We have taken time to take in the festive period and the first couple of days in 2015 to really understand where web meetings will be heading this year. We have also been focusing on the future of WebRTC in 2015 (http://bit.ly/149H1bY), you may find this interesting if you keep a keen eye on the technology. WebRTC is the core to our web meeting tool and we drive to emphasise this moving forward with our communications. However, we also enjoy talking about web meetings as a service and how this can be of benefit to you and your organisation.
We see the web meeting landscape altering over the coming 12 months and maturing into an integral part of a business. The following are points we feel will determine the web meeting landscape in 2015.
Demand for more collaboration
Collaboration will begin to evolve as will the requirement to have the capability of working in real time on real documents online with team members. Tools such as annotation and highlighting text on a document in real time will be a key requirement for users. Organisations continue to look for ways cut costs and increase employee efficiency. Web meeting tools will be the answer to the questions and demands.
Connection at a click of a button will start to be the norm amongst early adopters of web meeting providers. We will begin to move away from the traditional telephone and keep our communications within the web at the desk. No longer will meeting attendees have the patience to pick up a phone and enter numerous pins.
Consumers will start to see the possibility of no download requirements. These consumers will begin to want this on a regular basis. No downloads will mean quicker and more effective meetings for first time users and guests. The need to seamlessly enter a meeting without inputting information or downloading applications will enhance web meetings into a process where attendees will no longer have to think about.
Improved sound quality and reduced latency
We can have a web meeting now with popular providers but with restricted quality and potential for latency. At present, the popular providers provide a web meeting with a sufficient sound quality but with latency issues. However, as the tools become more frequently used and to a wider audience delayed and broken speech will not longer be sufficient. Consumers will expect an experience identical to that of a face-to-face meeting.
We spoke earlier in the year about potential issues affecting a web meeting with Tsahi over at bloggeek.me (http://bit.ly/1KoEUT1). These were the issues within your control and are not reliant on your service provider. Check them out to make sure they aren’t affecting your meeting today!
An integral part of day to day business
A web meeting tool was used as a business aid throughout 2014 with some businesses integrating it into their day to day running. 2015 will see web meeting tools becoming an integral part of the day to day business. It will become the norm to meet online and remove the need for a lengthy and costly commute to meetings. The true benefit of a web meeting will be recognised and utilised. Such to an extent where it will contribute to various other business strategies such as CSR.
Are you using a tool now or are you thinking of using a tool in 2015? Why not let us know what you would expect from a web meeting tool.