1. What is Cloud Conferencing?
Cloud conferencing is an effective solution to video conferencing which involves using web-based software to conduct conference calls without needing an analogue or IP conference phone. All data, such as your contacts and content is stored on the cloud which you can share between parties. The video conferencing market is set to grow by 7.5% per annum from 2016 to 2023. This proves that now is a better time than ever to invest in video conferencing.
2. Why might cloud conferencing be the right solution for your business?
There are three main advantages of using cloud conferencing; cost, expertise and flexibility. Cloud conferencing is highly cost-effective. It does not require expensive equipment nor will you have to pay standard landline rates for calls. Additionally, by subscribing to an online service, you will benefit from the expertise of their technicians.The flexibility of cloud conferencing comes from the ability to join conference calls from your PC, laptop, tablet or Smartphone.
3. What software is out there?
Cloud conferencing software varies widely on both features available and on price. The most basic applications, such as Google + Hangouts, are free and require only an internet connection and a PC, smartphone or tablet. Although they can’t be beaten on price, these are less suitable for those looking for a high-quality service that rivals traditional analogue and IP conference systems.
If you are looking for a more capable service, then Skype for Business, WebEx and BlueJeans are all extremely popular video conferencing options. These provide sophisticated features for effective conferencing and are focus heavily on content sharing. Microsoft Lync Online also acts a versatile platform that combines conferencing, instant messaging and file sharing features allowing it to meet all of your business communication needs.
4. What equipment do I need?
In principal, you do not need any conferencing equipment to participate in cloud conferencing. Only an application and device that can connect to it with a microphone.
However, if you’re looking for a high-quality solution then we recommended that you invest in a microphone and camera. In this case, finding a good quality microphone with full duplex technology, echo cancellation and noise reduction technology is important. If you are also looking for a top of the range camera, then a PTZ (pan-tilt zoom) camera is the best option.
Visit the Onedirect Website to browse our collection of conferencing equipment. Call our in house sales team for more advice on 0330 123 3050.