In 2008, the Consumer Electronics Association reported that while more than 50 million Americans could work from home, only 2.5 million actually did. Recently, that divide has continued to decrease as businesses have began to cut office space costs while offering employees the ability to skip out of fighting commuter traffic.
With the addition of video conferencing, telepresence and video chat, this move towards embracing work flexibility is becoming widely supported. Business owners are finding ways to stay in touch with workers throughout the day, while telecommuters are discovering how to have a face-to-face chat with employers using a method that’s inexpensive and reliable.
When it comes to videoconferencing, different businesses have specific needs to remain efficient. Some businesses have an interest in group video chats with people in different locations and others just want to be able to have one-on-one time with a client or employee. Some businesses even want a high definition visual experience to effectively share presentations or videos.
Mark Ricca (News - Alert), partner/senior analyst at Intellicom Analytics, sat down with TMC to discuss the hot topic of videoconferencing and how far it has come.
“We’ve come a long way. There are a number of different players in the videoconferencing marketplace, a whole range of capabilities, a whole range of price points, and the reliability is significantly improved,” he said.
According to Ricca, people are using videoconferencing in all verticals, and in all business sizes from the smallest to global 1000 firms. “They are using it for a range of business requirements - absolutely utilizing it for sales, for marketing, for training, for R & D, etc.”
With the economic situation for example, companies utilizing videoconferencing are ones that want to do more with less in terms of resources, as well as companies that have been involved in mergers and acquisitions that have project teams across the globe.
Over the past few years, video conferencing, telepresence and video chat technology have increasingly grown and evolved to become a very effective and efficient tool to be utilized to promote collaboration. Now, the challenge for the video industry is interconnecting these disparate systems and solutions.
With an in-depth focus on this topic, sessions at Video World Conference and Expo, collocated with one of the world’s largest communications and technology events ITEXPO (News - Alert), kicks off October 3-5 in Austin, TX. The Video World Conference and Expo is targeted to enterprise organizations and service providers, while additional agenda sessions will cover visual communication, brand expansion, revenue models and new opportunities for video.
In the “Connecting the Pixels – Visual Communication Comes of Age” panel, on Wednesday, October 3 at 11 a.m., AVer Information Inc., Blue Jeans Network and Vidtel (News - Alert) will discuss helping attendees understand their options and find the interconnection path that best matches their company’s needs. The panel will include Karl Dahlin, vice president of sales and business development for AVer Information; James Matheson, vice president of marketing for Blue Jeans Network and Scott Wharton (News - Alert), founder and CEO of Vidtel.
“The prevalence of high-speed broadband connections and mass deployment of cameras has fueled many aspects of the video market,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC (News - Alert), in a statement. “We’re pleased to welcome AVer Information, Blue Jeans Network and Vidtel to shed light on how today's video communications solutions can fuel productivity and sales.”
We are seeing the beginning of how video conferencing will transform businesses as the technology can help businesses save money on travel, connect business owners with long distance clients, and open up possibilities for telecommuting. To register for the upcoming conference, click here!
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Edited by Jamie Epstein