Quick Guide

Move your contact center to the cloud in 4 steps

You’ll Learn:
  • 4 steps to get from on-premise to a cloud (or hybrid) contact center
  • How to create interoperability across third-party apps and solutions
  • Ways to build a future-proof, flexible contact center

Is your modern contact center stuck using inflexible on-premise systems? With the right migration process, you can break free of CX limitations, integrate critical third-party solutions like a pro, and simplify your telephony without sacrificing resiliency.

In this quick guide, you’ll learn how the Global 2000 enterprises are embracing complexity in pursuit of simplicity, investing in customer experience, and modernizing their contact center stack—all without disruption.

Did we say easy? Whoops! But follow this guide, and it won’t be so bad.

CX leaders are realizing the value of the cloud, from innovative new features to better agent and customer experiences. While getting from on-prem to the cloud (or somewhere in between) is a daunting journey, there are ways to turn it into a turbulence-free first-class flight.

In this quick guide, you’ll learn how the Fortune 1000 are shifting CX to the cloud to build their contact centers, their way.

Your migration journey

At a glance, your journey to the cloud should look something like this:

Choosing to BYOC with Bandwidth made our entire cloud migration process stress-free. It was incredibly complex, but Bandwidth simplified it dramatically. There’s an integration available for nearly every major UCaaS/CCaaS platform our organization needs, which opens the door to even more savings and efficiency.
Ryan Kurpiers
Infrastructure Operations Manager

But before we begin…

Picking your Contact Center platform before you set out on your migration seems like the obvious path forward—just like booking your hotel before jumping on your flight. However, you don’t need to know which CCaaS platform you want just yet—and if you pick the wrong one, your journey might be a little bumpier than anticipated.

To prevent vendor lock-in, leading enterprises are picking their carrier first, then their Contact Center platform. With a platform-agnostic telecom provider, you can move to and around the communications cloud and free your inhibitions (Alexa, play Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen).

Step 1: Unbundle your CCaaS and telecom

Most CCaaS providers allow you to power telephony in two ways:

  1. Bundled Telecom: the all-in-one model that often includes per-user pricing plans.
  2. Unbundled Telecom: bringing your own carrier for telephony, often with usage-based
    pricing plans.

To bundle, or not to bundle?

Depending on your enterprise’s size and requirements, either could be the right choice.


The advantages are pretty straightforward: buy a license and make sure it has the calling plan attached for your users. From there, you’ll receive one point of contact, one bill, and (typically) one flat fee associated with your seat price.


However, for large, complex enterprises, there’s a lot more you can achieve by unbundling with a Bring Your Own Carrier (BYOC) solution. In fact, more and more enterprise contact centers are choosing to unbundle. Why, you ask?


  • Better migrations with flexible scheduling, cohort building, and options to rollback
  • Flexibility around third-party integrations to solve gaps between the cloud and on-prem needs (more on this later)
  • High call quality and uptime with a geo-redundant global network
  • A direct line to innovation and quality troubleshooting for transparency, faster response times, and product development
  • Increased ROI as you scale in volumes

When it comes to shifting your contact center to the cloud, it’s always better to be over-prepared and cautious (kind of like getting to the airport 4 hours before takeoff). After all, your revenue depends on it.

Step 2: Audit your current comms stack

Next, analyze your current contact center infrastructure to understand everything that this migration will impact. You have to do this yourself, but your carrier can guide you through and create joint project plans to help you out.

Your infrastructure audit should include:

  1. Third-party solutions, like voice biometric authentication, conversational AI, PCI payment processing, interactive voice response (IVR), customer sentiment analysis tools, and more.
  2. Your users and phone numbers. This seems obvious, but many enterprises that have grown through mergers & acquisitions have phone numbers all over the place.
  3. Documenting your IVR call flows by locating your IVR recordings or making new ones. Then, document those flows so you have everything needed to set up your new cloud platform.
  4. Mapping out your network topology to configure emergency address network elements, if needed, such as wireless access points, ports, and switches.

Step 3: Test voice and emergency calling

Test, test, and test again—especially when it comes to your contact center. For your inbound voice, make sure you perform voice testing across inbound, outbound, IVR call flows, holds, transfers, and failovers.

For emergency services, make sure you:


When setting up and testing emergency calling, always consult with your legal team to ensure compliance. It’s incredibly important to get this right because correctly routing your emergency calls can lead to a life-saving impact during workplace emergencies.

At Bandwidth, we set up 933 call routing policies so you can verify location information without performing live 911 testing. And with regulations like Kari’s Law, which requires notifications at the time of 911 calls, and RAY BAUM’s Act, which requires address line 2 information to be included at the time of each call, creating a compliant contact center is complicated.

To learn more about 911 testing, check out our complete 911 testing guide.

Step 4: Initiate your telephony migration

Porting is one of the oldest telecom challenges and can unleash communications chaos
if handled improperly. Disconnected numbers can disrupt customer calls, interrupt
revenue, and create a domino effect of bad news. So what do you do?

A 3-step process to avoid number chaos

Our customers didn’t understand why ports were so difficult. One of the great things about Bandwidth? It just isn’t. Their number portal is very easy to navigate—there’s no comparison.
James Broadstone
Senior Telecom Project Engineer


Manage your move with departmental, geographic, or systems-based cohorts to make training and issue resolution easy and addressable. Your future self will thank you.

Step 4: Design your contact center for success

As an enterprise contact center, you’re almost always looking at a one-to-many or many-to-many migration. You’re not just moving from Avaya to Genesys—you’re also migrating the 15 other third-party solutions to the cloud (or trying to build a hybrid ecosystem).

Now, it’s not enough to just build a contact center. Your customers expect fast, effective support the first time a problem arises, and business decision-makers expect a best-of-breed, cohesive, contact center ecosystem.

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The secret to achieving all of this PLUS migraine-free migration is to find a modern carrier that can get you where you need to go now, and years in the future (wherever that may be).

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