Many businesses have successfully capitalized on the latest mobile technology and communication tools to reimagine how and where employees work. Today, we can conference with clients, colleagues and service partners from anywhere. It’s hard to build a case against flexibility—unless it means taking a hit on revenue.
Video conferencing is becoming an attractive tool for businesses for a number of reasons: reducing travel costs, accommodating remote workers and even simplifying the hiring process. As our recent mobile study concluded, however, video conferencing may be the much-needed solution to engaging the growing volume of mobile meeting attendees. As mobile and video collide, we couldn’t help but wonder how this week’s new iPhone announcement could impact the future of conferencing.
Plus-sized smartphone screens still no match for tablets for video conferencing
Despite Apple’s recent release of the highly anticipated, larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, their viability for video conferencing is debatable. While video conferencing is certainly developing a strong mobile component, this has been and will likely continue to be heavily concentrated around tablet users.
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Mobile Conferencing Connects Employees to Work from Everywhere
As the workplace has changed thanks to new conferencing and collaboration tools, so has the way employees communicate with their co-workers and clients. Being at work doesn’t necessarily mean being at the office anymore. The same can now be said for attending work meetings. Since nearly every employee has access to a smartphone or tablet, meetings can be taken from home, the beach, an airport—pretty much anywhere employees find themselves.
In early March, InterCall and West Corporation teams headed down to Orlando, Florida to join IT, telecom and networking professionals at Enterprise Connect, the leading expo and conference on enterprise communications and collaboration. While a slew of new products were unveiled and a wide variety of industry trends were discussed, a few stuck out more than others.
There hasn’t been a bigger force changing businesses in the last 10 years than globalization. To make the most of that level of globalization, firms around the world have to work together. From Shanghai to Cape Town, companies must be able to connect with each other.