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Virtual Meeting Rooms connect any device or platform

[fa icon="calendar"] 5 January 2019 / by Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt

Virtual Meeting Spaces are driving up company innovation speeds by allowing Teams to:

  • Meet using any device, devices they are familiar with 
  • Meet on any platform, removing the previous barrier of platform not being able to connect for face to face meetings.  SILO connect participants low res

  • Connect audio participants to a Virtual Meeting Room with guests attending on video.
  • Connect Video equipment from Polycom Cisco etc to users who have browsers, Skype for Business or Video APPs.
  • Connect Skype for Business to Browser users, Video APPs or audio users.
  • Connect Browser users without Software downloads to any video unit, Skype for Business or Audio attendees.
  • This Flexibility is what makes IT Directors plum for Virtual Meeting Rooms as they are so flexible and whilst they started as a tactical tool solving one use case or another where one piece of equipment couldn't talk to another.
  • Now they are strategic tools allowing the IT Director and CEO to scale Face to Face Communication to suppliers, customers, partners and contractors.

Close Global, connecting_your_ecosystemThis moves the Virtual Meeting Room to a Strategic Tool, why?

  • Innovation and the ability to disrupt markets is becoming a key corporate skill. 
  • As is moving faster than your competition or marketplace. 
  • That combined with innovative tariffs that let you scale Virtual Meeting Room use across organisations mean that cost is no longer a scale barrier.
  • The ability to have low volume users on Pay for Use virtual meeting room tariffs means that Finance buy  into the scaling of this use because they have a cost base that's variable with activity. 
  • Plus Microsoft Skype for Business users, the biggest collaboration tool in the enterprise sector can extend their use from internal Team connectivity to external True Collaboration. What's the difference I hear you say?


Most companies with Skype For Business (95% according to our surveys) used Skype for Business:

  • for team connectivity internally
  • Or to connect to other Microsoft Users in the siloed collaboration stage 
  • Both of these stages combined represent pre-True Collaboration stages and 95% of Microsoft user companies from our surveys in 2017.
  • With Virtual Meeting Rooms you can extend Skype for Business to any device:
    • Video Equipment
    • Browser users on Desk/laptop or smart devices
    • Other Skype for Business Users 
    • Any Video Collaboration APP or Service
    • We call this familiar Collaboration as guest turn up on their familiar devices 
  • The Next stage True Collaboration again you can extend Skype for Business to suppliers, customers on any platform
    • Google
    • Apple
    • Cisco
    • Polycom
    • Zoom
    • Blue Jeans
  • True Collaboration is where you start to make far greater Inroads into Travel Budgets and Productivity Gains. 
    • Here is where 90% of the typical travel savings are as most travel budgets are spent with external eco-system suppliers, customers, partners and in some cases contractors  
    • Here at True Collaboration therefore is where finance get their Return on investment 
    • And where the CEO gets their productivity gains in the True Collaboration stage 
    • The HR Director gets their fast recruitment and staff retention benefits from having a better workplace environment, less commuting, travel and higher levels of face to face teamwork and engagement.

Useful links

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Topics: Virtual Meeting Spaces, Virtual Meeting Rooms, Virtual Meeting Space, Virtual Meeting Room, microsoft true collaboration, true collaboration

Simon Hunt

Written by Simon Hunt

Simon is the Founder of Close - the True Collaboration Company.

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