What do you like best?
I enjoy how the Dialpad app seamlessly integrates with Chrome and Gmail, linking all of my contact data. I also appreciate that it doubles as an instant messaging platform for quick messages sent between colleagues when an email would be unnecessary and cumbersome. Because it keeps everything in one place and tracks a lot of call data (date, time, length of call, who answered it, what call group it rang to, call transfers, etc.) it makes finding, tracking and reviewing information easier.
What do you dislike?
Dialpad was designed for use with web and computer based call structure. i.e. it functions best when run directly from the computer to a headset. The business that I work for is not able to use headsets and instead partners Dialpad with Obihai phone terminals. Sometimes the lag between the two components becomes inconvenient. For instance, if I hang up a call on my physical phone terminal and another call comes in a few seconds later, I'm not able to answer it because my physical device hasn't caught up to the web app. It's a fairly minor inconvenience in the long run, but still causes some headache. Also, because we are using physical phones, transferring calls can be inconvenient. Dialpad calls can be transferred directly in the app, which is much more expedient than using the phone terminals, but the 'Ask First' function only allows you to instant message the call recipient, as opposed to actually ringing their phone and allowing you to speak to them. Because most of my colleagues have their computer volume muted, they don't hear an IM noise indicating that someone is trying to ask to transfer a call, so you have to send the caller in blindly. It would be better if you could confirm that the other person is even in their office so that if they don't answer or are unavailable you could notify the caller and transfer them directly to the recipient's voicemail.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
The call transfer issue is probably the most notable problem that we are trying to figure out how to solve. However, prior to Dialpad, each of our offices was on it's own phone grid. As such, we were unable to look up direct lines to colleagues at other locations or transfer calls to them. We had to transfer calls to the main number of each location and go from there. Dialpad has certainly made things more efficient in a lot of ways (although less efficient in terms of the call transfer issue).