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Conferencing Week in Review: It's There, Use it!

November 01, 2014

As the leaves change color and the temperature cools, the conferencing space is steadily heating up with happenings. This was another week chock full in the Conferencing Zone, let’s take a look at the week that was—it’s time for the week in review!

With the adoption of conferencing technology at a healthy level, many businesses now have a new collaboration tool to work with but it appears etiquette can be as large of a hurdle as learning how to use the technology. TMC’s Daniel Brecht reported on some Do’s and Don’ts in conferencing etiquette to help users take full advantage of a technology with countless benefits. 

TMC’s David Delony reported this week on an interesting phenomenon. Even though enterprises the world over are adopting conferencing technology many team members aren’t using it. A recent survey by Softchoice illustrates that 70 percent of employees are provided video conferencing technology; only 5 percent are actually using it. The crux of the issue is with consulting employees on collaboration tools before making a purchase. “Employees are the most invested group in the adoption of a new office communications tool, but they have the least say in choosing which tools to adopt,” Erika Van Noort, Softchoice director of consulting, stated.

The increased use of smartphones is offering video conferencing added mobility. Although the video quality is not as good with a smartphone as it would be in a full-room conferencing system, the ease of use and mobility make one’s smartphone’s a great way to collaborate. Many smartphones are now compatible with most conferencing systems, and this new trend in mobile is adding a new dimension to the conferencing space. Read the full report here.

This year’s Video+Conference took place this week in Moscow. It was the 13th running of said event, and saw the release of 12 telecom reports for industry experts. The event was supported by RUSSOFT, TRueConf and Unitsolutions. TrueConf CEO Michael Gotalsky had this to say about the event, “This year’s Video+Conference gathered a record-beating number of participants, speakers, and partners. That is a natural result of the evolution of the video conferencing market: its participants need a common ground where they can communicate and share their views and ideas. New solutions and technologies that are hard to understand at first glance emerge all the time, but there are many users and developers who want to share their experience,”

This was just a sample of the dearth of news in the Conferencing Zone this week, check back early and often to stay up to date with the comings and goings of the conferencing market. See you next week!