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We’re Less Than A Month Away from KazooCon 2016!

kazoocon 2016Maybe you already heard, but it’s about to get real. That’s right, it’s time again for KazoonCon! The folks over at 2600Hz have once again been hard at work putting together the line for two days of some of the telecommunications industry’s biggest players, movers, and shakers. And coming as no surprise to anyone, we’re going to be all over KazooCon 2016!

What You Need To Know

With an event that pulls in hosted telecom visionaries from all over the world the way that KazooCon 2016 will, it’s important to do some recon and make sure you know how to make the most of attending. Fortunately for you, we’re back as Gold Sponsors of the event so we have the low down for you on KazooCon 2016. Back, of course, are the keynote speeches from founders and moguls ranging from 2600Hz engineers to other leaders in the use of the Kazoo platform. You’ll also be in familiar settings because, back by popular demand, the event will take place once again in the historic Broadway Studios of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Plus, if being smack dab in the center of the VoIP community’s most active event isn’t enough, you’ll also be thrilled to learn that being in the center of the culinary heart of the Bay Area has its perks, too. This year the event will be catered by several of the area’s most popular food trucks, making it all but a guarantee that I will be first out and last back for lunch each day. Well, okay, I guess that means some things are exactly the same this year at KazooCon 2016, but I digress.

New for KazooCon 2016

In probably the most remarkable change in the strategy for KazooCon 2016 over previous years is that there will be a much higher focus on monetizing products and services built off of the Kazoo platform. While the event has always been known for its tremendously thorough technology breakouts for engineers, recent spikes in attendance of non-technical professionals have sparked a change. This year, KazooCon 2016 will still host those same breakouts but will now be offering concurrent, non-technical, business-oriented workshops to accommodate this new crowd. Now, attendees will be able to share best practices, learn from experts, and discover new strategies for both building gorgeous, effective telecom products as well as the operations to make them as successful as possible.

Something Old, Something New

Because it wouldn’t really feel like KazooCon without a little intrigue, however, there is one more thing to note- The After Party! Again, what is the world’s premier hosted telecom event without the world’s premier social event? I’m not sure, but it sure as heck wouldn’t be KazooCon! The kicker is that this year, in spite of being a returning Gold Sponsor, not even we can get any info on what the plan is! All we can say for certain is that they’ve been hard at work to make sure that KazooCon 2016 blows away the past year’s event both during and after hours. And if last year’s success was any indication, they must be working pretty darn hard.

No Time to Lose

Will we see you there? I hope so, but if your answer wasn’t already an emphatic and confident yes as you waved your ticket above your head with excitement, let’s change that, shall we? Stop what you’re doing and go register for one of the last few remaining tickets now and we’ll see you on October 17 & 18 in San Francisco.

Want to make it but simply can’t? No sweat, you can be sure that we’ll be getting knee-deep in the event each day and you can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates on KazooCon 2016. Either way, though, we hope to see you there!

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over! VirtualPBX Makeover Sweepstakes

Time Is Running OutAs is often said in reference to sports stars and their careers, Father Time is still undefeated. Plainly stated, it doesn’t matter how good you are or how hard you train, eventually, the clock will run out on even the best of times. Coincidentally, the same can be said for the VirtualPBX Back to Work Makeover Sweepstakes. If you haven’t entered yet, you better act fast.

What’s All the Commotion About?

To refresh your memory, the VirtualPBX Back to Work Makeover Sweepstakes is the best thing to hit your office since that upgrade to the coffee maker. With a chance to win $250 in VirtualPBX products and services plus an additional $100 Amazon Gift Card, one lucky winner will be the talk of the town, er, office, by the end of the week. And that’s the big thing to remember, the contest ends tomorrow, Friday, September 16, 2016.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Just like they always say, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so you have to act fast in order to have a chance for winning. The good thing is that even if you are just now getting into the running, your chances are just as good as the folks who entered on the day the sweepstakes began. And to boost your chances of winning, all you have to do is share the link that you’ll be mailed after you enter with all of your coworkers and colleagues. For every person you refer who enters, you’ll receive added entries to win. So go ahead! Sign up now and share it with your friends, family, mailman, butcher, baker, and candlestick maker! In fact, if you actually have a candlestick maker, you’re probably more in need of an update to your phone system than most, so I really hope you win.

No Time to Lose

Remember, the drawing is being held tomorrow, Friday, September 16, 2016, so you don’t have any time to waste. Sign up now and make sure to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates on this fantastic sweepstakes!

Back To Work Makeover Sweepstakes

Back-to-Back Wins for Dash Unlimited From VirtualPBX!

2016 Internet Telephony & TMC Labs Innovation AwardBefore the ink had even dried on the last international recognition for Dash Unlimited, we’re at it again with back-to-back wins for our newest hosted VoIP platform. That’s right, Dash Unlimited has just been awarded the 2016 Internet Telephony and TMC Labs Innovation Award! The excitement that one of these two awards causes is already enough to get us dizzy, but now we’re beside ourselves with juggling the attention this has created.

A Fine Problem To Have

Certainly, juggling the attention that these awards have brought to Dash Unlimited is not a challenge we’re disinterested in, quite the contrary, in fact. What is notable about this most recent recognition, however, is that the Innovation Award validates both the design risks we took to develop Dash as well as the research-back usage decisions that we leveraged to develop Dash Unlimited. The combination of a groundbreaking user interface along with a robust, unlimited usage guideline didn’t initially seem to be exceptionally innovative to us, but rather it just seemed like the right thing to do.

Plenty More on the Horizon

While we can’t guarantee that every product or service we roll out will be an award-winner (much less one with back-to-back wins like Dash Unlimited!), we can guarantee that each product will receive the same attention and innovation that Dash Unlimited has. If you want to know what in particular those next products are, you can visit our public-facing VirtualPBX product roadmap. This is the place where we’ll be sharing all of the upcoming products and services that we have coming up around the bend. You won’t be able to see everything we have in the works, because we have to keep some surprises, of course, but you’ll have access to view and comment on a lot of what we have in the works.

Plus, as always, make sure to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates on this award and whatever else happens next!

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – Office Plan Redesign

James BrownWho doesn’t love some good old James Brown, right? The Godfather of Soul is an appropriate place to start with this blog today because VirtualPBX Office Plans are kind of like the Godfather of VoIP, too. And much like James Brown’s new bag, the VirtualPBX Office Plan redesign is something worth singing about, too.

Office Plan Redesign from the Bottom Up

All New vConsoleRight off the bat, you’ll see that the new look and feel of the updated vConsole seems familiar. It should because the award-winning interface of Dash, and Dash Unlimited were definitely part of the inspiration for this massive overhaul. What made the Office Plan redesign challenging was that, unlike Dash and Dash Unlimited which we created from scratch, Office Plans have already been built to suit the needs of our customers who are currently using them. This meant that we had to work carefully to include, and in many instances improve upon, all of the functionality of the platform that thousands of organizations rely on each day.

Change Isn’t Always Easy

Since working to shape the development of the Office Plan redesign, it has become immediately clear that usability and satisfaction spike way up shortly after users familiarize themselves with the new system. This has been a terrific and desired outcome, obviously. That said, some users will still prefer to stay with their tried-and-true vConsole interface. For them, we have the perfect solution! During this open beta testing period of the new Office Plan redesign, we built in a nifty toggle feature. Simply open up the vConsole as you normally would, and at the top of the screen you’ll see a banner welcoming you to try the new interface.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

vConsole Toggle OptionWhile the option is totally all yours to stay on the vConsole or try the new Office Plan redesign, I enthusiastically encourage you to give it a shot. The praise and positive feedback that we’ve received should convince you that it’s worth at least a few minutes. Plus, seeing as how you’ll be able to toggle back and forth for a while, you aren’t immediately painted into one or the other just yet, either. Sure, we plan to eventually make a total update to Office Plans permanent, but this is just the beta period, and so you can actually have a decisive impact on the final look of the finshed product.

Be Part of the Team

Want to know what else is coming down the line from our dedicated and talented engineering team? Look no further than the updated, public-facing VirtualPBX product roadmap. From here you can see what all we have in the works, or at least most of it (wink-wink), and can comment and make suggestions right from there. Or if you like, you can always feel free to join the conversation by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook, because you never know when your idea will be the next big thing!

Infographic – Working from the Road When Life Happens

Working from the road can be a drag during long periods away from home. When life happens, though, working from the road might just be the best thing to do for your family life. VirtualPBX understands that better than most because not only do we make an array of VoIP products and features designed specifically to empower employees to be productive away from the office, but we also use those products to accomplish that ourselves.

The connection between work and life is more fluid today thanks to advances in hosted communication technology than it ever has been. This infographic showcases just a handful of the situations that used to create undue complications between employers and their employees but that, thanks to VirtualPBX products, have found mutually beneficial compromises.
Remote Working When Life Happens