Have you ever called your internet company and told them about a problem with your computer? You tell them what it is, and then, as if through sorcery, unbeknownst to you your mouse starts moving around.
The woman on the other end of your line was using data conferencing to fix your internet. This type of conferencing is the technological bridge between audio and video conference calls.
Using this, two or more people can hold a meeting through their computers with easy access to each other’s files. This entails purchasing or downloading interactive software that acts as a conferencing bridge between lines.
When you need to share files, reports, spreadsheets, or whatever you need someone else to see or have access to, data conferencing is an invaluable tool. Say you need your second in command to guide you through the yearly sales reports. The fact is you just can’t seem to make heads or tails of anything you see.
After she guides you through the charts and reports step by step, with her mouse controlling your curser, you understand completely. It’s always easier to do business when you’re in control. Businesspeople need the ability to share files, reports, or have a meeting where what’s on your screen can be seen on your co-worker’s.
Step by step conference calling is changing in leaps and bounds. When conference calling was introduced decades ago, technology hadn’t even reached a point where it could keep up with the changing times. Today that very same cutting edge technology is sometimes taken for granted.
How many times have you stepped into your office and checked your email? Just 20 years ago, where was email? And cell phones weren’t a necessity until relatively recently. What did we used to do when we wanted to order pizza from the gas station across town?
As technology changes, so, too, will the methods of data conferencing. As technological fads become trends, the technological world continues to evolve in leaps and bounds. Whether we want to admit it or not, the world we lived in a week ago has been forever altered, and the change is permanent.
In the business world, this is a fundamental philosophy not to be ignored. As conference calling technology changes, so, too, must your attitude towards doing business. Without certain technological capabilities, a business can’t function. Employees are in constant need of consultation due to the constant changes in the business world. The importance cannot be denied.
What does the future look like? Whatever it holds for us, it is important to remember technology’s role in everyday life, but, more specifically, in the business world. In ten years – even five years time – the world of data conferencing will look nothing like it does today.
The world of technology is in a constant state of flux, and as today’s innovations become yesterday’s news overnight, we can expect that the computer that fits underneath your fingernail today will be even smaller and faster tomorrow. BOLA TANGKAS