Video conferencing solutions in the contemporary corporate world have become a prominent tool for keeping teams intact and for enhancing the level of connectivity. No doubt, video conferencing has been able to diminish the gap between real and virtual. Teams located in disparate geographical locations are brought together seamlessly enhancing interaction and engagement.
For that, one needs to choose the right video conferencing solution that goes compatible with the business requirements. You need to interrogate yourself about your business requirements and which Video Conferencing solution is able to accomplish them greatly.
This blog aims to tell you two important things.
1. Primarily, what questions you must ask yourself, while choosing a competent video conferencing solution for your business.
2. What are the different options of video conferencing solutions available, which features they carry, and how they will bring transformation in your business.
Let us have a quick glimpse at the questions, assessing your business needs:
Answer : You need to take care as to how many participants will be there attending the conference. Is there a need to conduct small meetings or the large ones? Do they need to be recorded? Will there be in-house meetings or with partners and vendors located in different places? From a handful of people to larger audience, there are different solutions available, accordingly. Solutions starts from 2 participants to 150 participants and it can go up to 15000 live streaming viewers.
Answer : The hard core spirit of any Video Conferencing solution is to be able to connect to people remotely. You need to check for Universal Interoperability feature in your solution. The solution must be interoperable with the leading unified communication platforms so that there is no need to add complex gateways and people can continue communication in the same manner.
Moreover, you need to consider, if your solution gives that productive experience on desktops, laptops, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). You need to merely login and can easily join in the meeting from anywhere and anytime.
Answer : Video Conferencing is not just about face to face interactions, but also about other collaboration technologies. This includes desktop sharing, file sharing, and white boarding to explain the finer features of presentation. While sitting in one room, employees and clients dispersed in varying locations, can work together with conferencing as well as collaboration features.
Answer : You will get a fairer idea whether to choose on-premise or cloud based video conferencing solution for your business, here!
Answer : A simpler functionality enables you to begin the meeting easily and start interaction rather than getting perplexed in operational activities. There are Video Conferencing solutions with Touch-to-Join Simplicity that enable the participants to join in from anywhere and from the device of their choice with just a single touch.
Let us have a look at leading VCs OEM with their functionality, features, and utility criteria:
Why Polycom: Founded in 1990, have 950 technology patents, recognized by Aragon Research, Gartner and IDC in VC space, and have a wide range of on-premise video & voice solutions for different occasions.
Why Lifesize: Provides both on-premise and cloud based VC services. Recognized as Niche Player under Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions 2018.
Offers business-grade video conferencing solutions for every meeting space.
Why Bluejeans: Provides simple and scalable cloud-based meetings and large interactive events. Recognized as Visionary under Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions 2018.
BlueJeans is the leading provider of interoperable cloud video conferencing solutions. It offers solutions from group meetings to townhalls, lectures, and bigger events; and humanizes conversations.
BlueJeans solutions include:
Why Panasonic: Provides economic on-premise based VC solutions. One of its solutions provides single inbuilt 24 multiparty embedded MCU.
Panasonic video conferencing solutions include:
KX-VC1000, KX-VC1300, KX-VC1600, KX-VC2000
Why Microsoft Teams: With Microsoft plan to end Skype for Business in favor of Microsoft Teams, they are looking forward to tightly weave communications into the apps, teams use to collaborate every day, alongside AI, Microsoft Graph, LinkedIn, and other data and cognitive services. Its features include:
There are numerous video conferencing solutions available with different features. But, which one to choose for your business must depend entirely on your business requirements and which solution has been able to accomplish them. The question answer framework in the beginning of the blog will help you gain a fairer idea as to which solutions you must look for!