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Video Conferencing Platform Based On Interoperable Cloud Services

July 01, 2015

Thanks to the various ways that we can stay connected these days, we find a lot of employees working from home, often not even in the same state as the company, working from their hotel room, or pretty much from anywhere as they are constantly on the go. While these people are separated from the office, there is still a need for group discussions.

According to an extensive study by Verizon, 90 percent of busy professionals actually value meetings. I can completely understand the need for group meetings that are necessary in order to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that all the information goes where it needs to be. Oftentimes, this cannot be accomplished through emails or phone calls.

There is a comfort to seeing everyone’s face and knowing if they actually understand what needs to be done. The problem is that home offices, hotel rooms and airport lounges are not conference rooms, so it is difficult to see everyone’s face . . . or is it?

In the past, setting up video conference calls was a major hassle. I know since I used to try to set them up. It was a process of making sure that everyone had compatible equipment and all the right software with the necessary updates. If any piece was off, the conference did not take place.

Video conferencing has become a vital part of many organizations; unfortunately the numerous challenges faced with traditional on-premise solutions have made it problematic. The solution is moving to the cloud. Today, hosted cloud services have made all the hard work involved with video conferencing a thing of the past. Thanks to interoperable cloud-based video, all you need from your end is an Internet connection and a video camera.

Blue Jeans Network is a company that provides an interoperable cloud-based video conferencing service that connects participants across a wide range of devices and conferencing platforms. It is companies like that which create interoperability in the sense that the interfaces are completely understandable, able to work with all systems and able to exchange information without any restrictions or the need for additional equipment.

I mentioned above that 90 percent of employees love meetings, and while this is true, they do not want that meeting to interfere with their workflow, regardless of where they are. By using interoperable cloud-based video conferencing these people are given the ability to have the face time they need to feel connected and part of the group.

Organizations also appreciate the fact that they no longer need a staff dedicated to ensuring that video conferencing is set up and working properly. When I was trying to establish a video conferencing method, there was a lot of expensive equipment, software and time.

Many times one of the parties involved changed one thing, which resulted in a whole day wasted trying to track it down and resolve the issue. Interoperable video conference eliminates all of the hassle and most of the expense from the process.