According to The Connected Executive, Forbes Insights, 2016 will see the tipping point in mobile technology use: 51% of organizations are expected to be doing business primarily over mobile devices. The increase in mobility, however, may not necessarily translate into an increase in productivity. That’s because many businesses are making do with a hodge-podge collection of communications tools that don’t necessarily work together. They might be using a free screen-share solution from one provider, for example, a web conference system from another vendor, various presence/instant messaging solutions, and so on.
Managing several vendors and multiple point solutions can be an IT resource drain because all these disparate onsite applications require download; installation; maintenance, upgrades, or patching; and support.
Relying on a variety of disconnected solutions also can eat into productive work time. Consider the example of an employee that needs to conduct a weekly interactive conference call with distant colleagues. In this call, participants converse over an audio only conference bridge and the presenter shares her screen using a separate screen share program. The presenter also likes to have instant messaging available for ad-hoc questions, discussions, and relevant side conversations. Recently, an executive from a distant office has asked for a video feed of the presenter. Simply starting up and signing into the three or four applications required for such a call can take 5 to 15 minutes—especially if she needs to download, install, and apply updates. And the call can only go smoothly if the presenter / call host is well versed at using the mix of tools and switching among them.
The Benefits of Cloud-based Unified Communications are Impressive
Unified Communications combines a suite of purpose-built features into a single interface. No more signing into 4 or more applications (and remembering just as many passwords) to run a conference call or collaborate with a distant coworker or team.
Vast numbers of companies are adopting Unified Communications solutions, and cloud-based UC also known as UC as a Service (UCaaS) is leading the way. A key driving force behind this adoption is the increase in worker mobility and productivity. Here are a few statistics that underscore the benefits of Cloud-based UC and further explain the reason for this trend:
Why and how does Cloud-based UC bring such dramatic productivity improvements?
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