Ah, nostalgia – most of us remember the frontier days of video conferencing.
Clunky, complicated equipment which generated choppy, pixelated images and usually ended in a dropped connection. In general, it was rather unimpressive and ill-prepared for business use.
To say the least, it wasn’t nearly the “on screen” Star Trek-type video conferencing we had all hoped it would be. However, several years have passed since its introduction – and with it, many advances – which should give you pause to give video conferencing another look.
Here are 3 ways that video conferencing has changed dramatically.
Fluid transmissions with stronger connections
Remember how much fun it was to be in the middle of a conversation, only to hear your caller say the dreaded phrase:
“Hey. HEY! Can you hear me? I can hear yoooou.”
Or, on your end, trying to follow your caller’s conversation while staring at a frozen image of them with a snarled mouth and one eye open. Frustrating, to say the least.
These poor performing calls were the result of slow internet connections, coupled with a lack of bandwidth to go around. However, the overall infrastructure upgrade across the world has enabled us to make better calls.
Nearly worldwide, you can opt-in for an HD call with someone across the world, typically on a mobile 4G network. You can use these calls to conduct business from anywhere, effectively increasing your scope of operations and giving you greater mobility than ever before.
Great reduction in equipment and setup time
Nowadays, there’s little to no need for the bulky, overly wiry video conferencing equipment from the days of yore.
Most teleconferencing is achieved by simply opening a device and starting a program. It isn’t necessary to have an IT professional standing by to make adjustments during your meeting, as most users can rely on the programs to auto-correct any issues.
Unlike traditional in-person meetings, people can hop onto a quick call with ease. That means less time preparing and fretting for things and more time getting to the meat of the meeting.
That saves you time, frustration, and even travelling costs.
Remote work possibilities across the world
A growing trend within businesses is the “virtual desk” and the “virtual office”. The virtual desk allows your employees to work from home while still attending important face-to-face meetings.
Let’s say one of your key employees needs to attend a meeting with a high-profile client. That morning, the employee calls you to say their son is sick with the flu, and they cannot come into work.
Well, thanks to the advancements in video conferencing, you can easily open your laptop in the meeting and have the employee sit-in from their home computer as if they were seated at the table.
With the virtual office, businesses are able to allow most (or even all) employees to work full-time from home, all while having each employee displayed on each other’s screen in real-time.
This allows co-workers and managers to just click on any individual employee to open a private dialogue between them or instantly address all employees at once. In short, virtual offices allow businesses to keep costs down by not needing to pay for a physical location for their employees or business.
Take advantage of video conferencing with IPRO
Video conferencing is pretty great, and it’s only getting better. Before you go off and turn your company into a remote haven, you’ll need to ensure that your current IT infrastructure it ready for the changes.
That’s what we do – we make those changes for you, so you simply reap the benefits.
If you’re ready to explore the business possibilities of video conferencing, contact us. We’re here to answer questions and to set you up for success.