What did 2015 bring to Drum and the web meeting industry?

One of the most pivotal years in the WebRTC and web meeting space has come and gone faster than a browser-based audio connection between the UK and Australia. WebRTC as a technology has come on and developed significantly gaining wide acceptance across all browsers. There remains just one browser showing little signs of supporting browser-based communication, Apple’s Safari. The announcement from Microsoft to introduce ORTC sent shockwaves throughout the communication industry along with the release of Edge (replacing Internet Explorer). In addition, we began to see the foundations for WebRTC to be standardised to meet requirements browser wide.

Firstly, we wanted to provide a recap on the latest developments here at Drum with ShareAnywhere, the embeddable web meeting solution.

Features
Audio
Meeting attendees and hosts can join the meeting using either browser-based communication(WebRTC) or dial-in with a local phone number. All meeting attendees appear within the meeting regardless of their route to the audio conference.

Collaboration
Collaborate on files in real-time as a host. Promote a meeting attendee to present and collaborate on documents. Demote any presenter to a meeting attendee to revert their contribution to the meeting as a viewer and communicator.

Review
Review every meeting. Understand all meeting outcomes and the next steps for following meetings and projects.

Whilst ShareAnywhere can meet a variety of use cases, there are specific use cases where ShareAnywhere can be most effective. Here is a recap of the use cases we have covered over the past months.

What’s changed?
Embeddable
Drum is now embeddable. Embed ShareAnywhere into any website or existing service with either our HTML API or our JavaScript API.

Waiting room
Meeting hasn’t started? Worried about your meeting attendees entering the meeting? We have a waiting room for your guests to wait until you start the meeting. Don’t want anyone else to join the meeting? That’s fine, simply lock the meeting and each attendee will be required to wait in the waiting room.

Meeting replay
The meeting host now has access to the meeting replay. Watch the meeting back in real-time and share the unique URL.

Whats happening within the industry?

Usage is increasing worldwide
We have seen usage worldwide for a web meeting tool increasing. Companies are realising the benefit of their employees using a web meeting tool. Partly reducing the costs of commuting but mainly driving accessibility and efficiency of all staff. Corporate companies are purchasing large licences to ensure their employees remain connected with a UC product.

Web Meetings is no longer a new phenomena
Head back to 2013/2014. Web Meetings were a bit of a phenomena. Professionals could meet online instantly after downloading additional pieces of software and meeting certain system requirements. The thirty minutes getting your system ready was time well spent when met with the ability to meet your colleague who is halfway around the world.

The novelty soon wore off. We became exhausted with the process and became counter productive for those of us who were not regular avid users. Users still noticed the benefit of having a web meeting. As such, after some time users began to see solutions appearing designed to remove the hassle of web meetings (with thanks to the guys over at Google for WebRTC). As such, Web Meetings are no longer a phenomena. Web Meetings are a day to day tool required by professionals world-wide who expect a more efficient solution.

Emerging markets such as South America are seeing some of the biggest growth
An effective online meeting experience firstly requires a stable internet connection. Something mainly only Europe and USA have been able to boast in the last 10 years. However, the importance in internet for local and global economies has been recognised by emerging markets such as South America.

We have seen the rise of Web Meetings in emerging markets but not yet reach the heights of those in current mature markets such a the UK. We may not see emerging marketing surpassing mature markets for some time. However, it is safe to say web meeting tools have become an important alternative due to the transport networks notoriously not being as effective in emerging markets when compared to those in mature markets.

The industry has transformed at a rapid pace and it only moving faster. Web Meetings are no longer a phenomenon users are star struck by but a daily requirement where the expectation for instant access has been propelled by the availability of WebRTC. ShareAnywhere has been developed to further replicate the face to face meeting experience to meet this increasing demand from organisations.

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