Enterprise Business Needs to Catch Up to Video ConferencingThe enterprise adoption of video conferencing is rising steadily. But, are companies doing what is needed to get the best out of this technology?

According to appstechnews.com, more than half of the respondents to a recent survey use outdated video conferencing hardware “not fit for purpose.” And only eight percent plan to update their hardware in the next 12 months.

The perception is that video conferencing is a one-time investment. Most businesses have limited IT budgets. Therefore, they prefer to not spend anything extra on hardware or infrastructure upgrades. This might be a reason why businesses are averse to video conferencing upgrades.

However, there’s still a need to upgrade old, worn-out conferencing systems. For instance, if your projector screen wrinkles or has holes, it will adversely affect the picture quality. Another problem is that many businesses tend to purchase equipment that they rarely use. This equipment ends up gathering dust for years. At that point, they are already too outdated to be paired with your existing system. This is why it’s advisable to invest in interoperable solutions.

Make smart choices during your initial video conferencing purchase. That way you won’t have to worry too much about spending a fortune on upgrades. To gain more returns on your video conferencing investments, keep your equipment updated. This allows you to communicate and collaborate with your partners, associates, and clients effectively. This also ensures you can compete better. Here are a few steps that can help you get a more updated conference room without stretching your budget too thin.

Minimize the number of wires. More often than not, wires contribute to a messy conference room. At the same time you can’t do without them. However, you can reduce the number of wires running in your conference room. Strategically place your equipment and furniture, and upgrade to wireless equipment as needed.

Replace your projection bulb. You may be using the same projector bulb for many years. You easily improve your video conferencing experience by replacing your projector bulb.

Choose a better software. “WebEx” might be doing the trick for you, but it might not be able to meet all your enterprise needs. Professional systems offer better audio/video outcomes and are more interoperable. These services work on simpler interfaces. They also connect to consumer-grade video applications like Skype, Google’s Hangouts, or Apple’s Facetime.

Video conferencing is fast becoming the backbone of both internal and external enterprise communications. Make sure you periodically upgrade your systems. If not, you’ll fail to derive the intended benefits from your video conferencing investments.

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