Gone are the days of travelling tens, hundreds or thousands of miles for business meetings with colleagues or clients, thankfully!
Remember how much time and energy was wasted, waiting for trains, getting stuck in almighty traffic jams or hanging around airports? Not to mention the associated costs of hotels, corporate entertainment and transport fares.
In an age where budgets and emissions are being scrutinised, it’s nice to know that there is a technology that exists which keeps both of these figures low.
The ever-advancing concept of telepresence has surely revolutionised business, both in terms of keeping people ‘on the ground’ and by speeding up the decision-making process.
If you thought video conferencing was something, then hold on to your hats, because online collaboration software provides an even better, comprehensive solution for your business.
Typically combining traditional web or video conferencing with (business) social networking, the software sits on a real-time, unified Cloud platform. What does this mean?
It means that people in multiple locations can link up, at their desks if need be, for impromptu meetings. No longer will someone need to reserve the video conferencing room in advance, discussions can take place at short notice, saving precious time.
It means that colleagues can access the conference from their own homes, via their iPads, smart phones and other mobile devices. It presents businesses with far more freedom.
Virtual learning can also be conducted this way, turning someone’s PC or laptop into a classroom at the touch of a button or enabling them to watch and participate in live webinars. These can later be published to the company’s website or social media networks. Collaboration software will allow a webinar to reach up to 1,500 people at any one time – great for distance-learning courses.
You’ll agree, I’m sure, that this is quite an amazing piece of technology that could help your business gain that all-important competitive advantage.