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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.3 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

Nextiva is a solid performer with reliable service, good features, and a flexible and scalable framework. It is ideal for small to mid-size businesses and may even work for larger enterprises, depending on your needs. It performs well for mobile, desk and conference and offers a lot of options for growing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.4
Hosted PBX
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.7
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.0
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.8
User templates
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.4
Call reports
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
6.6
Nextiva Business Phone Service
9.4
Directory of employee names
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.6

Call Management

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.4
Answering rules
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.6
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.3
Call recording
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
Nextiva Business Phone Service
9.1
Call park
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.0
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.9
Call screening
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.2
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.4
Message alerts
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.3
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.0

VoIP system collaboration

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.0
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.5
Video conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.5
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.3
Audio conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.1
Video screen sharing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.0
Instant messaging
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.3
Nextiva Business Phone Service
6.6

Mobile apps

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.5
Mobile app for iOS
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.8
Mobile app for Android
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Nextiva Business Phone Service
7.3

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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

  • Our teams are located in three different countries. This includes Administration, Customers Support, Technical Support, and Sales. All of us have an internal number reachable from any mobile or laptop.
  • Looking for the internal directory and dialing a three digit number is very easy. We communicate with workers in different countries as we where in the same building
  • User-friendly application with availability indicator, call settings, and personal preferences.
Jose Luis Reyes Graterol | 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

  • I would love to see more analytics about how I am using the tool delivered to my inbox weekly. Currently, I have to log in to see stats and dig through links to find what I am looking for. Not a dire necessity, but would like to see that.
  • Sometimes where to upload audio files (like for the call attendant) are confusing - I had to contact customer support each time I wanted to do this and it's still something I'd have to call them about again.
Heather Neisen | 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

Nextiva Business Phone Service 6.0
Based on 1 answer
I no longer make this decision
Anonymous | 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

Nextiva Business Phone Service 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It is good for phone calls but it needs to include Bluetooth headsets.
Hunter Clayton | 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

Nextiva Business Phone Service 8.7
Based on 6 answers
I think Nextiva is a great tool for what we use it for. It is used for tracking time and used also in our bonus structure to make sure we have the specified amount of talk time. I really enjoy this application and everything that it is used for within our company. There's not a whole lot I can say about it other than it is a really neat tool.
Josh Musson | 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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

We found Nextiva to be a superior product compared to Vonage. While a larger company, the features, and infrastructure were not as desirable as Nextiva. We also heard word-of-mouth reviews that pushed us to believe that Nextiva was going to be a better performer than Vonage, and so far, our experience has proven true.
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

Nextiva Business Phone Service

  • The unlimited calling and faxing, possibility to do audio or video calls, conference bridge and customizations makes this application an outstanding way to maintain fixed low calling costs.
  • Having everybody available at an internal call makes possible as many calls as necessary in order to finish the task.
  • Call logs add for better supervision when personnel is not in the same location.
Jose Luis Reyes Graterol | 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

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Nextiva Business Phone Service

General

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

Nextiva Business Phone Service Editions & Modules

Edition
Essential$23.951
Professional$27.951
Enterprise$37.951
Ultimate$67.951
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
Nextiva Business Phone Service
6.0

Usability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.6
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.0

Support Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.1
Nextiva Business Phone Service
8.7

Implementation Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
Nextiva Business Phone Service

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