Is a Hosted PBX Right for Your Business?

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While a cloud-hosted PBX system offers undeniably popular benefits, it may not necessarily be the most appropriate or valuable solution for your business communication needs. Part of developing an effective voice solutions strategy is knowing which tools are available, and then evaluating which will be most useful for your specific business. The starting point is deciding whether a hosted phone system is the right choice for you, or if you would be better suited to stick with a traditional on-premise PBX system.

There are still some larger corporations and organisations that fare better with an on-premise site exchange. By taking the time to consider the various elements and features of a cloud-hosted exchange or VoIP system outlined below, you will be able to get a much better sense of what it can do for your business.

What Is a Cloud-Hosted PBX?

PBX stands for Private Branch Exchange and was defined when the first business phone systems were developed. A cloud or hosted PBX is simply a business phone system that is physically hosted offsite, meaning that the only hardware housed within the business are the phones being used. This system was initially designed to offer better solutions for small businesses, but it has since been implemented by companies of all sizes, due to the flexibility of its many benefits and features.

Who Benefits from Hosted Phone Systems?

Now that the primary benefits of a hosted PBX have been outlined and explained, you should be able to determine whether or not it suits your communication needs. As you work through the following four questions, you will be able to confirm if a hosted solution is, in fact, the right choice for your business.
 

1. How many employees do you have, or how many lines do you need?

Due to their size, large enterprises or corporations may be able to recoup the investment costs and realise the value of having on-site equipment and an in-house maintenance team. Smaller businesses generally cannot justify this cost, or simply cannot afford it. A hosted PBX is typically best suited for companies that have 50 employees or fewer. Ultimately, at this size, a business is better off paying per line with hosted solutions.
 

2. What level of scalability do you want?

Will you be adding and removing lines quickly, or have you found yourself in a place where you need something more flexible than onsite hardware? If you are consistently dealing with staffing changes or seasonal employment, the quick and simple nature of hosted solutions would be an ideal fit for your business, rather than constantly having to invest in new hardware or physical phone lines.
 

3. Do you have the means to hire in-house experts?

When you upgrade to a VoIP solution, your business will require more than just the average IT professional on hand. You will need to be able to commit to hiring full-time staff that can handle the on-site PBX and any issues that may arise so that you’re not taking your existing staff away from their daily responsibilities. Smaller companies, or those with fewer employees, often benefit from outsourcing their PBX to a service provider.
 

4. Is my business site ready?

If you are wanting to make the move to a virtual PBX system, it is essential to confirm that you have access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection at your business premises. A robust internet connection ensures a high call quality and prevents dropped calls.

Four Simple Questions to Help You Decide

Now that the primary benefits of a hosted PBX have been outlined and explained, you should be able to determine whether or not it suits your communication needs. As you work through the following four questions, you will be able to confirm if a hosted solution is, in fact, the right choice for your business.
 

1. How many employees do you have, or how many lines do you need?

Due to their size, large enterprises or corporations may be able to recoup the investment costs and realise the value of having on-site equipment and an in-house maintenance team. Smaller businesses generally cannot justify this cost, or simply cannot afford it. A hosted PBX is typically best suited for companies that have 50 employees or fewer. Ultimately, at this size, a business is better off paying per line with hosted solutions.
 

2. What level of scalability do you want?

Will you be adding and removing lines quickly, or have you found yourself in a place where you need something more flexible than onsite hardware? If you are consistently dealing with staffing changes or seasonal employment, the quick and simple nature of hosted solutions would be an ideal fit for your business, rather than constantly having to invest in new hardware or physical phone lines.
 

3. Do you have the means to hire in-house experts?

When you upgrade to a VoIP solution, your business will require more than just the average IT professional on hand. You will need to be able to commit to hiring full-time staff that can handle the on-site PBX and any issues that may arise so that you’re not taking your existing staff away from their daily responsibilities. Smaller companies, or those with fewer employees, often benefit from outsourcing their PBX to a service provider.
 

4. Is my business site ready?

If you are wanting to make the move to a virtual PBX system, it is essential to confirm that you have access to a reliable, high speed internet connection at your business premises. A robust internet connection ensures a high call quality and prevents dropped calls.

The Bottom Line

A hosted PBX offers a custom setup that is less expensive to implement, and more effective at delivering quality solutions for your business needs, than its traditional on-premise counterpart. Ultimately, you are the one who has to decide what is best for your business. Fortunately, now that you know what to consider, it should be an easy decision.

For further guidance on the best solution for your business needs, or to get a free quote, contact the team at United Telecoms today on 020 3399 8011, or email us at info@unitedtelecoms.net.

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