CTI 101: 5 Awesome Resources for Learning About CTI & Telephony

Computer-telephony integration (CTI) solutions can help your company connect your company’s phone system to your CRM. When a phone system is connected to a CRM, it not only enables marketers to see how their efforts are influencing the outcomes of calls, but it also enables marketers to share contextual CRM data with reps in real time. This can influence the outcome of sales deals, making your reps more successful and enabling your company to drive more ROI than ever.

Salesforce.com recently made the announcement that they’re no longer supporting the Open CTI Toolkit. If you are looking to either use OpenCTI or simply just to connect your telephony system to your CRM, here are some resources that can help your company learn more about CTI and business telephony in general.

computer telephony integrationTelephony and CTI Resources

SIP Adventures

Andrew Prokop’s has a fantastic and regularly updated blog on unified communications and business telephony. He explores all things telephony including SIP, VOIP, CTI, call routing, UC and more! Definitely a great resources for companies that want to learn more about what can be achieved with modern computer telephony integrations. Check out this post from last year on CTI.


TMC’s Peter Bernstein is a top business communication expert. He’s a great authority when it comes to telephony and CTI. Bernstein has served on Advisory Boards for 15 technology start-up firms, and recently worked as a consultant to C-level executives on all aspects of marketing communications strategy and tactics. Not only is he an expert analyst, but an engaging writer as well.


Paul Fischer is a SaaS expert and salesforce administrator for Bernard Health. He regularly authors thought leadership around CRM, communications, SaaS and CTI. Check out this recent article he authored about the death of salesforce.com’s CTI Toolkit. In the article, he offers viable replacements for Salesforce’s CTI, including RingDNA.


Dave Michels is one of the world’s leading analysts, consultants and journalists on everything telecommunications-related. His site TalkingPointz is one of the best telephony resources around. His blog PinDropSoup is a great source for information on how to best leverage telecom tech.  He reveals industry news, explores communications strategies and divulges oft-controversial opinions (e.g. his piece Forget UC ROI). Michels is also definitely worth following on Twitter. Learn more about RingDNA’s CTI for Salesforce.

RingDNA Inside Sales Glossary

The CTI page on our inside sales glossary defines CTI and discuses some of the functions and applications of CTI tools. This can help you understand the scope of what your business can accomplish by implementing a computer telephony integration.

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About the Author

Jesse Davis

Jesse Davis is a sales and marketing strategist and Sr. Content Marketing Manager at RingDNA. Over the past decade, Davis has honed his business communications skills working as an inside sales manager, business writer and agency marketer. He is a proponent of utilizing platform technology and evidence-based methodologies to optimize creative campaigns, marketing ROI and sales performance.

One Comment

  1. Nice post! Thanks for the mention! Just a minor correction — Salesforce is dropping support of the CTI Toolkit, not OpenCTI. OpenCTI is the new framework that has been around since 2012 which allows CTI to be deployed on the cloud (and without a desktop install).

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