Cloud-based videoconferencing doesn't have quite the up-front expenditures of on-premise videoconferencing solutions, but before signing a deal with a videoconferencing software-as-a-service vendor, be sure to check its list of compatible applications and products.
The hardware-centric videoconferencing deployment model isn't quite at its end of days yet, but it's not far off.
Remember several years ago when telepresence rooms were all the rage? Looks like the good days for companies like Cisco, Polycom and Avaya are long over.
Expect video traffic on the network to continue increasing. As the technology has matured, so too has the interest in using it for webconferencing, whether using a cloud-based service or an on-premise unified communications system.
Slack, which has been building a reputation as an enterprise communications platform, is leaning more towards collaboration and unified communications with the acquisition of Screenhero.
As Google finds its way ever deeper into the enterprise, third parties are looking to beef up what end-users can do with it. There's a growing trend in cloud providers adding unified communications capabilities to Google; and the latest entrant into the market is RingCentral.
Logitech's new video conferencing camera is designed to be portable and easy to use.
Polycom introduced a handful of new products, including one that tracks how many people were in a meeting and how long they stayed.
An inspiring deployment in a New Jersey hospital connects domestic violence victims with judges. The example shows how people and processes can both help and hinder the value of a video conferencing setup.
Responding to the growing demand for video conferencing, Lifesize is rolling out a few new products designed to make it easier and cheaper for businesses to do video conferencing--and not just in your biggest conference room that has the expensive video setup.