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September 08, 2008

Benefits of Web Conferencing

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor


By now, it is likely that your company has considered using an online, Web-based seminar — or Web conference — solution to make a presentation or conduct a meeting for participants who are geographically dispersed. Perhaps you are in charge of choosing and setting up such a solution, but remain unconvinced of the benefits. Or maybe you’re convinced but need to justify the purchase.
 
Following are some key advantages of using Web conferencing, with Packetel’s Turbo Meeting serving as an example.
 
Reduce Cost of Travel — Web conferencing means it is not necessary for meeting participants or presenters to travel so they can be physically in the same place. With fuel prices so high, travel has become an item potentially on the chopping block at many companies. This doesn’t have to mean foregoing meetings or presentations, though.
 
Enhance Security — Packetel’s (News - Alert) Turbo Meeting includes features that allow secure, private Web conferencing. For example, each user at a company is given his or her own ID for hosting meetings.
 
Work More Efficiently — The Turbo Meeting Web conferencing solution from Packetel allows hosts and attendees to test out the Web interface prior to meetings, which can make meeting times more flexible by staying on schedule and avoiding e-mail invitation delays. Everyone can check out the interface before the meeting, allowing things to keep running efficiently.
 
Add Flexibility — Usually, meetings are scheduled ahead of time, and some Web conferencing solutions restrict functionality in this way. Packetel instead makes it easy to set up and run meetings in an ad-hoc manner using virtual meeting and conference rooms. This means there is the flexibility, for example, to give a presentation to an interested client on the fly.
 
Boost Productivity — Packetel’s Turbo Meeting Web conferencing solution integrates with the address book in Outlook, allowing meeting schedules to be added to the Outlook calendar for auto reminders.
 
Maximize Resources — Since Internet bandwidth resources can vary from user to user, Packetel’s Turbo Meeting makes it possible for all attendees to participate and view the presentation simultaneously regardless of connection speed.
 
To learn more about the benefits of the technology discussed in this article, please visit the Web Conferencing channel on TMCnet.com, brought to you by Packetel.
 

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Mae Kowalke is senior editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Mae's articles, please visit her columnist page. She also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Mae Kowalke



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