The future of work is here.
Instant message with a co-worker in London, Skype with your community manager in Amsterdam, screen-sharing with the development team in Paris – this isn’t a futuristic scenario, this is how people work in business today, collaboratively and without barriers. UC&C – Unified Communications & Collaboration – technology and infrastructure appeared on the IT horizon a decade ago but is now in the mainstream.
How can businesses embrace the opportunity to become truly collaborative 21st century workplaces? By breaking all the barriers.
UC&C Adoption on the Up
Recent market data confirms that UC&C has significant growth ahead as both enterprises and SMB’s implement and/or upgrade their infrastructure. Additionally, the move to the cloud is happening far faster than anticipated: almost 70% of organizations will have moved their UC&C platforms fully to the cloud or to a hybrid model in the next two years.
Demographics also play an important part in this growth – nomadic, fast-paced millennials will form 50% of the workforce by 2020 according to PWC, business teams are distributed across multiple sites with remote workers, freelancers and others collaborating, and 60% of internal and external meetings are now virtual.
Video-conferencing in particular has undergone a revolution with affordable cloud based software and ‘enterprise-grade’ hardware solutions now a realistic option for any company, replacing older, expensive ‘telepresence’-type systems previously reserved only for the largest companies with extensive budgets.
New-to-market video-conferencing devices, like Logitech’s ConferenceCam range, are designed to be universally compatible, meaning they work seamlessly with any video conferencing platform, on-premise or cloud, and from any location. The user just needs to plug the device into their PC or Mac, select their familiar video-calling application and be immediately connected.
Nonetheless the technology can seem a little daunting to those new to video conferencing and this is where IT teams can play a major role: first, in selecting the right solutions based on business and user needs and secondly, in making sure training is a top priority.
The goal is to make users so proficient that video conferencing becomes a completely natural experience, and collaborating with remote team members becomes a highlight of the working day.
For more information visit: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/for-business/products/conferencecam