Most organizations are willing to tinker with VoIP or deploy it in one or two locations, but very few companies have installed it as their primary voice solution. As enterprises get closer to full deployment, the need for VoIP management will become increasingly more important. However, the majority of companies are unprepared for the complexities of a converged network.
According to a recent Yankee Group Survey, less than 50% of enterprises that have deployed VoIP currently use a comprehensive management solution. At the same time, network managers often demonstrate a lack of confidence in the technology and its promised benefits. With the industry moving beyond VoIP and more toward unified communications, network managers must implement a comprehensive VoIP management strategy, as this will be the key to obtaining the value and minimizing the risk of enterprise wide scale deployment.
Many network managers who are deploying Cisco IP telephony will continue to lack the confidence until they adopt a more complete VoIP management solution from a credible, experienced vendor. Fortunately, many vendors have emerged as trusted, viable partners that can offer an end-to-end management solution for Cisco VoIP environments. With the selection of vendors provided network managers should feel confident in successfully deploying and experiencing the value and benefits of IP telephony.
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A comprehensive management strategy based on a lifecycle approach is strongly recommended. The VoIP management lifecycle addresses each stage of an enterprise Cisco VoIP deployment and the required management tasks. Following this approach will give network managers the confidence needed during the early stages and will ultimately deploy VoIP faster and create a more manageable enterprise VoIP platform.