Evaluations to make when implementing video conferencing

Evaluations to make when implementing video conferencing

Video conferencing has rapidly become one of the most prominent forms of communication for businesses working across various different sectors  in the UK and abroad.

Yet there are still a number of areas that are proving problematic for the decision makers at a number of firms, many of which have concerns over issues relating to the logistics of deployment as well as the true cost of using such technology in an everyday business setting.

There is subsequently a greater need for businesses to ensure that the process of implementing a video conferencing solution has been thought through as thoroughly and as effectively as possible in order to address the key underlying needs of a business.

Perhaps one of the most important considerations that needs to be made when choosing a well-designed video system is how it integrates with existing unified communications within your business.

Video needs to be flexible enough in order to ensure that participants can join from different devices, whether it be a desktop, tablet or smartphone device. Ensuring this approach means that all employees can enjoy the advantages that come with such a platform.

According to Network World, there are four things to consider when deploying a video conferencing solution – simplicity, reliability, scalability, and security.

Keeping the technology as simple as possible makes it more accessible, meaning there is a reduced need for costly training procedures, which allows resources to be more effectively used elsewhere.

Reliability is obviously a key aspect of any piece of new technology, as possible downtime affects a company's productivity and bottom line. Such setbacks can seriously impair adoption and lead to businesses failing to take advantage that come with video conferencing.

The need for scalability is mainly due to the fact that the infrastructure of companies is often the subject of change, due to the rapid pace of technological advancements. It means firms can alter their operations in whatever they deem fit for improving their business.

The concern of security is nothing new for businesses and video conferencing is no different. Firms should therefore attempt to encrypt video in the same way as any other piece of company data.