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Unified Communications (UC) solutions provide a rich platform for collaboration and integrations and a smarter way to interact seamlessly by bringing together physical and virtual experiences while simultaneously reducing costs and enabling flexible expansions across all verticals.

With global trends focused on “smart” services, automation, and enhanced customer experiences, manufacturing, retail and finance remain among the fastest growing segments of UCaaS adopters in the U.S. Download this guide to learn more about the how customers in these spaces can benefit from adopting or upgrading to a new UCaaS solution.

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This is the first in a three-part series that will run monthly through the end of the year where we’ll be taking a close look at various cloud-related solutions, what’s trending, and partner expectations as we head into 2020.

Q4 is upon us, and we’re entering the home stretch for the year—and the decade. Businesses of all sizes are looking back on 2019 to audit crucial infrastructure and evaluate performance and cost-effectiveness to inform both their short-term organizational investments as well as long-term planning.

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Although unified communications (UC) systems and contact center solutions have previously been thought of as separate entities, cloud technology has increasingly facilitated collaboration between the two. The Cloud removed the restrictions of on-prem hardware which enables the contact center solution's remarkable versatility and fluidity - both crucial strengths required to provide the increasingly personalized and convenient services demanded by customers in the digital age.  

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As you continue to evolve your portfolio to keep up with the evolution of technology, learning how to bundle next-gen technologies, such as network and Unified Communication (UC), can help you make a more organic transition to selling digital transformation solutions, which can be easier to manage and scale as you grow your business.

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TBI and 8x8 are committed to making the sale of UCaaS and CCaaS both easy and profitable.

TBI and 8x8's leadership teams recently met at TBI HQ for a strategy session about making our relationship stronger than ever. We are focused on streamlining pre- and post-sales operations, improving response times, and providing partners the resources they need, when they need them. From executive alignment and sales leadership to training excellence and marketing support, it's never been a better time to sell 8x8.

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Unified communications as a Service (UCaaS) delivers a wealth of advantages in productivity and collaboration by integrating voice, chat, video/audio conferencing, faxing, and email. These benefits, though, come with several security challenges and often include mandatory industry standards that must be adhered to. 

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October 2017, Synergy Research reported that the UCaaS market is accelerating at an annualized rate of 29%, as strong UCaaS adoption continues to drive the market. Once seen as technology for improved communication, UCaaS is now viewed as a platform that helps increase productivity. The resulting increase in revenue from this improved productivity is one of the main drivers accelerating the growth of the UCaaS in mid-market and enterprises businesses.

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While most businesses have adopted some type of cloud-based technology, not all of them have implemented a unified multi-media communications platform that integrates phones, chat, email, web conferencing, and file sharing into a single cloud-based platform. UCaaS offers many benefits such as mobility, improved voice quality and exceptional reliability that Broadsoft predicts more than half of all organizations will adopt by 2020.

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The Golden Age of Communication

The market for UCaaS has made a fairly dramatic evolution over the past decade; most businesses are aware of the benefits of cloud options from a TCO perspective and are considering future migrations. However, many businesses also express concerns regarding the risks and challenges associated with a move to the cloud especially those larger in size. More specifically, organizations with more intricate IT and telecom environments often delay cloud adoption, due to existing premise-based UC investments.

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For 45 years, Mitel has made a name for itself as a leader in business communications. But did you know Mitel is the #1 global leader in unified communications and #2 in global UCaaS seats? In this article, Five Good Reasons to Re-Connect with MiCloud, we reveal how channel partners today can build more effective cloud sales strategies with MiCloud solutions and Mitel’s improved channel partner program.

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As customers begin to transition their voice solutions into a virtual environment with UCaas, it is the perfect opportunity for you to identify other solutions their business can benefit from. Leverage this map of discovery questions to help you determine what other solutions you can offer to help optimize your customers’ business.

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This article was originally published on the 8x8 blog.

Chat, email, phone, slack, text, tweet. The communications preferences of individuals are as diverse as the tools themselves. And while I run a business dedicated to helping organizations and people communicate more efficiently, I am also a user. Which means I know how painful it is to manage the ever-increasing volume of channels. I also know the productivity impact on businesses that don’t help their workers manage these channels efficiently.

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With the recent passing of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, it will not just be government increasing their investment in new technologies in 2018. There is no better time than now to work with customers as they migrate workloads to the cloud. Download our guide to learn what to sell now that will open the door to more sales and will build your cloud solution funnel.

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The size of a business has quickly become a good measure of how they will go about purchasing cloud applications. Whether your customer is an enterprise, mid-market or small business, there is a high likelihood they will be making some sort of cloud purchase based on the reality of today’s business environment.

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Cloud computing continues to make market inroads: Public clouds are ubiquitous and the market for multicloud and hybrid solutions is on track to grow billions over the next several years.  However adopting a “one size fits all” approach to cloud can result in frustrations and cost overruns.  The overlapping nature of public, hosted private and on-premise clouds — can make it difficult to determine the right home for your applications.

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Selling partners look to TBI for unbiased Provider recommendations and advice on which carrier works to meet their customer's challenges. We use past experience, how easy it is to work with the carrier, actual service quality, deployment and end-user experience to inform partners how best to engage their customers and with what Providers.

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In 2017, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) will continue as one of the top trends shaping the market for business communications services. Businesses of all sizes, notably SMBs, are shifting their focus from being actively interested in UCaaS as an alternative to on premise solutions, to officially adopting UC as a hosted service.

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Businesses of all sizes have employees, teams and departments that engage with both internal and external customers on a regular basis. Whether a new business or one already running a 24x7x365 operation, valuable time and money can be wasted maintaining, upgrading, and troubleshooting a contact center system. And when customers need support, if outdated technology gets in the way, businesses can lose much more than sales – they lose opportunities to build long-term customer relationships, eroding the value of your company’s most important asset: customer loyalty and the repeat business it brings.

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Although enterprises across the world greatly differ, both culturally and operationally, a commonality they share is the need to connect their disparate workforces. Now more than ever, we’re seeing a sharp, global rise in telecommuting, with 34 percent of business stating that over half of their full-time employees will be working remotely by 2020. While this has benefitted businesses by opening the doors to worldwide talent, it has also created more opportunity for partners to drive new revenue streams from UCaaS.

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