Cloud hosted technology saves businesses a bundle on costly hardware and IT support. Instead of expensive systems or equipment, the cloud’s ‘virtual offices’ demand no maintenance costs or expert staff.
Cloud technology didn’t come about as a money-saver though. The concept is to help businesses connect better and produce more. With the anywhere, anytime factor, cloud technology allows you and your staff to network, share data and collaborate across a range of devices.
The benefits aren’t just in-house, either. Cloud hosted video and data conferencing can help your team get better results and enable you to connect with clients, contractors and third parties on a whole new level.
Cloud hosted video conferencing:
Cloud hosted video conferencing is a multi-way calling package that enables you to connect with up to six participates on a wide range of handheld devices and desktop computers. All you have to do to invite delegates is send an email invitation. Recipient can join the video conference by clicking the link you send them.
In order to communicate using video conferencing technology you require internet access, a camera and a microphone. Most modern devices such as laptops and tablets have two-way cameras built-in and with HD screens, the experience is almost as though you are meeting in the same room.
- PC or Mac computers
- Android tablets and smartphones
Guests do not need to be experienced with video conferencing systems either. The invitation connects directly to your video conference, meaning guests just click the link and the rest is done for them.
Once your conference is up and running, you can share PC screens with other users. Guests are able to view and discuss key data and open the screenshot in a separate window, whilst iOS and Android users can pinch their screens to zoom in and out of shared content.
Cloud hosted data conferencing
Taking you beyond video calls, cloud hosted data conferencing lets you connect up to 20 devices for data sharing. PC, Mac, iPad and SMART Boards are all compatible, giving users the ability to control content live in a six-way data conference.
Built-in VoIP and webcam support makes your data sessions collaborative. Guests can contribute in real-time, with changes active on every connected device. Progress can be saved and shared between users, or emailed to third parties whilst guests can capture and share handwritten notes to take away from conferences. The minutes and contents of the meeting can be emailed to all delegates and other interested parties in the usual way by email.
Indeed, the software that is compatible with video conferencing technologies are familiar to office users so little training is required to operate it. Of course, with more powerful tools there are new techniques for users to learn, but once you understand the basics the software is easy to use. And of course, because it is in the cloud, there is no need for ongoing IT support, hardware or software upgrades.