Online meetings (Web conferencing) allow rich collaboration with team members around the world—inside or outside the enterprise. There are many potential benefits from using online meetings to share documents, applications and screens. Projects can be completed more quickly when teams don't have to wait for e-mail exchanges or travel to face-to-face meetings. High-quality audio and video capabilities can enhance the collaborative experience, providing context through subtle signals such as body language that would otherwise be missing from a basic Web conference. Organizations can spend less on travel. Lower telephony and audio conferencing expenses. And reduce or eliminate expensive recurring fees for hosted web conferencing services.
IBM Lotus® Sametime® software lets people seamlessly move from a text chat to a voice/video chat to an online meeting. IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 software provides a new online meeting experience, integrated into the Sametime Connect client. Online meetings can be more effective. These powerful features can change the way you think about and use online meetings:
Launch or join an online meeting simply from your Sametime Connect client.
Conduct online meetings to share a presentation, document or your desktop with your meeting's participate.
In addition to screensharing, online meeting features such as Group chat, and shared Web pages help make meetings more productive
Polls can take the pulse of the team and help make meetings more productive.
Use our audio or yours in an online meeting. Optional audio integration in a Web conference can work with supported telephony environments to let you manage the audio part of your meeting and run your Web conferences smoothly.
You can easily use video in your online meeting. All you need is a supported video camera.
Note: Sametime software is available in multiple versions to support the needs of your enterprise—from the small office to the multinational conglomerate. The version comparison table on the Lotus Sametime features and benefits (US) page shows that online meetings support is provided in IBM Lotus Sametime Standard software and IBM Lotus Advanced software.