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December 22, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Jamie Epstein
TMCnet Web Editor

Ah, the world of conferencing. Whether you are talking audio, video or Web conferencing, one thing they all have in common is being highly efficient with cost-effective ways to interact with a global customer base and distributed workforce. As the day where Santa will deliver some presents to those who have been good this year is almost upon us, lets look at some news that broke this week in the space that even good old Saint Nick can appreciate, shall we?


Research analyst firm Gartner (News - Alert) recently positioned Saba as a Leader in the 2012 "Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing" report. This detailed analysis was created with the goal of assisting businesses in finding the ideal Web conferencing offering to meet their individual needs and discusses nearly 12 major vendors currently occupying the space.

Saba (News - Alert) is touted as developing people-centric enterprise solutions that powers real-time collaboration within high definition (HD) video and recording, in addition to offering users access to content sharing capabilities, it also powers webinars that nearly 3,000 participants can join at a time.

Emily He, senior vice president of Marketing, Saba said, “We believe our position as a Leader in this year's Magic Quadrant is confirmation of Saba's strong focus on the kinds of innovation that our over 2,100 customers are using to transform the way they work. As the market continues to evolve with technologies such as social and mobile, customers can leverage Saba Meeting, a unified collaboration platform that combines HD video, real-time collaboration and mobile to increase levels of engagement and support the new way of work."

In other news, it was revealed that SureVoIP selected NetDev’s DRUM, a new Web meeting solution, to meet increasing demands both enterprises and SMBs now rely upon to improve business operations.

Gavin Henry, managing director at SureVoIP, said in a statement, “Audio conferencing is a very natural addition to our services, which means an even fuller range of options for our customers. With DRUM we can extend audio conferencing to a complete web meeting and collaboration solution and WebRTC enabled conference calls can really add value to enterprise meetings and collaboration. By hosting DRUM audio conferencing we maintain ownership of the voice quality and the billing relationship, so we know we can continue to deliver the quality of service that our customers expect from us.”

 An interesting statistic to note here is that according to AMI Research, the combined audio and Web conferencing market will grow year over year to reach 2.7 billion by 2014. This ultimately proves the need for businesses to begin to leverage this technology right away if they haven’t done so already.

Closing out the week, TelcoDepot (News - Alert).com is offering a present just in time for Christmas in the form or reducing the costs of several conferencing systems and accessories on its website. Some of the discounted products include those from Konftel, ClearOne, Polycom (News - Alert) and Jabra.

The site’s newly launched promotion is guaranteed to put a smile on the face on even the biggest Grinch this holiday season, enabling users to gain access to three-way calls that are easy to use and can be set up right away.

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