Have you ever missed an important call while you were away from your desk? Or been forced to wade through a huge number of voice-mail messages after a trip? Don't you wish you could have your calls routed to your cell phone or that you could find out who had called before you listen to all your messages?
If you're like most entrepreneurs, the answer to all these questions is a resounding "yes." Although the costs of buying such a sophisticated phone system are beyond the budget of many entrepreneurs--as high as six figures--new software is providing many of these services for just a fraction of the price.
TeleVantage, an "intelligent phone system" from Artisoft Inc., serves as the software equivalent of the phone-switching systems found at Fortune 500 firms. "The system allows users to stay in touch whether they're in the office, at home or on the road," says Artisoft's Steve Manson. Entrepreneurs using the software, which is installed on a dedicated Windows NT server and linked to a phone line, can forward calls anywhere and view a log of voice-mail messages via their PC screens. For the entrepreneur on the go, TeleVantage may be what you need to make sure your most important client doesn't become the one that got away.
Gene Koprowski has covered the tech industry for 10 years and writes a monthly computing column for The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. Contact him at email@example.com