Blackboard is an education company that provides learning management systems for college and universities. The company is headquartered in Washington DC and has been around since 1997. The company's current leadership, under Jay Bhatt, has been in place since 2012. The company provides education, mobile, communication, and commerce software for educational purposes. The software LMS is used by over 17,000 schools and organizations in over 100 countries. 3/4 of American colleges and universities use Blackboard. About half of K-12 schools use Blackboard as part of its core LMS infrastructure.
Blackboard collaborate is the conferencing tool that colleges and universities use to host MOOCs and online interactions. It is a pretty robust platform that integrates well with most college and universities using some sort of LMS. The service includes Outlook integration, Office integration, and other resources to manage a conference. Additionally, it supports a maximum of 1000 participants.
We reviewed TeamViewer and found that they were one of the best solutions for desktop sharing and meeting over the Internet. The company is based out of Germany and was founded in 2005. They were originally focused on developing and distributing high-end solutions for online collaboration and communication. Their extremely robust platform is growing. More than 200,000,000 people have installed the product. The TeamViewer solution is used in more than 200 countries worldwide and supports more than 30 languages.
Fuze is a product that is engineered by Fuze Box. The company was founded in 2009 as a provider of web-based communications solutions. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has several global locations, including Santa Barbara, CA and Bulgaria. For the most part, the company has worked out several of the “kinks” in the conferencing industry, providing users with one of the most robust programs for having web conferences and meetings.
The company has a rich history, with the software program being developed as part of an investment thesis. After several company purchases and acquisitions, Fuze Box made the first public demonstration at CTIA 2008 in Las Vegas. Overall, the product was received really well because it had some of the major features that other web conferencing solutions lacked.
Onstream is a company that has been around since 1993. In addition to providing web conferencing tools and solutions, they also offer webinar services for businesses. Onstream is based out of Pompano Beach, FL.
They have several business solutions that include the following:
However, they do have several of the standard features included in their product. They also have the latest in Android and iOS apps. They also have several select clients. You might recommend many of their customers, including Subway, Sony, eBay, Staples, and more. Onstream has also done a lot to gain industry recognition. In addition to the being HIPAA compliant, they've also won the following accolades:
iLinc is a company that provides web conferencing solutions for different industries. They have been in business since 2000 and are "politely obsessed" with their customers. The service is a cloud-based subscription, meaning that it is a software-as-a-service platform. There is not a complete listing of compatible apps and integrations, but we did find resources for Moodle and SalesForce, meaning that it is a robust tool for the different industries. We really liked the different features and felt that it was scalable. It can serve anywhere from 25 to 1000 different participants at any given time.
The company has a good standing in the web conferencing industry. There is also a 15-day free trial. This was on the light end for free trials in the industry, with some conferencing platforms offering a 30-day trial or a freemium version to "try" the product out, risk free. We were a little bit disappointed that the service didn't have any iOS or Android apps available in the Google Play or iTunes store, but we could probably expect to see a rollout of this in the near future. There are browser options for Android and iTunes available, but these have to be distributed via a system administrator.
ElectroMeet is software that you can use for meetings, distance education, remote labs, training, and more. It comes as a software download that is free. There are product licenses to get access to higher-level features. ElectroMeet makes money by selling provider licenses. Anyone who wants to join an ElectroMeet room can download the software for free, but providers must get a license.
Here is the pricing information for the provider licenses:
ElectroMeet is kind of like a less sophisticated version of BlackBoard collaborate, but with added functionality outside of education. This is one of the few web conferencing platforms that we encountered that is good for laboratory testing and scientists. There are proctoring features in this product that are not found anywhere in the web conferencing industry.
RHub is a company that provides web conferencing solutions for different businesses. The company name stands for "Real-Time Collaboration Hub." The company is a premier provider of web conferencing, remote support, and other tools for customers. There are more than 2,000,000 users.
The company was founded back in 2005 and was one of the first to make web conferencing a reality. Larry Dorie and Dr. John Mao founded the company. The product had been developed in 2003. The tool was originally intended to press the firewall issue in web conferencing. The company bases its products and services off of a central server, which was pretty close to the reason they originally developed the company. The company has several awards and accolades, including CRM's 2007 Tech Innovators Finalists."
Web Conferencing Central is a provider of video conferencing services. They offer the basic package necessary to get your business up and running. On their website, they do have an endorsement from Nike. There isn’t a lot of information about the business on their webpage. They do have a considerable number of features in their package that make them an attractable service, however. We did find a blurb on an obscure website saying that Web Conferencing Central is based out of Newport Beach, CA and makes a product called MeetaMind, in addition to their core video conferencing service.