Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 2, 2020 – Chickasaw Telecom, Inc. today announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the company to its 2020 Solution Provider 500. This annual list ranks the largest North American IT channel partner organizations by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is the industry standard for recognizing the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers, and IT consultants. It is the industry’s predominant channel partner list.
Internet technologies have turned our world into a virtual office in which we can conduct business with employees, partners, suppliers, and, best of all, customers all across the globe. Working in this virtual environment has become easier as well. Sophisticated video conferencing technologies make it possible to conduct face-to-face meetings as easily as it once was to walk down the hall into a meeting room. Without the expense and hassle of travel, video conferencing allows you to make effective sales presentations, give product demonstrations, and conduct interactive collaboration via the Internet. You can share voice, video, text, and chat and conduct conferences as formal or relaxed as the situation requires.
How Can Your Business Benefit from Video Conferencing?
Stay Connected with Remote Employees
One of the biggest benefits of video conferencing is how it enables remote work to not only be possible, but efficient. It is a helpful and cost-effective way to hold meetings – and it changes the way you work.
In the past decade, the number of workers who telecommute has significantly increased. With video conferencing, it doesn’t matter where your meeting participants are located. Remote workers can easily connect with both their co-workers and with work processes.
Hire More Efficiently
Instead of flying a candidate across the country for an interview, video conferencing can save your company a great deal of money when it comes to recruiting, and candidates won’t have to set aside a day or more of travel time just to have an hour-long interview.
Make Your Meetings More Efficient
Video conferencing isn’t just for remote teams. Whether you want to bring in a co-worker who’s traveling or a business partner who cannot make the drive to your office, with today’s technology, holding a meeting via video helps people to feel like they’re in the same room as everyone else.
Video conferencing isn’t just convenient; it can also help your team stay productive, even when there is bad weather. With video conferencing and other mobile strategies like using cloud-based apps, you can storm-proof your business.
There are many video conferencing solutions, including Intermedia’s AnyMeeting and Cisco WebEx. There are many elements you should consider when evaluating solutions:
• Features — Determine what the system allows you to share in terms of visuals and the options for communication between participants, i.e., screen sharing, multiple speakers, etc.
• Ease of Use — Ensure that the system you select is intuitive enough to be used easily by all participants regardless of their experience or their on-site technology.
• Security — Analyze what kinds of barriers might arise by giving attendees access to the conferences. These barriers can include registration, authentication, and getting past network firewalls. Also, you’ll need to be assured that your conferences and the conference content can be kept secure.
• Support — Check the type of help menus available within the application, the training available, and how easy it would be to get live support during the conference if trouble arises.
The right video conferencing system makes it easy for you to expand your market to reach more buyers, tap employees from a larger talent pool, and more easily partner with those who provide special expertise that enhances what you offer. It can benefit your business by saving time, money, and company resources for holding meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more.
With remote teams of employees becoming much more commonplace, employers are tasked with effectively managing their distributed workforce. Many technologies exist to enable and control resources available to remote employees. Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP, provides many features at a fraction of the cost including real-time collaboration, call recording, video conferencing, and more. These features effortlessly deliver the communication options critical for today’s distributed workforce. Below are just a few examples of how VoIP and business Cloud applications support mobility and the distributed workforce.
Telecommuting Made Easier
Using a telephone system that is hosted by the Cloud, your employees need only an Internet connection to securely connect to the system. Many VoIP products offer communication features specifically designed to improve the management of a distributed workforce. Features such as call routing and conferencing allow unparalleled access to employees working in remote locations by allowing them to use their smartphones and laptops as if they were working in an actual office. VoIP also provides a consistent and professional experience for your customers and prospects. Using the Presence Management capability of VoIP, calls can be automatically routed to any number or extension. The call transfers are seamless, making it appear as if the employee they are speaking to is in the office, no matter where they are located.
Because VoIP is an Internet-based communication system, your employees can make and receive phone calls from anywhere anytime. They can use audio and video conferencing to organize and attend business meetings, make sales presentations, or conduct training remotely. Even when you or your employees are not in the office, you can:
• Check the availability of others in your business.
• Know when other employees are engaged and should not be disturbed.
• Easily communicate by instant message (IM) with anyone on your team.
• Use a smartphone to access voice messages and collaboration features.
• Get real-time call alerts online.
In addition, VoIP allows you to log a record of all calls. This gives you some insight into how your employees are managing their time as well as the number of contacts made with customers, vendors, and others.
One of the biggest benefits of VoIP systems is that they are very cost-effective. Whether audio or video, so long as it’s sent through the Internet, it’s virtually free. The costs of calls themselves are also, greatly reduced as there are little to no charges for long-distance or international calls. This is a tremendous benefit if you have a workforce that is spread across the country. And because VoIP systems have flexible and changeable structures, it’s easy to expand or scale back as needed. VoIP also makes it easier to manage your business. You can rely on the system to route calls using the most effective path, increasing your business’s efficiency. It helps you achieve the almost effortless communication necessary to run your business effectively and to ensure that you and your employees can be attentive to the needs of clients and prospects. Additionally, using VoIP to employ a remote workforce, companies can spend less on overhead expenses, possibly even eliminating them altogether.
Collaboration and Teamwork
The video conferencing option of VoIP gives employees a way to connect even when they can’t meet in person. Employees can hold meetings with team members and clients from wherever they are so long as they have an Internet connection. This saves time and travel expenses. Businesses can also manage critical business data using Cloud-based file management and backup solutions, such as SecuriSync by Intermedia. Employees can instantly and securely access content from any device, share folders with colleagues, vendors or customers, and co-edit files in real-time with multiple collaborators. Your business data is automatically backed up and protected from ransomware attacks, hardware failure, or accidental file deletions. The flexibility of VoIP systems means they can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Your Ideacom Network telecom provider can help you find and customize a VoIP telephony system that’s just right for your business.
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