Friends and families have been loving and using Skype for years, but in the business world videoconferencing has been largely restricted to larger businesses and specially designed rooms. Small and mid-sized businesses haven’t been able to fully benefit from the competitive advantages that video conferencing can provide. Skype for Business, available with Office 365, now makes it easier to connect teams and have meetings than ever before. It’s no longer necessary to have a very expensive setup in a fancy Conference Room in order to benefit.
Many people assume that the primary advantage of video conferencing is to reduce the necessity to travel. While that is a significant benefit, it is far from the only one.
- Meeting Flexibility. Whenever a meeting is scheduled, there are always people who are unable to attend because they’re too busy putting out fires. The new Skype for Business lets people log in to the meeting from their phone or tablet, wherever they happen to be.
- Connect Scattered Teams. Today’s work teams can be spread across the country or the world, but all need to be kept in the loop. Whenever the need arises, set up an impromptu meeting to discuss issues and examine documents as a group.
- Cut the Ties to the AV Room. It’s all too common to have the AV room tightly booked. If someone else’s meeting is late, so is yours. If you need a meeting right away, it’s not possible. Meeting Room Systems designed for small rooms and groups make everyone more productive. Cut the ties to an expensive and hard to maintain infrastructure.
- Save Money. Setting up Skype for Business for meetings of up to 25 people will cost around $3,000. Savings on travel expenses alone would pay for that in a very short time. Of course, the major boost in ROI will be in workers’ effectiveness at their jobs. Business today moves at such a fast pace that making it possible for team members to brainstorm and resolve issues as a group has a big payoff.
CCS Presentation Systems of Florida is a premier provider of audio visual solutions, an important component of Unified Communications for any business. Skype for Business now makes it possible and affordable for small groups to benefit from video conferencing. Contact us today to learn more about all of the advantages of videoconferencing for your business.