Video Key to Online Meetings, Blue Jeans Survey Finds

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-05-15

Video conferencing is an industry in transition, with businesses moving away from buying expensive meeting-room systems and opting for more software- and cloud-based solutions. Part of that is driven by the expense, but there also are other trends in play here, from increased employee mobility to bring-your-own-device (BYOD). Mobile and remote workers want to be able to set up, initiate and participate in video calls from wherever they are, at any time and on any device, from their smartphones and tablets to laptops, desktop PCs and room systems. The trend has moved established players such as Cisco Systems and Polycom to embrace software and the cloud, and given rise to other companies—like Vidyo and Zoom Communications—that offer alternatives to what the larger vendors offer. Blue Jeans Network is another of those newer companies, offering enterprises a cloud-based video collaboration offering. Most recently, Blue Jeans gave users the ability to host larger meetings (with up to 100 participants) and new recording and sharing capabilities. The company also released the results of a survey by by uSamp of 400 business decision makers and their views on collaboration. The survey found that the majority of workers want to communicate via video, and that video also ensures better participation in meetings than Web conferencing tools do.


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