More enterprises are turning to video conferencing technology to facilitate improved communications among members of a distributed workforce. But as video conferencing adoption increases, so does the importance of effectively integrating video conferencing solutions into existing enterprise unified communications (UC) environments. Integrating video conferencing requires careful planning and judicious deployment of resources, and if done properly, it can ensure that your users are able to reap the benefits of video conferencing while retaining ready access to the full complement of UC applications in your setup.
In this video, John Bartlett of NetForecast speaks with SearchUnifiedCommunications.com Technical Editor Michael Brandenburg about the benefits of integrating video conferencing into an enterprise unified communications environment, including the increased likelihood that users will take advantage of video conferencing capabilities if the processes for initiating video and voice calls are the same.
Bartlett also identifies which specific infrastructure elements must be joined when integrating video conferencing to ensure optimal performance, and discusses several common pain points -- including a lack of unified communications interoperability among key vendors and the demands of fulfilling video conferencing bandwidth requirements on your network -- that enterprise IT departments must consider when preparing to integrate.
About the speaker: John Bartlett is a leading authority on real-time traffic, application performance and Quality of Service (QoS) techniques who specializes in helping enterprises manage voice, video and data application performance. Recent work has focused on designing global networks to best support video conferencing and telepresence systems. Bartlett has 32 years of experience in the
This was first published in February 2011