the new Web Ignite client.

Web Ignite Enhancements

MiContact Center Business Release 9.1 includes several new features and product enhancements that are available for all supported platform customers:

  • Supervised and blind transfer user experience improvements

Driven by end customer feedback, we have optimized the UX of the supervised and blind transfer functionality in Web Ignite. Agents can now click the transfer button from the main agent actions toolbar, search or select an endpoint to transfer the call to, and then click a button to either initiate a supervised transfer or complete a blind transfer.

  • Outbound email handling improvements

Based on feedback from several large customers, with hundreds of queues, we have added the ability to search for a queue to send an email from within the “From” dialog in Web Ignite when agents are either following up on emails or creating new outbound emails.

  • Audible inbox notifications

Based on end-customer feedback driven by our User Voice tool in Web Ignite (the megaphone button at the top of the user interface), we have introduced a new audible inbox alert for multimedia interactions that ensures that in situations where an agent is not looking at their monitor or has Web Ignite minimized, they will receive an audible alert (chime) to bring their attention to the new item landing in their inbox.

Time Zone Awareness in Workflow Schedules

The Schedule Activity available in YourSite Explorer for workflow configuration has been updated to support workflows across multiple time zones, by converting the local server time to the configured time zone before performing a schedule check. For example, this allows customers to:

  • Convert 23:00 from local server time (UK) to Australia Eastern Standard Time 09:00
  • Check 09:00 against schedule conditions programmed within the activity
  • Route interactions accordingly

MiCollab SIP Softphone Support

MiContact Center Business Release 9.1 introduces support for MiCollab PC SIP softphone, which allows customers to move up to the latest version of MiCollab, as opposed to having to rely on MiCollab Release 7.x and the previously available MiNET softphone.

In the new MiCollab SIP softphone environment, the MiCollab PC client essentially runs as a headless softphone, with all Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) controls being available from directly within the Web Ignite client.

MiCollab SIP softphone support for ACD agents in MiContact Center Business Release 9.1 requires MiCollab 8.1, MiVoice Business 9.0

Security Enhancements

Respecting the privacy of our customers and partners has always been integral to the way Mitel operates. To align with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that came into effect on May 25, 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy to outline exactly how Mitel collects, protects, uses, and stores your personal data.

In accordance with recent security standards and browser protocols, MiContact Center Business now defaults to installing with HTTPS/SSL enabled, though customers can de-select the option to install with HTTPS/SSL.

NOTE:

  • Mitel does not supply certificates and the onus is on the partner or customer to provide these
  • We do not default to HTTPS/SSL enabled on upgrade, this is done at the customer’s discretion

Best practices information will be available in a new Securing Connections in MiContact Center Business 9.1 White Paper, expected to deliver closer to the time of General Availability.

Technical Preview Content Available in Release 9.1

This was introduced in MiContact Center Business Release 8.0 to provide customers with early beta versions of upcoming features and functionality – specifically, the Ignite Web client.

NOTE: These features have not gone through standard Mitel quality assurance processes and are not available to be supported through Mitel’s customer support group.

Mitel Distributors, Channel Partners, Hosted Service Providers, and end-customers looking to take advantage of these technical previews should contact MiContact Center Business Product Management at MiCC_ProductManagement@mitel.com.

The following Technical Previews have been made available in Release 9.1:

Shared Profiles in Web Ignite

Now that all new agent-specific features and functionality are available in Web Ignite, the primary focus for product innovation and development in 2019 will be refreshing the supervisor experience in the Web Ignite client. As we have moved the core user experience to the Web, one of the most frequently requested features has been shared profiles, specifically so agents and supervisors do not have to duplicate effort to manually build dashboards in Web Ignite. In Release 9.1, we have added a technical preview of this capability, through a small application designed to allow administrators to specify a source profile and that profile with specified employees (by reporting number).

Configuration APIs

Building on the success of the MiContact Center Business SDK, known as the MiCCSDK, we have begun to build out access to the YourSite Explorer database and device configuration and administration through our SDK. This is accessed via a Web browser, by visiting https://<MiCC-BServerIPAddress>/miccconfig and is available to users with administrative privileges. Once a user logs into the MiCC configuration SDK, they have access to self-hosted REST API documentation.

The Release 9.1 Web client does not yet include the following Contact Center Client and supervisor features, which are planned to be supported in a future release of MiContact Center Business:

  • Real-time alarming
  • Marquee monitor
  • IVR port monitor
  • Schedule Adherence
  • Silent monitor/whisper/coach controls
  • Contact Center Softphone
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Announcing Price Changes To The 5300 Series IP Phones

Mitel has announced that from December 1st 2018 it will increase its prices for the 5300 Series IP Phones. Through 2018, Mitel has seen a transition in their IP Phone sales to the 6900 Series IP Phones. With that increase, sales of 5300 IP Phone models have declined in all regions. That decline has resulted in higher manufacturing costs due as Mitel lose economies of scale in production. 

 

To offset these commercial challenges, a price increase of roughly 10% (depending on currency) to all 5300 series IP Phones is being introduced. The new prices are effective from December 1st 2018. 

Mitel plans to make this price change as smooth as possible to minimize impacting current orders and quotes. All previously quoted pricing will be honoured for the term of the existing quote or at Mitel’s discretion, please discuss with your 4Sight Account Manager.
 
During the period of this notice, (i.e. through December 31, 2018), Mitel will NOT accept large, phone only stocking orders. All orders of 5300 phones should be made with the appropriate number of IP Phone Licenses and/or UC licenses and/or system components to make up a complete solution or add on solution. Again, please discuss further details with your 4Sight Account Manager for individual circumstances.

Mitel 5300 Series IP Phones

For further information about this price change or to obtain a quote please call us on (0)20 3668 0444. We offer a comprehensive line of Mitel Telephone Systems including IP phones, consoles, conference phones, and peripherals suited for organisations and business of all sizes. To find out more click here

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How to STOP Nuisance Calls with MiVoice Business R9.0

Are you receiving lots of unwanted calls? Stopping nuisance calls is now possible with the latest release of MiVoice Business R9.0. The new Caller ID Based Routing feature available on the software enables customers to better manage their calls through its Whitelist and Blacklist capability for routing specific incoming callers.

Whitelist functionality can route known contacts to specific users, this helps to ensure optimum customer service. Blacklist functionality enables unwanted calls to be routed either to a voicemail or simply disconnected, thus avoiding staff having to waste time dealing with nuisance calls.

This routing:
• Can be based on full or partial CLI match
• Has an unlimited number of table entries
• Is easy to add, change or delete numbers in the table

Currently MiVoice Business can route calls based on the dialed number –i.e. DNIS (Dialed Number Identification Service), or identify a caller based on their CLI (Calling Line Information). However, MiVoice Business R9.0 now has the ability to route calls based on the CLI itself.

Whitelist and Blacklist functionality provide slightly different variations on this type of routing, but will be limited to calls on incoming PSTN trunks.

MiVoice Business currently has many ways to route calls, however most of them are based on the Called Number. Both Whitelist and Blacklist functionality will provide the ability for an MiVoice Business R9.0 to route incoming PSTN calls based on the CLI.

Whitelist provides the ability within MiVoice Business R9.0 to route a call based on a match or partial match to a given CLI. This is like the existing DID Server, however the DID Servicer is based on the Called Number, rather than the CLI.

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For more information about the new Called ID Based Routing please contact your 4Sight Account Manager, alternatively email us at info@4sightcomms.com

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Clocks go back – make sure your clocks update on your phone system

As you know the clocks are due to go back an hour on Sunday 28th October. 

Although most modern phone systems will update the time automatically some will not. Click here to access our guidelines to assist with updating your Mitel telephone system.

Due to recent high call volumes it may take longer for an engineer to assist, so please ensure you read the guidelines on our website before requesting support.

Alternatively, if you want a phone system that has the ability to automatically update the time, please call us on +44 (0)20 3668 0444 or email info@4sightcomms.com.

Mitel System Support Services

4Sight provides maintenance and support services for all Mitel products and solutions with 24/7/365 UK coverage. To find out more about our Mitel System Support Services click here.

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Going for Gold – Paul Lee and his wife Faith

4Sight Communications are delighted to be sponsoring Team GB Triathlete Faith Jackson-Lee and Team Ireland Triathlete Paul Lee at this year’s ETU Multisport European Championships in Ibiza, Spain.

Faith is representing team GB in ETU Aquathlon European Championships which takes place on Wednesday 24th October 2018. This is a 1km sea swim followed by a 5km run. Paul is representing Team Ireland in ETU Middle Distance European Championships on 27th of October 2018. Paul will be doing a 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21.1k run.

Both, Faith and Paul have been competing in triathlons since 2014. They were selected to represent National Teams based on the excellent times they achieved during triathlon races last year.

The team at 4Sight wishes them best of luck! We are certain they will achieve great results!

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Mitel 5200 Series Set Support Update

Mitel 5200 End Of Hardware Support: What You Need To Know

Following our initial announcement about the end of support for the 5200 series set, Mitel have now modified their position to allow these devices to come into service following the MiVoice Business 9.0 upgrade.

Whilst we expect the phones will operate as normal, the 5200 sets will not have the normal support level. Specifically, this means that, should issues arise after the upgrade to release 9.0, Mitel reserves the right to not fix specific issues isolated to the 5200 series sets operation. 

For customers who prefer a fully supported configuration, then there are 2 options:

  • Transition away from the 5200 series sets to the current desktop portfolio for a fully supported solution. See our Mitel 6900 Series Handset Promotion here.
  • Remain on MiVoice Business 8. Standard Mitel support policy would state that MiVoice Business 8.0 versions including SP’s will continue to be fully supported until the release of MiVoice Business release 10.0 which would be anticipated in mid 2019. At the time of release of 10.0 then the 8.x stream becomes unsupported. However, for customers who request extended support and who subscribe to premium Software Assurance, Mitel will extend support of the 8.x stream until July 2020. This would provide additional time to plan a desktop churn and upgrade once the estate is refreshed

What we think?

Here at 4Sight, we recommend that you transition away from the 5200 series sets to the current desktop portfolio for a fully supported solution. To assist you with your transition, 4Sight is currently offering an exclusive ‘4 handsets for 3’ promotion on the most popular phones in the Mitel portfolio! For more information about our offers and to discuss your options, please email info@4sightcomms.com.

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Mitel 6900 Series Handset Promotion
When you purchase a new MiVoice Business or when you purchase additional licenses, get a free phone with every third phone purchase.
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Introducing the new Mitel EX Controller for the MiVoice Business Platform

MiVoice Business Release 9 – Mitel EX Controller 

As part of Mitel’s continued commitment to delivering on-site deployments of their communications platforms we are proud to introduce a new hardware variant that will not only be supporting the MiVoice Business call control, but which will also be used in MiVoice MX-ONE and MiVoice 5000 deployments.

The EX Controller will be a complement to the existing hardware family – specifically, the 3300 CX II and 3300 MXe III Controllers remain fully available to customers. Like the existing hardware, the Mitel EX Controller enables both call control and media gateway functionality to run on a single hardware instance.

The Mitel EX controller provides up to a capacity of 1,400 IP users and offers local survivability and PSTN access for analog users. It provides 8 expansion slots which can house cards to connect to TDM trunking services (ISDN PRI, E&M, and R2 T1/E1), analog trunks and analog extensions. Additionally, a DSP card may be required in certain configurations.

It is available in both single and dual power supply versions:

• Single power supply version with 4GB RAM & 60GB SSD – Part Number 50008229
• Dual power supply version with 8GB RAM & 120GB SSD – Part Number 50008230

WHAT IS SUPPORTED ON THE EX CONTROLLER?

  • TDM support for Digital trunks (PRI, T1, E1, R2) and Analog trunks and extensions (FXS, FXO)
    -It uses IP all the way to the cards which incorporate the E2T gateway functionality
    -All required E2T resources are incorporated into each card so it is non-blocking
    -A digital link license (54000303) on MiVB is required for each link and this provides the necessary resources to program the gateway functionality
  • Maximum 1400 IP user capacity
  • 64 G.711 Media channels (software) for access to conferencing, direct paging, Music On Hold
  • Embedded Voicemail capacity
    -750 Mail boxes
    -Max 30 ports of which 12 can be Voicemail and the rest embedded RADs
  • MiVoice Business Release 9.0 will support a single LAN port 10/100/1000
  • File based MOH supports 128 MB, also USB can be used to provide MOH input

Mitel EX Controller

For more information about the Mitel EX Controller, please call us on +44 (0)20 3668 0444 or email info@4sightcomms.com. 

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Product Bulletin: What’s new in MiVoice Business R9.0?

We are delighted to announce the general availability of MiVoice Business R9.0.  With a complete software refresh, delivering platform, security, responsiveness and performance improvements, MiVoice Business R9.0 is available for all installed base customers with active Software Assurance who have platforms that meet the minimum requirements.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW / FEATURES & BENEFITS / DESCRIPTION  
MiVoice Business development is firmly aligned with Mitel’s focus on continuous improvement that will deliver innovation, new features to enhance customer interaction and reduce the overall cost of ownership.

MiVoice Business Release 9.0 is built upon 3 pillars:
1. Customer requests for feature enhancements
2. Software refresh and common hardware platform
3. Lifecycle transitions  

SOFTWARE REFRESH FOR MIVOICE BUSINESS 
MiVoice Business Release 9.0 includes a significant refresh of the software to deliver Total Cost of Ownership improvements. It is designed to facilitate enhanced system performance, a simplified process for the deployment of patches/security updates as we go forward and the delivery of an infrastructure ready to evolve to next-generation networks.

  • Native Linux deployment: release 9 will run natively in a Linux environment by utilizing C and C++
  • Improve responsiveness and deployment of changes (patches, security updates): A simplified process for the deployment of patches/security updates. Update individual software components rather than the whole software load
  • Significantly enhanced system performance and serviceability
  • Technology update; IPv6 in the core system (dual stack), FQDN (core system), SNMPv3 support
  • Available on CX(i)* II, MXe III*, Virtual, Software only and new EX Controller in initial release (AX, MiVB Express, MiCD to follow


NEW FEATURES:

1. Caller ID Based Routing

To allow customers better manage calls, Mitel have created a whitelist/blacklist capability which can route specific incoming callers (based on calling line ID).

Whitelist – the calling line ID can be used to provide a white glove service to route known contacts to specific users or groups of users to help ensure optimum customer service.
Blacklist – unwanted calls can be routed either to a message only mailbox or simply disconnected, thus avoiding staff having to waste time dealing with unnecessary calls. 

2. Last Group Member Recall
The Last Group Member Routing (LGMR) feature allows the callers to be connected to the person that they spoke with in the event they have to call back rather than potentially getting connected to another member of the group.


EXPANDED BROWSER
SUPPORT
MiVoice Business Release 9.0 expands the browser support for accessing the System Admin Tool, it now supports the following:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox (36.0.4 or later)
  • Google Chrome (59 or later)
  • Microsoft Edge (38 or later)


MIVOICE BUSINESS CONSOLE 9.0
Microsoft Windows 10 support has been expanded to include the following:

  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB
  • Windows 10 Professional for Workstations

CONFIGURATION INFORMATION

MiVoice Business Release 9.0 requires the following:

• CX II and CXi II require a minimum of 1 GB Ram and 16GB HDD/SSD
• MXe III requires a minimum of 1GB RAM and 60GB HDD/SSD
• Virtual machines
-VMware
-Hyper-V

The following platforms will receive access to the new features, capabilities and software refresh as part of the MiVoice Business 9.1 release. Customers who run a MiVoice Business network of differing controllers will be able to utilise a mixed network of MiVoice Business releases until this time:

• AX Controller
• Multi-Instance MiVoice Business (Enterprise deployments)
• MiVoice Business Express

Please note MiVoice Business software must be at release 6.0 or newer to be migrated to Release 9.0.

NOT SUPPORTED
As stated in the past the 5200 sets will not have the normal support level. This means that, should issues arise after the upgrade to release 9.0, Mitel reserves the right to not fix specific issues isolated to the 5200 series sets operation. Click here for more information.

MiVoice Business Release 9.0 also no longer supports the following:

  • MiVoice 3300 LX
  • 3300 MXe & 3300 MXe II & MXe Server
  • 3300 CX and CXi
  • Stratus servers – Direct deployment on RedHat Linux (although VMware deployment continue to be supported)
  • FIM connections
  • NSU, DSU, FD-PER, 200 Bay
  • DNIC devices (consoles, multi-line DNIC sets, Single-line DNIC-sets)
  • Analog/Digital on FD-PER or 200 Bay
  • 5401, 6600 YA Pro, App Server, 5550 IP Console

Any customers who continue to have such equipment in their network will not be able to upgrade to MiVoice Business Release 9.0 until those items are removed.

As one of the few early adopters, 4Sight has been running version 9 of MiVoice Business for some time now. Having gone through the development and testing process of the release with Mitel, we have a great understanding of its functionality and capabilities. As such, we would like to emphasise that this a completely new software, which unlike previous releases, requires an individual approach and specific prerequisites to be met. If you are interested in upgrading please contact your 4Sight Account Manager as soon as possible to schedule your upgrade in.

Mitel MiVoice Business R9.0

To find out more about MiVoice Business click here. If you are interested in MiVoice Business Version 9 upgrades, please call us on +44 (0)20 3668 0444 or email info@4sightcomms.com. 

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