A recent article reflecting on the pros and cons of virtual meetings showed that 6 months after Procter & Gamble first started using telepresence video conferencing, the company had eliminated 6000 flights. At Colt, we can believe it. Travelling is a huge expense for a business of any size and can hit SMEs particularly hard, especially if your client base is spread far-and-wide.
Virtual meeting technology has come a long way in a short time. Where older solutions were clunky, complicated and prone to time-out, newer solutions, such as Microsoft Lync have been designed to make virtual meetings reassuringly hassle-free.
Gone are the days of large software downloads for virtual meeting programs.New services are designed to be run from virtualised desktops and on a variety of devices. As workers today are more likely to be mobile, most virtual meetings systems cater for easy mobile access. You no longer need to worry about keeping a list of business-specific logins either. Lync for example can fully integrate with Skype calls too, so you can stay in touch with your colleagues in the same way you might with your family and friends.
As part of our Colt Ceano ICT solution for SMEs we realise that virtualised meetings are key to helping organisations drive costs down and work more efficiently. To find out more visit our customer website. We’d love to hear about your experiences of using virtual meetings, why not let us know below? Nothing beats a firm handshake, but increasingly a virtual one is proving to have benefits of its own.