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MITEL UC PROMOTIONS Q3 2019

MITEL UC PROMOTIONS Q3 2019

MAKE THE MOVE TO A MIVOICE PLATFORM

BUY 3 PHONES, GET 1 PHONE FREE

MiVoice Business: Get 1 free 6900 series phone for every 3 you buy, of the same model, when you purchase a new MiVoice Business system.
Not to exceed 100 free phones per order. Valid until 30 September 2019

GET PREMIUM SOFTWARE LICENSES

BUY 2 LICENCES, GET 1 FREE

Buy 2 licenses get 1 free on select premium MiVoice Business and MiVoice Connect licenses.
This offer is valid now through December 31, 2019

MID-MARKET BUNDLE PROMOTION

NET NEW PROMOTION FOR CUSTOMERS BUYING MIVOICE BUSINESS

New MiVoice Business customers who purchase a solution comprised of specific can enjoy an additional 15% off their full purchase.
This offer is valid until September 30, 2019

PATHWAY PROGRAM

Delivering value to customers migrating to Mitel Flagship products & services

Get 50% off hardware (and virtual) when you upgrade your legacy equipment to MiVoice Business and receive 25% off the cost of new user licenses.
This offer applies to a minimum 10 users. Qualifying equipment for ShoreTel, Toshiba, Inter-Tel, and Mitel.

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Top 10 Communication Trends in Hotel Technology

Technology continues to reshape the hospitality industry, with IT becoming more important to hotel operations and the guest experience than ever before.

In the competitive hospitality industry, identifying new technology opportunities early on is pivotal to growing your base of repeat customers, catching the attention of prospective customers and claiming your spot on the leading-edge.

1. Mobile Door Key

Hotels are ditching the plastic card and allowing guests to check in to their room with their mobile phones. Some hotels have already starting using implementing this, whether it involves NFC technology or visually scanning a code like many airports now do with plane tickets.

2. Self Service

Today, many guests prefer self-serve, from remote check in to being able to order room service on a mobile device. Remote check-in and check-out options are becoming popular, and some hotels are beginning to work with apps that let guests order room service right from their mobile devices. There’s a whole range of basic guest requests that can be automated with the right technology, which frees hotel staff up for other activities that enhance the guest experience. And the trend is only going to accelerate.

3. Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Once upon a time, people used their room phones. However, the pervasiveness of mobile devices has relegated the conventional room phone to a vastly reduced role. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a role moving forward. The room phone of the future may serve as a hub for a larger connected experience.

Imagine a guest arrives at your hotel and pairs his mobile device to his room phone. Now he can use his mobile to control the TV and the sound system, perhaps even the blinds. He can use it to request a wake up call if he finds himself out late. You can let him know that his dry cleaning is ready, even if he’s across town at a meeting. And if he needs to take his call from your lobby into a cab so he doesn’t miss a meeting—the handoff from Wi-Fi to 4G is seamless.

It may sound like science fiction, but many of the pieces of this scenario are already available or in development. The guest of tomorrow will be more connected than ever before.

4. Guest Apps

The vision of the connected guest entails nearly every aspect of the guest experience. Something as complex as that needs a single hub from which to operate—and guest apps for personal mobile devices are the natural place to host all of these functions. A smartly designed guest app combines everything from deal notifications to hotel services to loyalty programs. If you see a guest used the group rate for a conference, you could use the app to electronically send your guest the event itinerary, complete with a map of meeting spaces where sessions will be held.

Most major hotels have some element of this picture in play already, and they’re adding capabilities every day. Some of the major flags are closer, but much of the technology and integration is still in development. Regardless of who gets there first, one thing is certain—the hotel with a truly connected experience will be full of very happy, very empowered guests.

5. Battle For Bandwidth

A smart phone. A laptop. A tablet. An e-reader. It seems like hospitality guests bring every Internet bandwidth-sucking device they own when they travel. And whether they’re travelling for business or pleasure, you can bet you’re going to hear about it if they can’t connect as quickly and reliably as they’re used to at home. But a hotel is not a home. You have to multiply those data needs by dozens, if not hundreds, of guests—possibly thousands if you land a big conference. It’s a huge strain and one that many of the best hospitality brands are working on. Whatever your solution, rest assured, the demand for bandwidth at hotels is only going to grow.

6. Location-Based Services

Much of this technology is in its infancy, but the implications are huge. Being able to understand where hotel staff and guests are located at any given time creates all kinds of opportunities to improve the guest experience—from being able to deliver services to guests while freeing them from their rooms to helping event staff operate more efficiently to turning over rooms more quickly and beyond. Some employee location-based features are already available using SIP-DECT, but this is just the beginning. This is a category to keep an eye on.

7. Tech Lounges

Airline check-ins. Local info guides. A place where guests can get out of their rooms but still access Wi-Fi to relax or get work done. The use cases for technology in hospitality seem to grow every year, and savvy hospitality businesses are transforming these guest desires into stylish semi-public spaces where guests can engage tech on their terms. Many guests are even beginning to include these kinds of technologies in their online hotel search criteria, so hospitality businesses that lack them may eventually find themselves at a disadvantage.

8. SIP-DECT

Already popular in the hospitality space and other industries in Europe, SIP-DECT is a mobility-enabling alternative to VoWLAN and radio-based networks that’s starting to get attention in North America.

Many SIP-DECT setups bring the kind of features usually found on a fixed network to mobile workers all over your hotel or campus without tethering them down to specific locations. Since hotel service staff, like housekeeping, valet, concierge, and event staff are often on the go, SIP-DECTa natural fit for hoteliers.

With relatively low cost compared to the alternatives, ease of deployment and quality, predictable voice quality, SIP-DECT is poised to take off in a big way.

9. Tech-Enabled Meeting Spaces

The modern meeting space has evolved. No longer is it about tables and chairs and nice serving carts. Modern meetings run on technology. Business people need to make multimedia presentations and videoconference remote attendees—sometimes both simultaneously.

And for the marathon meetings, they’d like access to services like catering with minimal interruptions. Most of all, smart hotels know they need these spaces to be as user-friendly as possible. The A/V rooms of the past that required dedicated engineers are no longer an option.

If you think these kinds of business needs are limited to boardroom-style conference spaces, you’re missing an important part of the picture—business customers are increasingly asking for advanced technology enablement in ballrooms and event halls, as well.

10. Social Listening

Guests have a lot to say about their experiences at hotels, but they don’t always say it directly to you. And in a hospitality world where word of mouth and online reviews have more influence every day, it’s one of the reasons that more and more hotels have started investing in social listening tools. These tools allow hotels to find out about guests’ wants, needs, desires, complaints and more—and jump into the conversation if it makes sense. Some even let you keep an eye on the competition. The Internet is treasure trove of business intelligence if you know how to look.

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4Sight Crowned Mitel´s ‘Top Services Partner’ Of The Year

4Sight Communications Awarded ‘Top Services Partner’ at Mitel’s Next ‘2019 International Partner Awards’

We are extremely proud to announce that 4Sight Communications has been awarded Mitel’s Top Services Partner (International Markets) at the recent Mitel’ 2018 International Partner Awards, held in London on Thursday 28 February 2019.

This award has special meaning to our customers and all at 4Sight, as it officially recognises our outstanding knowledge and service delivery, and these are areas that we work exceptionally hard to differentiate ourselves.

This is a great achievement and we’re delighted to officially stand out as a leader amongst so many notable companies and industry peers internationally. The award does not only recognise our technical and service excellence but also underscores the determination we share in making a difference to the clients we work with.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for choosing 4Sight and for the trust they continually place in us. We couldn’t have achieved this without their support!

2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year of new enhancements across the Mitel portfolio and we look forward to sharing these with you in the coming weeks and months.

Mitel International Partner Awards

For more information about Mitel International Partner Awards and to see the full list of winners click here.

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Avaya End of Support for the CS1000

As of April 2019, Avaya is officially ending the support for the release 7.6 and prior versions of the CS1000 platform. What are your options if you’re looking for a replacement for the CS1000?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN:
In short, this means that Avaya will no longer continue to develop the software or product the parts. With Nortel PBXs being widely deployed across a range of organisations, the end of support for the CS1000M harware is quite significant as these systems can very easily fall out of service.

Failure to upgrade your telephone software could be risking your business much more than you think.

WHEN WILL THE SUPPORT END:
The support for the CS1000 series set will end in April 2019. For customers with the CS1000M, plans to replace the CS1000M need to start today to be ready for the transition.

WHAT ARE MY REPLACEMENT OPTIONS:
Replacing an on-premises system like Avaya’s CS1000 can take a significant amount of effort and investment. Here at 4Sight we have an alternative to keeping on the same old platform and having a costly upgrade. For any organisation looking to replace the CS1000, MiVoice Business provides robust functionality and a smooth transition for Avaya CS1000 users.

NEED HELP MIGRATING?
Transitions are never easy, but with the right partner, your transition can run as smoothly as possible. And transitions like this can be a great opportunity to take stock of your communications infrastructure and strategic plan. Look for communications partners who are willing to work with the investment you’ve already made into your system, and who can operate with your existing ethernet and non-ethernet phone lines to deliver the features of an IP phone no matter what infrastructure you’re starting with.

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What’s new in Mitel’s Unified Communications portfolio?

New updates now available for every major Mitel Unified Communications platform

Mitel has announced updates to its flagship Unified Communications solutions to provide organisations more advanced voice, collaboration and contact centre capabilities for enhancing productivity and delivering better customer service.

These latest releases reflect Mitel’s commitment to providing tailored communications and collaboration solutions that drive customers’ digital transformation. Designed to increase speed to innovation, Mitel’s product roadmap also delivers high levels of security and enables businesses to leverage emerging technologies like IoT and AI to solve today’s problems and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.

The newly expanded capabilities include the following:

MiCollabmultiple customer interface enhancements that make it even easier for employees to talk, meet and share information using Mitel’s leading collaboration offering, a single solution that brings communications and collaboration tools together to simplify the way people work.

MiVoice Businessthe addition of a next-generation containerization software architecture to drive speed to market for applications and business efficiency software upgrades for one of the industry’s most advanced mid-market communications solutions.

MiContact Center Business and MiContact Center Enterprise expanded omnichannel capabilities for MiVoice 400, MX-ONE and MiVoice 5000 that enable businesses to leverage web, chat, voice and social media interactions to provide a seamless customer experience. 

Mitel SIP-DECT   – 4th-generation SIP-DECT technology that brings a new portfolio of base stations and feature enhancements to the full line of Mitel cordless IP and SIP devices, solving companies’ vertical-specific mobile communications requirements. 

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10 Characteristics of an Agile Organisation

With an increase in employee requests for remote working and flexible hours, the businesses that will stay ahead of the curve are those that are willing to introduce measures to ensure they are flexible. Using unified communications is essential to the nature of agile business. We uncover the characteristics of a truly agile business, so you can see how yours compares.

  1. Supports flexible working hours

Your business must embrace the 24/7 availability culture or lose out to forward thinking competitors. That’s not to say that you must remain open 24/7 but, particularly when in a customer-focused business, if the customer has a way of communicating with your business in times of need (for example if a fault occurs) then it helps to have measures in place to support them.

  1. Can manage remote working

For maximum agility your employees should have the ability to work from anywhere, at any time. The agile business fully embraces flexible working.

  1. Ability to scale capacity quickly and easily

By investing in cloud-based services, businesses can access a solution that gives them the ability to scale their lines quickly and easily to meet demand.

  1. Can cope with seasonal peaks seamlessly

Rather than paying for unused capacity, the agile business can scale resources, meaning they will only ever have to pay for what they need.

  1. Able to respond to customer needs quickly and appropriately

This means wherever, whenever, however and most importantly, quickly. By using unified communications tools, businesses need never miss another call.

  1. Energises the workforce with new technology

New technologies give your staff access to the tools they need to succeed, meaning that you’ll see a rise in employee productivity and satisfaction levels.

  1. Integration with line of business applications

Truly unified communications support integration with existing line of business applications, such as Microsoft Lync (soon to be Skype for Business). This will help to further enhance productivity and efficiency.

  1. Remains fully compliant

The agile business uses the most up-to-date technology to ensure they remain compliant at all times. For example, this can include the ability to record calls.

  1. A fixed, monthly cost

Cloud-based telephony allows businesses to pay for what they need in one fixed, monthly payment. This will include installation, handsets and maintenance. This means you’ll be able to account and budget for your full communications spend each month.

  1. Embrace consumerisation

Agile businesses support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Allowing your staff to use their existing handsets will not only save you money it will also ensure your team are contactable at any time.

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