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August 25, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

This week in the conferencing sector: a new website from ACT, AnyMeeting sees small business growth, new headquarters for SoundConnect, and Jenne Inc. introduces new video conferencing bundles.

ACT launched its new, enhanced website this week, aiming to better address the needs of its customers. The company chose Carbon8 as its interactive agency for the project because, it brought the right combination of B2B expertise and a firm understanding of the business — along with solid programming skills.

As such, Carbon8 was able to create an online experience which helps visitors quickly source effective solutions for their needs by way of content, tools, resources and product information. Furthermore, the new site better reflects that innovation ACT has introduced over the last few years.

AnyMeeting, the creator of a complete Web conferencing service built on a Software-as-a-Service platform, announced this week that it now has more than 200,000 registered users. A big part of AnyMeeting's user base is made up of small businesses, according to the company, as it offers full-featured Web conferencing for free.

"Spending on Web conferencing solutions by small businesses is on the rise and is expected to grow 26 percent annually through 2016," said Monik Seth, research analyst for AMI-Partners. "Solutions that are friendly to the small business community, like AnyMeeting, are wise to focus on within this market."

SoundConnect has been experiencing rapid growth lately and as such has decided to move to new headquarters in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The company also has offices in Boston and Chicago.

After spending about two years in Mount Pleasant, SoundConnect decided to make the move to Charleston in order to accommodate its expanding workforce as well as to better meet the needs of its clientele. The company's founder and CEO, Shaun Chambers, stated that the office's close proximity to the College of Charleston and The Citadel makes it ideal for recruiting talented graduates.

Lastly, Jenne, a distributor of IP telephony, introduced exclusive bundled video conferencing solutions from partners LifeSize (News - Alert) and RevoLabs this week. LifeSize offers scalable, enterprise-quality client-server solutions which support HD video collaboration, while Revolabs provides a range of wireless audio solutions meant for unified communications, enterprise collaboration and professional audio use.

The new bundles include Medium-Large Conference Room Solution, Small-Medium Conference Room Solution and small Office / Home Office Solution. LifeSize's HD video and Revolabs' wireless systems, when combined, offer top-quality conferencing for both audio and video.

That wraps up this week in review. Be sure to check out the Conferencing Channel for more news in this sector.

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