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Cloud Conferencing and the Flexibility it Provides

January 27, 2014

Smartphones and tablets are making it possible to bring together distributed workforces around the world to collaborate and be more efficient than ever before. While the technology still has some hurdles until it achieves seamless integration, cloud computing is rapidly breaking down these barriers. Cloud video conferencing is making it possible to talk to any single individual or groups of people by transforming smart mobile devices and personal computers into a virtual workspace for collaboration using video communication.

Cloud videoconferencing technology provides group meetings without any geographical limitations as long there is a reliable broadband connection. It is now possible to collaborate with coworkers across different campuses in an enterprise, with home workers, or while at the office across different channels.

This solution makes it possible to completely eliminate or dramatically reduce travel expenses whether it is in another city, state, country or even across the street.

The benefit of cloud conferencing technology is it eliminates the expense of traditional conferencing equipment and the learning curve associated with it. Additionally, traditional systems have to have participants in the same room and have the same type of equipment and application in order to take part in a conference. While this technology served its purpose in the past, the options available to organizations with cloud technology today eliminate the need to have propriety equipment or applications.

Another critical improvement of cloud videoconferencing over traditional systems is it has democratized the technology so virtually anyone can afford to have this valuable tool as part of their business. By removing any interoperability issues out of the equation, cloud videoconferencing enables enterprises as well as SMBs to have a worry free collaboration on the device of their choice.

Whether it is cloud conferencing or any other type of new technology, businesses must ensure it provides the solution the company needs without adding new challenges. WebRTC, bring your own device (BYOD), video codec and voice/video over LTE are just some of the issues organizations must look into in order to ensure a smooth implementation or migration from legacy systems. Cloud videoconferencing means no longer having to manage on premise equipment and all the headaches that come with these types of installations. By delivering a solution that is both flexible and scalable, businesses will now have an affordable alternative that capitalizes on the availability of smart mobile devices.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker