Modern businesses are becoming increasingly reliant upon video and web conferencing as a means of meeting their business conferencing needs. Not only is hosting enterprise meetings on a virtual sphere more cost efficient than the traditional business meeting, it is also much more ecologically sound as the need for consumable materials is lessened. The Internet has far altered the way businesses operate, and VoIP based conferences hold a significant advantage over historical practices.
Both IP telephony and VoIP have become leaders in the Internet communications industry, record sales exceeding $15 million per year prove the stability and popularity of VoIP in business environments. Given some small businesses owners inability to welcome technological change it may be daunting to view the correlation between the Internet and voice communications. Regardless of this, however, the concept of VoIP is relatively noncomplex. VoIP works by converting human voice into a digital codec that is then transported over the Internet and converted back into an analog signal so that it can be correctly interpreted by the receiving party.
Use VoIP in a web conferencing scenario provides businesses with the latest technology, and a large variety of user friendly tools and features. Some of the most essential VoIP conferencing features maintain similar qualities to those that one would expect to utilize in a conventional conferencing environment. These tools include; white boards that can be drawn on virtually, pointers, slide shows and file sharing. A particular benefit of VoIP based conferences is their ability to be recorded for playback at a later date – this enables absentees to easily review missed materials.
Businesses actively deploying VoIP conferencing cite its resourcefulness and cost efficiencies as their primary drivers for accepting the technology. While web conferencing is certainly not a new concept, web conferencing on its own was a costly activity. Often such conferences were limited to the amount of attendees that could be present and video and voice services were often billed per-minute; more if the conference was held by participants from different geographic locales. Merging VoIP with web conferencing proved valuable in mitigating those pitfalls and eradicating the threat of long distance billing as it provides the same unlimited calling capabilities as normal day-to-day VoIP calling.