Teleconferences have helped businesses connect for decades. The next evolution in this process was video conferencing, these virtual meetings required expensive equipment and usually transmitted images of stuffy board rooms to each recipient. With internet and wireless speeds constantly increasing, combined with cameras on most devices, virtual meetings are now an essential business tool.
Video conferencing is a great way to connect face-to-face with a coworker, taking the next step in collaboration makes the process even more productive. With cloud collaboration tools such as Ciscos WebEx, employees can work together, in real time, on documents, projects, and presentations.
This isn’t strictly a tool for large global companies to connect their widespread workforce. Small and medium sized businesses can greatly benefit from cloud collaboration. The hardware needed is most likely already part of the tools used for business everyday, things like a smart phone, tablet, and webcam equipped laptop.
A great reason for a business to use cloud collaboration is letting employees chose to telecommute. Telecommuting allows employees to get the same work done from their home office instead of the businesses physical location.
Here are some perks of telecommuting:
- Attractive perk for new talented employees
- Cutting office expenses like electricity, equipment, and facilities
- Reduces unscheduled absences
- Flexible work schedule
- Control over work environment
- Reduced expenses of commuting
Cloud Collaboration can also be a great benefit to small business owners or consultants who work at home and want to give a professional appearance. Setup meetings with potential or existing clients and give your proposals in an interactive setting.
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