Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Next Big Thing; Just the Job

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Next Big Thing; Just the Job

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Byline: PENNY COTTEE

Penny Cottee explains the increasing popularity of virtual meetings GIVEN the double risks of terrorism and disease - and the enormous costs involved - it is small wonder that organisations are increasingly shunning business travel and turning instead to virtual meetings online. The latest link in the communications chain, web conferencing brings together audio technology and the internet. All you need for an online meeting is a PC, an internet link and a phone. So staff can take part without moving from their desks, talking to and sharing information with colleagues and clients anywhere in the world.

Conferencing firms are now offering "reservationless" or "on-demand" web meetings, which give you your own virtual meeting room, open 24/7. The on-demand service run by global specialists Genesys Conferencing is called Virtual Meeting Centre (VMC). "Beneath the telephone number printed on my business card I have my VMC number," says Jim Lysinger, Genesys's executive vice-president and MD for Europe. "Say I want to call a web meeting with five others, I email them and say, 'Meet me in my virtual meeting room in 15 minutes.' Everyone then calls direct into that number. It's really easy."

When delegates are in the virtual conference room, the chairperson can lock the door to prevent others dialling in and eavesdropping. Should other people call the number, they will appear in a virtual waiting room. Clicking on the onscreen waiting room icon, the chairperson can have a private chat with them and decide whether they need to join the meeting.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of web meetings is the opportunity they give to share information. "Participants type my VMC number into the Genesys website and access the visual part of the meeting," says Lysinger. "I can show them a PowerPoint presentation, even if they don't have PowerPoint on their computers. …

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