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

InFocus' MondoPad

InFocus' MondoPad. From the CMIT Solutions website.

Imagine 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 that’s exactly the kind of technological jungle small business owners have traditionally had to hack their way through if they wanted to communicate with clients or each other 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 businesses 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. Users could attend a conference via a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

That’s what we mean by “any-to-any.” It’s a dynamic platform that can seamlessly and easily integrate multiple platforms and lose nothing in quality. 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: Business owners who engage people visually solve problems more effectively. When people can tie information with images of people and documents, they 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 businesses. 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 white boarding 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 that small business clients immediately gravitate to and begin using, 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 clients’ capacity to communicate and share ideas with the people who can help their businesses flourish? See