Where's video conferencing headed?

Thursday, August 29 2013

Video conferencing technology is an important feature in many businesses' daily operations. Through online collaboration software and cutting-edge hardware, professionals can easily connect with anyone around the world.

Of course, it'd be foolish to assume that video conferencing will stay the same forever. In fact, the technology has evolved gradually over the last few years as mobile interoperability has become increasingly important.

How you connect with your colleagues now might be out of date in two or three years. That's just the dynamic nature of technology - nothing stays relevant for more than a few months at a time. This means that your company will have to upgrade its video conferencing system in the near future in order to keep using the platform. Read on for a look at some emerging trends so you can start preparing now.

Increased importance
According to eWeek, digital meetings will likely become increasingly popular despite a decline in technology sales in 2012. Petr Jirovsky, senior research analyst for IDC's Worldwide Networking Trackers Research program, believes that video is an important resource for many companies.

"Video as a key component of collaboration continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organizations,"Jirovsky said.

In today's era of working from home and bring-your-own-device policies, video conferencing is one of the few assets that businesses can rely on to connect virtual employees.

The death of dedicated rooms
In the early days of video conferencing, organizations would install hardware in a single boardroom, making it the only place that employees could use the system. In many cases, there'd be a webcam above a large television mounted on one wall and a microphone placed at the center of the room.

Fortunately, this practice has mostly gone the way of the dodo bird. Advanced technology has made it possible to conduct online meetings from anywhere as long as you can connect to a network. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet or laptop, you can easily hold a conference with your far-flung associates.

Many businesses are probably thanking their lucky stars over this trend. Instead of wasting an entire room on video conferencing, companies can implement BYOD policies and allow employees to conduct meetings from their desks or offices. Further, this allows enterprises to hold more conferences than before because workers don't have to wait for their co-workers to leave the boardroom.