Phone System Services -West-Suburbs-Chicago, IL
Whether you need a legacy phone system maintained, or an
entirely new communications system for multiple offices, Andromeda Technology Solutions
is the answer you have been looking for. As our expertise also includes complete
data network solutions,
you can rest assured that we can fully integrate a communications system that will best leverage your existing or
future IT infrastructure.
In many cases, your telephone system is the first thing
people will experience when dealing with your business.
• Does it show your company in a good light?
• Is it set up so your clients have a good experience?
• Does it help maximize employee productivity?
Let us show you how a phone system should be set up!
Experience the simplicity of having an experienced company to handle all aspects of your communication systems, letting you focus on running your business.
Contact us or fill out the Request form on this page now to ask us to contact you!
lives to serve organizations like yours near West Suburbs Chicago, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
Hybrid PBX and IP-based Phone Systems
We support a host of major phone systems—from Avaya, NEC, Panasonic to Toshiba— and are a certified Panasonic dealer for both a traditional PBX system,
as well as a true IP-based VoIP system. The beauty of these systems lies in
their very extensive feature set (over 800 features) and their mix-and-match
capabilities. Each system can mix analog, digital and IP phone sets to match
almost any application. Also, each system has extensive functionality
built-in for incorporating branch offices, work-at-home employees and other
We spend a great deal of time understanding all your requirements, so we can select the system and functions that are exactly what you need.
The Phones Become the Network
If you are considering an IP-based telephone system, it is important to
understand these systems are more data systems than phone systems. Unlike a
traditional PBX system, a VoIP system puts a significant burden on your data
network, and requires specific equipment and configuration to ensure
everything is running properly.
Many traditional telephone service companies lack the skills to properly
install and maintain a VoIP system. Andromeda Technology Solutions excels in
all aspects of voice and data, and will ensure you get the system that is
right for you.
Whether Cloud-based, Hosted/virtual PBX, or completely on-premises, we have the knowledge AND experience to guide you and implement your voice communication system to perfection.
Replacement of Legacy Phone Systems
We have many years of experience upgrading/replacing legacy phones systems from: ComDial, Nortel, Toshiba/Mitel,
and Samsung just to name a few. If you would like to experience service from a truly
customer-focused organization, call us when you are ready to replace and upgrade your existing legacy telephone system.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Telephone system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
It costs money to make money.
It’s safe to say that you’ve heard this phrase somewhere – especially if you own or manage a business.
Rent . . . Employee Salaries . . . Utilities . . . Outsourced Services . . . Supplies . . . the list goes on and on and on.
With the cost of being in business steadily increasing, it is important to save where you can.
We speak with business owners about how technology can add value on a daily basis. We assist in improving uptime which increases productivity, we help business owners and managers secure their data so they can rest easier knowing they have proper protection in place.
We help business owners secure their physical locations with access control, security cameras and burglar systems.
We even help businesses increase revenues with professional website development and digital marketing strategies.
All of that said, there is still one area that we see business owners overspending on time and time again.
Care to guess what that might be? . . . if your phone bill came to mind you nailed it!
If you are like many other professionals, you want to take a good look at your phone bill but don’t know where to start. With that in mind we grabbed a few things to pay attention to and cost saving ideas that you’ll find below.
Tips and Tricks to Help From Overpaying on Your Business Phone Bill
Pay close attention to your contract dates
While there is a certain expected increase in services over time, all too often companies are being overcharged every month by their service provider because they are out of contract.
Service providers don’t want you on a month to month agreement. They want to know they have your business for extended periods of time.
On top of this, the end of your current contract is a great time to see what else is out there. Even if you stay with the incumbent provider, you’ll know that you are getting the best rate and may be able to get a deal for sticking around instead of jumping to the competition.
Take a look at how your phones are serviced
Getting your business “in the cloud” is a big topic these days. With many different cloud based applications and even cloud based hardware, it is no surprise that your phones also have cloud options.
There are many types of phone systems available to you and they are serviced differently which means that they have different costs associated as well.
While we won’t dive into too much granular detail, your main options for a phone system are on premise digital systems, on premise IP based systems and other cloud based systems or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems as they are commonly known.
At times, a VoIP system may offer a cheaper monthly expense but over time it may end up costing more than your traditional PBX or on premise solution.
We would recommend bringing in professional assistance before switching from an on premise system to a cloud based or VoIP system. There may be infrastructure costs or other back end costs associated with this switch you should be aware of before making the change.
Make sure all of the lines you pay for are in use
This may seem like a no brainer but as your organization grows and you have more phone lines in service, it is easy to forget that one or many might not be necessary.
The most common instances of these forgotten lines are dead extensions, fax lines or other dedicated office equipment lines and potentially even dedicated lines for security.
You obviously don’t want to disconnect these without investigating how it might impact things at the office – especially if the lines are dedicated to security.
We’d suggest having a professional technician come on site to test and document your lines if you believe you are paying for lines that aren’t being used.
Consider a PRI
A PRI is a Primary Rate Interface but the acronym is a commonly used term for phone bills and the telecommunications industry.
In a nutshell, a PRI is a circuit with a physical device on site that allows you to group multiple analog lines or DID (Direct Inward Dialing) numbers onto one circuit.
We’ve found that a PRI cuts down costs for companies with approximately 6 analog lines or more. Instead of paying a monthly fee for each of those lines, you pay a fee for the service to your PRI and an upfront cost for the hardware.
Of course, this doesn’t save you money in every instance but more often than not, using a PRI will cut your monthly bill a bit.
Check your bills regularly
There are many different reasons you want to check your phone bill every month.
Service providers may change rates, add fees or any other number of things and if you pay the phone bill without regard or even set it up on auto pay it may take months before you recognize the discrepancies.
The more comfortable you are with reading your phone bill, the more you will understand about the different fees and charges and the less likely you are to have random fees or charges go unnoticed.
When all is said and done, we suggest taking a deeper look into your phone bills about every 6 months. You can do this yourself or task an outsourced firm to do it. There are even brokers out there that you can contract to shop rates and ensure you get the best deal.
Andromeda is not in the business of providing your actual phone connection, but we are in the business of providing you with the best technology and customer service experience with your phone system.
With that in mind, if you ever have a question about something you aren’t sure about on your bills, our staff is more than welcome to help you out.
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There are many options available to you when purchasing a professional telephone system.
And there are many companies out there that want you to purchase your professional phone solutions from them.
So – how do you make sure you are getting the best phone system for your business AND make sure that you are working with a company that puts your interests first?
We’ve put together a list of 5 of the top questions you should ask yourself when it comes to a professional telephone system and the telephone service providers that install them for your business.
5 Questions You Want To Ask Yourself Before Purchasing A Professional Telephone System
1. What are your 5 year total costs for the system?
This is an important question that is often overlooked when purchasing a professional telephone system. There are many factors that impact total cost but typically there are two different types of systems that you are taking into consideration.
- Hosted VoIP Telephone Systems
- On Premises PBX Telephone Systems
Within those two options there are different options and models but the key difference is where the majority of the hardware exists.
In a hosted or cloud based phone system, you don’t have equipment in the office. Instead it is ‘hosted’ in the cloud. You simply have phones that you plug into the network.
With an on premises solution, your professional telephone system and equipment exist in your office. Most of the time this is in a ‘box’ mounted in your IT closet.
The reason the distinction between these two is important is because they have different costs associated with them.
With hosted VoIP you are essentially paying every month for service to the phones and the software that allows inbound and outbound calls to your network.
With an on premises system, you buy the hardware up front and you pay for telephone lines (POTS lines) to give you connectivity.
To look at costs for each type of system you’ll want to consider recurring monthly service charges, hardware costs and service/maintenance costs.
NOTE: when considering a hosted VoIP phone system, make sure that you find out what your taxes will be each month. Many times, these rates are not included in quotes and can add on hundreds of dollars to your monthly costs.
2. Who owns the equipment?
When it comes to any hardware you are using at the office, it is important to figure out who actually owns the equipment.
With an on premises option, you buy the hardware up front and install it. You own it. Simple as that.
If you choose to go with a hosted solution, you want to look into who actually owns the equipment. Many times, you are renting the phones you use from your service provider. Even if you are only paying $25.00 per phone per month, multiply that out over a year and look at how much you’ve paid to rent out phones you don’t own.
On top of that, if you ever want to switch providers or decide you want to purchase an on premises system, you have to give the phones back and start from scratch. All that money spent on renting equipment is out the door with nothing to show for it.
3. Who is going to help you service your telephone equipment?
Things break – unfortunate but true. So when you are having issues with your phone system, who will you call to come out and service it? How long will it take for technicians to get to your issues? Do you have a dedicated team or is it just whoever is available? Do they offer emergency service?
These are all questions you’ll want to ask anyone proposing their phone solution to you. All too often, business owners are sold on phone solutions that have no local service providers for technical issues.
Different technology vendors work with specific types of systems and you want to make sure you are buying a system that you can get serviced professionally and promptly.
4. Will the telephone solution grow with your business?
Each telephone system has its own list of features and compatibilities. But each one also has specific capabilities when it comes to scaling.
There are specific hardware components in phone systems that limit the number of telephones, calls or mailboxes you can set up at any one time.
If you are purchasing a system today but plan to add a call center next year, you want to make sure that you talk to your vendor about that before you purchase. That way, you can make sure that your solution is capable of that type of growth.
Not only that, depending on your business model and needs, you’ll also want to make sure that you choose a telephone system that best suits your day to day practices which brings us to our fifth question.
5. Does this phone system offer all of the features and functions you need?
Every business has its own needs when it comes to phones. Some are very simple and others are more complex. If you use your phones the way many small to midsized business do, all you’re looking for is a connection, some basic functionality (receptionist phone, easily transfer calls, put people on hold, maybe a conference phone for conference calls etc.).
At the same time, you may have a sales team that is constantly on the road which means you’d like the ability to transfer calls to your cell phone, voicemail-email set up, voicemail to text set up. You may want direct extensions or maybe when an inbound sales call comes in you want every sales person’s phone to ring until someone picks up.
The list of features goes on and on. And that doesn’t even include third party applications that integrate security, presence management and more.
Make sure you are working with a vendor that can help guide you and manage the different functions and features on the market.
Request a Consultation
A Professional Telephone System can be complex but it definitely doesn’t have to be.
If you’re in the right hands with a vendor who makes it a priority to get to know your business and your needs, most of these questions can be answered without an issue.
If you’re thinking about adding to your phone system, switching to a different type of system or you know you need something new but don’t know where to start, our account managers are ready and more than willing to help guide you through the process.
Take the first step and give us a call at the office (815) 836-0030 or fill out the form below and request a phone call with our team.
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Japanese juggernaut Kawasaki Heavy Industries is the latest company to fall victim to a security breach. The company, which employs more than 35,000 people and has offices all over the globe recently disclosed the breach to its customers.
The company discovered that one or more unauthorized parties accessed a company server in Japan from an office in Thailand on June 11th of this year (2020).
Kawasaki's IT security staff halted all communications between the two sites the same day the discovery was made. A subsequent investigation revealed that other unauthorized access from other overseas sites had occurred between June 11 through July 8th, which prompted the company to halt communications between those sites as well.
Communications were restored on November 30th once the investigation had been concluded and the company implemented new security protocols. They then conducted a security audit of more than 30,000 terminals on the corporate network.
A spokesman for the company stressed that although no evidence was found that any data was exfiltrated from corporate servers, it is possible that some information was stolen. However, if it was, then the attack was conducted with highly advanced technology that left no trace.
Kawasaki is hardly the only Japanese firm to have been beached this year. Other victims in 2020 include Kobe Steel, Pasco, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC. Sadly, they certainly won't be the last, given that the frequency of hacking attacks is likely to continue increasing for the foreseeable future.
In any case, there's not much to be done except to be aware that if you have had business dealings with Kawasaki or any of the other Japanese firms mentioned here, it's at least possible that whatever data you've shared with those companies could have been compromised.