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Just the Fax
November 1, 2013 @ 09:25 AM | By Marcus Schmidt


I admit it. I’m not much of a fax person. I think the last time I had to fax something was for a personal real estate transaction that required a signed form. So you can understand my surprise when I found out there are 46.3 million fax machines in the world and almost 17 billion faxes get sent each year.

The more I considered all this, it became clear that faxes are an important part of businesses, especially in specific industries like healthcare, financial services, and legal firms. Many local, state, and national governments are also still heavy fax users. But just because you use faxes doesn’t mean you have to use fax machines.

Faxes can and should be a part of your overall unified communications strategy. Including faxes and voice mail with your e-mail solution forms the foundation for unified messaging which is a key step towards unified communications. West IP Communications has offered both inbound and outbound fax solutions for years, and recently added a 64-bit version of our outbound fax solution called DirecFax. With this new release, you can easily start sending faxes straight from that state-of-the-art new PC with its super-fast 64-bit processor and operating system.

You can find out more about unified messaging here and can download the Outbound DirecFax installers here

Marcus SchmidtMarcus Schmidt is the director of product management at West IP Communications. In this role, he’s part of a team that charts the future direction of West IP Communications products as well as guides the go-to-market activities around our current offerings. Prior to joining West Corporation, Marcus held several roles in product management and marketing including over 12 years of experience at Microsoft Corporation. He has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Industrial Management from South Dakota State University. When he’s not thinking about the future of unified communications, he’s probably tuned into a sporting event, reading a new novel, researching a vacation destination, or playing with some new technology gadget.

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