Capturing the imagination

Video is not all about connecting with people from a sterile, office environment. Organisations of all types are using online, face-to-face communications in more creative ways.

Eircom is currently running an innovative pilot project in music education as Enda Doyle, director of business development and innovation for eircom Business Solutions explains.

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Making it personal

Video is poised to undergo a steep growth curve as workgroup or desktop systems find a sweet spot in businesses of all sizes. And this period of strong market adoption is characterised by technology evolution, greater industry co-operation and strategic alliances.

Niall Dunne, country manager for Ireland with Polycom sees strong growth in non-traditional spaces such as ‘huddle rooms’.

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Consumerisation of IT drives adoption of enterprise video

For some, enterprise video conferencing conjures up a somewhat stuffy image of senior executives gathered around a well-stocked boardroom table on a Monday morning, patiently waiting to connect to colleagues in far flung reaches of the globe.

But the reality of video conferencing in the enterprise today is rather different with employees across the business demanding access to video communications as an aid to productivity and efficiency.

And small businesses are just as likely to use video conferencing as their cash-rich, multinational counterparts.

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Top tips for choosing a video conferencing solution

Whether large or small, your organisation can benefit greatly from video conferencing.  It not only negates a significant amount of travel, saving costs and boosting productivity in the process, but it promotes a new collaborative approach to working.

Here are some of my top tips when choosing a video conferencing solution that’s right for you.

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Alan Brown, business director, O2 Ireland

Cloud will open video conferencing to SMEs

Cloud or on-premise: how do I choose a video conferencing solution for my business? Deirdre Cashion finds out.

According to research conducted by O2, one third of Irish organisations are interested in or will adopt video conferencing in the near future.  This mirrors a growing trend in Europe where more organisations, public and private are subsuming video into their business operations.

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To travel or not to travel.

The business case for video conferencing is often based on tangible reductions in travel costs.  But is that the full picture? Deirdre Cashion reports.

The most obvious and immediate benefit of video conferencing is the reduction in travel costs.  There’s little doubt that this tangible, measurable gain appeals to financial directors in particular, who can tick the box for high-yield cost/benefit analysis with a certain degree of confidence.

However, the video conferencing debate has moved beyond a simple question of cost reduction to encompass collaboration and teamwork and competitive differentiation.

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Niall Dunne - Polycom Territory Manager for Ireland

Video is the new voice.

From telepresence systems to smartphone apps, video communication has become as ubiquitous as the humble voice call, writes Deirdre Cashion.

The increased proliferation of mobile devices has caused a disruptive shift in how we consume technology.  And like most areas of business and life, the video conferencing landscape has not been left untouched by this unrelenting tidal wave of technological change.

With increasing interest in ‘Bring your own Device’ (BYOD) coupled with developments in smartphone apps, video communications now extends well beyond the boundaries of the stuffy boardroom, onto the desktop and right into our pockets.

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