Video conferencing trends could catch on this season

Tuesday, May 4 2010

In light of the recent volcanic eruption, businesses are starting to gain increasing interest in video conferencing solutions. What was once considered a cost-saving alternative to business travel is now also proving a secure business meeting plan in the face of recession and natural disaster.

NoJitter.com says more companies have started investing in video conferencing tools in the aftermath of the eruption, and the source offers some insight on top trends revolving around web conferencing technology.

To start, the source says video quality is improving while costs are falling. High-definition has made the leap from home theaters to the office thanks to this uptick in video conferencing technology. Virtual meetings are getting more realistic and affordable.

Another benefit emerging from video conferencing solutions is improved collaboration among workers. Companies are using it not just to meet with prospective clients, but also to connect remote workers, reports the source.

Additionally, businesses are increasingly taking advantage of managed services provided by video conferencing tools to cover a broader range of management issues. The source says companies are finding that the expertise that comes with operating video quality is coming in handy for other operations.

With these trends in mind, businesses may find the moment is right to implement video conferencing solutions. According to Slate’s column, the Big Money, $1.7 billion worth of travel fees were lost because of volcanic eruption - that’s a lot of meetings that could have happened via the web.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19755856-ADNFCR