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Score 6.7 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Well, I have been informed of newer cloud solutions that only rely on plugging the phones into the network and not needing any PRI or phone system on prem. This would make for a very inexpensive phone system. I am not sure how inter-office calls would work if the internet is down however.
Josh Novak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Hosted PBX
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.5
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.8
User templates
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.9
Call reports
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
6.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.7
Directory of employee names
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.6

Call Management

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6
Answering rules
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.5
Call recording
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.6
Call park
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.3
Call screening
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.2
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.1
Message alerts
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.6

VoIP system collaboration

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.8
Video conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
3.5
Audio conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.7
Video screen sharing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.2
Instant messaging
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.3
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.0

Mobile apps

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for iOS
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for Android
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.5

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • Call quality is very good. Dedicated circuit for QoS is helpful. Even leveraging the Mitel Cloud service over our own ISP has been problem free. The disadvantage to that is the owned and operated router from Mitel where they control more connectivity issues and troubleshoot them as well.
  • Support is also very good. Receive US based support staff when calling in. Issues resolved quickly.
  • They are continuously growing in support and service.
Joe DiCristofano | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • The Shoretel Mobility app for iPhone does not work very well and is not very intuitive in my experience.
  • We have had many intermittent instances of employees reporting that call quality is bad, sounds like the caller is garbled and underwater.
  • I deployed Shoretel Sky to eleven branches in four states over a 6 month period and experiences were not very consistent. Had issues with not enough power bricks being sent with the phones, some phones not having the the face sticker showing messages, directories, etc., user guides (quick start guides) not getting shipped with the phones at some branches, and phones being programmed incorrectly. This made it very difficult to plan my trips to train employees and install these at the various locations.
Jason Payton | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.6
Based on 42 answers
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
Greg Golding | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.0
Based on 21 answers
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.
Casey Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 10.0
Based on 28 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 5.2
Based on 10 answers
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.
Shane Hayes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 3.5
Based on 17 answers
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.
Zak Gunnells | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 6.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 2.0
Based on 12 answers
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.
Kelli Doyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 9.6
Based on 32 answers
I feel that the current features that ShoreTel provides are pretty solid, but in future I would love to see it expand into more features to assist inter team communication if possible. Considering that there was not a single issue with ShoreTel in my whole work period of 6months I think it is safe to say that the implementation is pretty standardized.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

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.
Whitney White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.6
Based on 5 answers
Shoretel has been very scalable for our organization. We first installed Shoretel in 2003 to standardize three sites on one phone system. As our needs have changed, our Shoretel system has adapted with our growing needs and added locations. Initially, we were using analog phones and have been rolling out VoIP as our budgeting has allowed.
Gary Lamontagne | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • We save a lot of time not having to dial numbers, measure call volumes and metrics and spend a lot of time configuring new phone systems. Our ROI is high from ShoreTel just in the time we save using and administering the system.
Jonathan Brose | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

Pricing Details

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)

General

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

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

General

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials20.991
Premier26.591
Elite38.491
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6

Usability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.6
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
10.0

Performance

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.2

Support Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.1
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
3.5

In-Person Training

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Online Training

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
2.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.6

Scalability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.6

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