27 October 2015
Today’s businesses work anywhere. But with spiralling travel costs and squeezed budgets, how do you manage them on the move? You’ve got to get more for your money, in less time.
Virtual conferencing can make a big difference.
Employees can work together, wherever they are. It doesn’t matter if they’re up a mountain, on a plane, stuck in a hotel or at home with the kids. They can just dial in and get the job done, without wasting a minute – or a penny.
The good news is, there are loads of decent conferencing solutions out there. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. From Avaya’s high-end Aura Conferencing, ShoreTel Premises Collaboration or Microsoft’s Skype for Business to standard, hosted audio visual systems, there’s something to suit every budget and business model.
Think about what features you’re likely to need at work. How complex are your conference calls likely to be? If it’s mainly employees talking to each other, then you won’t need fancy functionality. But if you need to share presentations, discuss things with clients, and have a workforce based all over the world, you’ll probably need something more advanced. You also need to make sure that your chosen solution works with your existing IT systems.
As a rule, the best solutions are usually the simplest. Even if they do lots of things, they’re still easy to understand. It’s really important to choose the right conferencing solution. ‘One-size-fits-all’ offers might actually damage your performance, because they only deliver some of the features you need, or they don’t work properly with your applications. They’re also often not flexible to new technologies that you’ll add in the future.
Your solution needs to tick a lot of boxes. It has to integrate voice, data and HD video. It must give your users the freedom to work together anywhere, on any device or network. Shop around to make sure it does!
With so many options out there, it’s not easy to know which one will suit you best. So, it’s worth talking things through with a recognised service provider. They can help you in so many ways – with expert advice, system specifications, network testing, deployment and training, management, and so on… which saves you loads of time and money.
Virtual conferencing can help any business, but it works best with multinationals. These guys have huge travel bills. Endless flights and hotels all over the world eat up days of time. Dialling in and catching up means they can stay up-to-date in minutes, and cut down on all that travel time.
Put in the time now to find a conferencing solution, and I guarantee you’ll save loads of time later.