The mobile era in the workplace is emerging. Two of the biggest trends in business are converging to make mobile video conferencing a key component of any employee’s technology toolkit:
- The rise of BYOD (“bring-your-own-device”) in which employees use their own personal devices – e.g. smartphones, laptops, tablets – for work.
- Remote collaboration – by which employees who are based in disparate locations use technology to work together virtually with colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers.
As more and more people begin to use their personal smartphones and tablets at work, they are looking for video conferencing solutions that let them meet face to face without running up the high cost of travel. Such solutions provide employees and businesses alike with a wealth of benefits, including:
- Extended reach and accessibility – enabling employees to communicate and collaborate from anywhere, on any device, will increase adoption of video collaboration technology across your workforce and ensure that everyone has access to virtual collaboration solutions whenever they need them – whether they’re at home, on the train or in the coffee shop down the road!
- Simplicity – the key to mobile video collaboration is to keep it simple. If users are comfortable with their devices and the applications they run on them, the result will be much greater adoption. Video conferencing should ideally let employees communicate and collaborate untethered, giving them a video connection wherever they are on the go.
- Greater workflow integration – a key benefit of video collaboration that works where you do is that it supports in-the-field applications across a wide range of industries and job roles. As well as catering for the standard boardroom format, video conferencing technology has military, educational, medical and manufacturing applications, allowing users to make the best possible decisions, often under stressful and dynamic conditions, no matter what their location.
Companies that are looking to take advantage of this new way of working should offer their employees a mobile video conferencing solution that works on any device and across any network. It is important that IT and line of business managers looking to deploy such a system must consider the benefits involved and the limitations of more traditional video conferencing technology.
Read this Frost & Sullivan report to understand how mobile video collaboration tools can help your organisation maintain a productive workflow while ensuring top-notch security and IT control.