Cloud based communications are becoming an increasingly popular mode of communications amongst businesses. As such, it’s able to provide tons of features, extended functionality, and overall greater efficiency. However, despite these pros, many businesses are still in the dark when it comes to cloud-based communications. Luckily, there are a number of resources available to shed some light on the topic. Amongst these, slideshows and presentations may be the most engaging. As such, we’ve compiled 20 Slideshare presentations that showcase cloud-based communications for businesses.

This slide, which is written by Fit Small Business, a company dedicated to helping small businesses get up and running, discusses the importance of a business’s phone system—namely a VoIP phone system. The presentation covers a number of topic and questions including company image, call routing and priority calling, and overall system management and implementation. In doing so, this slide also covers the basics of VoIP within a business setting—outline pricing, features, and functions of the overall system.
Mitel, a leading provider of enterprise and small business communications solutions and services, have created a slide to help businesses assess the fiscal sense of cloud-based communications. In doing so, the provider highlights the functional advantages of using this platform. As such, this slideshow works to detail the different types of structures (dedicated, hybrid, public) and the risks of adoption, as well as the necessities of these systems. As a result, businesses are given a complete rundown of the cloud-based model. Though the language may seem a bit intimidating, the breakdown is comprehensive enough to enlighten those new to the platform as well as inform those more familiar.
Victor Pascual’s slide  breaks down the concept of WebRTC and examines its relationship with VoIP. The author is able to identify the differential that exists between the two. Past fleshing out the concept itself, there is also a lot of information regarding terms that exist in the mode—i.e. Signalling Path and Media Plane. Furthermore, there’s even coverage of current trends, utilization, and implementation of WebRTC, which helps further flesh out the platform’s relationship with VoIP.
This slide further fleshes out the differences that exist between VoIP and WebRTC; however, here the emphasis isn’t place on the gap between these two, but the two technologies as separate entities. As such, author Reid Stidolph outlines the VoIP and WebRTC universes and their similarities and differences, while also highlighting key attributes of each. Furthermore, this presentation even goes as far to discuss the architecture of each. While some of the language is a bit more technical, this slide is still accessible enough to those less familiar to these concepts, too.
This slideshow, much like its title, is very cut and dry. Instead of discussing a multitude of subjects, Sheetal Waghmare breaks down Call Centers and every related concept—i.e. Contact Center, Automatic Call Distribution, Interactive Voice Response, Computer Telephony Integration (CTI), Automated Intelligent Call Routing, Types of Call Centers, and much more. As such, the presentation is very comprehensive and accessible. Additionally, it works great as a refresher as it includes terms and concepts some users may be less familiar with.
Composed by Jim Parton of Twilio and Interactive Scotland, this presentation examines the relationship between telecommunication and the cloud platform. Unlike other slides that approach the subject via comparison, this slide utilizes a cause and effect type structure. How? By acknowledging how the Cloud has changed the way information is stored and how this change is now moving to affect communications. Additionally, the slide moves to show how Twilio has adapted their processes to account for this change.
Fonality, a cloud-based VoIP Provider, has put together a comprehensive guide regarding how one is to move his or her business’s communications to the cloud. While this might sound a bit daunting to some businesses, Fonality’s presentation breaks down cloud communications step-by-step, examining key terms and phrases and implementation processes and trends. Furthermore, this slide even goes so far as to outline the pros of using a VoIP solution within a business. Ultimately, this serves as a one stop hub for businesses unsure of how and/or why they should make the move.
This Fonality slide focuses on helping businesses recognize if it’s time to update their phone systems; however, in doing so, the slide utilizes an often forgotten amenity—humor. The presentation outlines many common out-dated functions—bulky mobile devices, multiple phone numbers, lack of caller ID, and more. In doing so, this slide specifically outlines all the things a cloud-based communications system can augment productivity and efficiency. Overall, the slide works to shake businesses out of their old systems and move them into more efficient ones.
This presentation is a crash course in the essential characteristics small businesses should look for within their phone systems/service. As such, it highlights the key principles—i.e. cost efficiency, reliability, and overall quality. While this seem to be a bit of a no-brainer, many services and systems focus on displaying their features-lists and functionalities as opposed to the basics. ZitoTelecom’s, an enterprise grade hosted PBX phone provider, presentation helps remind small businesses of the essential needs and wants. Short, sweet, and to the point, this slide is great for those new to PBX phone systems.
InTechnologys slideshow breaks down SIP Trunking pretty extensively. Though it may not touch upon all the areas of similar presentations, this slide utilizes imagery and comparison very well to illustrate the overall advantages of SIP Trunking. This may be better suited to those more familiar with SIP Trunking as the information is very general. While newer users are able to follow the slides, the information here may be better utilized by those with more familiarity. Inversely, those looking for a quick breakdown and outline of SIP Trunking, look no further than this slide.
Less concentrated on SIP Trunking as a concept and more focused on the potential advantages that await its users, this slide offers a unique perspective on SIP Trunking. While the concept is thoroughly introduced and fleshed out, it’s not the main focus of the presentation. Instead, the focus is around the uses and implementations of SIP Trunking and the advantages it can provide users with. The language and topics covered are general yet still valuable making the insights here very valuable for businesses. There’s a fine line to tread when being general; however, VoIP Routes, a wholesale VoIP provider, toes this line well.
Presented by the SIP School at UCExpo 2013, this slide offers a more technical handle on the SIP platform. This slideshow uses real examples to address questions around SIP functionality—i.e. video functionality, its relationship with UC functions (voice, video, IM, presence, recording, etc.), compatibility, Trunks, cost efficiency, and much more. Unlike other SIP presentations on this list, this slideshow is suited more for businesses already familiar with SIP and the language surrounding it.
Looking for a crash course in everything SIP Communications? Avaya Inc.’s, a business communications solutions provider, slideshow has you covered. This “for Dummies” approach has everything users would need to know to break into using SIP communications. Additionally, the insights are unique in that most slides just focus on the effects on businesses and not the individual. While there are many slides that offer similar information, none really offer the user insight.
Composed by Fonangle, the award winning Hosted PBX provider, this slideshow provides an extensive look at what constitutes a hosted office phone system. The presentation addresses and defines the standard slew of features and functions associated with hosted phone systems; however, what makes this slide unique is its universality. Rather than discussing one mode specifically, Fonangle talks about hosted office phone systems as an umbrella term. In doing so, potential users can assess whether or not further investigation of these modes is beneficial for them.
Instead of focusing on concepts, features, and/or benefits, IPExpoOnline’s slideshow discusses the cost efficiency inherent with Unified Communications (UC). As such, slide positions UC as a viable solution able to slash telecom and networking costs. The slide utilizes a number of real facts and statistics, which better illustrates the point of the presentation. Additionally, there is a focus on the utilization of mobile devices, too. While this isn’t the best read for those less familiar with phone system lingo and language, it’s great for businesses looking for ways to increase overall cost efficiency.
More whitepaper than slideshow, Osterman Research’s presentation focuses on the cost efficiency aspect of owning a Hosted PBX solution. The whitepaper goes on to define what a Hosted PBX system is and why it’s a viable means of communication. In doing so, it keenly focuses on the cost efficiency within the mode. To do this clearly, real numbers are used to help illustrate the potential savings. Additionally, the slide also highlights other benefits of the system, too—i.e. uptime, online administration, user management of profiles, no need for on premises staff to manage the system, etc.
Instead of painting in broad strokes, Digium details 7 essential terms that users should know before choosing their next phone system. This slide works to define, examine, and analyze the importance of key business telephony basics, including terms like IVR, UC, VoIP, Fixed Mobile Convergence, and more. While this language may be a bit foreign, Digium identifies these terms and contextualizes them with less industry-centric language. The result is a highly accessible breakdown of key business telephony concepts and terms.
Another of Digium’s presentations, this slideshow highlights 5 key benefits that often drive UC adoption within SMBs. Before doing this, the presentation does a good job of establishing what Unified Communications (UC) is. It also discusses some of the ideas and conceptions surrounding it. This helps give users a good understanding of the platform before highlighting the potential benefits of business adoption. Once it moves to the benefits, the language is clear and the ideas are very tangible, which is great for SMBs that are less familiar with the terminology.
1 To Go Mobile’s presentation establishes what Unified Communications is, as well as how it can be implemented by both small and medium sized businesses. In doing so, the slide defines a number of real ways to utilize UC within business practices. Past this, the provider also delves into how their own service can benefit businesses and outlines the shift to these services. As such, this presentation works nicely as an introduction to UC for businesses less familiar with the platform. Though it’s a little narrow in scope (talks about their own service a lot), the information can be applied outside of that, too.

While there are a number of slideshows floating around the web, not all are created equal. Sure, each may have their own little niches; however, this can hurt accessibility and availability of information. The slides and presentations included above work on two levels—as a general guide, as well as niche dissection. As such, they provide invaluable information and insights to experienced and new readers.