While we often no longer consider physical presence as an important factor when it comes to attending a meeting or a conference, face-to-face meetings are still important. Face-to-face interaction fosters credibility, a sense of connectedness, and plays an important role in building relationships. But in person, face-to-face meetings aren’t always possible. That’s where video conferencing systems in today’s business environment can bridge distance and bring people close together, even though they are actually physically miles apart.
Times have changed since AT&T first introduced a video conferencing device in the 1960s, and so has the technology. Video conferences now use high definition to conduct online meetings between two or more people in remote locations.
Not all virtual collaboration and conferencing solutions are the same. A good one should go far beyond sales enabling, to touching your organization on cross-functional levels. Here are the seven things to look for in a comprehensive conferencing solution.
Video communications originated on the PC and these services are significantly more mature than on other device types -- Skype, Google Talk and G+ Hangouts are examples of the popular free consumer-oriented video chat services.