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The Biggest Trends in Conferencing

Chuck Harris

In the ever-changing world of conferencing, these trends are becoming fixtures.

Hosted audio, managed video-conferencing services, web and video conferencing – these are the principal genres of conferencing, and things are about to get interesting.

As the internet continues to dissolve geographical barriers, new demands are falling on the shoulders of conferencing services. The end goal: virtual communication as good – if not better – than the real thing.

9 trends shaping the future of conferencing

The quest to keep up with the needs of business communications has inspired a surge of innovation. Here’s a short list of trends most likely to become indispensable aspects of running a business.

  1. Mobile conferencing. Convenience is a driving factor behind the development of mobile conferencing apps – along with the migration to mobile devices from desktop computers. Features such as screen sharing and whiteboard tools can make virtual conferences from smartphones as functional as if you’re all in the same room.
  2. Ease of use is constantly improving. Anyone who witnessed the rise of the personal computer, has seen applications go from confusing, to more and more intuitive as the years advanced. Expect to see conferencing tools continue to become easier to use and accessible – even for the technologically challenged.
  3. Company-wide connections. The newfound affordability has led to fully-deployed conferencing services. Some companies used to restrict video conferencing to select staff but now it’s financially viable to provide it company-wide and this has led to a surge in usage. 
  4. Advanced visual conferencing. Video conferencing is becoming the norm for an extensive list of tasks – from job interviews to staff meetings. With this new norm, the call for better picture quality has driven providers to step up their network speeds and capabilities of their conferencing software.
  5. Virtual collaboration. Commuting can be time-consuming. Furthermore, companies are starting to realize they don’t have to limit their talent searches to local pools. When you’re in a creative discussion, too many subtle cues can be missed over a voice call, video conferencing allows for more productive brainstorming sessions – even if your team is scattered around the globe.
  6. Conferencing and content management. Another advantage of video conferencing is the ability it has to record meetings. As this trend becomes a fixture, the need to efficiently manage such content will become increasingly prevalent.
  7. Don’t forget the video. Video takes up a lot of hard drive space. Hosted video services offer a step beyond cloud storage.  Using a hosted video service for video archiving can give your team instant access to all that your video library has to offer, on a private forum.
  8. VoIP is the technology of choice.  With its ability to lower costs and its ease of integration with video and collaboration apps running over the internet, voice over IP is the preferred solution for handling conference calls.  This trend will continue both for voice only conferencing and or when combined with other media.

If your company needs voice conferencing, look no further than nexVortex.  Our easy to use and flexible service is available as a standalone service or can be added to your nexVortex SIP Trunking account.  Contact us today and let’s discuss how we can help you with your cloud communication needs.

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