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Is IT the Key for SMBs to Get Ahead of the Competition?

August 28, 2009 - 1 Comment
Video conferencing is now affordable and effective for SMBs

Video conferencing is now affordable and effective for SMBs

According to a recent article in AsiaOne small companies worldwide are transforming themselves into global players by effectively using information technology to, among other things, manage costs. One example discussed is the use of video conferencing to replace travel.

In fact, travel replacement is often cited as the greatest benefit of video conferencing for SMBs who need to get the most productivity out of their often limited staff and time. The New England Credit Union uses video conferencing to reduce travel and increase communication among 150 employees at multiple branches. “It’s 3 days by car, 3 hours by plane, and 3 seconds on video,” said one executive.

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, a firm with a staff of 350, cut costs and increased productivity with team video conferencing. “Video conferencing means we can truly work across boundaries to collaborate on projects. It’s a huge boon for productivity and I wish we’d done it sooner,” said David Hughes, CEO, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.

Learn more about the benefits of video conferencing for SMBs.

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  1. The problem today is that very few people know about the secret. If people could know a little more about video conferencing and the benefits it offers, everyone would want to use it. If everone used video confernce, everone would move to the next level and expirience great effeciency. Countries would become richer.