Software Architecture-SQL Server Reporting Service 2008 – Fax feature

Objective:
To study fax sending options with a PCMS, Pegasus Cargo Management System, reporting application that is running Microsoft SQL Server Reporting services 2008.

Solution:
 Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 does not provide any native Faxing service as emailing service is provided.
 So first solution is to send Fax manually that export a SSRS 2008 report to PDF file , then following normal faxing sending process.
 Second option is to adopt a Fax automation service like http://www.efax.com
eFax is an online fax service that eliminates the need for a fax machine, an
extra telephone line and all the associated expenses (paper, ink cartridges etc).
A real fax number that’s tied to email. Faxes are Send and receive as email
attachments.
 So when send a fax button will be pressed, internally an email will be generated via SSRS 2008 to efax channel will deliver fax to target Fax number.
 With this approach we can utilise the schedule definition mechanism for email to define the schedule of fax also..

Reference Information: [ Reference: http://www.efax.com ]

Do I get a real fax number?
Yes. To the person faxing you, it looks and acts like any other fax number. When someone faxes to your number, the fax is converted to a file that is emailed to you as an attachment.

How do I receive faxes?
When you sign up for eFax, you’ll choose the location for a local fax number or choose a toll-free fax number. When someone faxes you, you receive the fax in your email inbox as a file attachment. Just double click the file to read it. You’ll be able to check your faxes anywhere you can check your email. You also have the option to route all your incoming faxes to up to 5 different email addresses — no more copying, distributing, or forwarding.

Can I send faxes?
It’s easy to send a fax with your eFax subscription. One way is to attach either a file (click here for supported file types) or a scanned hard copy to an email. Then in the To: field, type the recipient’s fax number like this: 13235556789@efaxsend.com. Click send and it arrives as a paper fax in their fax machine.

Can I save my faxes?
Of course. Save a fax just like you would any email attachment and they’ll only be a click away. You can also access your faxes online by logging in at http://www.efax.com for up to one year with eFax

How reliable is eFax?
eFax has developed the largest digital fax network in the world with local numbers available in over 2,000 cities worldwide and toll-free numbers that cover the U.S., Canada and several European countries. The eFax network sports a 99.5% up-time, meaning no one will ever get a busy signal and you’ll never worry about running out of paper or toner. Our patented technology ensures transmission times that average 2-5 minutes. If you ever have any questions, your eFax subscription includes live phone support.

Costing:
For details related to costing and pricing, see the link below.
https://www.efax.com/en/intl/efax/getRatesPopup?rqcp=1

Rates for local numbers:

EFax Plus:

130 receiving pages a month for $16.95
If signing up for annual, pay for 10 months and get 2 months free
Price comes out to: $14.13/month (paid up front at $169.50)
· Sending:
$3 credit for sending which is up to 30 pages a month
· Overage:
$.15/page receiving
$.10/page sending
· 1 year fax storage

EFax Pro:
· 200 receiving pages a month for $19.95
If signing up for annual price comes out to: $18.34/month (paid up front at $220)
· Overage:
§ $.10/page receiving and sending
· Includes voicemail delivered as an email
· 2 years fax storage

EFax Pro2

· 500 receiving pages a month for $49.95
If signing up for annual pay for 10 months and get 2 months free

Price comes out to $41.62 a month (paid up front at $499.95)

· Sending:

$3 credit for sending which is up to 30 pages a month
· Overage:
§ $.10/page receiving and sending
· Includes voicemail delivered as an email
· 2 years fax storage

*Toll free numbers do not include any pages in the plan. They are $16.95 monthly plus 20 cents per page of fax coming in and 10 cents per page out domestic.

**overage fee charges

Charged up front in increments of $10, the unused balance of which is to be applied to future overages in succeeding months.

Reference:
j2 Global Communications
Phone: 1 (323) 860-9465
eFax: 1 (323) 297-2576
Email: lee.ung@j2global.com
http://www.j2global.com
NASDAQ: JCOM

17 Million eFax Numbers : 3,100 Cities : 46 Countries : 6 Continents : 12 Consecutive Years of Revenue Growth

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