Report: 75% of companies will adopt video conferencing by 2012
Nearly half of the company's contacted in an industry survey currently used some form of video conferencing, and the likelihood is that the number could swell to 75 percent, with many using more immersive collaborative telepresence solutions, within the next two years. Of the current companies conferencing, nearly one third of them use free software.
CDW said companies responding to its "Video Conferencing Straw Poll" cited a desire to reduce travel expenses and to increase the collaboration process as reasons for the uptake. The report is based on two surveys and includes a total of 631 information technology (IT) and telecommunications managers at U.S. companies.
Desktop and multi-site meeting rooms are the main video conferencing tools for companies now, CDW found, but said IT managers show increasing interest in immersive telepresence. It reported that the surveys showed almost half of those surveyed indicate that they plan to implement immersive telepresence within the next two years.
"Companies see video conferencing as a great tool to collaborate remotely while cutting travel costs," said Christine Holloway, CDW vice president of converged infrastructure solutions. "Without video conferencing, you had to plan travel and pay all of the associated costs to get quality face-to-face time with a client. Now, at a moment's notice, you can have the same benefits of that meeting, without any of the travel planning and at a reduced cost over time."
According to CDW, some 69 percent of companies that have deployed video conferencing say they first completed a network assessment; 66 percent changed or upgraded their IT networks to handle video conferencing; 54 percent purchased managed conferencing services; 44 percent built and manage their own conferencing infrastructures, and 32 percent use free conferencing software.
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