The Gateway to Productivity and Savings
Video communications systems have today evolved to deliver life-sized, high-definition visuals; which, along with audio, are changing the way companies do business these days. Telepresence systems are now a proven way to conduct meetings and training sessions, and effortlessly collaborate across time zones. Read more here.
As customers ask for more, video collaboration vendors are happy to oblige. "Cisco is passionate that video is critical to business success—from the pocket to the boardroom, we see a world where every interaction will be done via video," says CTG VP Snorre Kjesbu, while adding: "The combination of our endpoint portfolio, plus the ease of use enhancements in the new software platform, will help make ‘video on every pane of glass' a reality."
While Telepresence and video collaboration systems can deliver significant value, there are several ways by which organizations can maximize the value derived from the use of these systems. These include:
- Creating a workplace culture that embraces video collaboration as a more productive means of conducting business.
- Strategically employing Telepresence to emphasize commitment to sustainability and enhance energy savings.
- Selecting a Telepresence system designed for scalability, with open standards and flexibility to adapt to the organization’s needs and to industry developments.
Embracing Video Collaboration
The office environment needs to undergo a fundamental shift in culture to derive the maximum benefits of Telepresence. Employees must understand the nuances of the technology and use it proactively to communicate with clients, partners and colleagues. The management must adequately train the workforce, and implement key budgetary and human resource practices to push its adoption.
Demonstration at the executive level that Telepresence is the preferred mode of communication has been found to be the most successful strategy to promote its use. Providing adequate technical support is another way to overcome technology intimidation and ensure that Telepresence becomes pervasive.
Energy Savings with Telepresence
With the necessary travel and telework policies in place, organizations can shift with ease to Telepresence-enabled communication. These measures also reduce the carbon footprint dramatically. As per a study by research firm Verdantix, on behalf of the Carbon Disclosure Project, if companies in the United States and United Kingdom with more than $1 billion in revenue implement strong Telepresence programs, they can generate nearly $19 billion in economy-wide financial benefits by 2020 while avoiding nearly 5.5 million metric tons of emission.
Scalability and Open Standards
It is vital for organizations to select a Telepresence solution that can scale with the organization’s growth. Intuitive solutions built on robust infrastructure based on industry standards can seamlessly grow with the organization, adding more users and locations as the organization grows. It is also essential to consider industry developments when selecting a solution, ensuring that the organization is not left maintaining obsolete or unsupported technologies.
Being Agile & Profitable
Organizations, especially SMBs, are not fully aware of how productivity, profitability and growth are hindered by poor technology infrastructure. Collaboration solutions, in particular, demonstrate tangible benefits after months of deployment, rendering it difficult to make a case for their adoption.
A mid-size organization with multiple global sites looking to set up video equipment may be challenged to find the capital for the upfront investment required, besides the cost of real estate, training, etc. Such an organization may find it worthwhile to explore an alternative financing model, wherein the vendor can tailor a solution: the customer could acquire the equipment with a small initial payment and the remainder can be covered through a structured payment schedule matched to the benefits derived from the technology.
Financing and leasing solutions from technology vendors’ financing arms such as Cisco Capital provide a natural fit with cost-per-user and cost-per-workstation models. Such an arrangement makes it easier to mirror costs with savings. The financing solutions that can be availed include payment and/or interest holidays, step-up or step-down payments, or operating leases where the hardware costs are a significant portion of the initial investment.
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