What Does Any-To-Any Mean?

Submitted by Melanie Fricke on Monday, January 16, 2012

ShareThisAny-To-Any means an entirely new range of visual collaboration options for small businesses

MondoPadImagine a world in which people had to use the same wireless carrier to talk, text or email by mobile or smart phone. Only Sprint users could contact other Sprint users, only Verizon users could talk with Verizon, etc. It’d be a gigantic mess, wouldn’t it? What do you think the over-under would be for mobs to hit the streets in masses that would make the Occupy protests look like company taco parties?

But if you’re a small business owner, you know that’s exactly the kind of technological jungle you’ve had to hack their way through to communicate with clients or other business owners via video.

The problem is that the need for effective video communication — more than that; visual collaboration — has grown with the years and with technological advances. Even small business owners like you are using more strategic partners and telecommuting freelance workers to meet their needs, making effective visual collaboration not just a luxury but a critical component of any business’ operation.

The best way to accomplish it is with a “bridge” that can accommodate multiple users and integrate them into a platform with high-quality visual collaboration — video, whiteboarding, file-sharing, all the functions of a high-end corporate video conferencing system — regardless of which video chat tool people are using: Google Talk, Apple FaceTime, Skype, what have you. When it works right, it transcends devices. You could attend a conference via a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

That’s what “any-to-any” means. It’s a dynamic platform that can seamlessly and easily integrate multiple platforms and lose nothing in quality while retaining the capacity to scale upward with even more endpoints and networks. With an effective any-to-any system, companies can engage each other, clients, strategic partners and industry connections regardless of where they are without having to fall back on the dependable but inadequate conference call.

It’s just a fact: When you engage people visually, you solve problems more effectively. People who can see you and documents you present have much higher levels of comprehension and knowledge retention. It’s an amazing thing to see, and true visual collaboration, made possible through an “any-to-any” platform, finally makes it possible and affordable for small businesses.

Recently, CMIT Solutions formed a partnership with a pair of technology providers to launch CMIT Impression, a managed monthly any-to-any visual collaboration service for small business. The partners are California-based Vidtel, whose cloud-based, high-definition MeetMe video conferencing system accommodates up to 12 users on a conferencing “bridge”; and Oregon-based InFocus, whose 55-inch giant tablet has a touch screen, digital whiteboarding and high-quality audio and is powered by an integrated Windows 7 Pro PC.

CMIT Impression can connect with any video endpoint, meaning a hodgepodge of networks no longer needs to impede small business communication. CMIT Impression includes collaboration features such as a shared whiteboard, annotation and document sharing, which allows multiple parties to share documents through an intuitive, user-friendly interface, in addition to a flexible video conferencing component.

It’s the first system of its kind for the small business community, and it’s an idea whose time has arrived. Interested in seeing how CMIT Impression can transform your capacity to communicate and share ideas with the people who can help your business flourish? See www.cmitsolutions.com/services/visual-collaboration.

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