By now many of us are aware of some of the benefits that telepresence and video conferencing can deliver to the enterprise – reduce travel, connect a geographically dispersed workforce and scale expertise. You might be surprised to learn that there is a business segment that can actually reap even greater benefits from telepresence: Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). SMBs were hit particularly hard by the financial crisis and are still recovering. As a result, more and more of them are turning to telepresence to maximize their available resources, reduce costs and help them compete with their larger counterparts… and it’s paying dividends for many of them.
For SMBs considering telepresence, there are certain questions they should ask as the answers can have a profound impact on the success of the deployment. For example:
- Does it provide an absolute quality experience that makes employees want to use it? The best way to get the most from a telepresence solution is to ensure people are utilizing it to the fullest.
- Is the telepresence solution simple to use, simple to deploy, simple to manage and simple to update? This is critical for providing a far higher return on investment.
- Will the video network provide the right level of security for your business network? Cutting corners on security could cost you a lot more later.
- How will elements like interoperability, usage and adoption and network upgrades contribute to maximizing ROI.
- Can I implement the telepresence solution within my budget.
Check out this webcast to learn the details behind each of these five considerations and then hear from the CTO of Woods Bagot, a 900 employee architectural firm with offices around the world that saved over $400K the first year by implementing telepresence.