Infographic – Spring Cleaning Your Communications

Even though some of the erratic weather patterns we have would suggest otherwise, it is actually springtime. That means a lot of things, but most notably that it’s time to think about some of that eponymous cleaning frenzy that we all know so well. If you’re anything like the millions of businesses still struggling to justify the headaches and expenses of a traditional, on-site PBX phone system, you have a few extra things to tidy up. Take a look at these spring cleaning tips for your business communications and learn what a clean, streamlined business phone system like Dash can do for you.Spring Cleaning Business Communications

Infographic – VoIP Phones and Devices

In a recent case study, MDGI President Scott Mullins commented, “the tech you’re using shouldn’t be a comment on a call.” Continuing, “with others the tech gets in the way and there are a lot of excuses, with VirtualPBX it just works.”

While we certainly enjoy the compliment, one of the reasons VirtualPBX works as easily as it does is the fact that with VirtualPBX, customers don’t need to restructure their day around their phone system. Their phone system keeps up with them at the office, the home office, on the road, and virtually anywhere they have internet access by employing VoIP phones and devices that go beyond a traditional desk phone.

VoIP Phones and Devices

Stop Buying the Business (people)

Talent Recruitment in Silicon ValleyBuying the business isn’t anything new. Everything from sales to promotions to discounting that one, pivotal client who always seems to have a referral funnel that is packed to the brim all contribute to a shrinking of margins at the expense of increased velocity. This in itself isn’t a bad thing and, in many cases, it can be quite a shot in the arm for a sales team. There are, of course, downsides to investing too heavily short term into ventures whose outcomes aren’t always certain. This is a calculated risk that is right for some companies in certain situations, but less commonly viewed through this lens are matters of human resources and internal operations.

Silicon Valley Comp Plans

By now you’ve probably heard of the aggressive hiring tactics of some of the world’s fastest growing companies. With increasing valuations and venture-backing that is placed on the expectation of exponential growth, the pressure to recruit talent is just as high as it is to gain market share. But it’s not all the overnight unicorn that needs talent, even established powerhouses like Apple and Tesla have been making waves with their recruitment wars. The most recent development in the life and times of the technocrati elite isn’t about what it takes to get talent to join a company, but rather what it take to keep them there.

High Stakes For Staying

It costs big bucks to get the best talent through the door in the first place, so big that many companies simply can’t afford to match the offers of the largest company in the running. What happens then, when it’s time to consider losing that talent well in advance of these huge investments panning out? The Yahoo empire is coming to a rather bleak crossroads right now but, based on the robust nature of the contract for their CEO, Marissa Mayer, what could be Yahoo’s downfall would be Mayer’s windfall. A severance package made of unobtainium aside, Twitter is making moves to stop brain-drain before it starts. In a highly unconventional move, the social media giant has actually been reported to pay out anywhere from $50,000-$200,000 to entice workers to stay for the next 6-12 months! These measures are being met with mixed reviews from pundits but what is sure is that between increasingly common layoffs and dwindling supply of investment capital to go around, tech companies are in need of some big changes.

Paying for Service vs. Service That Pays

We’ve spoken about the, “ready, fire, aim!” brand of spending strategies that appear to be rampant in Silicon Valley before. Without assuming that these HR investments won’t be successful for the above companies, it is safe to say that some companies have taken different approaches to growth that may prove to be preemptive side-steps to problems like this. Reducing operating costs isn’t just about slashing and burning or eliminating any of the benefits that employees value, it’s about choosing how to spend only what you have to on the services that give you the most bang for your buck. Simple, but not easy.

For starters, never assume that your team is aware of all of the options out there for some of traditionally predictable business expenses. Telephone service, for example, is one that many companies just assume they need to have, so they go to what they know; The telephone companies. While that logic is completely understandable, ending a search there won’t pass muster anymore. With a hosted VoIP telephone service you get the same enterprise-grade features that even the most robust on-premises systems provide but for a fraction of the price. In fact, advanced unified communications options aren’t really even comparable to traditional phone systems anymore because they accomplish so much more that their predecessors could only dream of. Everything from intelligent call routing to universal device compatibility separates systems like Dash from the expensive and cumbersome alternatives.

Succeeding in business is never going to be easy, especially not in the crowded, talented, and competitive Silicon Valley market. Choosing the right service partners shouldn’t add to that challenge, but rather it should position your company for greater success. After comparing the pros and cons of a hosted telephone system versus an on-site option, the biggest hurdle remaining is just picking the right Dash Plan for your business. Plus, when you build your business on a solid, healthy foundation you’ll attract more top talent than if you’re a sinking ship, so save all of those retention bonuses for something sweet. Like a new foosball table, obviously.

The Future is Here – CES 2016 & Routers for Business

Futuristic Routers For BusinessDo you remember images of concept cars from the Atomic Age? The vision of the future back then was filled with spaceship styling and Jetson’s amenities. What’s truly incredible about expositions where science is heading or could take us is that often times the result is something so fantastic it’s difficult to even wrap our heads around. The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is much like the futuristic auto shows of the 50’s and 60’s, but it’s safe to say the style of things to come has changed significantly.

Astro Couldn’t Chase These Cars

Long gone are the days of bubble cabs and exaggerated fins, today it’s all about low profile speed. What remains a big part of CES 2016 is that, like most trade shows, it highlights the biggest, brawniest, and most intelligent advancements in virtually every area of our lives and businesses. Unfortunately, many of the products that are displayed at this and other expos are still unattainable for many people due to cost, availability, or production challenges. But not all of them.

Netgear Nighthawk

No, that’s not the password to get into some awesome after-hours nightclub, it’s the name of one of the most advanced family of routers in the world and it just introduced it’s newest addition at CES 2016. Being heralded as the one router that could eliminate lag from your browsing and streaming experience, the new Netgear Nighthawk X4S 6200 is one of the gems of CES 2016 so far. If that weren’t enough, the new 6200 retains the aggressive, evocative styling of the Nighthawk family is known for. While these new models are also subject to the hit-and-miss availability that plagues most shiny new “it” products, the good thing is that we’ve included Nighhawk routers in our recommended routers for business listings and came prepared to handle the boost in popularity they now enjoy. I’d love to be cliché and say that we’ve been into the Nighthawk router since way before it was cool, but it has always been cool.

If you’re ready to rocket your company’s network into a whole new level of speed, you can begin right now. Start by making sure you have the right routers for business, review your bandwidth performance, and to totally optimize your cloud-based business tools a complete Network Health Check is the best investment to make in ensuring that you’re getting everything you can out of your connection. Still have questions? Schedule a completely personalized and always free guided tour through the world of network optimization and take the first step towards slapping some fins and a bubble cab onto your own business.

Gym Memberships & Network Health Check

Business Network HealthThe gym sure was busy this morning, wasn’t it? Much more so than a typical, rainy, cold San Francisco morning, but that’s to be expected seeing as how this is prime time for the newly resolved throngs to pour into gyms and produce sections more than ever before. At least for a little while, that is.

Healthy Living 365 Days a Year

Not to be cynical or anything, but the world’s worst kept secret is that New Year’s resolutions are often made with nothing more than good intentions. Just as any business knows, setting goals based-on what we’d like to have happen alone is not as powerful as a meaningful, measurable, and realistically thought out SMART Goal. So how does a gym-goer make the most out of their weight or fitness goals for the New Year? Just like a business owner does for her sales team, she starts with a plan.

Consult the Experts

There are some folks out there who recognize that, presuming they’ve let their health slide and find themselves far too off track with no idea how to get back in shape, they may need to consult an expert. After all, if our best thinking is what got us into a certain predicament, how do we expect to be able to use the same thinking to get out of it? The same thing goes for our business communications systems. When there is a stumbling block in our path that we routinely topple over, obviously we aren’t fully equipped to avoid it. Better than simply dodging it, depending on the challenge that you’re facing, the right experts may even be able to eliminate the hurdle and level out our path entirely. This is especially helpful for entrepreneurs looking to boost their productivity across their network because, more often than not, people encountering lagging performance might not realize how to diagnose the issue. Variables like latency, upload/download speed, ISP bandwidth limitations, router quality, and optimization all contribute to overall network health, that makes choosing the right expert for advice crucial for ideal network health.

Don’t Talk About It, Be About it!

There’s no shortage of motivation right now to enact positive changes, there are plenty of experts who have the know-how to help get us to where we need to go, so the only thing left to do is begin. Following-through and achieving all of your New Year’s business resolutions and goals will be a cinch if you can rely on getting the highest possible output from your business tools. Seeing how most modern business tools rely heavily on an optimum network connection, beginning this year with a Network Health Check from VirtualPBX is the right way to go. The network experts at VirtualPBX will spend a week of around-the-clock data collection on your network’s performance and deliver a detailed analysis of what they find. Because knowledge without the context on how to use it is not enough, however, you will also receive a thorough list of performance-boosting recommendations that in many cases can be implemented in the same day.

The longer you wait to get started on your resolutions, the less likely they are to become realities, so what are you waiting for? Schedule your Network Health Check consultation today to begin the process and you’ll be one step closer to hitting all of your business goals for the year. Plus, because they have been doing this for years, VirtualPBX network experts know they need to re-rack their weights, too!