There has been alot of talk recently about VOIP and its benefits to companies who need to reduce their call costs. VOIP is obviously a great solution but when everyone is forging ahead with the latest and greatest, lets take a step back and consider an alternative solution that can be setup and deployed quickly and will integrate well in almost any network.
Let me introduce “Jabber”, an open source fast and secure chat program that you can deploy within your network and be in control of authourisation and security. Users cannot access other chat networks (unless you specifically allow them) and the server also resides within your network.
Jabber runs on the XML protocol and supports file transfers and excellent levels of sercurity. While Jabber does well within the same building, it really excells at the WAN level. Deploying a server in one country then allowing all users in various locations around the globe (or in the next suburb) to login will reduce business call costs by a decent percent.
Many of us prefer to use mobile phone TEXT messages to communicate short messages rather than a phone call as it is quicker and provides a nice little audit trail for both the sender and the reciever. Thinking along these lines when installing a Jabber server will allow staff to send and recieve short text messages across the Jabber server instead of making a potentially more expensive telephone call. Multiply this method out by many staff and the potential for saving become very clear.
Core Networks can install a Jabber server on your network. Please visit the “contact” link at the top of the page.