Skype for Business, Telcos and VEEDEEO: The principle of healthy coexistence

When it comes to video conferencing, inevitably people think of Skype. Catching the hitch of its huge success as a consumer product, Microsoft saw an opportunity to adapt it to the business market. In 2015, Skype for Business (S4B) was born, more a rebranding of Microsoft Lync than a brand new product, and made it part of Office 365.

As video conferencing service providers, we deal in a regular basis with questions like

Does your product integrate with Skype for Business?

or

What’s the difference between your product and Skype for Business?

We understand and agree S4B is a great tool for teams using MS Office. But we do not see VEEDEEO as a competitor to S4B and here is why: “Skype for business only uses the computer for meetings (no video conferencing systems)”. Carlos Tavares, CEO of VEEDEEO, could not be more clear. “There are a few players that integrate video conferencing systems with Skype for Business (i.e. Polycom), but the licensing is extremely expensive – because Polycom needs to pay a fee to Microsoft, of course”.

So why are Telcos attracted to S4B?

We see Telcos adding more and more products and services to their portfolio to compensate the erosion of margins in voice and data. In the enterprise (B2B) segment they try to sell not only the traditional communications services, but also equipments (routers, switches, etc), software (firewalls, productivity tools – like Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business – and other softwares) and even IT support services.

As Carlos Tavares points, “Microsoft wants to get into Telco – with the acquisition of Skype and the move from ‘traditional’ software to the cloud (pushed by Google Apps), Microsoft entered the ‘unified communications’ space, competing directly with Cisco and the other unified communications vendors”. So it is not unusual to see Telcos selling Microsoft products. Unlike Microsoft, Google is not very fond of doing partnerships with Telcos, which leaves room for Microsoft to grow in the Office Productivity segment.

When it comes to video conferencing systems, Telcos continue to sell them. Video conferencing systems give good margins and help grow revenue and presence in the customer, which leads us to conclude in terms of marketing offering it makes perfect sense to continue to push for these systems. Besides, PC is fine for a 1-person-behind-the-screen meeting, but for meetings with more than one person in the room, video conferencing systems seem to be more comfortable, fitable and, overall, the right tool to use.

Where does VEEDEEO come in?

We believe there is still a big growth potential in the video communications area, specially in the video systems area, but this of course will only work if you have the connectivity services to make the video rooms accessible to the whole world and with remote PC-based users.

Telcos can continue (and will) to offer Office 365 and S4B as part of their business productivity software offering. Nevertheless, they will also continue to offer video conferencing systems because;

a) some customers still ask for them/need them; and

b) if giving the right market push, video conferencing systems can become a big revenue stream (just imagine: if Telcos start positioning video communications as “regular” communications – as “regular” as voice – then the market demand would for sure be huge).

In order to have a truly interesting offer in video communications, Telcos need to have an Enterprise Video Cloud such as VEEDEEO to complete their hardware catalogs. When comparing with the phone area, Telcos don’t just sell “phones”, they sell physical hardware and their connectivity with the world (voice). That is exactly what VEEDEEO offers for Telcos (and customers in general): we provide the platform to unite all video conferencing systems and make video communications as easy and “regular” as phone calls.

VEEDEEO made that possible when created the Global Video Directory, a 100% cloud – and so far unique – service that enables users (in this case, companies) to register their video conferencing systems in the cloud, giving them a fixed global video number. Also, users can receive and dial other video conferencing systems – either inside or outside firewalls (you can find more information here and in our release webinar). “This is something that will really make an impact if we have the chance to show this working to Telcos”, concludes Carlos Tavares.

To conclude, Telcos can enrich product portfolios by offering a wider range of video communications services and products – including S4B and VEEDEEO – without conflict.

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VEEDEEO hits the States

VEEDEEO’s partner network has crossed the Atlantic and reached Denver, in the US. VEEDEEO has just partnered with Colorado Audio Video, a Colorado company specialized in the design and installation of audiovisual and video conferencing equipment.

This will allow VEEDEEO to give its first steps into the northen american market and fulfil the defined goals for the new partnership strategy started during the last quarter of 2016.

VEEDEEO has already associated with video conferencing service providers in Central Europe and is now operating in two different continents. Its aim is to firm new partnerships in these two geographies in 2017.

VEEDEEO expands international presence in Poland

VEEDEEO has just expanded its international presence by establishing a strategic partnership with netexperts in Poland.

Netexperts offers personalized consulting services to its clients and is a certified partner and advisor of other communications industry giants, such as Microsoft, Polycom and Cisco.

This partnership follows on a new VEEDEEO business strategy, which consists in consolidating partnerships with Telcos and MSPs on the european market and video conferencing systems resellers. VEEDEEO provides an innovative cloud video conferencing service with numerous benefits for companies interested in extending their product portfolio to cloud video communications.

Benefits for potential VEEDEEO partners include a full branded service, product launch in only 2 weeks, premium support and an attractive recurring revenue model.

The partnership between netexperts and VEEDEEO was signed at the beginning of November and, although very recent, is already giving its firsts steps into success.

VEEDEEO is now focused on increasing its partnership network in Western Europe during the next few months.

Visit the netexperts website to get to know them better: www.netexperts.pl.

Video Conferencing and The Medical Healthcare Industry

“Technology is not evolving anymore, technology IS evolution.”

Clyde Desouza

Let’s face it, we’re getting OLDER and there’s just no way of going around it, right?

Over the past decades, the boom of technology has played a pivotal role in the process, and Video Conferencing Solutions are no exception, so the question needs to be asked: what are the main benefits that we’re talking about? Let’s find out.

1. Video Conferencing Solutions Save Time & Money

By use of Video Conferencing Technology, healthcare practitioners and patients can significantly reduce the costs usually associated to regular office visits. Either they’re miles away or just around the corner, nowadays, physicians can monitor and collect patients info while they remain in the comfort of their respective homes, and that’s just a major plus.

As well as reducing unnecessary costs and travel times, this can be particularly beneficial for all patients who struggle with mobility issues, chronic conditions or even environmental concerns, and for whom the process of visiting a hospital or clinic can translate into a significant physical, emotional and financial burden.

2. Video Conferencing Solutions Improve Care Quality

It’s undeniable that healthcare is better delivered on a face-to-face basis; still, there’s a growing number of patients that live in remote areas and struggle to find solutions for their physical ailments from a medical perspective.

With Video Conferencing Technology, a Hospital can eliminate the need to transfer a patient that needs specialized and ongoing care, improve the delivery of treatment as physicians in other geographies may speak directly with those actually administering care, as well as making clinical diagnoses and consultations with their patients.

With High Definition Video, physicians can be virtually connected with patients, using technology to look into an ear canal, view an X-ray or fully examine a patient to provide a diagnosis in real time from a computer, tablet or even a mobile device.

3. Video Conferencing Solutions Improve Education

Few fields advance as quickly as medicine, which is why continuing education is so adamant for physicians and their respective staff. Video Conferencing Technology allows physicians to learn and collaborate with the best in the world, by means of virtually attending live surgeries as well as viewing fast-frame digital visuals, and all of this, without taking time away from their patients.

4. Video Conferencing Solutions Improve Communication

With Video Conferencing Solutions, the training of new employees can be done in large groups and across multiple locations for common issues like benefits, hospital policies, or compliance. It also allows for new information to be presented to several locations in a single session.

5. Video Conferencing Improves Your Competitive Advantage

Let’s face it, professionals that already use Video Conferencing Technology share knowledge way more widely, resulting in faster and more informed decisions that significantly reduce the time to market for new products and services.

Video Conferencing Technology, particularly in the Healthcare Industry, can be leveraged to create more personal, one-to-one relationships between patients and staff, thus encouraging the levels of trust and loyalty associated to the process.

With that in mind, justifying an investment in Video Conferencing Technology is fairly easy, since the associated return reveals itself in numerous measures. It allows the right people to access the information they actually need, no matter where they may be; speed up the info exchange process between personnel; and last, but not least, cut down on wasted time and money.

BOTTOM LINE… VIDEO CONFERENCING SOLUTIONS HAVE MUCH TO OFFER TO THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR, REVEALING THEMSELVES TO BE EXTREMELY USEFUL FROM A REMOTE TELEMEDICINE PERSPECTIVE.

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VEEDEEO sponsors IDC Directions 2016

VEEDEEO at the IDC Directions 2016, in Centro de Congressos do Estoril, Portugal, as a Silver sponsor yesterday, 13th October.

IDC Directions event is a reference for the portuguese IT management and trends, where some of the biggest national and international companies present technological ideas, good practices and new directions.

Huawei, Oracle, Konica Minolta, HP, NOS, Galp, EDP, Vodafone, Microsoft and more talked about their IT projects and approaches, giving great insight to modern companies on the future direction of technology.

Learn more about the event >> goo.gl/zjUFhj (in portuguese)

The Positive Impact of Video Conferencing in IT Companies

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

H.G. Wells

VC in its most rudimentary form has been around for quite a while now, but it’s literally changing the way in which we communicate, replicating and inspiring the camaraderie and empathy that any successful business should predicate its success upon.

Companies are constantly looking for new and smarter ways of investing, profiting and optimising, and one way of doing so is by means of technology; and it’s not “just” about improving communications, it’s literally about the future of workforces connectivity [both on-site and remotely] with VC.

Why so popular?

The key reasons are pretty obvious: SIMPLICITY, CONVENIENCE AND ACCESSIBILITY, and currently this is ever more the case, thanks to the fully-featured suites of mobile apps provided by numerous developers.

Recent surveys show the tremendous impact that VC can have on a business, particularly those whose employees are spread out globally; for instance; 99,2% stated that the use of VC has helped them build stronger relationships both with fellow employees as well as individuals outside their organisations; 91,7% stated they were better articulating their messages when being able to communicate face-to-face via video chat; and last but not least, over 75% stated that the use of VC services increased their productivity and enhanced their work-life balance.

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Plus, the latest research findings from Frost & Sullivan clearly demonstrate that cloud-based VC services market is expecting a compound annual growth rate of 20,7%, and that alone, combined with the increased globalisation of businesses, means that the market for speedy and reliable video conferencing services will only continue to grow.

Major Benefits

Significant Travel Expenses Reduction

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“Being global” is here to stay and the need to communicate at all times, has truly become the norm; in that way, VC is a stellar solution to secure significant reductions from a travelling budget perspective, and there’s just no way of denying it.

Just imagine how many international business trips one would eliminate with a high-definition VC solution in place. No brainer, right?

Plus, travel cost reduction is the easiest expense to calculate by determining the ROI of a VC solution, so, to get a real sense of how much money your company could be saving, just make an estimation on how many trips are taken annually, multiply it by the average cost associated

[travel to/from airport + airfare + per diem expenses + salary of time lost while traveling]

versus the investment in a VC solution

[equipment, network, service and training], and that’s it.

Most companies are able to justify their entire VC investment in less than three months time, and some even sooner, so what are you waiting for?

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Increased Productivity & Efficiency

VC has had a dramatic effect on the way people do business nowadays, so what’s the point of having endless e-mail chains, when you can interact with colleagues in real-time, almost as if they were in the same room?

VC provides knowledgeable workers with the ability to easily share dynamic presentations and see actual reactions; naturally and as expected, this genuine, lifelike interaction results in faster decision making processes; in the ability to bring products to market quicker; and last but not least, in the opportunity to be more competitive.

Plus, research shows that 93% of all communication is nonverbal, so the implications are obvious since so much of sales, marketing and management comes down to it. VC allows participants to understand, process and collaborate over distance and ensures no inflection or gesture is missed or misinterpreted. For this reason, all parties involved are more likely to stay focused when video is added to the mix; decisions are faster; projects are shortened; and productivity is increased across the organisation.

Improved Management Communications

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In the same way colleagues are able to better collaborate with one another, VC can also be viewed as a way of improving management communications, since technology offers a way of strengthening relationships way beyond the mere use of a telephone or e-mail.

Since nowadays customers have access to more people within’ an organisation other than the salesperson responsible for a particular account, it’s vital that relationships extend beyond an email signature; that can only be achieved through a more lifelike interaction, such as a meeting using high-definition VC.

Enhanced Business Opportunities

With reduced travel expenses, increased productivity and efficiency and improved management communications, there’s actually time left to focus on fostering professional relationships and potentiating new business opportunities, thus allowing the ultimate flexibility of working from wherever, whenever.

Improved Work & Life Balance

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Any Team Manager knows that high morale translates into higher productivity, right?

Still, due to the pretty hectic lives that pretty much everybody is faced with nowadays, excessive business travel can not only burn out employees, but most importantly, contribute to familiar tensions and even “cripple” relationships.

By implementing VC within’ an organisation, one can guarantee that employees make meetings on-time and minimize the stress levels of a poor work & life balance.

BOTTOM LINE, VC technology has been globally embraced and is currently perceived as a mandatory tool, contributing to higher levels of productivity, increased morale and far more business opportunities, which is something that every organisation should strive for at all times.

 

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A Brief Overview on the Evolution of Video Conference

“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life’s science.”

Bill Nye

Technology is becoming more and more a crucial factor in our daily lives, as humans constantly seek for creative ways of saving time, money, and unneeded stress. With that in mind, the popularity of internet and it’s increasing bandwidth has played a major role in the boom that videoconferencing (VC) systems have been experiencing over the years.

But where did they come from and how have they evolved over the years you ask?

Perhaps we should start with a brief definition of what’s VC before moving forward:

The Transmission of Audio and Video in Real Time… that’s pretty much it.

Now, let’s have a look at how things have evolved since the early days all the way to some future predictions.

The Beginning of the Beginning

The invention of television and video conferencing are forever intertwined. Why? Because it was at that exact moment that was possible to conduct a rudimentary analog conference, basically consisting of two closed circuit television systems connected via cable.

An equally crucial event for its development was The Teleconference of the US Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, which took place in 1927, the exact same year in which television was invented.

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Herbert Hoover, 1927

The first real peer to peer video conferencing device dates back to the early 60’s. It was called PicturePhone and was presented by AT&T in New York, in 1957.

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Article on TALK magazine, January 1957, about PicturePhone

Despite the curiosity surrounding it, it would never become popular due to it’s expensive cost.

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PicturePhone add (1964)

70’s and 80’s

By the end of the 70’s it became pretty clear that despite all the marketing efforts made near the general public, the PicturePhone was doomed, since it was a huge commercial failure.

It would end up being in the 80’s that Commercial Video Conferencing would emerge, namely in 1982, when Compression Labs introduced their system to the world, for the handsome sum of just $250.000; and in 1986 PictureTel’s VC would hit the market with it’s system at just $80,000.

The 1900’s

IP developments and the increased efficiency of video compression technology were the engines that propelled VC Systems into a whole new level, allowing Desktop and PC-based Videoconferencing.

In 1991, IBM would launch its first PC-based VC System, PicTel; in 1992, CU-SeeMe would be made available to the public, running on Apple Macintosh, and despite lacking audio, it was by far the best system developed to date. Macintosh would later on introduce Multipoint Video Conferencing, and on June 24th, 1995, the first public Video Conference was held between North America and Africa.

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The next crucial step, would be finding ways to provide VC to those in need of a fast, simple and affordable service. Eyenetwork would be associated to another ground breaking event in 1996, offering public video conferencing facilities for hire to companies and clients all over the world.

It wouldn’t be long before VC started infiltrating the masses via numerous free services and softwares, such as NetMeeting, MSN Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger, to name a few. Video quality was poor at best, but it was only a matter of time before the technology made it’s way to corporate desktops around the world.

The 2000’s

The next landmark in VC technology would take place in 2001, when French surgeons used it to conduct a gall blader surgery in Strasbourg from a location in New York City; this would mark the introduction of the technology in the medical field.

Surgery performed by french surgeons (view source)

By 2003, high-speed internet access became widely available at a reasonable cost, and at the same time, there would be a significant decrease of costs as per video capture and display tech; these, in conjunction with a series of other factors, including the availability of free software from leading IM service providers, would combine to make VC even more accessible to consumers.

For many however, the first VC experience would happen in 2003 with the release of Skype, followed by MSN Video Launch in 2004, and cloud-based services would be introduced in 2008 by WiredRed, under the Nefsis brand name.

The Future?

The exponential pace in which technology develops naturally resonates in VC, so It’s extremely hard to predict exactly what the future will hold. Still, one of the latest developments is the so called “I-Robot” and another area with extreme potential is 3D Holographic VC, with researchers from Ontario developing a life-size hologram like telepod that uses Microsoft’s Kinect System and a cylindrical display for live, 3D VC.

To sum it all up, it will be extremely interesting to see how VC technology will develop in the years to come, but from recent developments, one can pretty much assume that VC robots and hologram projections will be in the mix; the only granted thing, is that the technology will continue to evolve dramatically.

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Why Chrome is the best browser to host your VEEDEEO meetings

One of the (greatest) benefits of using cloud video as a service is you simply need to have a (good) Internet connection, a computer and a browser. We are sure your company has invested in computers with a good internet connection and everyone at your company has always a browser window opened in your desktop just in case you need to check your email, you social network profiles, news or the latest professional, tech and fashion trends (yes, we know you do because we do the same) – otherwise you would not be reading this article.

There are are many options when it comes to browsers, specially because companies have several concerns that inevitably affect their decision, such as security, privacy and speed. In a quick search over the internet (through your prefered browser, of course) you can find plenty of reviews and opinion articles about which browser performs the best.

Nevertheless, numbers say something about quality as well. And Google Chrome is the preferred browser amongst individual and enterprise users. According to StatCounter, Chrome has seen its worldwide traffic grow during the first months of 2016 – in April, 60.5% of the users across the world accessed Chrome from their desktops – an increase of about 14% since April 2015.

And because users are everywhere, on the move, Google estimates 1 billion mobile internet users have Chrome browser as their first choice when they access internet from their smartphones or tablets. Firefox comes in second, competing with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and the brand new Edge, but substantially far from the traffic Chrome is winning month by month.

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IE was once the most popular browser option – and is actually the longest running. At the beginning of last year, IE still controlled almost 60% of the user traffic, but the Microsoft’s decision to give 17 months to all users to upgrade their older versions of IE (including the popular IE 8 version) to newer versions supported by Windows 7 and 8.1, followed by the support suspension of the older browsers, encouraged users to find alternatives. Besides, IE’s popularity made it a coveted target to viruses and malicious attacks, a strong contribution to its vulnerability and consequent abandonment of IE feature and security updates.

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Source: Net Applications

The many companies which still use older versions of IE as default browsers are now facing potential security and privacy issues and longer waiting time to load search results and website pages, which inevitably affects the performance of web applications and cloud-based software.

Chrome for the best cloud video conferencing experience

Before blaming the app for its so-called poor quality, bear in mind some browsers were designed, built and updated with features that boost the performance of websites and web applications. Annual and monthly browser reviews put Firefox and Chrome at the top for their speed, security and privacy, extensions and features. And because both support WebRTC (browser-based real-time communications), they are the preferred browsers for web and video conferencing platforms.

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WebRTC was released in 2011 by Google as an open source software project. Since then it has been optimized to support browser-to-browser applications for communications in real time – voice, video and file sharing. Using just a browser, any user can use apps to share content and start an audio or video call without external plugins or software installation.

Chrome was developed by Google and, as expected, WebRTC is native in this browser (and also in Mozilla Firefox and Opera; Microsoft Edge had recently joined the supported browsers elite club). This means the possibilities of WebRTC are full in a Chrome or Firefox browser. You can start and manage a voice or video call from a browser on your laptop or mobile phone while seated comfortably in a video conferencing room or the airport waiting lounge.

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For this many advantages – and specially because is accessible to everyone who wants to give it a shot – Chrome is the most suitable option for a complete and indefectible video conferencing experience. Companies across the world and all dimensions recognize Chrome’s benefits for their everyday activities. When it comes to security, Google has never concealed its security and privacy certificates, something they take seriously. Google Chrome is trusted by large and highly protected companies and institutions – even the US Government.

One more thing…

Inevitably, we are dealing with technology. Let’s face reality and assume technology has its failures. Your Chrome browser can rock and your video meetings still fail. Why? Several reasons – but begin to check your bandwidth.

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The Increase of Videoconferencing Software Solutions

Organizations are increasingly incorporating videoconferencing solutions in their day-to-day operations, and the Industry growth shows no signs of slowing down for the foreseeable future. Why?

Because a number of players still haven’t caught the train! Are you one of them?

The business landscape is in constant mutation, driven not only by technological developments, but also by the redefinition of what a workplace is and will eventually become in the near future.

With that in mind, collaboration is now front and center in the strategic plans of companies of all sizes, clearly driven by the need to build better teams, speed product and process development, and above all, sharing know-how and experiences among team members.

These are the main reasons why videoconferencing is growing within the business community and why it is set to become the preferred medium for communication in 2016, coming ahead of face-to-face meetings and recorded presentations.

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What are the main advantages of videoconferencing you may ask?

There are plenty:

  • Increased productivity;
  • Removal of distance barriers;
  • Ability of having meetings without leaving the office;
  • Attendance without the need of actually being there physically;
  • Significant reduction of travel and time costs associated to travelling;
  • Increased flexibility and possibility of promoting meetings on short notice;
  • Multi-point meetings across different time-zones and international boundaries;
  • And the list goes on and on and on…

Also, what are the biggest trends that backup mainstream video incorporation?

Support For Scale

As time goes by, the workplace will absorb more and more individuals who have grown up with the advent of internet, mobile devices and visual communications; that will translate in the need for organizations to meet the demands of this evolving workforce for greater mobility, flexibility and choice in how and where to work and which tools and devices to use for which tasks.

As a result, videoconferencing is currently being democratized, no longer being exclusive or limited to senior executives, but now available to product managers, business directors and HR resources experts among others.

Increased Reliability

Reliability is the name of the game for any successful business tool nowadays.

For videoconference solutions, being able to deliver a solid user experience on a regular basis is mandatory and this is particularly true in the communications world, where there is a multitude of participants, as well as a multitude of options available [voice, video, text, chat, email, etc].

Integration With Enterprise Systems

Long gone are the times when departments used stand-alone video conference applications, and nowadays, the ultimate goal is to provide business professionals with a single user interface or even a single application that can handle voice, video, text chat, presence status and even file sharing.

Infrastructure as Software on Physical and Virtual Servers

Running enterprise software on physical and virtual servers has been a common tech solution for many years, but only recently this concept has extended to video conferencing, where the need for complex, high-speed computation and low-latency response times is crucial to deliver an acceptable user experience.

The benefits of this new approach center on flexibility across the board: deployment flexibility, licensing flexibility, business model flexibility and technology flexibility.

Growth of Inter-Company Video Conferencing

Service providers have expanded their offer to allow companies to meet over video in the cloud, and over time, video conferencing has become common for inter-company communications.

In fact, recent surveys show that up to one-third of video calls are made to external individuals or sites, with typical examples including job candidates interviews, collaborations with remote experts, connecting with patients in telehealth networks, and calling suppliers of customers to discuss a business arrangement.

Adoption of New Technologies and Services

Although the industry is well over two decades now, hardware and software advances continue to drive higher-quality video, lower bandwidth requirements and feature-rich collaboration applications, but clearly the most visible trend is the evolution of cloud services.

Cloud services enable organizations with the ability to connect with virtually anyone who has an Internet access, offering customers a combination of affordability, flexibility, performance, short deployment time, redundancy, scalability, obsolescence protection, and more.

 

BOTTOM LINE… as organizations become increasingly global and the boundaries of what a “Working Space” is continue to evolve, the use of videoconference as a key day-to-day operational tool will clearly become the industry standard.

So, whether you are an IT professional or a Business Manager at a big or small company, the aspects and trends that we’ve previously outlined should be a part of your strategic thinking and planning process at all times.

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How Video Conferencing Helps Boost Business and Reputation

The Business Landscape has suffered dramatic changes in recent years, and the only way to stay competitive in an increasingly global and virtual environment is by means of embracing technology and being an EARLY ADOPTER.

Unified communications and collaboration are radically changing the way people work, and video conferencing in particular, has proven to be a major asset to companies looking to make the most out of face-to-face interaction, while cutting costs at the same time.

BOTTOM LINE… Video Conferencing offers an extremely attractive ROI!

Things Will Never Be The Same Again

Currently, the number of employees working on remote locations or from home continues on the rise, but rarely “seeing” their colleagues, business partners and customers “in the flesh” most of the time.

In a knowledge based economy, in which information, ideas and execution are what separates leaders from followers, making sure that the best ideas are shared and acted upon ASAP is crucial, but employees collaboration proves itself to be challenging most of the times.

The need for better optimization is leading to the emergence of new communication tools, such as integrated audio, web and video conferencing systems, thus allowing employees, teams and communities to share information and connect with each other, while eliminating all sorts of geographic and cultural boundaries, and yes, using a SINGLE INTERFACE.

Where does video conferencing fits in? By allowing companies to be more competitive, since research clearly states that people understand more, when they actually see people speaking, rather than just listening to their voices.

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Also, today’s video conferencing solutions are fairly easy to use even for the “technologically challenged”, being even more valuable when they’re part of a broader audio and web solution, since users can share slides, edit docs and truly collaborate in real time, despite being across the globe from one another if that happens to be the case.

The New ROI? ROVC – Return on Video Conference

Cost efficiency is probably the number one response that you’ll get from most managers in terms of what’s the most important and deciding factor when it comes to business optimization, but make no mistake: productivity and optimized response cycles are just as important, if not more.

With that in mind, companies need to be prepared to deliver the best available technology to the right individuals, making sure the transition goes as smooth as possible; also, they are realizing that PC Based Video Conferencing offer the most cost-effective way to extend the benefits of visual communication to every employee who actually needs it.

Video conferencing offers tremendous ROI, most of the times paying itself in a matter of months; just think of the money you’ll be able to save on traveling expenses, not to mention the importance of employee productivity, that instead of being in transit, can actually use that time to work. Pretty much a no brainer, right?

Last, but not least, video conferencing also plays a key role in facilitating the integration process for remote employees within the group, translating into more productive meetings as well as in the shortening of response cycles and decision making.

Video Conference Solutions – What To Look For?

The answer is RSUC – Reliability, Security, Usability and Cost Effectiveness.

Reliability

Like all technology, it’s critical that the solution for which you opt ideally works 100% of the time for each and every user, regardless of their respective network connectivity; since more and more employees rely on it to eliminate in-person events; plus, it should also be easily scalable as it proves itself to be necessary moving forward.

Security

Security is the name of the game, and alike any transversal tool within an organization, it is fundamental that the technology is extremely secure, as well as easily manageable from an IT Department perspective.

Usability

Regardless of how technologically skilled employees are from top to bottom of the organization, the ideal solution is that the presented system is pretty intuitive and straightforward, thus eliminating the need of significant training and/or formation; yes, even for the layman.

Cost Effectiveness

To prove itself highly valuable, the video conferencing technology must be available to everyone within the organization and not just a select few. Desktop video solutions are flexible, since they allow access from any PC or Mobile Device, but technology is now able to join the best of both worlds – meetings in the comfort, space and quality of a room-based system and monetize the investment while linking different systems at the same time in the same meeting.

To sum it all up, in this Global Network in which we are ON all the time, advanced communications and collaborative technologies age changing the way business are made, potentiating productivity, eliminating expenditure and dramatically reducing response cycles.

With all of it said, what are you waiting for?


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