Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued) vs. Fuze

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Business Edition 7000 was a collaboration and universal communication, VOIP / telephony, conferencing and messaging platform for enterprises of 1000 to 5000 employees. It has been discontinued, and is superseded by functionality found in Webex Calling.N/A
Fuze
Score 7.6 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Fuze is a cloud-based unified communications platform that includes IP PBX voice service, video conferencing, and collaboration tools such as content sharing and instant messaging capabilities. It also integrates with a wide range of popular CTI, CRM, and click-to-call solutions.
$15
per month
Pricing
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
US Outbound
$0.02
Per Minute
Fuze Meetings
$15
Per User/Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Considered Both Products
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)

No answer on this topic

Fuze
Chose Fuze
Although Avaya offers some cloud-based solutions, they didn't have the features we were looking for in the price-range we were willing to pay. ShoreTel has great features and great pricing, but we would be heavily reliant on hardware at each location or a higher level of …
Chose Fuze
Cisco is a much better product for reliability and support, however, it requires far more resources in-house to support the platform. Fuze, however, requires very few internal resources to support a large number of employees.
Chose Fuze
CallManager requires servers, Voice routers, independent PBX providers, SIP providers and admins who know how to manage all of that. Fuze alleviates the need for Cisco VOIP and telecommunications experts and simplifies and consolidates every site onto a single hosted platform …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.3
10 Ratings
7% below category average
Fuze
-
Ratings
Task Management7.810 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation8.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access7.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Search6.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.2
10 Ratings
11% below category average
Fuze
-
Ratings
Chat6.29 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications7.49 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions7.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys8.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.49 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting7.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook6.57 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.6
10 Ratings
7% below category average
Fuze
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Ratings
Versioning6.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files9.76 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.28 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration6.79 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control7.48 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features8.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync4.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Fuze
5.8
111 Ratings
34% below category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings5.478 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings6.273 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings5.260 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings6.492 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings5.9107 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Fuze
6.8
107 Ratings
22% below category average
Answering rules00 Ratings7.199 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings6.389 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings7.273 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings6.593 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Fuze
7.3
91 Ratings
12% below category average
Video conferencing00 Ratings7.377 Ratings
Audio conferencing00 Ratings7.490 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Fuze
8.1
103 Ratings
3% below category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings8.194 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings8.177 Ratings
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Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Small Businesses
Stackby
Stackby
Score 9.8 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Troop Messenger
Troop Messenger
Score 9.7 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
HCL Connections
HCL Connections
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(11 ratings)
8.1
(116 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(20 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(12 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(88 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(111 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Fuze
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Cisco business edition are well suited for the environment where we need regular communication as they are easy to dial and has got great features. The product is well suited for both small business and large enterprises. Speed dial, good voice quality are key features of Cisco phones. They are not well suited in scenarios where we do not have LAN connectivity or internet. Sometimes we may face latency and jitteriness which is not good.
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Fuze
Fuze has way more capability than we need for our small office so it might be best suited for large installations, call centers, and complex environments. Our office is small and our needs [are] minimal, so when we need support we are challenged to understand the support person due to our lack of technical sophistication. We sometimes feel like we should switch to a solution more geared for consumers or SOHO. Nevertheless, Fuze provides reliable service at [a] reasonable cost that meets our needs, and because support is rarely needed we are happy with them most of the time, i.e. when support isn't needed.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • The platform supports up to 5,000 users connected at the same time in voice and video calls.
  • Everything is virtually deployed on Cisco servers with reliability.
  • Intuitive configuration and user-friendly web interface.
  • It has several types of IP phones and is compatible with legacy and multi-brand hardware with SIP protocol.
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Fuze
  • Support Team - the best I have ever worked with. They help 24/7 on any issue I could come across. Usually it is an item I could fix myself and they fix it and show me how to fix the same issue if I have it in the future.
  • Contact Center - We do Commercial Collections involving Sales and Collections. We have 50 people on the phone at one time. Contact Center lets a Manager listen live and gives help if the rep needs help selling or collecting.
  • Pandemic 2020 - without Fuze we would have been unable to work for 3 months. They saved our "rears" since we already had all their services up and running for years.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • More cloud based services need to be added to the default service package.
  • Companies frequently require a small contact center within the UC environment. It would be nice to see a build it contact center in the box.
  • It would be nice to see some advanced AI based services (IVR voice recognition service) in the BE7K application list.
  • Call recording should be also built in.
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Fuze
  • Desktop application stability and compatibility with certain hardware.
  • Better installation - Per-user and per-computer installs sometimes compete with one another and/or upgrades fail to install.
  • [The] desktop app is not best for touchscreen-enabled devices due to lack of ability to scroll through messages using a finger or stylus.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze is a solid application that is a great asset to the business for our sales staff to make daily calls to clients and candidates. Managers can monitor call data and times to keep up to date with team performance, as well as monitor calls for users on their team. The Fuze/MS Teams integration is an exciting prospect that would be very beneficial to us as a business, for seamless integration between the 2 platforms.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze was built with the end-user in mind. It was built to have a common interface on mobile and desktop. Fuze Web is new, and it also has the exact same interface as the desktop and mobile, and they are still working on the ability to make phone calls from the browser itself, currently it can do meetings just fine. Everything about Fuze was built with the end-user in mind.
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
We've had a few outages over the past year. More than other vendors I've used. They usually have outages fixed within an hour. The downside is they do not provide root cause of outages. If they do at takes them at least a month to get it to you
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Performance
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Since Fuze runs across multiple devices and platforms they really strived to make a lightweight interface that is optimized for phone calls, chat, and collaboration. The web client loads fast, the chat is always up-to-date, phone calls arrive on-time. The desktop client is the most feature rich and basically it just adds desktop sharing functionality as well as VoIP for calling, and the mobile client doesn't consume a lot of battery, and it stays running to get phone calls, chats, and can do meetings over Wifi, Cellular Data, or Cellular voice.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Our experience with Fuze support has been overall very positive. Their technicians seem to be well trained and able to handle a variety of requests and issues without unnecessary delays or extensive troubleshooting. Fuze allows enough customer access to avoid the need to call support for every little issue but is ready to assist when issues are beyond our capabilities to resolve.
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
At many of our sites with more than 50 users, Fuze sent someone onsite to train. This worked surprisingly well, as the trainer allowed the users to set the pace and answered TONS of questions. Fuze has a very streamlined training process, their staff is very professional, very knowledgeable and very engaging.
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Online Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze has vast amounts of training videos and guides on how to use its products and services. There are literally endless-hours of training and I often point end-users to a particular video which addresses the specific needs of the user, for example: how to check voicemail. Or, how to share your desktop, etc.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Personally, I didn't have any trouble getting started with Fuze. It was installed on my computer on my first day and I was good to go! Little to no hiccups. I was not with the company when they first adapted Fuze so I can not speak to the implementation as a whole.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
I've used 220s and 240s too, but it takes a lot of time to set them up, a lot of time to download the iso files, and set up of datastores. 7k saves the engineer a lot of pre-build assessment and evaluation time. Gets a lot done in a lot less time, returns are a happy engineer and a happier customer.
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Fuze
Fuze was far more expensive and more complicated to set up. Our current platform took a few days to set up with SSO. Our contact center took a bit longer but works amazingly.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze does have scalability limits but most of that is how many end-points they can put on a virtual PBX, or VCX as they call them, I THINK its limit is somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000, but we've not had issues with that because we have put users into various VCXs some by location, some by department or function. Either way, we have 7,000 currently deployed, and are going to end up with over 15,000 when we are done, Fuze is VERY scalable.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • It has allowed for mostly smooth communication from department to department/office to office.
  • It allows for saved phone # / last contact to appear quickly.
  • It has allowed for safety warnings/announcements to emerge all across every office so that everyone within the organization is on the same page about events when they occur.
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Fuze
  • We receive constant negative feedback from mangers about the system not functioning correctly. (This is mainly due to lack of support from Fuze)
  • This has had a positive impact in that the system is cheaper and we are missing less calls due to the functionality of the system.
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