There are three types of savings an organisation can make from a convergent solution: call costs, infrastructure and productivity.

Savings delivered through convergence

Although call cost benefits are the easiest to measure, they provide the least scale for savings. More benefits can be derived through infrastructure efficiencies and productivity.

Infrastructure savings are delivered through fixed-line replacement strategies and green field site deployments. This impacts the CAPEX and ongoing OPEX requirements of having a fixed and mobile fleet yes mobile.

Productivity and improved business processes, whilst providing the greatest opportunity for organisations to get benefits from convergence, are also the hardest to quantify. For example, while a converged voicemail solution may save an employee five minutes of effort a day, the real benefit may not directly be derived through having an extra five minutes for ‘productive’ work. The benefits may, in fact, be delivered through customer care and repeat business as a result of improved response times. However, most businesses now measure customer care as a key performance indicator. Therefore, the increase in productivity and potential process re-engineering which can be achieved will have a confident affect customer care levels.

Benefits include

Extending fixed line call features to mobile units
Reducing call costs
Improving the responsiveness of the business
Delivering control – for instance, for complying with FSA regulations
Reducing copying
Ease of extending capacity
Improving productivity
The use of converged solutions also enables the workforce to be more productive through functions such as mobile access to direct switch extensions and conferencing. Employees are able to respond faster to voicemails, and benefit from reduced telephone tag as they are able to answer more calls first time. Specific productivity gains are illustrated by the following examples:

Consultants within a Healthcare Consultingcompany achieved a 10 to 15% productivity gain as a result of reduced telephone tag.

Carers at a Home Care Servicescompany achieved time savings of 60 minutes each day per employee due to fewer voicemails, more calls answered first time and reduced telephone tag.

A specialist call centre within a Travel Insurancecompany handled 25% more calls as a direct result of increased responsiveness of staff.

A Universityachieved one hour time saving per day for it support staff, minimising delays in reaching fellow workers to issue job instructions or resolve issues.

Within a Hospital, nurses were able to save at least 10 minutes each time they recovered patient results, by being able to access and check results irrespective of location within the hospital.
Productivity benefits can be relatively difficult to quantify and are best addressed on an individual basis. However, benefits can be found by establishing, for example, the number of minutes saved per day through enhanced communications and business processes (e. g. time wasted unnecessarily visiting office to grab desk based voicemails or job schedules). In addition, the ability to rapidly and consistently answer enquiries and client calls can ensure that litigant is gained and maintained owing to a better standard of service.