Posts tagged Video Conferencing

How to Promote Video Collaboration in Your Workplace

As we use video conferencing systems more often in the workplace, we are working together to address challenges and complete projects. The use of video conferencing in companies of all types and sizes reflects a need to improve employee engagement and productivity.

To promote video collaboration in your organization, deploy user-friendly video conferencing systems in your meeting rooms. That’s one of the major takeaways from a new paper by Wainhouse Research, “Profiting From a Business Video Culture.” The study notes that end users consider video conferencing in a dedicated room essential to the workplace video experience.

This also holds true for those of you working in mid-market companies, where PC-based collaboration is the most common use of video conferencing. Forty percent of mid-market employees use video conferencing at their desktops on a daily basis. Think that would make room systems unnecessary or unwanted? Think again.

According to Wainhouse, the frequency of use leads to a better impression of video conferencing, with most respondents saying they would participate in it more often if it were available in dedicated rooms. 

Some major takeaways from the Wainhouse report:

  • Among those who attend video calls at least once a week, they prefer dedicated room conferencing over PC-based video calls.
  • The availability of room-based systems makes end users more likely to take part in video conferencing in other venues (huddle rooms, desktop, mobile).
  • Companies of most sizes overwhelmingly prefer video meetings in conference rooms

Room-based video conferencing systems mitigate the background noise and interruptions you have to deal with when taking calls you take at your desk. Other benefits include:

  • Trimming travel costs
  • Enhancing teamwork with internal and external stakeholders (colleagues, clients, customers, partners)
  • Attracting the talent that expects a collaborative culture 

If your company is like others, with a high percentage of PC-based video, you already have a solid foundation on which to build and extend these benefits across your organization. As you do your research and talk with potential service providers, you’ll want to make sure they can provide the same quality of meeting-room video collaboration you’d expect is afforded to the largest companies. That includes a consistent, positive user experience that promotes adoption. The services supporting that quality and your users must be global or nationwide in reach while also addressing the challenges of individual offices and ensuring that all locations are receiving consistent service. 

Read the Wainhouse Research paper as you consider an expansion of video conferencing that would improve productivity, employee engagement, and talent retention at your company. 

Download “Profiting From a Business Video Culture” >

ClearOne to Feature Video Collaboration System at InfoComm 2014

Collaborate Room ProInfoComm 2014, the biggest professional AV show in the world, will open its exhibition in Las Vegas this Wednesday, June 18th. This is the time of year when companies exhibiting at the event make big announcements and unveil new products designed to improve the way businesses of all types work. AVI-SPL works with many of the vendors at InfoComm, and so this blog will be highlighting some of the newest products being featured.

One of those products is the ClearOne COLLABORATE Room Pro, an all-in-one meeting appliance that features:

  • HD video
  • Beamforming microphone array
  • Streaming, recording and content creation
  • 9-way MCU
  • Support for dual HD displays
  • Support for H.323 and SIP
  • Compatibility with on-premise, BYOD, and cloud services
If you’re at InfoComm this week, visit ClearOne’s booth #N1827, where they are showcasing its newest Media Collaboration solutions, which include cloud-based and infrastructure-based systems.  Interested in bringing these or similar systems into your environment? Contact AVI-SPL at 1-866-559-8197 or fill out our contact form.

AVI-SPL Introduces Video Conferencing Solutions at ISE 2014: Video

In this five-minute video taken at ISE 2014, Executive VP of Unified Communications and Collaboration Mike Brandofino talks about AVI-SPL’s Block ME™ device (a privacy tool that stops video calls from being received/launched) and Virtual Meeting Room (a cloud-based video conferencing service that allows customers to pay only for the ports that are used.)

Hear more about Block ME and why it’s so valuable for businesses with video conferencing. Listen to the rAVe podcast.

Four Mistakes Companies Make With Video Conferencing

Video collaboration can improve processes in all types of markets. But do you know the pitfalls to avoid? In this AVI-SPL white paper, featuring input from experts at our company as well as Cisco, you’ll learn how to avoid these common mistakes:

  1. Limiting a strategy to dedicated video conferencing systems
  2. Underestimating network requirements
  3. Buying before trying the solution
  4. Overlooking managed services and support

Download the white paper on creating a video collaboration strategy. Call AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 if you have any questions or want our guidance in implementing a video conferencing solution.

Business AV Trends for 2014

AV Network recently interviewed AVI-SPL’s VP of Products John Vitale in its look at trends in professional audio video solutions for 2014. Here is a summary of his responses:

Cloud Services

Every business that has electronic data such as files, audio, video, and such are affected by cloud services. The AV business will continue to see many localized devices and applications either moving into the cloud or interfacing with a cloud service, especially when content management and distribution are involved. Many solutions which were traditionally localized deployments are now becoming virtualized into the cloud as a hosted service offering. Though some items will always be required locally, that list will look quite different than it was a couple of years ago. And the talent of the engineering staff will also be very different.

Content Creation

Content creation seems to have had a continued steady growth rate which started almost a decade ago and shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s increased significantly year over year. This continued thirst for personalized content creation has also forced the issue of consumption of that content. So content sharing or viewing is going to have an impact on many areas of our business as a result of content creation. The digital native generation has less patience or tolerance for “old school” systems with limitations. They will find ways to create and share their content if what we provide is too restrictive.

Networking

Content creation, management, distribution, and consumption will continue to grow and be in high demand. So this area will continue to see an increase just based upon the extreme amount of media being created and being consumed through many avenues already. More sophisticated and scalable solutions will be needed to help satisfy the demand. The digital signage industry, still in its infancy, is an excellent indicator on how important digital content consumption, distribution, and management has become. Real-time content and rich media interaction is where it’s all going.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a very broad term, but using it in a sense where multiple participants can manipulate and edit the same information, the need for this has always been popular in engineering-specific applications. But as technology continues to improve and simplify the technical aspects of collaboration, we’ll see this becoming more of a horizontal requirement than vertical silos. Microsoft is clearly dominating this area with Lync and Sharepoint along with embedded functionality in all its Office applications.

 Robots

Aside from some vertical niches where they have shown value, they’re nothing more than expensive toys today. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

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