The Importance of Utilizing Videoconferencing Equipment to Enhance Productivity and Reduce Expense

With many companies taking full advantage of the video conferencing craze, many businesses feel the pressure of making the commitment to obtain equipment to stay in communication with potential clients and existing vendors. While the upfront cost might seem as though it is a substantial business expenditure, most companies experience a 50% savings or more on the annual cost of employee travel.

The Expense of a Video Conferencing System

Utilizing video conferencing technology is the ideal way to connect an old style of doing
business with a new one. Businesses have always been founded on relationships.
Deals have often been negotiated using nothing more than a handshake. As profits
become tighter, and the cost of travel continues to escalate, business relationships
have taken a toll. As a result, the technology of videoconferencing has helped many
companies continue to maintain strong relationships without the need to spend an
exorbitant amount of money to discuss business face-to-face.

A Simple Affordable System

Even a complex video conferencing system, like the Cisco C20, is easy to install and to
utilize. Based on plug and play technology, a video conferencing system will include the
display, a microphone, camera, a connection to the Internet, and a power cable. Some
systems use advanced auto-detecting features, straightforward menu applications,
and quick dialing using remote devices. Built as a simple system, video conferencing
solutions are affordably priced providing substantial savings to companies within the
first year.

Standard-based Technology

Like any new electronic components in the marketplace, it is important that the video
conferencing system is founded on standard-based technology. Well-designed
conferencing equipment, like the Cisco C20 QuickSet, provides instant 3rd party
bridging for immediate connectivity to Skype, Google Hangout, Facetime and other
video-calling software.

Recording of Call

For businesses that want to record the video, there are specific video conferencing
systems designed to do exactly that. Recording a video can be an essential feature
when utilized for pre-hire interviews, remote training, conferences, distant learning, and
other educational requirements. Some video conferencing systems provide recording
features utilizing company servers, content servers, and even DVRs.

Companies are beginning to see the benefits for adopting video conferencing to stay
connected through numerous collaboration platforms. The cost of videoconferencing
equipment is continually dropping, allowing companies the ability to utilize web
meetings to help boost productivity, cut company expenses, and build stronger
relationships with vendors, suppliers, customers and others. Videoconferencing offers
better solutions by allowing employees to develop a better work and home-life balance
by minimizing travel and stress.


Avaya Makes Way for the Rollout of Their New Radvision Video Products

Recently, Avaya made the announcement that Avaya Connect partners will now be authorized to sell Radvision Scopia video with their line of united communication deployments.


In its recent, highly-anticipated move, Avaya spent $230 million to acquire Radvision in the middle of 2012. However, the company insisted that the initial introduction of their video products rolled out through the Avaya Channel would happen at a steady pace, due to the margin opportunities and markets specialties involved.


As part of the initial introduction, Avaya has stated it will put all Connect partners on a fast track. Those that have existing video experience with the authorization process of Radvision would be the first selected. To date, well over 50 Avaya – a mixture of VARs and video integrators – are already chosen for the program.


The essential Avaya partners that have already acquired advanced video capabilities or show a strong interest to leverage video for the company’s consumers are selected, due to their drive to provide an optimal customer experience. Many of these individuals are positioned to begin supporting and selling video solutions from Scopia to satisfy the growing market.


Additionally, Radvision partners that are already participating and connected to Radvision’s Eye to Eye partner program before the business was acquired, can remain in the program with no immediate changes to their benefits. By the end of the year, the partners are to be invited to join the Avaya Connect program.


Part of Avaya’s requirements for their partners includes essential training and an investment in demo equipment along with the need to complete a full services assessment. To be considered for Avaya authorizations, the Avaya partners will need to build their team with two Avaya certified support specialists, two Avaya professional sales specialists and one Avaya professional design specialist that are specific to Scopia.


Avaya has combined their video network operating center with their managed services, to eliminate the requirements for service providers and multiple communications technologies.