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Collaboration Tools Help Medical Teams Improve Patient Outcomes

On a Friday night, a cancer patient is admitted to the hospital with severe pneumonia and fluid-filled lungs. Through most of Saturday she gasps for breath before the doctor on-call arrives. Though she is in pain, the physician is hesitant to call in the pulmonologist, who's busy with a more critical case.
By evening, though, he requests a consult. The nursing staff tries to reach the specialist but can't connect with him for several hours. When he arrives at last, he immediately orders the patient's lungs be drained.
What went wrong here? One could argue a lot of things, but inefficient communications and poor collaboration top the list. Would putting better communications tools in the hands of medical professionals have made a difference? How would it have changed the patient outcome?
Replay Let's rewind and see.
With more robust communications tools, the staff admits the patient on Friday night and immediately sends an emergency text to the patient's pri..

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The Secret to Managing Multiple Hotels? Unified Communications

The ink is barely dry when you get the call that your hotel brand has just acquired a competing chain, and now your IT team needs to transition dozens of new properties to your communications technology. Fortunately, there is a proven way to ensure a smooth transition and simplify the integration of hundreds of properties: deploy unified communications (UC).
The hospitality industry has undergone a wave of mergers and acquisitions. In 2017, Marriott International, the largest hotel company in the world, acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts, expanding its portfolio to 30 brands. Meanwhile, Hilton launched its 14th brand, the Tapestry Collection. And the Wyndham Hotel Group kicked off 2018 with its acquisition of La Quinta.
As hospitality companies add to their portfolios, their IT teams must integrate the new properties seamlessly and cost-effectively into the brand's existing operations. One of the major challenges they face is handling the often-incompatible communications tech..

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Frost & Sullivan: Mitel A Growth Excellence Leader in UCC Market

The right unified communications & collaboration (UCC) partner understands that your communications technology needs to grow with your business, in ways that make sense for you. As a leader in UCC, Mitel understands how important it is to build long-term relationships with our partners as we continue to grow and expand.
Mitel is pleased to receive Frost & Sullivan's 2017 North American Growth Excellence Leadership Award. After analyzing the UCC industry for excellence in growth and customer value, superiority of products and services and overall customer, purchase, ownership and service experience offered, Frost & Sullivan identified Mitel as the winner.
The Growth Excellence Award “lauds the growth, diversification, and sustainability strategies” of the company it is bestowed upon as part of Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices awards program, which recognizes companies that demonstrate superior performance and achievement. Frost & Sullivan conducted its analysis by comparing..

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Customer Experience Is All About Contact at Sports Venues

Ask any C-suite executive in the business, and they'll tell you the key to a successful sports venue is creating an outstanding entertainment experience. And as in any other sector, success boils down to sales — selling tickets to games and promotional events, club memberships and merchandise. Growing these sales means creating the kind of personalized experience that makes fans flock to events again and again.
The reality is fans are made, not born, and it takes work to build loyalty and nurture relationships. Customer service must excel at every level, engaging fans both at home and in the stadium. So, it's no surprise sports organizations run some of the largest contact centers around.
An advanced contact center built with a robust unified communications solution is at the heart of a winning customer experience. Let's take a closer look at how innovative contact center technology facilitates customer retention and makes fans feel like a part of the team.
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The 411 on Mass Notifications for Schools and Governments

Every moment counts in an emergency, so getting help should be as simple as dialing 911. In Kari Hunt Dunn's case, that phone call proved impossible — her hotel room didn't allow guests to directly dial emergency services. As Dunn's estranged husband attacked her in 2013, her young daughter made several attempts to call authorities for help. None went through because she didn't first dial “9” for an outside line.
But a new federal law will make a difference for the next victim. Kari's Law requires multi-line phone systems to have a default configuration that enables users to dial 911 directly. While the law doesn't require mass notification, it recommends organizations deploy on-site notification – which automatically sends alerts to executives and on-site emergency responders – if the communications solution in place supports it.
As a result, government agencies, universities and K-12 schools need to be sure their communications solutions comply with th..

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Giving Machines a Voice in Manufacturing

It's 10 p.m. on a Friday. The production line is running full-tilt to meet the commitment you've made to a key customer. On a die-cutter, Sensor 8a records a malfunction and, in seconds, sends the information via SMS text to the technician on call. Within the hour, they're on the factory floor fixing the problem.
Internet of Things (IoT) in Manufacturing Just as smart devices have become more common in the consumer space, they're proliferating in the manufacturing environment, enabling businesses to operate more nimbly and efficiently. Decisions once made by people can now be settled autonomously or semi-autonomously by cyber-physical systems or individual machines.
“[IoT] allows us to do things that previously would have been very difficult, like monitoring, sensing, looking at situations, automating the triggering of special conditions and really allowing people to work more efficiently,” said Tony Pereira, Mitel's Vice President, Business Accelerator. “So ..

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What is Unified Communications and Collaboration and Why Should I Care?

What does unified communications and collaboration (UCC) mean? Unified communications and collaboration brings together multiple forms of communications, like voice, video and data services, and software applications into a single environment, improving business processes making it easier for employees to connect.
Unified communications and collaboration can include components like:
Instant messaging Presence – knowing if a contact is free or busy Unified messaging – the ability to retrieve all your messages from one central location Conferencing applications – to connect larger groups and allow them to share information and ideas Teamwork applications – to coordinate work on group projects Video conferencing – on your PC, mobile device and using room-based systems Mobile applications – extending unified communications and collaboration to smartphones and tablets What impact does unified communications and collaboration have? Hyper-connected. 24/7. Always-on. Pick your adjectiv..

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IoT Gives Machines a Voice in Manufacturing

It’s 10 p.m. on a Friday. The production line is running full-tilt to meet the commitment you’ve made to a key customer. On a die-cutter, Sensor 8a records a malfunction and, in seconds, sends the information via SMS text to the technician on call. Within the hour, they’re on the factory floor fixing the problem.
Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing Just as smart devices have become more common in the consumer space, they’re proliferating in the manufacturing environment, enabling businesses to operate more nimbly and efficiently. Decisions once made by people can now be settled autonomously or semi-autonomously by cyber-physical systems or individual machines.
“[IoT] allows us to do things that previously would have been very difficult, like monitoring, sensing, looking at situations, automating the triggering of special conditions and really allowing people to work more efficiently,” said Tony Pereira, Mitel’s Vice President, Business Accelerator. “So the secret is, how do you..

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Taft School Saves Money, Moves to Cloud Communications

Connecticut’s Taft School, a private boarding and day school founded in 1890, was founded by Horace D. Taft with the goal of helping students not to be served, but to serve.
The school’s mission is to create well-rounded, engaged students, often focusing on service-based programs and many different types of abilities, including academic, artistic and athletic. Taft School is comprised of a diverse group, with 595 students from 44 countries with 129 faculty members.
And just as the school encourages its students to be forward-thinking and prepared for a changing world, its IT leaders are dedicated to doing the same for the school’s technology.
Looking for change A long-time Mitel customer, Taft School had an analog system that served it well. But feeling the need for digital transformation, Taft School’s systems administrator, Frank Trosky, started exploring potential upgrades and the possibility of utilizing cloud communications for its schools.
Trosky realized the school might wan..

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How Schools Can Lower Total Cost of Ownership of Communications Systems

Many K-12 schools cope with antiquated phone systems that don’t offer now-standard features like mass notification and mobile support. To meet district needs and keep the systems running, they often have to bolt on piecemeal solutions. What’s more, these older systems can end up costing schools more money to maintain over time, even as they fail to deliver on ease of use and functionality.
But replacing an aging phone system is fraught with challenges. How can administrators balance the need for a flexible and robust communications solution while also lowering the total cost of ownership? It’s a tough but unavoidable question, because at some point that old, inadequate system is going to have to be replaced.
Fortunately, K-12 administrators today have options. Advances in communications technology, such as unified and cloud communications, make it possible for you to quickly and easily deploy a more feature-rich solution. On top of that, today’s systems result in a lower TCO. This fr..

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UC Tops the Class for Lowering K-12 Schools’ Total Cost of Ownership

Many K-12 schools cope with antiquated phone systems that don’t offer now-standard features like mass notification and mobile support. To meet district needs and keep the systems running, they often have to bolt on piecemeal solutions. What’s more, these older systems can end up costing schools more money to maintain over time, even as they fail to deliver on ease of use and functionality.
But replacing an aging phone system is fraught with challenges. How can administrators balance the need for a flexible and robust communications solution while also lowering the total cost of ownership? It’s a tough but unavoidable question, because at some point that old, inadequate system is going to have to be replaced.
Fortunately, K-12 administrators today have options. Advances in communications technology, such as unified and cloud communications, make it possible for you to quickly and easily deploy a more feature-rich solution. On top of that, today’s systems result in a lower TCO. This fr..

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How Does a First-Time Fix in Field Services Affect Customer Experience?

Every field services company wants to provide a good customer experience, so you're likely to schedule appointments quickly and make sure your tech arrives on time. And while you hope that the matter is resolved on your first visit, you may expect a service call to take a second trip before it's fixed. After all, the tech has to figure out what's going on, assess the problem and see if the parts are on the truck, etc.
If that describes your approach, I've got bad news. You're emphasizing the wrong standards. Customers care more about getting the job done right the first time than anything else.
In fact, a report from the Aberdeen Group suggests that the biggest complaints customers have is that the repair didn't get fixed the first time (61 percent), with fewer complaining about waiting to get an appointment (51 percent) or the technician showing up on time (41 percent).
In other words, your customer experience will stand out from the competition more i..

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