DSC Tech Library
Computer Telephony Integration
This section of our technical library presents information and documentation relating to CTI Computer Telephony Integration software and products.
Computer Telephony Integration CTI software is a rich set of phone software library routines that enable application programs to control your phone system.
This comprehensive CTI software lets you increase employee productivity, enhance customer service and reduce costs by combining the capabilities of our PACER phone system with the custom functionality of your Windows, Unix or Web applications.
Data collected by your phone ACD (Automatic Call Distribution) or IVR (Interactive Voice Response) systems can be passed to your existing PC, Unix or Web applications through our phone software.
The PACER predictive dialer can automatically call your customers and pass only connected calls to your agents. With our computer telephony software, your telephone and computer work together to provide cost-saving benefits.
Companies' infrastructures feel that VoIP effect
Matthew Broersma, Techworld.com
IP telephony is beginning to have a significant impact on the way companies deploy their IT systems, according to a new report from The Burton Group.
Growing demand for the technology, along with mainstream use of SSL VPNs, data center consolidation and other trends, is combining with disruption in the service provider industry to shake things up for enterprise IT planners, the report, VantagePoint 2004-2005 Network and Telecom Strategies Overview, said.
"Service providers are striving to adapt to disruptive effects of IP networking, an outmoded regulatory framework (that still doesn't recognize the existence of the Internet), and developments that make many of their business models obsolete," said Burton Group research director David Passmore. "The result will be a challenging environment for enterprise network planners and operations staff."
Voice over wireless LANs is changing the way companies deploy wireless access points, with a new emphasis on dense AP deployment, which can provide better and more reliable performance, the report said. In turn, is requiring companies to look at products that can centrally manage WLAN channel assignments and power levels. Public IP telephony services are also becoming a significant force, particularly for smaller organizations and those who don't require full enterprise-class sets of features.
This trend is creating its own technical problems, such as the emergence of isolated IP telephony islands that can't communicate with one another, and lack of interoperability among Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) vendors.
Companies are deploying SSL-based VPNs more widely, leading to a boom of sorts in the SSL business, the report said. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs are becoming popular for site-to-site connectivity.
Data centers are moving to a consolidated architecture around virtualized infrastructure devices for the front end, blades to reduce space requirements and interconnection costs, and IP/Ethernet-based back-end storage, the report said. Larger enterprises are increasingly locating their data centers at Internet data centers for peering.
Large businesses are seeing a stronger case for carrier-class technologies such as optical wavelengths and multihoming, but prospects for other advanced services, such as interprovider MPLS VPNs, quality of service and IPv6 transit are further away, The Burton Group said.