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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.7 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

RingCentral

RingCentral excels for us in office environments where everyone has/needs an individual phone (either desk or via their computer). It is also uniquely suited for situations where workers may move between offices, work from home either during the day or after hours, or be on call in the evenings or weekends. The capabilities of the smartphone app means you are always on the office phone system, even showing a Caller ID as your office when calling a prospect, client, etc. This has been a surprising and much-liked feature for attorney's who don't want to expose their cell or home phone numbers in a call. Located in a hurricane-prone state, RingCentral is ideal for their resiliency to disaster that can keep local businesses connected and working after a hurricane. Having experienced that multiple times in the last 16 years with RingCentral, I can say that they have always worked flawlessly for us.
David Yates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
RingCentral
8.1
Hosted PBX
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
RingCentral
8.1
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.0
RingCentral
8.0
User templates
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.5
RingCentral
7.8
Call reports
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
6.6
RingCentral
8.0
Directory of employee names
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.8
RingCentral
8.7

Call Management

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.9
RingCentral
8.5
Answering rules
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.6
RingCentral
8.5
Call recording
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.4
RingCentral
9.1
Call park
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.0
RingCentral
8.6
Call screening
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.2
RingCentral
7.8
Message alerts
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.3
RingCentral
8.3

VoIP system collaboration

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.0
RingCentral
8.0
Video conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
7.5
RingCentral
8.0
Audio conferencing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
RingCentral
8.4
Video screen sharing
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.2
RingCentral
8.2
Instant messaging
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.3
RingCentral
7.3

Mobile apps

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
RingCentral
7.9
Mobile app for iOS
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
RingCentral
8.0
Mobile app for Android
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
RingCentral
7.8

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

RingCentral

  • RingCentral service is solid and resilient to issues.
  • RingCentral is easy to manage as an admin. Users, login styles, extensions, hardware, extensions, and more are always configurable and it makes it easy to support users.
  • RingCentral offers many hardware options. It is easy to procure new hardware as well as outfit older hardware with the help of an adapter.
Tristan Dobbs | 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

RingCentral

  • The team chat interface of the Glip application (also called Jupiter) isn't as refined as other chat interfaces. For example, it doesn't indicate when team members have read a message.
  • The integration of Glip with on-premise Exchange is non-existent and not on the development radar.
  • RingCentral personnel were not familiar with supporting paging devices, even though the platform does offer integration with some paging equipment manufacturers.
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

RingCentral

RingCentral 10.0
Based on 8 answers
We are grandfathered into our unlimited toll-free minutes plan. We are very unlikely to switch because of that. It has been the major factor saving us a lot of money compared to switching to other solutions. I don't know any other company that still offers these unlimited plans.
Justin Bongard | 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

RingCentral

RingCentral 9.0
Based on 2 answers
RingCentral is a flexible and versatile platform. But there is always room for improvement. While I as a technologically inclined user have no problem navigating the interface and configuring my extension to my hearts content. I have had some negative experiences with less technologically inclined users having difficulty with the smartphone app (mostly they are trying to handle calls while in areas with poor 4G signal), I wish RingCentral had a better way of handling these calls or rejecting them if data rates are too low.
Anonymous | 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

RingCentral

RingCentral 7.0
Based on 34 answers
Their customer support is top notch an provide us with all the answers we need quickly and concisely. We especially appreciated their Installation Services team who got us up and running on their platform within the short time frame we presented and had almost flawless performance in porting our services over to their platform
Jon Shurtliff | 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

RingCentral

RingCentral 9.0
Based on 2 answers
If someone has an existing system I tell them to keep that running initially and keep RingCentral separate initially until the system is configured and tested to one's satisfaction. After testing and configuration is completed, then roll over the main phone numbers to the new RingCentral system. I've seen one person who immediately flipped over to RingCentral without properly configuring/testing the software and had many issues with missed customer calls until I helped him sort out his configuration
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

RingCentral

We used Vonage and a local softphone called Communicator prior to switching to RingCentral. Vonage dropped calls left and right and made it very difficult to use in general. Communicator linked to our CRMs, which was nice, but when installing call forwarding it automatically uploaded all CRM contacts into our personal phones and did not remove them even when the program was deleted. This was incredibly annoying, as in order to make a personal call to someone in our contacts, we had to sift through tens of thousands of contacts. RingCentral is simple, user friendly, and only does what it needs to.
Jillian Straw | 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

RingCentral

  • Low-cost teleconferencing and web-conferencing - Competitors for either can easily cost just as much as the full RingCentral platform
  • Able to offer more customized services to partners/clients
  • No need for any special hardware - just need a computer with internet
  • Low investment to integrate with a CRM
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

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

RingCentral

General

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

RingCentral Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials (up to 20 users)$39.991
Standard$49.991
Premium$54.991
Ultimate$69.991
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
8.7
RingCentral
7.6

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
RingCentral
10.0

Usability

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.6
RingCentral
9.0

Support Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
9.1
RingCentral
7.0

Implementation Rating

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
10.0
RingCentral
9.0

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