Proposal: WebEx Premium Subscription

Ryan Taylor

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This is a cross-post from https://www.dashwhale.org/p/WebEx-Premium100

Introduction

This proposal is to allow the core team to purchase an annual subscription to WebEx's Premium 100 web conferencing product. While many free services exist on the market, the scale of our operations have outgrown the free options. At this stage, the effectiveness of the team and our professionalism with outside vendors and business partners is unacceptably impacted. We also desire the ability to hold larger calls with a broad audience including quarterly updates for the community.

What issues have you faced with the free services? Have you tried using x yet?

There are numerous quality issues we are encountering as the core team's activities grow. As more core team members shift to full-time along with the addition of the Evolution development team and the frequent addition of third party participants (e.g., vendors and business partners), core team calls are beginning to reach the limits of what free offerings can support. This results in inefficient calls that require recovering topics, and us looking very unprofessional when meeting with third parties.

We now frequently have dropped calls, participants unable to hear, participants unable to be heard, dial-in numbers not functioning, and packet loss / sound quality issues. Free tools simply fail with more than 3-5 participants.

We have tried many free product versions, including (but not limited to) Skype, WebEx, Google Hangouts, and GoToMeeting. They have all generated the same issues.

Why are we suggesting such a high-capacity plan?

The WebEx Premium 100 allows up to 100 participants to join a conference. With a high-capacity web conferencing tool, we plan to not only solve the call quality issues, but actually introduce new chances for the community to interact with the core team. Here are the many uses we have planned for the subscription. Several of these will require a high-capacity plan.
  • Dash core team meetings, including our full-team weekly meeting
  • Dash Foundation calls
  • Dash Foundation annual member meeting
  • Project-specific calls
  • Calls with business partners and vendors
  • Quarterly calls with the community (probably starting this or next quarter), including presentations and Q&A
The incremental cost of the Premium 100 plan is just $10 / month incremental expense over the Premium 25 plan. For that cost, we can obtain access to another effective communication channel with the community.

Requested funding is as follows for the June 6th budget cycle:
Total: 78.68 Dash

Exchange rate risk is carried only by @kot (sponsoring) and not by the network.

Manually vote YES on this proposal:
dash-cli mnbudget vote-many 0056c7a352b0a5b4fd6b87262de657f86ad8814c52b21046ae4241dcada1c59b yes
OR from the qt console:
mnbudget vote-many 0056c7a352b0a5b4fd6b87262de657f86ad8814c52b21046ae4241dcada1c59b yes

Manually vote NO on this proposal:
dash-cli mnbudget vote-many 0056c7a352b0a5b4fd6b87262de657f86ad8814c52b21046ae4241dcada1c59b no
OR from the qt console:
mnbudget vote-many 0056c7a352b0a5b4fd6b87262de657f86ad8814c52b21046ae4241dcada1c59b no
 
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TanteStefana

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This sounds absolutely proper and needed to me. You have my vote :)

It's actually kind of interesting how these mundane needs pop up as we grow. Isn't it fantastic to have the budgeting system here to take care of growing pains so they don't become too painful? Damn Dash is good!
 

balu

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How many hosts do you want to have? Apparently you can have only 1 concurrent sessions this way. Just saying the obvious :)

Usually I am against pricey saas tools for the project, but this one is a sensible and affordable choice. (even though i personally hate the tool itself :D ).
 

mastermined

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i'm confused. is this $588 a one time software purchase price or a "month incremental expense"?
 
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fernando

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How many hosts do you want to have? Apparently you can have only 1 concurrent sessions this way. Just saying the obvious :).
We can always use a calendar to coordinate as if they were conference rooms. The only good thing about timezones is that it is always business hours, so collisions should not happen too often. Should they happen a lot, we can always add a smaller account in the future.
 

kot

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It is worth to remember that for small meetings (up to 3 people), one can always use free account.
 
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fernando

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It is worth to remember that for small meetings (up to 3 people), one can always use free account.
Or even Skype or Hangouts. I don't like either of them, but they usually work fine for few people.
 

kot

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I confirm - this is another level of quality :)