8×8 offers one of the most comprehensive hosted communications feature sets that addresses the needs of a diverse customer audience
Unlike many of its competitors, 8×8 leverages a patented, home-grown platform that enables it to rapidly and economically innovate. It offers an extensive set of hosted communications and collaboration applications that rivals the capabilities of premises-based UCC solutions and is counted among the most compelling hosted communications solutions.
In addition to a standard set of private branch exchange (PBX) functionalities, voicemail and unified messaging, 8×8 also includes instant messaging (IM) and presence, conferencing, soft clients, mobility, SMS, contact center and video conferencing in its bundled offerings. Other features include the ability to integrate distributed enterprise locations onto a single virtual PBX, while allowing each to operate autonomously, thus facilitating system administration and enabling disaster preparedness/recovery.
Significantly, 8×8 caters to a growing customer need to support mobile and remote workers. In addition to its Virtual Office mobile app for iOS and Android devices, it introduced white-boarding and file-sharing capabilities, and continually enriches its virtual meetings product to facilitate collaboration across geographically distributed teams.
“By providing a one-stop shop for a broad set of capabilities, 8×8 enables business customers to eliminate the cost and hassles associated with deploying, integrating and managing disparate multi-vendor technologies,” said Frost & Sullivan Program Director Elka Popova. “It allows customers to consolidate vendor relationships and thus realize operational efficiencies related to vendor management, service provisioning, billing and upgrades.”
Apart from product features and functionality, 8×8 has demonstrated a keen desire to ensure service reliability and security. It delivers its hosted communications solutions using two fully mirrored and geographically redundant data centers in Santa Clara, Calif., and Ashburn, Va. 8×8 service-level agreements (SLAs) guarantee four-nines (99.99 percent) uptime; however, it outperformed its own standards over the past two years with uptime of nearly five-nines (99.997 percent). 8×8 services also support a wide array of critical security and compliance requirements, including HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, CPNI, FIPS and PCI-DSS. 8×8 conducts gap analysis based on security requirements to ensure compliance with various industry regulations. For example, from HIPAA compliance point of view, 8×8 has 141 controls in place related to audit and accountability, contingency planning, etc.
8×8 is continually improving its customers’ deployment, onboarding and service management experiences. For instance, it launched a major Big Data initiative, whereby at the end of each call, the endpoints publish data to its Big Data environment for better assessment of current and potential service-related issues. This allows 8×8 to proactively identify, isolate and resolve potential threats to the network before customers experience degraded service.
8×8 is one of the top two hosted IP telephony and UCC service providers in North America in terms of installed users and revenues. Its installed base of hosted IP telephony and UCC users grew steadily to touch 361,000 users in 2013, which is a 24 percent increase over 2012.
A key factor in 8×8’s customer acquisition success is its increased focus on larger accounts and, more specifically, the mid-market. One of its strongest assets in delivering services to larger organizations is its contact center business, which adds value and differentiates the company from most of its competitors. As contact centers receive more complex inquiries, agents can leverage advanced UCC tools to reach out to subject matter experts to close deals or solve problems. By having strong hosted UCC and contact center solutions 8×8 is able to successfully bridge these conversations.
Moreover, 8×8 added capabilities specifically targeted at distributed organizations. Now a single hosted PBX can elegantly manage multiple locations within the customer’s organization. 8×8’s solution ties all of a customer’s sites with a single auto attendant, while deploying separate receptionist lines at each location. The solution also provides an advanced routing functionality to multi-location customers.
“8×8 boasts automated service provisioning for very small businesses and high-touch sales and technical support for larger organizations,” noted Popova. “Its well-trained direct sales staff, growing channel, and a broad, yet modular, services portfolio position it to win business from organizations of various sizes, across industries and geographical locations.”
8×8’s broad appeal to a diverse customer audience is also boosted by its ability to meet critical industry-specific security and compliance requirements, including FISMA, CPNI, FIPS, PCI-DSS, HIPAA and HIPAA/HITECH.
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About 8×8, Inc.
8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT) is the trusted provider of secure and reliable cloud-based unified communications and virtual contact center solutions to more than 40,000 small, midsize and distributed enterprise organizations operating in over 40 countries across six continents. 8×8’s out-of-the-box cloud solutions replace traditional on-premise PBX hardware and software-based systems with a flexible and scalable Software as a Service (SaaS) alternative, encompassing cloud business phone service, contact center solutions, and web conferencing. For additional information, visit www.8×8.com, or www.8×8.com/UK or connect with 8×8 on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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