It is widely reported that an IP-based enterprise communications infrastructure carries a wide assortment of benefits that simplify processes for end users and reduce overall costs for the business itself.

Corroborating tangible cost savings, a recent study of more than 1,000 corporate officials in eight different countries entitled “The State of Enterprise Communications 2012” found that businesses that have deployed IP-based solutions enjoy savings of up to 43 percent annually when compared to businesses still using dated communications like POTS.

In order to better understand where these reduced costs stem from, Carl Weinschenk – tech blogger for IT Business Edge – recently spoke with unified communications expert Jan Hickisch, who helped facilitate the study.

For example, Hickish provides the example of the German Council for Labor, which requires 150,000 users to be conducting business on the network simultaneously. While this kind of data usage could generate massive bills, by switching to an IP-based platform, the company was able to reduce energy consumption by 25 megawatts, significantly cutting down on required costs.

But, as Hickish mentions, companies interested in enjoying reduced costs through IP communications have to be willing to fully complete implementation. As Hickish stated in the interview, “Starting the transformation doesn’t mean finishing it. You have to have a plan, clear steps laid out on how to go through the transformation and how to finish.”

In order to do, Hickish recommended that business officials partner with a managed IT service. By partnering with managed service professionals from a Chicago IT consulting firm such as CTI Technology, officials will have fewer internal operating costs, diminish recruitment and training burdens and ultimately free up more time to be spent on core enterprise processes.

In order to do, Hickish recommended that business officials partner with a managed IT service.

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