I am also evaluating the Gotomeeting and WebEx services.
please let us know the pros and cons with your experience.
thanks and regards
I have a list of the services that Webex has that you can look at. If you give me you email I can send it to you. Here is my email. firstname.lastname@example.org
I would recomend WeBex. They have more suppoer and great functions to work with. I can help you with this if you would like to talk about. I work for a company that does this.
I evaluated GoToMeeting and WebEx. I decided to go with GoToMeeting for the following reasons:
- GoToMeeting is more cost effective than WebEx, epsecially with larger events
- GoToMeeting software in my tests has loaded faster
- WebEx software is Java based, meaning if the user doesn't have Java they need to get it which add significant time to download it and the need for admin privlideges, the GoToMeeting software installs and launches quickly without the need for admin privledges
*WebEx is more bandwidth intensive
However WebEx has some advantages such as:
*WebEx has video streaming
*The WebEx interface makes sharing certain types of content more streamlined
*WebEx overall has more features
*GoToMeeting does not have toll-free numbers (yet, i'm told its being implimented) for the teleconfrencing
In the end it comes down to your specific needs. For me I need to mainly meet with prospective customers, or host online training sessions for clients, I deal with potential clients from a variety of industries including high-security industries (of course since I offer Computer Security) like finance who have strict firewalls, and locked down systems that wouldn't have someting like Java unless it is needed. So for my needs GoToMeeting works best and also happens to be more cost effective which is great for a small startup such as myself.
I normally use GoToMeeting... has anyone tried skype for a change?
Dimdim is no longer available. It is bought by saleforce. Both WebEX and GoToMeeting are hosted solutions. You have to pay monthly subscription fee.
You may consider appliance based service such as RHUB which gives webinar, meeting, support and other features in one appliance and there is no monthly fee.
You can also take a look at gomeetnow.com. It has similar user experience as WebEx and gotomeeting.
Thanks for everyone's input. I have used both of these and can agree, each has its own good points.
I do have a few more questions, I'd like to see discussed:
1. I do quite a bit of one-on-one training and skype fits the bill for me. But for those of you all out there that use skype for group trainings, how do you feel about it?
2. I don't want to get into dollars and cents here but for the price of gotomeeting and WebEx and skype - which do you think you get the most bang for your buck? Yes I know skype is free but only for one-on-one meetings - I'm curious about the skype you pay for.
3. Does one of the above work best for small groups? large groups?
I love the convenience of training and making presentations via computer and have discovered that more and more businesses are using this.