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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

If you have a medium to large organization, the Cisco Unified Communications Manager solution is well suited for your needs. It may be a little "overkill" for an organization with just a few dozen people though. As mentioned previously, it isn't a "cheap" product, but I feel the costs are justified by the functionality, reliability, and professional support that come with Cisco products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

While I am happy with the service, it does leave something to be desired. The MPLS circuit connection has been very stable and I am very happy with its uptime. I am also quite happy with the calling plans. I have been able to cut back on costs with the design they have. Support is the reason for the lower score.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Hosted PBX
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.0
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
User templates
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Call reports
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
6.6
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Directory of employee names
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Call Management

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Answering rules
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.6
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Call recording
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Call park
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.0
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Call screening
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.2
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Message alerts
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

VoIP system collaboration

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.0
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Video conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.5
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Audio conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Video screen sharing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Instant messaging
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.3
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Mobile apps

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Mobile app for iOS
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
Mobile app for Android
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Pros

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

  • Device failover and fallback. Because all devices ( IP phones, gateways, trunks, etc.) are distributed across all active servers, they are able to register with other active servers in case the current becomes unavailable. In this way, you can reduce the impact of any server becoming unavailable.
  • Virtualization. Call Manager appliance can run under virtualized environments.
  • Several features such as Survivable Remote Site Telephony makes Call Manager the best IP telephony solution in the market.
  • Wide quantity and variety of end-user devices, including the most newest and modern ones in the market that can fit any budget and need.
  • Call Manager is intended to be integrated with the newest collaboration tools like Webex and Jabber for call processing purposes.
  • Great customer support services from the Vendor. The Technical Assistance Center is fantastic, experienced engineers are ready to help quickly out with any request.
Leonardo Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

  • MPLS circuits
  • Domestic calling plans
  • International calling plans
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

  • Remote working - CUCM really struggles when it comes to remote work. In order to access the system remotely, a VPN or DirectAccess must be used.
  • Extreme complexity - While CUCM does have more settings for flexibility, this also means there's more chances to mess up a setting and render a phone or line unusable, and there's much, much more to know about the system.
  • No cloud solution - CUCM requires on site servers. Currently, Cisco does not have a cloud solution for their call manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

  • Cleaner invoices
  • Easier access to support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have been using this product for 20+ years and will continue too. This is a great product and new features are always coming out.
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 9.6
Based on 2 answers
Although it's very easy to use, once you understand the concepts of IP telephony, as I said before, I think Cisco could have improved the management interface of the platform, adding modern technologies and the design language of the other platforms like DNA Center, etc. This interface hasn't had a substantial improvement for about 10 years
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 9.1
Based on 16 answers
CUCM is supported by most third-party vendors for related products, so it makes finding solutions to specific needs easy. Also Cisco TAC is very knowledgeable, and we have never run into a problem they have not been able to resolve. Usually they are resolved without the need to escalate tickers either.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This was the first phone system we implemented that could span multiple locations. We were very satisfied once fully implemented
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

We have been a Cisco based shop and have looked at other cloud voice options such as MS Teams pbx, and others, but ultimately, the features, endpoints, and reliability of Cisco has been the common factor in staying with them as our voice provider. Their integrations, room systems, and hybrid design allows for us to be flexible and keep a high up time vs reliance on 100% cloud.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

We do not use any other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

  • This stuff is pricey. CUCM has to be tied together with a whole other host of Cisco call servers in order for it to do everything you need it to do, so there is always some other expensive license to buy every time you want to add or change something, so it can be a serious money pit. But if your leaders want the very best, and they want to keep everything in-house, this is probably your solution.
  • Goodwill from leadership is way up, thanks to CUCM. The feature set is enormous, so we can do almost anything you can imagine with our phone system, and our leadership loves the video features and the way it integrates with WebEx and other related components.
Jane Updegraff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

  • Outstanding uptime
  • Good value
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Usability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.6
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Support Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.1
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

Implementation Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration (formerly CenturyLink)

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