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Today’s educational organizations and government agencies face increasing pressure to be more efficient, more cost-effective and more innovative. And that’s where our cloud-based telephone services make the difference! Unlike conventional phone systems that are costly to purchase and maintain, offer limited features and functions, and are inflexible when it comes to making changes or scaling, our cloud-based solution.

OpenPoll will disrupt the polling and market research industries by leveraging the advent of blockchain and cryptocurrency, offering more accurate polls, representing more individuals, and providing better political and business insight. OpenPoll works by allowing researchers—including politicians and corporations—to conduct polls and surveys through the international OpenPoll network. On the consumer end, individuals are able to complete detailed surveys quickly and anonymously through a mobile app and are paid for their responses. OpenPoll breaks language barriers which have skewed polls for decades, gathering the most accurate and representative data from anywhere in the world, all at a fraction of the cost. In summary, OpenPoll is the future of unbiased market research and polling.

Cheaper
Phone and exit polling is very expensive. Finding the right demographic and users to respond is very time-consuming and expensive. OpenPoll cuts out the middleman and goes directly to respondents creating a much more cost effective platform for politicians, researchers, and corporations.

Inclusive 
The OpenPoll platform is inclusive to people who have previously been disenfranchised in polls in surveys. With the ability to instantly translate into languages and connect with members of all socioeconomic groups, OpenPoll provides more representative data and gives everyone a fair voice.

Unbiased
Polling today is significantly biased, with both selection and response biases. Polling outside of a Target versus a Walmart? Selection Bias. Do you have a male asking questions instead of a female? Response Bias. By removing the human element and polling anonymously, we eliminate polling biases.

Encrypted 
Corporations have the option to encrypt their data through the system. No one has access to private data, not even OpenPoll. All data is decentralized and stored on our blockchain, with the industry standard encryption capabilities. We offer the ability to release your data publicly at any time, and keep it verifiable.

Zip-Code Accuracy 
Target and analyze down to a zip code. We support polls at all scales, from local communities to entire nations. Analyze how responses differ across different communities and cities with no additional cost. Polling costs scale to size, starting at $10.00. Local polling has never before been this easy or affordable.

Decentralized
Rather than processing by a single organization, polls and surveys are completely decentralized and verifiable. We show the source of our polls, so you can verify the responses for yourself. OpenPoll can expand into developing countries without government interference.

Some businesses are led to believe — typically by smooth-talking vendors — that they can reap the rewards of a hosted VoIP phone system for a fraction of the cost, merely by purchasing a cheap in-house PBX phone system and adding (relatively) inexpensive SIP lines.

However, as we’ve discussed previously this configuration doesn’t add up to a legitimate, feature-rich and enterprise-grade hosted VoIP phone system. Instead, it leads to endless configuration obstacles, greater business continuity risk, severely limited feature options and integrations, and one other problem that never goes away: an excessive burden on in-house IT teams.

Here’s why: vendors who sell cheap in-house PBX systems gloss over the fact that it’s NOT a “plug and play” experience. Why do they withhold this critical information? It’s simple: if businesses realized what was in store for their IT team, they would definitely purchase a legitimate hosted VoIP phone system from the beginning vs. try to cobble together a system McGuyever-style.

For example, here is what IT teams are responsible for with an in-house PBX+SIP Trunking:

  • All end user training (this burden alone is enough to cause some IT professionals to quit!).
  • Integrations with other systems in the environment (e.g. CRM, billing, project management, etc.).
  • All system updates and software patches, including those that block malware, viruses and other cyber threats from infecting end points and networks.
  • Monitoring and maintaining all system operations, including call and session management, voice quality management, feature activation and configuration, and so on.  
  • Security and fraud management, including monitoring all outbound traffic to detect anomalies at the automatic number identification (ANI) level, automatically blocking suspicious calling, implementing customized system rules, flagging calls to/from numbers linked to confirmed fraud cases, and so on.

Not only is this extremely time consuming, but most in-house IT professionals are not (and never claimed to be!) telecommunications experts. As such, they face a massive learning curve, and the need to keep their knowledge up-to-date with the latest advancements.

And of course, businesses that liberate their IT teams from this huge burden must purchase an expensive maintenance agreement —- one that offsets the savings they expected to realize in the first place.

Fortunately, the way to keep IT teams from waving the white flag of surrender, and the way for businesses to affordably reap the advantages of VoIP are the same: go with a hosted VoIP phone system from day one. All user training, technical support, maintenance and upgrades are handled by the off-site VoIP Solutions Provider, right down to the last detail.

The bottom line? There are many smart ways for businesses to save money and “get more for less.” However, in-house PBX+SIP Trunking isn’t one of them — because the burden on IT teams isn’t just enormous, but in many cases, it’s unbearable.

To learn more about the benefits of an advanced, cost-effective and feature-rich hosted VoIP phone system — one that your IT teams will love just as much as your impressed customers — contact the DigitalPhone.io team today. Your consultation with us is free.