Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued) vs. MiCloud Connect

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 It has been discontinued, and is superseded by functionality found in Webex Calling.N/A
MiCloud Connect
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
MiCloud Connect is a business communications solution for contact centers that includes features like IP PBX telephony service, desk phones, softphone, and collaboration tools. It is integrable with other business communication technology, including Microsoft Outlook and CRM software.
$20.99
per user/per month
Pricing
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Editions & Modules
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Essentials
$20.99
per user/per month
Premier
$26.59
per user/per month
Elite
$38.49
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Considered Both Products
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)

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MiCloud Connect
Chose MiCloud Connect
Cost and ease of management are primary benefits over Cisco UCS. Much easier to train up admin staff in creating a new site and deploying gear for MiCloud vs Cisco. Reporting is also simple to run and schedule, enhanced by Brightmetrics.
Chose MiCloud Connect
Cisco is a superior product but it is much more expensive. ShoreTel is cost effective and it works well.
Chose MiCloud Connect
Both Cisco and Avaya were evaluated by our firm. We carefully reviewed their documentation, went to demos for all three, and talked to several references. We chose ShoreTel due to lower initial costs, lower maintenance costs, colleague reviews and our testing of their product. …
Chose MiCloud Connect
ShoreTel is a much better solution than Cisco. They are not only more cost effective, but they are not as overly complex as the Cisco solution. ShoreTel is easier to implement and administer.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.2
10 Ratings
9% below category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Task Management7.710 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling6.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access7.410 Ratings00 Ratings
Search6.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools7.16 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.0
10 Ratings
14% below category average
MiCloud Connect
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Ratings
Chat6.19 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications7.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions7.29 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys8.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting7.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts6.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook6.27 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.5
10 Ratings
7% below category average
MiCloud Connect
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Ratings
Versioning6.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files9.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration6.59 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control7.38 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features8.410 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync4.68 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
MiCloud Connect
8.2
27 Ratings
3% above category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings8.315 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings8.621 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
MiCloud Connect
8.6
28 Ratings
4% above category average
Answering rules00 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings8.323 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings8.626 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.622 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings8.323 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
MiCloud Connect
7.7
23 Ratings
3% below category average
Video conferencing00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Audio conferencing00 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Video screen sharing00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Instant messaging00 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
MiCloud Connect
6.2
15 Ratings
26% below category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings4.512 Ratings
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Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Small Businesses
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Score 9.7 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Troop Messenger
Troop Messenger
Score 9.8 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 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)MiCloud Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(11 ratings)
8.3
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(42 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(27 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
3.5
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(12 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(30 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
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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Mitel Networks Corporation
Mitel is excellent at allowing me as a user to setup up custom call routing in response to rapidly changing work flows. If I need to work from home for a period due to medical or other reasons, logging into Mitel and setting my office phone to ring through to my home or cell is quick and simple. Changing back is just as quick.
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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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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • The system up-time has been 100% over 3 years.
  • With separate systems and two locations we used to have to fake the system into 4 digit dialing by forwarding all remote extensions to DIDs. Now with Shortel extended to the remote location we have true 4 digit dialing.
  • The Shortel desktop application makes managing calls and call routing a breeze for even our most novice users.
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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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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • There are persistent problems with the app's functionality on mobile devices.
  • At times, the web conferencing service may have delays. It appears to be less stable than competing approaches.
  • Using a headset instead of the microphone and speakers integrated into a desktop computer slows down the softphone's performance.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Although the price is higher than some of the other Hosted systems out there, the value is definitely worth a renewal. Everything is relative: there are some companies out there who need phones, but don't necessarily care how they work, the functionality/features available/durability etc., they just care that they have phones that make and receive calls. There are other companies that are completely reliant on phones and certain functionality that is provided by the system. There are even some companies who are straight up dependent on the phone system and are losing tons of money anytime they are down, ShoreTel is the perfect fit for theSMB client who sees value in a solid,robust, reliable and high functioning phone system
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
I have not used a wide array of communication software, but this far ShoreTel/MiCloud has been the simplest and easiest to get into. My work employs several temps at certain points throughout the year, and they use this piece of software frequently, and new hires seem to have little to no issue using this software. Additionally, this is our primary telephone communication infrastructure, and I have yet to encounter any issues when signed in and regularly using it handling external calls to our department.
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
The system has gone down on us MULTIPLE times. We asked them to move us to a different cluster. Shoretel declined. Basically we had problems or outages every month of the year from June 2012 to date. Our old phone system was just that: OLD, no bells or whistles. But it was up every day and I never had to think about it much until it was time for an upgrade. That's how I want Shoretel to be. I want it so reliable that I never have to think about it.
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Performance
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Even though the system uses a lower bandwidth connection we have experienced a higher call quality than our previous system which required a T1 line and back up broadband connection.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
ShoreTel Sky's support is amazing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is that we still need to contact them for stuff that we should be able to do, for ourselves, within the management portal. I know their portal is being worked on, so hopefully they will get the "little things" included for self-management.
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
I attended the first ShoreTel installer class in Austin,TX. It was a week of intensive study with a live lab and having hands on experience made the class worthwhile. I have taken all of the sales courses and remaining technical courses either online or self study to keep costs down. I send my techs to the first installer course in Austin as I feel it gives them a solid foundation and most of teh other courses they have taken have been online.
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Online Training
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
The training identified some things M5 (ShoreTel's cloud division) could provide, however it was only using it every day and asking the Shoretel support several questions that I got the hang of it. The training was able to highlight functions but I did not learn how to use the phone from the training.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Each of our locations has a dedicated ShoreTel router and managed QoS. With full management, it provides us a breath of space and bandwidth to use our resources in other means. Strongly consider the managed solution as you have to maintain more technical issues when hosting with your ISP. You have to make sure your ISP can provide you the best service for voice and data. Plug and 'hope' doesn't work with just routing your phones over any Internet connection....especially when your handsets run int he 100's
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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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Mitel Networks Corporation
Aptela. I chose M5 (ShoreTelSky) because their platform puts call quality first. Their system also uses Cisco endpoints, which are very compatible with the rest of my Cisco network. I also liked the fact that ShoreTelSky uses the internet only as a backup for transport; I use MPLS as my primary connectivity.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
I believe that ShoreTel can be used by a minimum company size of about 25 to almost any size of a company and this can be achieved while the company grows, hence makes it pretty scalable when required. For companies which are smaller in size i.e. smaller than 25, I am not sure how useful it would be, it may be depending upon the type of business
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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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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • At my branch alone, we are saving over $500 a month using Shoretel Sky versus the phone company we were using before them.
  • Shoretel Sky has increased customer service by allowing our employees to easily transfer a call to the proper department or branch no matter where they are located instead of giving the caller a phone number to call.
  • Most of our locations did not have caller ID before Shoretel Sky. That feature has increased employee efficiency because when they know who is calling before they answer allows them to professionally greet their caller and have their info up on their computer as they answer.
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