What Is A Conference Bridge?


 

A conference bridge is a form of remote meeting using a business phone system. Conference bridges allow employees to dial into virtual meetings from a phone, anywhere in the world. Compared to a standard three-way call feature, conference bridges allow for a virtually unlimited number of participants, depending on what your phone system supports. Conference bridging is a core collaboration tool for companies with a large geographic footprint. 

 

What Kind of Companies And Roles Benefit From Conference Bridges?


Companies of all sizes can use conference bridges. For companies that have operations in different countries and multiple time zones, a great deal of cross-functional collaboration needs to happen virtually. This is also true of companies that have to work closely with partners, vendors or customers. A retailer might need to gather representatives from a finance team in New York, a marketing agency in Los Angeles, and a procurement team in China. 

Conference bridging makes it possible to quickly and securely conduct meetings. While conference bridging on a traditional phone network can be expensive, using a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) or cloud-based system can be a more cost-effective solution. Combining conference bridging with VoIP for remote workers makes critical collaboration seamless and affordable.

Conference bridges are very useful for leaders trying to manage cross-functional teams. This is especially true for teams that are spread across multiple cities. Trying to collaborate via email or text is sufficient for quick messages, but isn't usually isn't practical with larger groups or for more complex issues. 

Businesses with workers, partners or vendors distributed over multiple locations that require frequent collaboration, like film productions or construction companies, need a solution that ensures constant dialogue among employees. Conference bridging ensures your workforce can virtually gather at a moment's notice to solve your organization's most pressing issues.
 
 
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