There’s an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to video collaboration, so how can you choose the solution that’s right for you and your organisation?
The world is full of choice, have you tried to order a coffee lately? By the time I’ve chosen my brew, size, milk, and flavour, I’m exhausted. And it can be the same with video collaboration; there’s a such a wide range of solutions that it can be difficult to select the option that best meets your needs. Fear not, I’ve got a simple three-step process for making the best decision, every time.
The importance of integration
The reality is that you are going to have some existing collaboration solutions, and more often than not this includes a Microsoft environment, including email and IM. In this situation the sensible decision is to choose a solution that natively integrates with Microsoft, including the new Office 365 platform, as well as the key collaboration proposition that is Skype for Business. Beyond this, solutions that are open standards-based are interoperable with endpoints outside their own ‘family’, making it easier for you to design a truly unified collaboration experience for your organisation.
Choose solutions that integrate, not cause headaches!
2. Innovation inside
You don’t want solutions that are practically outdated the day you install them. Look for solutions which are cutting edge, and come from a vendor with a strong track record in delivering game-changing technology to the market. Innovative doesn’t mean wacky - it means well thought out and based on research into end-user habits and preferences. Innovations might not be visible, but they will make a huge difference to the quality and efficacy of your collaboration. Clever noise management technologies auto-mute non-active speakers, and create virtual fences around those in open-plan spaces, to ensure background noise, keyboard clicking, and crisp munching don’t interrupt your meetings.
Choose solutions that think for you, with innovation built-in.
3. Inspirational ideas
The biggest concern for anyone when selecting a new video collaboration solution, is how to drive adoption of their purchase by the end users within the organisation. The simple answer? Make it easy to use. Choose a solution that has a simple and intuitive user interface, and a consistent user experience across all of your meeting rooms, desktop and mobile applications, and huddle rooms. This will help people feel more confident using video collaboration without IT support. Solutions that encourage people to collaborate in natural formations – in the round rather than a bowling alley seating plan – inspire the best possible ideas in meetings.
Choose solutions that inspire confidence, not hinder adoption.
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