Lockdown has moved meetings from the office conference room to our kitchen tables, spare bedrooms, and attics.
As quarantines were announced and governments encouraged businesses to work from home the big winner was Zoom. Whilst the software company has existed for years it has catapulted ahead of its rivals to become the default online meeting software for business.
In our business we quickly spent time learning every inch of the platform so we could train our customers on how to use the platform and take advantage of all the functionality hidden in the settings.
Its simplicity, meeting quality and ability to integrate with the different platforms saw it soar ahead of its rivals and replace Skype as the verb for an online meeting.
Despite this there are still a few reasons not to use Zoom for business meetings.
Reasons Not To Use Zoom For Business Meetings
Reason 1 – Security For Sensitive Meetings
Zoom’s rapid rise has not all been plain sailing.
Surging from 10milliion users to 300million inside just a couple of weeks creates problems. The first was that the platform was illuminated to the troublemakers and criminals who took advantage of new and naïve users.
The platform has adapted quickly and set things right, but it is still not going to be suitable for all professions, particularly those that handle sensitive information or vulnerable clients.
These businesses will be better using meeting platforms that are designed with their needs in mind.
Zoom was not designed for government cabinet meetings and health and other sectors are going to want platforms with less visibility and higher security.
The NHS and other healthcare providers already have their own meeting platforms and it is worth investigating if your industry has its own more secure solutions.
Reason 2 – Other Meeting Platforms Fit Better
Although Zoom integrates with Gmail and Microsoft using downloadable plugins it may be that using the meeting tools that come with your chosen business software platform makes more sense and is easier to manage.
Google Hangouts work really well for G-Suite users as does Teams for Microsoft users.
This simplicity and integration to the systems that run your business could make them a better fit than Zoom as a default, particularly for internal meetings.
Reason 3 – The Cost
Although at £11.99 per month for the most popular membership does not break the bank there are less expensive and free meeting softwares that may meet your needs.
For example teams is included with Office365 and Google, Skype and many others have free options without a 40 minute limit.
If you host a limited number of meetings, for just a few users and are not reliant on cloud recordings or break out rooms, then Zoom may not be the most cost-effective choice.
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