Still Throwing Money at that Old PBX?

Nov 2017

We have all been there: your business phone system malfunctions, you need software updates, or you simply need to reprogram some extensions or move some phones around. And then you get hit with a bill for some service work that seems completely out of relation to the degree of difficulty. Didn’t Alexander Graham Bell invent… Read More

Cisco Makes a Splash in UCaaS

Oct 2017

As everyone has likely heard by now, Cisco entered into an agreement to acquire BroadSoft for $1.9 billion.  The official announcement came earlier this week during BroadSoft’s annual Connections meeting. Immediately following the announcement, service providers and customers alike began asking “Wat does this all mean?”.  A significant amount of our time this week has… Read More

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last

Oct 2017

As Ricky Bobby once philosophized, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”  Nobody likes being second best.  At Altus, we take great pride in the fact that our VoIP solution is built on the #1 global platform for cloud communications, BroadSoft.  Beyond that, Altus offers white glove installation service and back end support for a fraction… Read More

Preventing Business Disruption When Disasters Occur

Oct 2017

In recent weeks hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have devastated the lives and homes of many people.  Many of those affected by these disasters are not only recovering from the personal impact on their homes and property, but also the impact on their businesses.  Recovering from any natural catastrophe would be difficult, but taking the… Read More

PBX Market Continues to Shift

Jul 2017

At the heart of every business phone system is the PBX – the centralized switch which integrates internal phone extensions with outside phone lines and allows calls to be set up, routed, and transferred.  For many years, PBXs were big physical machines.  At first they were switchboards with human operators, and then later they became… Read More

5G On The Horizon

Jun 2017

Although 5G is still in its infancy, with the telecom industry still carrying out trials and setting standards, widespread adoption may come sooner than many analysts expect.  According to Ericsson’s recently released “Mobility Report”, a whopping 25% of mobile subscriptions in North America are expected to be 5G by 2022.   Both Verizon and AT&T have… Read More

Make Remote Working Easier

Jun 2017

Today’s workers carry smartphones, tablets and laptops that connect them with colleagues and job tasks wherever they go. Collaboration apps have exploded in recent years, and now even the most essential business software applications including presentations, spreadsheets, and documents have all become cloud-based and portable. Google, Microsoft, and a host of SaaS enterprise software companies… Read More

Secret to Effective Workplace Collaboration

Jun 2017

Fostering Effective Workplace Collaboration  Collaboration drives so much in a workplace. Collaborative teams have a deeper sense of trust, are more willing to take risks, and are supportive of each other more consistently. It’s a powerful trait to infuse into any work team.  How best to collaborate depends on many factors: the teams, the work,… Read More

The 50 Shades of VoIP

Apr 2017

It is time to put the phone jargon about “cloud pbx” and “VoIP” aside and set the record straight for the common man.  Far too often we run into customers and business owners who feel overwhelmed and confused by the amount of telecom lingo and technology speak they encounter when they just want to refresh… Read More

What’s All The Fuss Over SD-WAN?

Apr 2017

 Perhaps you are an IT expert who is already well versed in software-defined wide area networking, or SD-WAN, but if you are like most busy IT professionals or business executives you might be a little too distracted with the challenges of running your company today to spend a lot of time looking over the horizon… Read More