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7 Reasons You Need Web Conferencing

It's cheap, it's easy, and it saves money. Top experts tell you why you need it now.

Easy recording for reference, archival purposes

Another benefit recorded and archived training and historical knowledge, says Brian Young, vice president for information technology at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. "Notes are not a good verbatim record of everything that was said. So Web conferencing is a good knowledge transfer method for the business."

Creighton uses Web conferencing itself to communicate information to and from its Hastings Medical Center, Young adds.

There is no longer much downside to Web conferencing

Companies such as Genesys Conferencing have seen growth rates of 30 to 40 percent in the last year not only due to the benefits above, but also because security concerns have largely been addressed due to readily available encryption, Young says.

Bandwidth was another factor that initially limited Web conferencing, Young says. But high bandwidth is readily available in offices throughout the country and remote workers can readily find free or low-cost, high-speed wireless connections for laptops at many national and regional coffee shops, restaurants and hotel chains as well as in public libraries and other areas.

However, even Web conferencing proponents say that Web conferencing shouldn't be use to entirely replace face-to-face meetings, because even in a quick-growing e-commerce environment, live, in-person interaction is still necessary to strengthen relationships and to close many deals.

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