Warning- One Cloud does not Fit All!

Let’s just be clear from the get-go: one cloud does NOT fit all. It’s true that cloud computing technology can lead to some major benefits, including reduced spending, business mobility, greater efficiency and more – but today we see hundreds of cloud providers boasting the exact same benefits. When businesses see this, they assume they can play eenie-meenie-miney-mo and get a magical solution to fix their business operations.

Our suggestion? Don’t choose your provider or solution at random! Do deeper research to identify the strengths of each provider. Why? Because the cloud comes in all different shapes and sizes, including public, private and hybrid models, and some providers might not be able to give you exactly what you need. In that case, you’d be wasting time and money while seeing no business progress.

When deciding whether or not to move to the cloud, you first have to consider what you want. Everything depends on your business’ needs and goals.

So, plan ahead! Because the cloud is worth the planning time. You should step back and truthfully identify your business’ problems, expectations and goals. If you begin the process by trying to decide which cloud service to use, you’ve already missed a step. First, decide what parts of your business make sense in the cloud. Identify your strengths and weaknesses before moving forward. Let’s take a look at how different sized businesses require different cloud solutions.

Small businesses still require up-to-date IT resources to run smoothly, even with their limited budgets. The cloud can help. A small business solution has to be flexible and scalable, with a pay-as-you-go option. This allows the business to only pay for what it uses, which is much more affordable than typical CapEx spending. This type of cloud solution allows a small business to play on a level playing field with larger organizations without breaking the budget.

For a medium business, the issues are slightly different. These organizations focus on growth, and need a solution that can grow as they grow. These organizations also have higher expectations when it comes to software and technology tools, and the cloud can give them access to these resources. In this case, the cloud solution needs to be one that is scalable and offers leading technology applications.

And when it comes to large businesses, the focus switches again. These organizations need to manage all the IT resources while remaining innovative – and that can be a lot of responsibility for an in-house IT team alone. With the right cloud provider, these larger organizations get around-the-clock support and management for their system, allowing them to focus on moving the business to the next level. This cloud solution requires excellent uptime and security with great customer support.

These three examples display only a few ways in which one business’ cloud solution may differ from another’s. That’s why it’s important to establish a plan before making the move.

And when you do decide to make the move, you don’t have to do it all at once. You probably want to start with systems that are easiest to move, saving mission-critical items for the end. This will reduce interruptions during your transition. This also allows you to take time to understand how your business works in the cloud, and decide exactly how you want to move forward. Once you get going, it’s easy to scale your service up or down and move new systems into the cloud.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it won’t solve every single one of your business problems. But that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit the majority of organizations.

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Unified Communications for the New Year

As mobile technology and remote accessibility continue to evolve, businesses, their employees and their customers now have a variety of devices, media types and communication platforms to choose from when building or growing their mobile workforce. While these different technologies and platforms provide effective communication on their own, full efficiency cannot be achieved – both technically and financially – if there is a lack of integration among them. As a result, the demand for multi-device connectivity to enterprise systems has grown substantially.

So, how do you meet these expectations to increase productivity, quality and efficiency for a modern workforce? Unified Communications, of course.

Bridging the Gap

Unified Communications bridges the gap between VoIP and other computer-related communication technologies. Through the real-time integration of both voice and data networks, business are able to manage every aspect of their communications in one entity, versus several – including the integration of email, voicemail, instant messaging technologies, fax, Short Message Services (SMS), web/video conferencing, screen sharing and more.

Through these real-time collaboration features, UC not only empowers people to communicate and make decisions at the rapid pace that is demanded in today’s business environment (users can save up to 20 minutes per day,) but it also reduces common communication barriers, such as the need to return missed calls and manage multiple email threads.

UC also provides businesses with the flexibility to choose and tailor the amount, and what types of communications platforms they would like to integrate, depending on what works best for their specific needs.

Consolidated Communication Tools on any Device

With UC, users can communicate with colleagues and customers from a business VoIP number on any device, including smartphones, tablets, PC desktops and desk phones, regardless of location. This means that personal numbers can be kept private, and communication delays are eliminated.

Integrated Voice

In UC strategies and solutions, hosted voice and Internet-delivered telephony services can be integrated. Hosted solutions, such as Hosted Voice, are becoming an increasingly popular choice as more companies adopt VoIP communications due to its inherent cost savings over traditional telephony, as well as the added convenience of fully managed services. These communication and collaboration features speed up almost every aspect of the business cycle, as well as provide workers with more freedom and flexibility in how they communicate and manage their communications.

Additionally, UC’s hosted voice services are a cost-saving, feature-rich, and scalable alternative to traditional and expensive phone services and equipment. With features such as self-service call routing, voicemail transcribed as email, call recording, and audio conferences, supporting a more mobile and productive work style is easily achieved.

Supporting the Needs of a Changing, Mobile Workforce

Having the ability to communicate and collaborate in real-time, no matter where you are, is advantageous for businesses of all sizes. From reduced total cost of ownership and travel time, unparalleled freedom, flexibility and productivity enhancements and more, UC solutions are an efficient way to embrace and benefit from the mobile, multi-device work style of today’s workforce.

 

If Space is the Final Frontier, what about China?

My colleague, Steven Weiss, is with China Telecom. China Telecom is the largest telecommunications provider in China. With 80% of China’s local access and transmission facilities and ChinaNet, the largest internet backbone in China, their network solutions are core foundations for business growth. I asked Steve to write some posts for us about the nuances of working in China. Here is his first post…

 

Space the final frontier… we still have a while until it is a viable place for commerce.  So, why not China? The air is slightly more breathable and there are plenty of people to build or buy your products.  With over 1.3 billion people, even a small hit for a product there would be a huge hit for any company.  In addition, relations with the US and China have never been better and continue to go in that direction.

Why not open up an office or a plant in China, purchase some internet and start growing your business like you would in most other areas of the world?  With the upside, there really is no reason not to.  China is poised to surpass the US in the next few years to become the world’s largest economy.  Although the GDP growth is slowing it was still 7.7% in 2013 compared with 1.9% for the US.  China has over 19% of the world’s population.  From 2000 to 2012 China’s middle class has grown from 4% of urban households to 68% and is continuing on that trend.  Middle class people make good money and spend most of what they make.  Selling your product to just .3 percent of the population would mean that you have put it in the hands of 4.2 million people.  Because of the government, the language and the culture, however, it is not that simple. It does not have to be that complicated either.  Like many things in business it comes down to making well advised decisions.

If you are currently doing business in China you have probably become aware of “The Great Chinese Firewall.”  This is not typically a big deal for traffic within the Middle Kingdom but when you are accessing content outside of China on an internet VPN it can range from excruciatingly slow to not working at all.  In addition, depending on the services and applications you use, you can be subject to whether or not the application provider is in the good graces of the government.  For instance, Google and China have differing views and because of that, Google’s products have been very limited there.  Just recently, Gmail was completely blocked in China and is slowly coming back up.  If you leverage Gmail and other Google products to run your business and are looking to do business in China, it is probably best to look at some alternatives or speak with someone that consults on such things to advise on how to get it to work.  The same rings true if you use YouTube (owned by Google), Facebook or other social networking sites in your day to day business.  If your employees will need access to these sites there are ways to do this and provide a good user experience.  The bottom line is the Great Chinese Firewall is something to be aware of but it does not mean that your internet access and the ability to leverage the applications that you depend on needs to suffer.

 

15 Quotes to Inspire Creativity in 2015

 

  • If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. [Albert Einstein]
  • Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. [Will Rogers]
  • When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near. [Azim Premji]
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. [George Bernard Shaw]
  • Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. [T. Dewar]
  • Stay hungry. Stay foolish. [Rashmi Bansal]
  • You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. [Andre Gide]
  • Innovation is anything, but business as usual. [Anonymous]
  • If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it. [A. Einstein]
  • Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. [Dale Carnegie]
  • Managers say yes to innovation when doing nothing is a bigger risk. [Gijs van Wulfen].
  • Ideas are useless unless used. [T. Levitt]
  • It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen. [Advertisement of Accenture]
  • Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices. [L. Duncan]
  • Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. [Dan Brown]Hit the ball out of the park

 

Why Internet Access is Like Electricity [Quiz]

I saw this blog and I was totally amazed at my own score! What about you?

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Does your network provide the fast, robust web connectivity your customers expect? You only have to look around anytime people can’t get access to the Internet to see the incredulity and frustration on their faces.

Roanoke College’s Chief Information Officer, Rebecca Sandlin, makes a very important point:

“When we started to have growing pains with our Internet service, the first thing that happened is everyone realized how much we needed Internet access. It had somehow become just like electricity where people noticed immediately if it wasn’t there. It had an emotional impact because not everybody had realized how serious it would be if we didn’t have the Internet that we needed.”

How would you cope if you couldn’t get online for a day? Take this fun 5-question quiz to see how you would manage:

Quiz: Could You Cope Without Internet Access?

  1. The Internet is down when you wake up…

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Cloud Drives Business Innovation

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The title to this post almost sounds obvious, but the truth is that cloud computing is not yet being used to its full potential. Many businesses currently rely on the cloud solely to save money or add simple mobility, but these organizations are hardly scratching the surface of the cloud’s true capabilities. Cloud computing offers countless opportunities to drive business innovation, and it’s time for the business world to take advantage of this.

Gain Insight

Cloud computing is now offering the ability to gain amazing insight into an individual business, thanks to advanced analytic capabilities. Not only are these capabilities possible, but businesses of any size can now access the computing power necessary to take advantage of this information. Cloud helps businesses manage their own, growing data, while also accessing new sources of data.

A great example is the popular online marketplace, Etsy. This business relies heavily on analytics to build customer relationships, improve the user experience and provide the most efficient service. By using cloud-based analytics, Etsy analyzes millions of page views to determine which recommendations to make for visitors and maintain an effective business ecosystem.

IT and Operations

Cloud computing is often only seen as an IT solution. It’s true that the technology is currently a mainstream IT trend, but this should not be the case. Cloud computing can become a company-wide solution. It can break down the walls between IT development and operations and offer the ability to quickly implement infrastructure and test new ideas. By moving to the cloud, organizations can also easily handle swells of capacity, something that was not so simple before. With traditional IT and operations, it was risky to test ideas, due to high costs and lack of resources. Now, organizations can move quickly through the experimental phase, getting the necessary resources on an as-needed basis.

Product Innovation

According to IBM, leading companies are 73% more likely to rapidly innovate products and services via the cloud. Through improved communication and collaboration, cloud computing easily leads businesses to faster development of innovative products or services. In a lot of cases, the cloud becomes a fundamental part of the new product. With agility and cost efficiency in hand, organizations can truly improve their services at lightning speed, reducing delivery time from months to just weeks.

Customer Relations

Thanks to the huge surge in data, and the ability to have constant access to the world’s information, businesses can truly listen to their customers and take advantage of the insights to meet customer needs and drive business growth. With so much data in hand, it’s easy to learn customer preferences, deliver relevant offers and news, and develop the best products and services for your consumers. With today’s mobile and social trends, it’s also easier than ever to engage in two-way conversation with customers. This point is very important, as it shifts the cloud focus from internal improvements to external improvements, which are arguably equally important.

With cloud computing driving innovation, you can take your business to the next level. The technology will not only help you reshape your existing operations, but also enter new lines of business, innovate within your own industry and better serve your customers. Working with the cloud and a cloud provider allows your organization to focus its attention on strategic business decisions and innovation, while we tak

I Got 99 Problems, But My Infrastructure Ain’t One

Yes, Sommer Figone from Rapidscale just quoted a popular rap song, but I thought it fit nicely with the topic of cloud computing. After all, when you move to the cloud, you eliminate a bulk of the business problems you may currently be dealing with.

Here are ten problems you can solve simply by moving to the cloud:

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10 Problems Solved by the Cloud

 

The Problem: IT Focus

With the cloud, your focus can be on running your business – NOT on running your IT. You won’t have to deal with additional hardware or timely installations. These types of responsibilities move to the cloud provider. Your IT team can move its attention to innovation and your entire business team can focus on their roles and the tasks they do best.

The Problem: High Costs

With traditional computing, businesses face high capital expenditure. With the cloud, you can avoid this. Experience minimal upfront spending and instead pay as you go, based on your usage and your business demand. You can avoid spending big money on hardware, software or licensing because the cloud provider takes care of these things – you simply get to use the resources provided to you.

The Problem: Limited Access

Mobility and constant connection are both natural parts of consumers’ lives today. Why not bring these things into the business world? You can take the cloud anywhere, and that means you can take your office anywhere. Applications and data are available to authorized users via the Internet, so as long as you have a device with Internet access you can remain in the loop. And when we say device, we mean everything from a PC, Mac, iPad, tablet, smartphone, etc. This is the easiest way to expand your workforce and make life easier for everyone. Your users won’t be tied to the office anymore. They can be dynamic workers and remain constantly connected to their information.

The Problem: Complicated Environment

Business computing used to be something only the IT team could understand. When systems changed, end users had to go through timely and costly training to figure out a complicated new environment. With the cloud, the transition is easy, and less personnel training is required. The end environment remains familiar and intuitive, so your users might not even be able to tell the difference. There is a minimal learning curve, and once they get going, your users will appreciate the efficiency of your new solution.

The Problem: Risky Security

Security is a constant topic of discussion in the cloud world and for good reason. No business wants to risk the security of their data – and with the cloud, you won’t. Instead, you can take control of your information. Your business information and applications are no longer stored directly on your office devices, meaning that if anything were to happen to these devices, your data wouldn’t be at risk. It’s all stored in one centralized location – your secure cloud. Cloud computing providers put countless measures in place, including encryption, firewalls, network and physical security. Considering the cloud is their business, a provider often offers better security than most businesses can afford to have on-site. The dedicated team ensures that only your authorized users can access business information, while prying eyes remain uninformed.

The Problem: Questionable Business Continuity

Today, business continuity is extremely important. Crises can strike out of nowhere, from natural disasters to power failures. That’s why the cloud ensures that business data is constantly backed up and protected in numerous geographically diverse and redundant data centers. No matter what happens, you’ll be able to access your data again quickly from temporary locations and temporary devices. This allows you to conduct business as usual and avoid the risk of going under.

The Problem: Rigidity and Inflexibility

Traditionally, businesses had to guess the capacity they needed. This resulted in one of two things: sitting on expensive and unused resources, or dealing with limited capacity. Neither of those are good options. With the cloud, you can experience amazing scalability of resources. Whether your needs change throughout the year based on seasons or holidays, or you’re experiencing major business growth, you can get the power and resources you need, as you need them. Scalability is the ability for the cloud to expand or contract based on your individual business needs – and this is a huge draw for most businesses. Access what you need, when you need it.

The Problem: Poor Communication

Businesses can no longer afford to have poor communication. The cloud makes it easy for employees to communicate and share information in new ways, even if they’re in separate locations. If numerous parties are working on a project across disperse locations, the cloud allows you to give all parties access to the same files. With easy collaboration and communication in place, you’ll find you have a more innovative, connected and knowledgeable business team.

The Problem: Out-of-Date Technology

The need to use out-of-date technology due to budget and resource limitations is, well, an out-of-date trend. When you work with a cloud provider, you receive automatic updates throughout the year, whether it’s for software, servers or computer processing power. This allows businesses to remain modern and regularly up-to-date with the latest technology

The Problem: Computing is Time Consuming

With the cloud, it’s easy to get new solutions up and running. New resources are truly a click away, as your cloud provider can set you up with whatever you need, instantly. This reduces the time it takes to get new resources to your users, and that results in greater productivity from your employees overall. As your costs and time consumption lower, your business efficiency will increase greatly.

Keeping Video Conferencing Security in Perspective …

I was doing more research on video conferencing. I was interested because it seems to me that a cloud video conferencing service is much more secure than a stand alone system sitting behind a firewall- as long as the cloud conferencing provider is using active monitoring and industry best practices for security.

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I came across a fascinating blog on No Jitter by Ira M. Weinstein and Andrew W. Davis about security and video conferencing. The article can be found here.

The NSA is accused of spying on UN video conferences. What’s the most likely scenario for what really happened?

Every few months the topic of video conferencing security rears its ugly head in the media. In the last week or so, the NSA has been accused of cracking the encryption guarding the United Nations’ internal video conferencing systems. According to the well-known German magazine Der Spiegel, these NSA activities took place in the summer of 2012 and allowed the NSA to decrypt more than 450 communications. Apparently the Chinese tried to do the same thing, with unknown results.

First of all, the authors want to clarify what we don’t know. We have no first-hand knowledge of any surveillance programs in use by any entity or agency, government or otherwise. We also don’t have access to non-public details about the recent allegations. For example, we don’t know which video calls were compromised or not compromised, which locations or people participated in these sessions, or what systems, services, or networks were in use.

Here’s what we do know. Video conferencing can be very secure. The actual security level of a video call depends on a number of factors including (but not limited to) the equipment in use, the settings within the equipment, the networks in use, and the actual call settings.

Basically all video conferencing systems released in the last 10+ years have included 128-bit AES encryption. This means that calls between compatible systems should be encrypted using 128-bit encryption keys that are generated automatically at the start of each video session. Although AES is a commercial rather than military grade of encryption, AES packs quite a punch. According to a 2012 article in EE Times, a supercomputer would take 1 billion billion years to crack a 128-bit AES key using a brute force attack. Given that this is more than the age of the universe (13.75 billion years), this does not seem like a real-time risk.

And there is more. Despite the inherent security provided by 128-bit AES encryption, highly secure communication environments (e.g. the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, etc.) use additional methods to secure their communications. Most common are external, hardware-based encryption devices. These devices typically leverage multiple encryption keys including:

*A device-level physical encryption key that must be inserted in the device each time the system is used. These keys are typically exchanged every 30 days or more.

* Password keys that limit access to the device’s functions and systems.

* Session keys that are automatically generated at the start of each session. In some cases, the session keys are even changed automatically during the session.

In addition, organizations conducting secure communications typically host their traffic on secure data networks that also use advanced encryption technologies.

So what does all of this mean? It is basically impossible to gain access to an encrypted video conference.

Now the question is–what really happened? Most likely, we will never know. What we do know is that most security issues we find in the video conferencing area are related to people not following basic security policies and procedures–either knowingly or unknowingly. Common causes of weak video conferencing security include:

* Turning off encryption on video systems
* Using outdated video systems that don’t support encryption
* Failing to use the most current software on video systems/other devices
* Connecting to other devices (e.g. gateways, video bridges, etc.) that either don’t support encryption or have encryption turned off
* Using software solutions or services that either don’t encrypt or use less stringent encryption methods
* Failing to use proper passwords, not changing passwords often enough, or failing to keep those passwords secure.

These factors are NOT inherent weaknesses in video conferencing security; they are user-introduced weaknesses. This is analogous to putting money or jewels in a safe, and then either leaving the door wide open (on purpose for convenience or mistakenly) or writing the lock’s combination on a post-it note hanging on the safe itself.

While not as likely, it is also possible that the UN’s video systems themselves were compromised. For example, most video conferencing systems support remote monitoring and management. Some systems also support the streaming of video and audio content to remote users. These features are turned off by default and are password protected. If properly used, they are extremely valuable. However, if abused, these features can compromise security and provide access to secure information.

Finally, it is also possible (albeit unlikely) that someone gained access to the video systems and uploaded hacked firmware that provides back-door access to the audio and video content. (Remember the centrifuges in Iran!)

So given the limited information in hand, we believe it is far more likely that someone learned the IP address of one or more of the UN’s video systems, and then snooped on non-encrypted conferences. Perhaps the video systems in some locations were not properly configured or had encryption disabled. Who knows?

But make no mistake–given sufficient time and resources, everything is “hackable.” In the case of today’s video conferencing systems, however, the chances of successfully eavesdropping on an encrypted media exchange are extremely small, even with the resources of the NSA.

Learning how to Create Use Cases for Video Conferencing

I sat at my computer yesterday with my cloud video conferencing mentor, Dan Marchetto from Iocom. We were talking about the best ways to implement cloud video conferencing in organizations. It comes down to the “use case” more than the technology. A “use case” is just that- what are you going to do with the service once you get it. Think of it as a compelling “Why?” or “What are we seeking to do with the technology? What need does fulfill for us?”. Each organization has different needs- generally based upon industry. Therefore, you can look within your work flows specific to what you do and where you do it to look for efficiencies. I thought this was logical and fascinating. Being the web researcher I am, I immediately set to work to explore this further. I found a great paper from Frost and Sullivan from 2009 that describes this. Here is an excerpt from what they wrote: (five years later, still very relevant)

Use Cases for Videoconferencing

The best way to derive value from any technology is to use it in places where it will make the biggest difference within the organization. Videoconferencing is no exception. There are many key use cases for the technology— areas of business where using it will significantly reduce costs and/or increase productivity. Let’s look at a few of them in step two of our five-step process:

 

  • Training is a clear case where videoconferencing can save companies money, and their employees times and By using video to train everyone from salespeople to support staff to every employee who needs information on benefits and enrollment, companies can save money on travel and facilities costs for the attendees and trainers. They can also limit the time people spend in training to the event itself, meaning that a three-hour training session will take three hours, not 12 (or more, is flying is involved). That, of course, allows attendees to go back to their day jobs that much sooner. Using videoconferencing for training also allows benefits the trainers, who no longer need to fly around the country (or the globe) to teach. That ensures they can spend more time on prep and follow-up, and reach more people in the same amount of time. With videoconferencing, who gets trained doesn’t have to be determined by location and costs; now, everyone who could benefit from training can get it, without leaving the office.

 

  • Employee and recruiting interviews can be held via videoconferencing, allowing companies to reach out to more candidates, since location no longer Also, those candidates can speak with more people within the organization, without incurring travel costs for them or the interviewers.

 

  • Product development teams benefit from videoconferencing in two ways: The technology allows them to communicate and collaborate better, since video lets participants read body language and facial expressions; and it allows them to show team members parts, components, materials and other physical objects that relate to the particular product in development—something that would otherwise require an in-person

 

  • There’s a reason high-level managers and executives spend so much time traveling: Strategic planning and budget creation require open discussion and trust—two things that are best done when you can see the faces and body language of the people you are working But with videoconferencing, they can achieve the same level of intimacy without having to leave their offices, reducing the wear and tear that comes from extensive travel, freeing up time for more productive activities when they’re not in meetings and, of course, saving even more money on travel than the average employee.

 

  • The increasingly virtual workplace offers any number of benefits, but one thing gets lost in the translation: Team It’s tough for employees to develop deep and lasting relationships when they rarely see each other and communicate mainly via phone, e-mail and chat. But videoconferencing can change that, by making it possible for team members to see each other on a daily or weekly basis. Simply making that visual connection makes contact more personal—and that makes it easier for people to work together, because they feel like they actually know the people they are working with. That, in turn, makes it more likely that they will share information and skills, supporting each other throughout the work day and for the overall benefit of the business.

 

  • Finally, while some customer and partner engagements require a live, in-person meeting, many don’t—but they will benefit from the visual connection videoconferencing Just as employee relationships are deepened by videoconferencing, so, too, are those with customers and business partners.

The paper from Frost and Sullivan is a good read. If you want to download it- please click here.

 

If you are interested in actually trying this out, please click here and I will give you a 30 day free trial of Visimeet to develop your own use case with!

 

 

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Telecommuting and video conferencing go hand in hand

Do you enjoy the benefits of a remote working arrangement? The number of people “modernizing” the traditional workplace and looking for flexibility is constantly on the rise. Technology has started addressing the changing workplace needs and preferences. Telecommuting and video conferencing go hand in hand, allowing for real-time interactions between coworkers, professionals and clients, as well as business representatives and potential partners.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, 3.3 million people in the US telecommute and their number is growing all the time. These professionals represent 2.6 percent of the US workforce. The number of individuals who consider their home to be their primary workplace has increased by nearly 80 percent since 2005. Telecommuting grew steadily during the recession and when it comes to self-employed individuals, nearly 80 percent are telecommuting.

How are video conferencing solutions like video conferencing  those brought to you by Prime Telecommunications through IOCOM Visimeet addressing this prominent trend? Telecommuting professionals get to benefit from it in a number of distinctive ways.

Enhanced Communication

Getting engaged in face-to-face communication with someone can make it easier for a professional to judge the situation, offer adequate solutions and make the most of the interaction.

Body language is a crucial part of business meetings. Hearing the voice of a person or carrying out communication in the form of emails will be insufficient to assess these fine nuances of human behavior and their meaning.

Video conferencing bridges the gap between people that want to do business together, yet lack the opportunity to meet in real life. Taking cues from body language can make the communication much more beneficial for both parties involved and lead to the tailoring of solutions to individual needs and preferences.

Team Spirit and Corporate Efficiency

Many people that choose telecommuting feel somewhat isolated from the team. Video conferencing solutions make it easier for such individuals to feel a part of the whole and to become actively engaged.

In addition, video conferencing enables real-time conversation. This possibility streamlines corporate processes and gives employees opportunities to use their time in the most rational way. There could be significant delays when it comes to email communication or other indirect methods of delivering information. Seeing each other and discussing vital issues at the same time enables all parties involved in the process to gain awareness about their responsibilities and to get started with the most pressing tasks at hand.

Productivity can be boosted across the team if video conferencing technology is used on a daily basis. This virtual meeting gets to replace the traditional staff sessions used to do planning and come up with an agenda. The efficiency will be as high, as the one achieved during an old school face-to-face conversation.

Time Saving

The use of video conferencing technology leads to saving a lot of time in terms of commuting and getting to meet with clients or business partners that work in a distant part of town, another city or another country.

Long-distance travels can lead to a lot of wasted time that can be used for the completion of much more important tasks. In addition, such business trips can be a truly expensive endeavor for startups and small companies. As a result, many professionals are opting for affordable and efficient possibilities like video conferencing . The results of such virtual meetings are the same as getting to meet in person, minus the wasted time and the transportation costs.

Telecommuting employees will boost their productivity by saving time and the entire corporate structure will benefit from the manner in which their business day is organized.

When should We Meet?

Virtual meetings can be scheduled at times that will be convenient for both parties involved. Getting to communicate efficiently may be a challenging task for professionals that live in different time zones. Sending emails will lead to serious communication gaps and delays in task execution.

Video conferencing enables the two parties to communicate to each other at a time that is convenient for both. It could be evening for one professional and early morning for the other but the virtual meeting that takes place in the comfort of one’s home or office will simplify and enhance the communication.

Many self-employed individuals and other employees that rely on telecommuting do work with clients in different countries. A virtual meeting becomes their primary communication tool and the option that helps them get started with the project quickly and that leads to quick clarification of questions or addressing of problematic issues.

Virtual meeting technology like video conferencing brought to you by Prime Telecommunications and IOCOM VIsimeet is becoming increasingly affordable and accessible. As a result, the number of telecommuting professionals that rely on such possibilities to do their job is growing. The examples mentioned above are just some of the ways in which video conferencing enhances telecommuting. There are various other important advantages that deserve to be mentioned and these include easy accessibility of the platform, the ability to get back to work soon after injury or a medical problem, a chance to work in informal settings and flexibility that enables a wide range of professionals to rely on such solutions

 

 

 

 

 

Orginally posted by Julia Writer on http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/ways-which-video-conferencing-enhancing-telecommuting/187760.