By Patrick McConahy

For a while now, Whittaker Associates has been searching for the right application to host its conferencing services. After taking a long hard look at what the market has to offer, we have decided to adopt Go To Meeting to host all of our conferencing needs.

Communication is vital to our success here at Whittaker Associates. Because so much of what we do is educational, we have to be able to teach our clients the best ways to use the products we deliver. This requires hands-on teaching that would not be possible without the technology that Go To Meeting software provides.

For those of you unfamiliar with conferencing software, Google “online meeting software” and a whole host of products will pop up. In essence, these programs allow multiple users to simultaneously view a single computer’s screen. For example, when we give WALT demonstrations, we can physically show a group of clients how to navigate our on-line lead-tracking system and database. A free phone-conferencing number is provided, and the set-up could not be simpler. All you have to do is click download and register your copy.

We took a look at several different conferencing programs, but in the end we decided on Go To Meeting because of its simplicity. Other programs, such as IBM’s Lotus, Meet Me Now, WebEx, and My Remote Meeting are very good, but can be a little bit too technical for our purposes. Go To Meeting is simple, yet very effective for our conferencing with clients.

If you have any questions about the software or why we chose Go To Meeting over all of the others, feel free to e-mail me or visit