In the last few years, video conferencing and calling technology has changed almost beyond recognition. During this transition, much of the misconceptions associated with legacy systems are still associated with newer cloud-based video conferencing systems.
If your business looking to deploy video conferencing across your organization you may stumble across some common misconceptions or just plain misinformation. Here we separate video fact from the fiction to bust some of the most common video conferencing related myths we have encountered. Let’s cut through the fog and get some clear answers to key questions regarding cloud video conferencing solutions.
Video conferencing is an expensive affair for my business
A few years ago, video conferencing did offer limited value for the majority of an organization as it was expensive to deploy across an entire business. Thankfully, those days are behind us. Today’s Cloud video conferencing solutions are completely scalable. The best video conferencing providers deliver a sleek and simple user experience with no cost-per-minute charges. With a license-based approach and limited hardware requirements, enterprise-grade video calling software has truly become a cost-effective way to keep your colleagues and clients connected. Juxtapose this with the actual time and cost of employee travelling for face-to-face meetings.
I have Skype, I don’t need video conferencing
The differences between business-grade video conferencing and free video calling software are immense. While using free services across your organization, you will run into issues with quality, security and lack of support. The limitations of free calling software become even more relevant when trying to equip a meeting room with video. A group of colleagues gathered around a laptop, all competing to be seen and heard, does not constitute a successful video conference session. Most enterprise-grade video conferencing and calling systems address all of these issues. They offer HD audio and video, secure end-to-end encryption, dedicated support line along with connecting remote meeting rooms to desktops or mobile workers. Even with Skype, Microsoft has a dedicated “Skype for Business” version with many advanced features not found in the free-to-use versions.
A dedicated engineer is required to operate a conference system
Today’s video conferencing and calling systems are easy to deploy, install and manage. In fact, it is as simple as using your smartphone. Sure, there is a learning curve. However, isn’t that the case with any new technology you’re trying to use? There are plenty of user-friendly video conferencing options available, many with smartphone-like user interfaces, that are intuitive and require little to no training or resources. Many video conferencing platforms offer a central portal so that either internal or remote administrators can provision, add and remove endpoints on-the-fly.
Modern video conferencing solutions are seamlessly interoperable with your existing legacy communication and AV infrastructure. They have evolved around the requirement of the new workforce. We are sure you have heard some myths about video conferencing too. Use the comment section below to share some of your experiences.
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