You are right. In general, companies are embracing cloud and it would seem that transition is happening even faster in the video conferencing space where the need for the service is more sporadic than other applications, like an ERP system.
Paul, key points in consideration. Your focus on the business case should be the final determining factor.
I believe that the communication access will be price sensitive and that when you need production quality videoconferencing, then you can evaluate the value-added. However, I think your point about the increased use of the cloud for videoconferencing offers the optimal solution scaled to one's needs.
Management is usually most interested in the business case, but it does seem a bit of a stretch from better video quality to bottom line savings. Sounds like the estabilshed vendors have their work cut out for themselves as the market matures.
I would have to agree kg4ym. I can see that the high end equipment would show better quality video and hear better audio but will that translate into more profits? If you use Skype or Lync will you make less money? I don't think so. Now security concerns must be addressed. My company has Lync and we run it on an MPLS but we do not do video conferencing.
It does seem like the future is dim for the equipment vendors. They seem to be relying on a business model of yesterday. Consumer solutions, like Skype, seem to be the wave of the future. However, security is a major question mark with these systems. Perhaps, the vendors could focus on that element in order to keep their businesses viable in the future?
With multi-platform and multi-device support, major cloud hosted video-conference systems are destined to continue to impede on hardware based video conferencing systems. These systems will soon be relegated to specialty applications while hosted applications like Skype, ooVoo, etc. dominate the future of video-conferencing.
There is an argument to be made that the more expensive systems offer better quality. As a result meetings may be more effective in large conference rooms with this type of equipment.
However, I think organizations that need these types of systems are few and far between. The web-based alternatives that are available can do just as good of a job when it is just you and another person in front of a computer. Is the market going to trend toward that? Yes, and unless the traditional videoconferenciing industry comes up with some compelling new products its market share is going to be taken away.
I never could see the point of the large expensive systems hyped for corporate video conferencing. Skype, and now Google Plus hanouuts and others are free and one needs only a laptop, or even a mobile device to make multi user meetings possible
As devices and systems get smaller and cheaper, makers and sellers of more expensive tech are going to have to come up with a killer app or find a real niche audience to sell to.
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