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October 02, 2008

Advantages of Web Conferencing

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Web conferencing is one of the most revolutionary development in communications technology, and has greatly influenced the way businesses work. Web conferencing facilitates effective communication while reducing infrastructure costs.
Web conferencing cuts down on travel expenses and time. Since managers and employees do not move from their office, a company can save considerable amounts of money. It also saves precious time, which can be utilized for other works and increase productivity.
Online meetings are also energy-efficient. Since people do not have to take out their vehicles to move to a common location for conference, a lot of fuel is saved.
With the advent of high-speed broadband and wireless networks, Web conferencing has become more efficient. Online meetings can be arranged anywhere anytime, within minutes — a big improvement over days of preparation associated with conventional conferences. In this manner, Web conferences reduce consumption of materials required for organizing such events.
In effect, Web conferencing improves businesses in terms of reduced costs, increased employee productivity, enhanced customer service, and faster decision-making.
Web conferencing systems include various tools with which the host of the meeting presents information to attendees. For example, whiteboards are used for illustrating points and drawing objects, voice components are used by members to speak to each other, and a chat is used to communicate through text messages.
Depending on the nature of the businesses and the nature of communication needs, online meeting software packages may vary. Packetel (News - Alert), a provider of Web conferencing software and tools, offer various conferencing models to suit different kinds of online meetings. The most popular among them are: sales presentation, customer support, product demos, online trading meetings, workgroup collaboration and Web surfing party.
Packetel allows its users to manage meetings through a Turbo Meeting Web portal. The company offers 3-way conference plans and group Web conference plans for conferencing with up to 50 attendees.
To learn more about online meetings, please visit the Web Conferencing channel on, brought to you by Packetel.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke

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