August 2017

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We Are Number # 1

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BSB Communications is proud to be recognized as the #1 Mitel Dealer in Michigan and ranked #12 Nationally. For over 33 years providing:

  • Business Phones
  • Unified Communication
  • Hosted/Cloud
  • Voice & Data Cabling
  • Network Design
  • Carrier Services

No matter what size business you have BSB will design the right solution to meet your needs.



Mitel's ShoreTel Acquisition

ShoreTel, Toshiba, Mitel

Mitel just announced a merger agreement with ShoreTel that will propel Mitel into second place in the global Unified Communications market. This is in addition to its July 5th acquisition of Toshiba Telecom.

The combined company will provide an industry-leading portfolio of communications and collaboration solutions, and Mitel has pledged to provide continued support and an attractive path forward for all Shore Tel and Toshiba customers.

As the number one Mitel dealer in Michigan, BSB can support all of your business communication needs, including the design, installation and support of your preferred UC deployment – cloud, premises, or a hybrid solution.

Stronger together as a global market leader in the rapidly growing UCaaS market

Continuing to deliver its move-to-the-cloud strategy, with this transaction Mitel is accelerating on a growth path by investing further and faster into the UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) market as digital transformation accelerates customer demand for cloud-based solutions globally. The combined company will be the #2 player in the UCaaS market, creating a supplier with the scale and technical capabilities to enable customers with new cloud-based solutions and applications.

The combined company will be headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and will operate as Mitel. Rich McBee, Mitel's Chief Executive Officer, will lead the combined organization. Steve Spooner, Mitel's Chief Financial Officer, will also continue in that role.

"This is a very natural combination that enables us to continue to consolidate the industry and take advantage of cost synergy opportunities while adding new technologies and significant cloud growth to our business," said Mitel CEO, Rich McBee. "Together, Mitel and ShoreTel will be able to take customers to the cloud faster with full-featured, cloud-based communications and applications."

Uniquely qualified to take customers and partners to the cloud

Together, the combined company will have approximately 3,200 channel partners and an industry-leading portfolio of communications and collaboration solutions. Mitel and ShoreTel are committed to providing continued support and an attractive path forward for all customers and partners - cloud and premise. On closing of the proposed transaction, the combined company will have a global workforce of approximately 4,200 employees.

"With the announcement today, this concludes our comprehensive review of strategic alternatives by delivering a significant cash premium for our shareholders," said Don Joos, CEO of ShoreTel. "Customers are clearly moving to the cloud at a rapid pace. The combination of Mitel and ShoreTel creates a new UCaaS market leader with a differentiated strategy and solution, and a clear migration path so that no customer is left behind or will have to abandon what they already have to cloud-enable their organization."

Once the transaction is complete, Mitel will be uniquely positioned to offer all customers the advantages of cloud-based communications. For enterprise customers, ShoreTel's solutions will strengthen Mitel's ability to cloud-enable customers with existing premise or mixed estate deployments, creating the technical foundation needed for delivery of next-generation cloud applications.

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Mitel has been named a Leader four years in a row in the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Unified Communications.

BSB partnered with Mitel to help businesses of all sizes communicate simply and more effectively by powering seamless, real-time communications and collaboration solutions. Gartner Magic Quadrant research methodology provides a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers in fast-growing markets: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. As companion research, Gartner Critical Capabilities notes provide deeper insight into the capability and suitability of providers' IT products and services based on specific or customized use cases.

Magic Quadrant Report 2017

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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A Word From BSB's Telecom Ambassador
– Craig Hodges

How does Unified Communications fit into your organization?

A Word From BSB's Telecom Ambassador

My article titled "Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan"1 (DRP) was my most inquired upon blog. The article on "BYOD"2 (bring your own device) also generated much interest. As a follow up, I am writing about Unified Communications (UC). As the title implies, unified communication unites all forms of communications and make it possible to communicate and access information on multiple devices from any location in the world. BYOD, having a disaster recovery plan and Unified Communications go hand in hand.

A disaster recovery plan ensures that important operations can continue with very little downtime. Telecommunications is essential to day-to-day business operations. If you can access your data and communications remotely you can return to normal business functions even in the event of a disaster in your office.

BYOD refers to remote workers and employees using their own cell phones and computers for work. Unified Communications gives full office desktop phone technology to these personal devices. Interoperability of devices is a big advantage of UC. A voicemail left on a phone can be retrieved in an email. You could also check to see if the colleague who left the voicemail is available and respond via chat. A fax is viewed in your email inbox, not printed out on the fax machine in your office.

Benefits of Unified Communications include:

  • Unites mobile devices and voice communications
  • Improves business communications, productivity, and customer response time
  • Mobility; work anywhere, anytime with all your desktop features available on any device

Features:

  • Ability to place a call and have the corporate caller ID displayed instead of your personal cell phone number
  • Access to all your contacts and ability to sync with Outlook
  • CRM integration on all devices.
  • Presence on all devices (view the availability of your colleagues)
  • Video and Audio Conferencing and collaboration from all devices (improves communication, reduces travel)
  • Hot desking
  • Softphone with video (make/receive calls with your computer)
  • Web based management tools and the ability to consolidate network management and operations equipment
  • Manage voice like other apps in your data center on same virtualized servers as other business apps.

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BSB's 2017 Technology Expo

Techtoberfest

This year's BSB TECHNOLOY EXPO will be on October 12th and we are calling it our Techtoberfest.

Sign up now to learn more about the educational sessions as the agenda is finalized.
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BSB's Partner Showcase

GTS

Each month leading up to our Fall Technology Expo; we are showcasing our event sponsors.

This month, GTS is one of those partners.BSB looks for opportunities to bring the best carrier solution(s) to any organization and has been doing so for over 20 years. Partnering with GTS adds alternatives and another level of support and service in the event you have issues with your carrier.

GTS Adds Another Award

Continuing its mission of helping companies to find a more effective and cost-efficient way to get the telecommunications services they need, GTS was recently selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan's Economic Bright Spots of 2017. Corp! chose GTS based on its excellence in providing a one-stop, no fees shopping experience, delivering live customer support, and generating significant savings to businesses—an accomplishment that would not have been possible without the help of a vast network of excellent providers and sales partners like BSB Communications. The Michigan Economic Bright Spots Award honors Michigan businesses that are thriving and succeeding in the state. The winners were featured in Corp! magazine, which sponsors the awards program.

GTS is a telecom and cloud master agency that provides solutions and customer service from over 50 carriers and service providers (i.e. companies such as AT&T, Aryaka, US Signal, Comcast Business, and Rocket Fiber). Products include everything from back-up and replication cloud services, to redundant internet connections. GTS has access to the best pricing and provides superior project management, all at no cost to the customer. For more information about GTS contact your BSB Account Executive.


2017 Mi-GMIS, Sept 10th – 13th

2017 Mi-GMIS, Sept 10th – 13th

Come visit us at the 2017 Mi-GMIS Conference. This year it will be held at the Boyne Highlands Hotel. BSB has been successful with many new installation projects within the Government vertical. We are looking forward to seeing many of our Government customers as well as introducing the BSB experience to many more! So please stop by our booth and register to win a great prize.

The Michigan Association of Governmental Computer Users (MAGCU) was founded in 1980 to provide educational and networking opportunities for Information Technology professionals across the State of Michigan. Through its newsletter, surveys, annual conference, and website, members can share experiences, ideas, and information among a group of people with similar needs and interests, fostering the efficient and value-added application of information technology throughout Michigan government.


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