VMware is a great tool for leveraging your IT infrastructure, allowing your your comptuers to run multiple operating systems and applications, without the expense of adding additional machines or servers.  You can consolidate servers, improve automation and implement disaster recovery solutions. If you use leading business software operating on your servers, such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint and more, VMware can create a more seamless and accessible system, using virtualization to…

Selecting the right business telephone system for your company can be a daunting task.  Over the years we've helped thousands of clients work through the process and have found there are some consistent questions and functions that need to be addressed, no matter what size the business. As a result of our experience and expertise, we developed a Guide to Choosing a Business Telephone System, available in PDF format.  Click here to download a copy…

Holding conference calls is one of the biggest necessary evils in the business world. Clients tell us all the time how much they dislike the starts, stops and connectivity issues that go along with teleconferencing and how they wish there was a way to communicate effectively from afar. Well, the first thing we tell these clients is that done right, conference calls can be incredibly easy and productive. By doing these 3 things before the call starts,…

Voice Over IP Telephony, or VoIP, is the modern standard for business phone systems. It has replaced premises based private branch exchange (PBX) as a way for companies to  to operate their phone systems over broadband connections and save money on expensive landlines. While VoIP is a bit of a catch-all term, companies utilize it in two main different ways. IP-PBX Phone Systems The equipment for IP-PBX is located on the office premises like traditional…

Virtualization--the business tech craze that's been sweeping the nation for some time now. For large companies, virtualizing multiple servers on a single server increases efficiency and cuts hardware costs. For small businesses, virtualization manifests itself in the operation of multiple operating systems on a single server and the deployment of virtual desktops. Virtual environments can be of great benefit to business big and small. Here are three virtualization facts and tid-bits.  1. A virtual machine…

It's a liberating idea, isn't it? Hopping out of bed, walking down the hall and sitting down at a computer to start your work day? For one in five Americans, this is a reality. Working from home has become a viable option in this Work 3.0 culture and made all the easier by the latest business communications technologies like virtualization and unified communications. But working remotely isn't for everyone. If your company offers a remote…

What are your business's communications challenges? Outdated phone units that don't offer new features?  Unpredictable monthly costs?  Unwieldy cabling and cluttered wiring? Limited and unreliable teleconference capability? Every company is different, and that's why BCS tailors our services and recommendations to each company's unique needs. For those with outdated phone systems.... As an exclusive Mitel partner, BCS can outfit your company with new business phones that allow for seamless communication. You can go with traditional…

Calling all retail managers! With Christmas less than a week away, we're sure that you are experiencing more than your fair share of stress and long hours, but we have some advice that may change the way you do business in-store (and hopefully take some stress out of the equation in 2014). How do you handle in-store communication? Expensive cellphones? Hardwired cordless phones?  Consider transitioning to one of the business phone systems in Mitel's IP-Digital…

All small to medium businesses can benefit from adding Unified Communications and Collaboration to their IT arsenal. The backbone of progress is efficient communication and UC allows companies to seamlessly integrate the various channels necessary to daily operations; email, messaging, virtualized environments, video and web conferencing, etc. Many IT leaders are reluctant to embrace any one Unified Communications solution because they fear that such a change could leave their company "boxed in" to a certain…

When it comes to business communications and modern phone systems, there are plenty of options to consider--so many that it can get overwhelming (See: Looking for a New Business Phone System: 10 Terms to Know). As a business owner, you are making an important investment in your future and the future of your employees. How do you choose the right phone system, and perhaps more critically, how do you choose the right communications provider? To…