Introducing Cisco IPC Express

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • The benefits of Cisco IP Communications (IPC) Express to your business
  • The components of the Cisco IPC Express system
  • Using IP Communications in your enterprise branch or small- or medium-sized business office
  • How Cisco IPC Express fits into the overall Cisco IP Telephony product portfolio

It is the summer sale season at the clothing store where you work, and the floor is swamped with shoppers. One customer inquires about an item that is unavailable. With a few keystrokes on your IP phone, you check the inventory database to see if there is a similar item in another store location. As you input the customer's account number on the phone to reserve the item, the database informs you that this person is one of your best customers. You pick up the IP phone handset and page an employee to provide special assistance to the customer. The employee intercoms you using his wireless IP phone from another section of the store and promises to head over.

When you finish assisting the customer, your IP phone message waiting indicator (MWI) light comes on. You press a button on the IP phone and scroll through your messages. You have five voice mail messages and two e-mail messages. You return an urgent message from your supplier by pressing a button on your phone before attending to the less urgent messages.

Welcome to the world of convergence, where data and voice are delivered on a single IP network through IP communications systems. The preceding example only touches on the promise of IP telephony. There are many more reasons why it can transform your business, whether you are in the retail, financial, healthcare, or any other industry. First, IP telephony delivers converged applications in a cost-effective manner to users who may not have had access to them before. Instead of providing every employee in an office with a powerful computer, an IP phone can serve as the business communications device for many employees. Second, regardless of our collective readiness, the world of convergence has arrived. Just like the Internet revolution caught some by surprise, businesses that are slow to migrate will find themselves vulnerable to competitors that provide better services and have more productive employees. Finally, from a return-on-investment perspective, IP telephony reduces the complexity of having to manage and maintain separate network infrastructures for data and voice.

This book focuses on an IP telephony system called Cisco IP Communications (IPC) Express. Cisco IPC Express is a business communications solution that offers a comprehensive set of telephony features, as well as integrated routing, security, Ethernet switching, and numerous other applications on a single platform. The primary components of the Cisco IPC Express system are

  • The call processing software Cisco CallManager Express (CME)
  • The IP Communications platform, ranging from the Cisco 1700 to the Cisco 3800 series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), supporting the Cisco IOS software that provides routing, security, and numerous networking interfaces
  • The IP-based applications (such as Cisco Unity Express (UE) and Cisco Unity), offering automated attendant (AA), voice mail, and various phone-based services
  • The IP-based endpoints (such as IP phones and softphones)

This chapter introduces Cisco IPC Express used as an IP telephony system for small and medium businesses or an enterprise branch office. This chapter also covers the components of Cisco IPC Express and the applications that are possible over an integrated voice and data network.

Part I: Cisco IP Communications Express Overview

Introducing Cisco IPC Express

Building a Cisco IPC Express Network

Cisco IPC Express Architecture Overview

Part II: Feature Operation and Applications

Cisco IP Phone Options

Cisco CME Call Processing Features

Cisco CME PSTN Connectivity Options

Connecting Multiple Cisco CMEs with VoIP

Integrating Cisco CME with Cisco CallManager

Cisco IPC Express Automated Attendant Options

Cisco IPC Express Integrated Voice Mail

Cisco CME External Voice Mail Options

Additional External Applications with Cisco CME

Part III: Administration and Management

Cisco IPC Express General Administration and Initial System Setup

Configuring and Managing Cisco IPC Express Systems

Cisco IPC Express System Configuration Example

Part IV: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Basic Cisco IPC Express Features

Troubleshooting Advanced Cisco CME Features

Troubleshooting Cisco CME Network Integration

Troubleshooting Cisco UE System Features

Troubleshooting Cisco UE Automated Attendant

Troubleshooting Cisco UE Integrated Voice Mail Features

Part V: Appendixes

Appendix A. Cisco IPC Express Features, Releases, and Ordering Information

Appendix B. Sample Cisco UE AA Scripts

Appendix C. Cisco Unity Express Database Schema

Index



Cisco IP Communications Express(c) CallManager Express with Cisco Unity Express
Cisco IP Communications Express: CallManager Express with Cisco Unity Express
ISBN: 158705180X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 236

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