With international business booming, and people being connected all across the globe, technology is moving at a rapid pace, keeping us tied together in many different ways. Having the ability to collaborate with individuals on the opposite side of the world in real time has opened new doors for business and our global economy.

There is a long list of applications and programs that will allow us to connect to others for business and personal needs at the touch of our fingertips. You no longer need to be tied down by wires, or be in a location with internet. The ability and speed of our new mobile networks, in addition to Wi-Fi and LAN, have made it possible to connect with anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Video Conferencing

To start, businesses these days rely heavily on holding video conferences between two or more offices and even larger numbers of people. Programs such as Skype, WebEx, and GoToMeeting are all useful platforms for holding these types of interchanges.

Skype leans more towards the end of personal use, however can still live up to the needs of hosting a video conference between individuals spread across the globe. More robust applications or websites such as WebEx are a little more interactive allowing screen sharing abilities. This enables attendees to be more engaged in the meeting and to better share and collaborate their ideas. There are many free versions of software out there, but you will find that it is well worth it to purchase the full versions for the capabilities they offer.

Online platforms like GoToMeeting and WebEx are also very useful for hosting online webinars for sales demonstrations. They have features to allow the audience to not only see, hear, and feel like they are present in the meeting, but also interact with buttons and features that alert the meeting host that they might have a question or concern.

Online Presentations

We are starting to come a long way from just using Microsoft Power Point for presentation purposes. This software requires viewers to be either on sight to follow along or have the file emailed to them and follow the presenter as he clicks through the slides.

Newer programs such as Prezi, allow you to publish your presentation online using their website, and provide links to audience members who would like to participate and follow along. Not only are they not required to download any software, but they can be in the comfort of their home watching a demonstration from someone that may be miles or countries away.

Prezi will allow you simply to send out a ling for access to the presentation remotely and immediately.

Smartphone applications

All most everything that was described above can also be used on smartphones. There are new applications coming out by the second on Android and Apple phones allowing you to connect just as easily to people around the globe.

Social Networking sites are taking the world by storm for business marketing and networking with business professionals. In addition to Skype, or any of the other applications mentioned above that can also be used on smartphones there are many more.

Google has provided different forms of video chat over the past couple of years, and you also have newer applications such as Tango, or Facetime for Apple users. Any of these and all of these are connecting people to collaborate face to face online and through mobile networks instantaneously.

Whether you are constantly on the go and fully utilize smartphone technology or are still trying to play catch up and stick to desktop use for your applications. You will not be able to avoid this new age of technology connecting individuals for more practical and steady communication all around the globe.

About the author:

The author, Nick Quinlan, runs his own small business which, thanks to the possibilities of modern technology, is seeing a much wider reach than would have been possible otherwise. To communicate with his clients, he highly recommends moving to an online faxing service, and comparisons can be made through web services such as www.findafax.com. You can learn more about Nick by visiting his Google+.

Today, the cloud plays an important role in people’s computing lives. While the cloud is not something new, it enables people to interconnect easily in so many ways and this is where CDW has taken advantage of its capabilities in order to effectively deliver collaboration applications to your staff. It provides access anywhere, any time, on any device.

CDW has a new solution offering CDW Cloud Collaboration as well as CDW’s Unified Communications and collaboration capabilities. Do note that CDW is not new to Unified Communication or to hosting collaboration tools.

Considering that CDW has completed more than 4,000 Cisco Unified Communication deployments over the past decade and hosts the service at its own Tier III-IV facility.

Companies can greatly benefit such structure  because it is delivered on a virtualized architecture, enabling you to support collaboration services without compromising security, flexibility and management or application functionality, all while freeing up IT staff to work on other initiatives.

Imagine if such service is not available. A company will have to hire staff and purchase hardware needs to support these causes. These are added costs, right? Now, getting on to CDW’s new cloud collaboration will enable companies to really save up on costs and still be able to gain access to solutions without having worries about security breaches and such.

And with access to industry leading technology like Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solutions and over 50 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts on staff, CDW has what you need to transition to a cloud based solution.

Okay. Too much facts may be too much to handle for you. Check out this CDW Cloud Collaboration video to get a good overview on how it can help your business.

They also have a CDW’s Solutions blog containing articles that relate to their new service. Check it out!

CDW is a current advertiser on my blog.  All opinions are mine.

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