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Thanks to Today’s Conferencing and Collaboration Tools Every Day Is Independence Day
July 3, 2014 @ 09:05 AM | By Jill Huselton

Cookouts, cold beer and fireworks—what’s not to love about Independence Day? If you’re one of the scores of Americans lamenting the fact that Independence Day only comes once a year, take comfort in knowing that you don’t have to stop celebrating your independence on July 5th.

In fact, more and more business professionals are celebrating their independence 365 days a year.

How? By tapping into to the features and benefits of today’s advanced conferencing and collaboration solutions. With the right technology, you can become more mobile and more independent than ever before—and accessing that technology is probably much easier than you think.

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Celebrate Your Independence Every Day

In today’s business environment, work is no longer a geographic location—it’s a mindset. True independence means being able to work from wherever you like, with whomever you like, at whatever time you like. Sophisticated communication solutions enable the work mindset by enabling individuals to perform complex work activities on their own terms.

There are several different types of solutions that facilitate work independence. However, many individuals never fully realize potential gains in productivity and efficiency from their communication and collaboration solutions simply because they fail to properly align their technology with the task at hand.

1. Meetings

Conferencing technology offers the perfect resource for everyday meetings as well as large events. While audio and video conferencing solutions enable one-on-one and small group meetings (e.g. team meetings, company announcements), web conferencing technology creates opportunities for remote gatherings that require enhanced media capabilities.

2. Collaboration

Collaboration has often been used as an excuse for geography-based work philosophies. But unified communications technologies have been proven to enhance collaboration by expertly integrating conferencing, email and voice solutions—encouraging colleagues and external stakeholders to collaborate more consistently.

3. Training

In the past, training events required workers to travel long distances to a central location, incurring additional costs and productivity losses. Advanced conferencing solutions eliminate the need for travel, improving both cost efficiency and productivity. Additionally, conferencing solutions can be used throughout the hiring and on-boarding processes to reduce the cost of bringing new employees into the fold.

4. Virtual Events

Streaming technologies make it possible to connect with geographically diverse audiences via virtual events. Conferences, product launches, webinars, corporate meetings—the applications for streaming and web conferencing solutions for virtual events are limitless.

Most solutions can be implemented using existing hardware and devices, and the cost of these technologies is minimal compared to travel expenses and the opportunity costs associated with ineffective collaboration within the organization. However, the benefits of these technologies are huge—especially when it comes to aligning communication routines with the desire for greater independence in the workplace.

Jill HuseltonJill Huselton is a senior marketing manager at InterCall. She's been in the conferencing industry for nearly 15 years, working in operations, account management and marketing, mainly based in Colorado. Before leaving the Mile-High City, she hiked a 14er, one of her top accomplishments. Now she's traded the mountains for the beach and works from a home office in North Carolina.

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