DSC Tech Library
CTI Computer Telephony Integration
This section of our technical library presents information and documentation relating to Computer Telephony and 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.
VOIP Best Practices
News Story by Barbara DePompa Reimers
Tips for a successful voice-over-IP project
JANUARY 20, 2003 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Here are some tips from customers and analysts for a gentler migration to voice-over-IP technology:
- Conduct an audit of existing technology. Include hardware vintage; cabling infrastructure, from the desktop to the closet to the backbone; the network architecture; redundancy, uninterruptible power and security requirements; and policy management for multiple types of traffic.
- Recognize that voice trumps data. Because voice quality must be high to persuade users to accept VOIP, data networking professionals must learn to accept that voice traffic must be prioritized over data on corporate networks - a difficult cultural leap for some.
- Determine bandwidth requirements, and don't be greedy about compressing voice calls. Some suppliers hype 3-to-1 compression, but be satisfied with 2-to-1 or 2.5-to-1 in order to keep service quality high.
- Understand global government toll-bypass regulations. It may not be legal to offer five-digit dialing for international calls to and from certain countries.
- Increase network visibility. Use centralized, consolidated network management tools to manage performance.
- Stick with a single VOIP provider. That will help to avoid finger-pointing among vendors when performance problems erupt. Plus, integrating IP telephony products from multiple vendors is difficult, users say.
- Keep it open. Choose equipment that's interoperable, and support an open architecture environment. But beware: Some vendors claim that their products are open and interoperable when in fact they're not. So challenge them and get customer references upfront.