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Business Benefits of Integrated Conferencing and Online Collaboration Solutions

June 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

Integrated hybrid communication suites have emerged as viable solutions for organisations that need a suitable platform for using VoIP and PSTN calls simultaneously. Integrated hybrid communication suites facilitate collaboration between remote users by providing all the tools of web and video conferencing to them on an easy-to-access user interface. Such collaboration techniques provide the perfect solution to the integrated conferencing requirements of organisations of all sizes. Deployed on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, it can easily be scaled to suit the users' business communication needs, with provision for as many as 100 group members working on diverse modes of interaction.

An all-in-one hybrid audio, video and web conferencing application provides a host of business benefits to companies. Among these benefits include reduced communication costs, lowered travel expenses, faster mission-critical decision making, marginal IT and maintenance costs and lower carbon footprint. The biggest advantage of this online meeting solution is that it can bring together individuals who are engaged in audio conferencing using VoIP and PSTN networks. users never have to be concerned about switching the network in order to meet the whole demographic in a web-based environment.

Reliable integrated conferencing solution provided by Cisco, Adobe, etc. requires low upfront costs, which makes it suitable for small and medium businesses. Since these are hosted on the cloud, there is no need of additional hardware as well, which brings down the costs even further. These solutions also come with add-ons advantages like a dedicated Account Manager, training academy and 24x7 live local-language assistance.

Support for mobility is deemed to be a key growth driver for web meetings in coming times, especially since the mobile workforce of Asia Pacific region is growing at a stupendous rate. It is expected that there will be a 71 percent rise in Smartphone access for corporate sector as well as a 200 percent hike in Smartphone adoption. These figures indicate the need of a business solution that has provision for mobility through dedicated apps for devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android Smartphones and tablets and Blackberries. Therefore, an ideal hybrid conferencing solution for online meetings needs to be accessible from mobile gadgets, land line phones and Internet connected devices.

Though many believe that face to face communication cannot be replaced by virtual events, video conferencing component of such integrated hybrid conferencing solution can come quite close especially if used for daily corporate operations. Users working on such solutions can set up or join video chats with up to 100 participants and enable web cams for all off them. High Definition (HD) web cams as well as laptop cameras can be used for visual conferencing with business associates. For those who do not wish to broadcast their videos to a large audience, they can easily choose to disable their web cams.

Mark Voucher is an experienced writer having more than 10 years of experience in writing articles on various topics such as online meeting, conferencing & virtual events etc.

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