NextUC is a hosted, multi-tenant Microsoft Lync™ based product allowing SMB companies to access enterprise-class unified communications, including voice, conferencing, video, presence and secure chat across multiple devices and platforms.
Today CallTower Inc. launched a new website for its Microsoft® Lync™ based hosted IP PBX product focused on businesses with less than 100 employees. The product, NextUC, is based on Microsoft® Enterprise Lync Server™ 2010 – a collaboration, conferencing and telephony application that streamlines business communications into one integrated platform, accessible from the cloud. CallTower will be the first company to provide a hosted, multitenant Microsoft Lync™ product that delivers the complete business communications solution to the U.S. market.
NextUC is a one-stop shop for fully integrated unified communications that combines telephony, presence, chat, conferencing, video, collaboration and mobility in one single cloud-based platform that can be leveraged on a wide variety of platforms including Windows, iOS and Blackberry. The platform allows for a more collaborative, engaging and effective experience for the end-users while cutting the client’s infrastructure costs. The solution is cost-effective, subscription-based, all-in-one service that is easy to use and manage giving SMBs access to the latest in phone and data services, without the costly capital investment.
NextUC is unique in that it provides a truly integrated enterprise telephony and unified messaging solution in addition to the base Lync™ product from Microsoft. The benefits of the solution will include:
- Improved collaboration: Rich presence information helps employees see each other’s availability status and find the most effective way of communicating – via chat, click-to-call or conference call. With Lync™ it is easy to bring people together to collaborate via web or audio conference, video, desktop sharing and white boarding.
- Enhanced efficiencies: By integrating unified communications and rich presence into business workflows, latency and delays can be reduced or eliminated. Users stop playing phone or email tag and can get projects done faster.
- Empowered mobile workforce: Mobile workers can now access rich unified communications tools from anywhere with an internet connection without the need for a virtual private network (VPN). Voicemails are forwarded as text transcripts via email so users can quickly read the message without having to call the mailbox.
“We are extremely excited to be the first in the market to launch a product that is so well suited for the SMB market, allowing companies to enhance collaboration exponentially without the need to purchase any equipment, “ said Bob Barnes, EVP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Customers will be able to on-board their service on the new self-provisioning portal without the need for any contracts. The service will be provided on a month-to-month basis, allowing the maximum flexibility for the end user.
“We’ve built the website http://www.nextuc.com with the aim to make the on-boarding for our new clients as easy as possible,” added Barnes. “Clients simply click ‘Activate,’ enter the amount of phone numbers they need and will be up and running within a few minutes without the need to purchase any hardware, software or licenses.” CallTower will offer businesses a three month free trial to “try the features and experience the benefits of the product.” The product will be available on July 5, 2011.
CallTower is the leading provider of enterprise-class Unified Communications-as-a-Service solution that integrates business VoIP phone service, email hosting, unified messaging, presence and instant messaging, conferencing and collaboration tools into one streamlined platform. CallTower partners with leading technology providers in the industry, including Microsoft®, BlackBerry® and Android® to deliver advanced Unified Communications features in a reliable, stable and scalable environment, without the complexity and costs of implementing, man