Video Conferencing: It’s Just a Meeting

Original Post by Monica Ellis

According to the National Statistics Council, the average US employee spends 37% of their time in meetings. Sync ups, kickoffs, team updates, 1:1s – whatever you call it, it’s all about people coming together to share ideas and get things done. While the concept of meetings has remained the same over the years, video conferencing and other technology has changed the way we organize and conduct them.

As technology and workstyles have evolved, you’ve had to think about things like:

  • How many people am I inviting?
  • Where are attendees physically located?
  • Do they have the devices needed to join?
  • Are their systems secure and compatible?
  • How can I be sure everyone can connect to audio, view content, and share video?

When you don’t have to worry about the technology behind planning the meeting, you can eliminate some of these questions and actually focus on the work that needs to be done. This has the benefit of driving desired business outcomes, increasing engagement, accelerating sales cycles, reducing time to market, and more.

Simplify and Enhance Video Meetings for Everyone

With Cisco WebEx Meeting Center and CMR, high-quality video is included as part of the client. In fact, WebEx offers video conferencing from any standards-based, video-enabled device, including mobile, desktop endpoint, soft-client, or room-based video systems (and Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business clients) at NO additional charge.

Thanks to a richer and simpler user experience, people can join your meeting from their own video systems without worrying about technology. Whether they’re using a mobile phone while on the go, a laptop from an airport terminal, or a video conferencing device at their desk, WebEx simply connects all participants to the meeting. Everyone can share documents, files, or images easily. And whatever you discuss is shared with crystal-clear audio and lifelike video, creating an in-person experience.

Better Video Conferencing = Better Meetings = Better Business

Video conferencing can help organizations increase innovation and stimulate business growth. Business agility is essential to keeping pace with fast-moving changes. In fact, recent research by Techaisle reported:

  • 75% of high-growth businesses are using video-enabled collaboration solutions
  • Strong adopters of business video collaboration outgrew other companies by 300%
  • Innovative companies experience 30% faster decision making with video enabled collaboration

No matter how much things change, people still just want to get together to move business forward. They want to focus on the meeting  not the technology.

Enhancing Collaboration through Video Conferencing in Your Organization

Perhaps you’re thinking about turning that seldom-used conference room into a hub for video collaboration. Maybe you have WebEx Meeting Center and you want leverage the video capabilities already included. Or maybe you haveVoiceMaxx CE, our enterprise voice service, and you want to add Meeting Center to more fully utilize video in all your communications. Whatever the scenario, West has a full range of Cisco Telepresence options that meet a range of budgetary needs.

Cisco Telepresence Options

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