October 11, 2013
Virtual Meeting Rooms Open Possibilities
By Michelle Amodio TMCnet Contributor
Thanks to the Internet, we are no longer a geographically challenged society. The virtual meeting room has come of age, and location is no longer an obstacle. It’s easy to implement an online meeting either through your own network or a service, so a lot of decision makers needing to conduct business are utilizing virtualization to make meetings happen.
The virtual meeting room eliminates travel time and gives participants more options with their availability. This leads to greater interaction between employees, equipping them with the ability to make fast decisions in response to market changes.
Parties won’t have to fly to a meeting and leave home early to catch a flight, nor risk possibly arriving home late too. They are able to spend more time with their families and friends, which produces a better work-life balance and a happier employee.
What’s more, participants can easily share presentation and files online. The files can be edited or revised by other members of the team, too, making collaboration much easier. Several videoconferencing solutions give you tools to easily share exactly what’s on your screen with the rest of your team. Likewise, team members can share what’s on their screens with you.
With virtual meetings, everyone can be included, no matter where they are or what equipment they have on hand. Many solutions work across many platforms and allow participants of virtual meetings to chime in from their PCs, Macs, tablets, laptops, and smart phones conveniently from wherever they happen to be at any point in time — no travel time required.
Yorktel, for example, a provider of video conferencing and video managed services, offers a VideoCloud Virtual Meeting Room (VC-VMR) that allows users to launch multipoint ad hoc meetings without going through a formal scheduling process.
Conducting virtual meetings using solutions like those from Yorktel can be beneficial for people who respect and value their colleagues' time, want to limit expenses on communications, and at the same understand the importance of personal contact for success.
Edited by Blaise McNamee