Bring Business To Life With Web Conferencing

Web Conferencing is the new way of interaction over internet and giving live presentations. In this kind of conference system, each delegate has to sit with a computer connected with internet and through it one can interact with other people. If telephone is also used, VoIP technology is used else we use only chats. This technology is very cheap and saves time as well as cost and is very environmental friendly as well.

Web conferencing provides easiest method to stay connected without spending lots of money. Web conferencing is of many types such as web meeting, Webcast, the Webinar, online presenting, and online collaboration. The choice depends on the specific needs. It can be a audio, video or text-based conversation that is conducted in real time.

Usually organizations that have global presence, use this technology to remain connected. Using this technology, any person can be working at one geographical location while being connected with other far away offices etc.

Web conferencing is used as it cuts traveling costs, accommodation costs and save time also.

It’s just not business that derives benefits from web conferencing. If you and your family live apart and can not meet often, this can form an excellent form of communication with them.

When you are sitting in web conference, there are certain etiquettes that need to be followed. One must speak slowly and always try to be clear. Listening to other person attentively is important so that they do not have to repeat themselves.

Before you start a web conference it’s a good idea to check the equipment. Always test the system before the conference starts so that there is no interruption in the middle of conference. Check variables like lighting, seating arrangements and microphone position, background etc. Keep an extra monitor with you so that the conference participants can see themselves on the screen.

Proper care must be used when organizing the conference, as some people may be in different time zones. Remember to press the mute button when not talking, in order to prevent echo. If a problem of echo is there, consider using echo cancellers. It’s possible that the audio or video quality may be poor at the beginning of the conference. Try adjusting the microphone position, lighting etc. This may fix the problem. If things do not improve, hanging up and redialing or even rebooting the system may be necessary. If there are issues at one end, always information should be passed on to all the other parties so that they are not troubled due to disruption.

Although setting up a full fledged studio might be expensive, it pays over a period of time. If it is felt that costs will not justify returns consider renting the equipment. Lot of firms will easily provide good technicians as well as equipment for good conferencing service.

Web conferencing has made life easier for us be it business or personal lives. It is a great way of exchanging information and keeping in touch as well.

What Happens When Echo Boomers Take Over The Workforce?

A funny story came up the other day while I was talking with one of my daughters. We were reminiscing about the first time our home got the internet. When the internet first went mainstream my husband brought home a box and put it in front of my 2 daughters and said,
“Girls, I bought you the internet. It’s in this box. Have fun!”

It just makes us all laugh to think of the internet all contained within a little box. In fact, the product my husband bought was actually called, “Internet In A Box.”

How far we’ve come! Now our kids grow up with access to the internet and other technology at an early age. One colleague actually told me that his kids don’t have crayons, they color on the computer!

What’s An Echo Boomer?

The Echo Boomer generation that started with their internet in a box has bought into the technological revolution hook, line and sinker. They are the largest generation of young people since the ’60s. And they are beginning to come of age. They’re called “echo boomers” because they’re the children and demographic echo of their parents, the baby boomers.

Born between 1982 and 1995, there are nearly 80 million of them, and they’re already having a huge impact on entire segments of the economy. And as the population ages, they will be become the next dominant generation.

Keeping Up With The Dominant Force

That means the shift we are seeing in the adoption of more and more computerized processes within the workplace is going to continue. The up and coming generation practically has keyboards permanently fused to their fingers. Everything is done on some form of a computer. It’s the way they thrive so that is the direction that companies must go in to succeed with the new labor force of echo boomers.

What Does That Mean For The Rest of Us?

So if the world is focusing more and more on computer technology within the workplace we all need to step up and get with the program.

We’ve done it before!

The boomers have whole heartedly adopted the notion that computers can and do make our lives and the tasks we perform more efficient. Heck, the forefather of the technical revolution, Bill Gates, is a boomer. But it needs to go a step further now.

While we’ve accepted that computers are a necessary part of our lives there are still many businesses living in a paper filled world. These paper based practices need to be replaced by technology. As more and more of the labor force is taken over by the echo boomers computerization will not just be a suggestion, it will be a requirement to maintain an efficient business as this generation functions best in a digital world.

Intelligent Businesses Use Echolocation!

In an environment driven by speed and dominated by growing uncertainties, businesses are expressing more and more difficulties to sustain and improve their competitive position. Mighty companies such as IBM, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft or Nokia do know that business success is never an “acquis” and that any long-time leadership position can now get eroded within weeks and even days in some sectors.

Just some weeks ago, rumours were circulating about the collapse of the giant Eastman Kodak Company. The 131-year-old icon that brought photography to the mass and launched the first digital camera is forced to face tough realities of the new business world.

The K-brand company is another clear example that there are no definite winning rules in business; any competitive environment can be disrupted anytime. Rules of business games can now be reinvented and imposed by new entrants. It is no longer the privilege of the big or the mighty.

In this ever-changing playground, it is essential for companies willing to survive and thrive to understand their environment, track their competitors, critically review their position and never ever fall in the trap of complacency: this is the very concept of business intelligence.

A quick Google search pulls out millions of internet pages on business intelligence. Many of them associate this concept to information technology (IT). Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, defines business intelligence as “computer-based techniques used in identifying, extracting and analysing business data”. On the website searchdatamanagement.com, one can read “business intelligence is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analysing and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions.”

These definitions are wrong. Yes, IT is at the heart of business intelligence. No, business intelligence is not IT as some might claim. IT is just an enabler!

To define business intelligence and illustrate its importance for companies, a simple and natural technique used by bats (Yes Bats!) can be referred to. Bats emit, in the dark, high-frequency vocalisations through their mouths and noses as they fly. These vocalisations then bounce back to them as echoes, which enables them to form images of their surroundings in their brains. If their ears get injured or clogged, they are unable to receive any echoes and therefore lose their ability to locate themselves and move accordingly. This continuous process known as echo-location is a sine qua non for the survival of bats as it allows them to scan their environment, track their prey, devise their future movements and eventually feed themselves.

Business intelligence is echolocation for businesses. With the new dynamics of business games, it is vital for companies to echolocate themselves on a constant basis, to critically assess their position and adapt their strategic movements accordingly.

Entrepreneurs and business managers claiming that business intelligence is useless and that their flair and experience are enough to ensure their path to success are living out of this world. Sure, flair and experience help but without a proper understanding of their business environment and analysis of their competitive position, businesses are condemned to failure.

For those who want to succeed, keep this in mind: Intelligent Businesses use Echolocation!