Keeping Scattered University Students Connected During Global Pandemic: How Channel UC and Leading CSP Provide Teams Direct Routing to Students Stranded Across The Globe

As a result of COVID-19, businesses in all sectors globally have been forced to re-think, react and readjust their approach to day to day operations. It has been a case of sink or swim in many scenarios, but with the unforeseen evolution in Unified Communications, service providers have successfully equipped enterprises with communication tools, enabling users to collaborate and remain connected, regardless of their location.With thousands of people scattered across the globe, it was no longer a simple case of just upgrading to a NEW solution, but rather a case of identifying HOW we can equip customers with sufficient communication tools, catering for the architecture already in place.With the above in mind and as the demand to provide diverse and robust communication solutions soared rapidly, Channel UC introduced Teams Direct Routing to their bouquet of offerings.















We chatted to VTS IT, a leading CSP about their experience when providing Teams Direct Routing through Channel UC and how the solution has positively impacted the way their client operates.VTS IT has recently implemented a Teams Direct Routing solution for a client of theirs within the Education Sector. As a result of the pandemic and border closures, this institution was forced to shift solely to remote learning.


PAIN POINTS BEFORE THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE TEAMS DIRECT ROUTING SOLUTION:

“Our client, who operates in the Education Sector, was utilising a complex and outdated, self-hosting solution, which was complicated to administer. Having started to experience ongoing technical issues which were out of the control of both the technical team and service provider, frustration was increasing. Not only was the current solution a logistical and administrative nightmare, the solution had now been announced end of support. It was time to seek alternatives, which COVID-19 catapulted.”


WHAT CRITERIA DID THE SOLUTION NEED TO MEET IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

“The solution had to be robust, future-proof and stable without the requirement of additional hardware, whilst remaining price conscious. Ideally, the new solution would complement their existing suite of software, therefore providing their staff with the ability to seamlessly complete their duties and communicate remotely across the globe.”


WHAT EFFECT DID COVID 19 HAVE ON YOUR CLIENT? DID THIS AFFECT THE SOLUTION THAT DECIDED TO PUT FORWARD?

“With the closure of international borders, the client experienced a decline in enrolments. This forced the organisation to shift to remote learning in accordance with the Government restrictions in its response to the pandemic. This highlighted the importance of implementing a solution that provided reliable communications and contact whilst working from anywhere. A major request from the client was that the solution was to be provisioned and serviced remotely, with little to no interruption to organisation functionality.”


SERVICES CONSIDERED WHEN LOOKING TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION:

“The client explored several different options, including the use of a hosted PBX ,with the use of Softphone clients. Another option that was considered, was the ability to self-host a solution within their Azure Cloud.”


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE CHANNEL UC TEAMS DIRECT ROUTING?

“Having completed our due diligence, we felt that Teams Direct Routing from Channel UC was the appropriate solution to provide, given that the client was already utilising the Microsoft Office platform. We were able to remove the self-hosted hardware, and could seamlessly implement the solution with minimal impact on the organisation – all of which could be carried out remotely. The simplicity of the structure of the Channel UC Teams Direct Routing offering ensured that we remained competitively priced and assisted us in educating the customer about the solution available. Associating truly UNLIMITED call plans to the offering was ultimately a game changer.”


DEPLOYMENT OF THE SOLUTION AND AFTER-SALES SUPPORT:

“Channel UC understood our clients’ requirements and worked on a solution that would allow inter-tenant calling on their SBC. Channel UC was able to efficiently provision the services, which enabled us to commence the deployment of the clients’ tenancies and meet the required deadline. Channel UC’s support team were hands on to address queries and resolve issues that arose throughout the deployment.”



BENEFITS OF THE SOLUTION. HAS THE SOLUTION INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCED COSTS?

“The client has seen an internal shift towards the preference for this solution and has successfully driven positive changes to their systems and processes. This has resulted in increased team-orientated productivity, whilst seeing a reduction in the traditional fluctuation of monthly costs – the significance being a more predictable operational investment.”

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Mia Distribution inks master agent deal with RingCentral

An updated deal following the mode made between the two companies in August

Mia Distribution has signed a master agency agreement with cloud communications vendor RingCentral.

Matt Milne, sales and product manager at Mia Distribution said the master agency agreement is “a key component” of the distributor’s enterprise communications solution strategy for its reseller channel partners.

“With RingCentral, we are moving beyond just doing hardware provisioning by giving our resellers access to the leading unified communication as a service (UCaaS) platform,” Milne said.

Ben Swanson, director of channel sales for Asia Pacific added that Mia Distribution’s is positioned for “great penetration” in the local unified communications market with hundreds of active resellers.

“RingCentral’s master agency model is the perfect way for Mia Distribution to deliver value to their resellers and, ultimately, the enterprises who will reap the benefits of deploying UCaaS solutions,” Swanson said.

RingCentral provides cloud-supported hardware from Poly, Yealink and Cisco.

The deal upgrades the agreement signed between the two companies in August to supply hardware fulfilment and provisioning to support RingCentral solutions and further follows the appointment of RingCentral’s first channel marketing manager for Australia back in May.

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