From our team: telecom in 2017, and what they’re looking forward to in the new year
Like many others, I take the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on the past year in both a personal and professional light, as well as inventory the things to come. This is a very exciting time for Videonor, especially with the recent acquisition of appear.in. So I checked in with my colleagues on their thoughts on the last year, as well as what 2018 may bring. Here’s what they said…
What was your favorite new telecom trend from 2017?
- “Definitely the increased use of IoT devices for both work and home.”
- “If you can call it a “trend”, I believe that in 2017 we saw a massive focus on bringing down the barrier between Skype4B and Cisco. Not only technologically, since the tools have been there for several years, but most of all in terms of the end users. Using the Skype4B Gateway to invite whomever to join, from the same tool you always used, is a massive step in the right direction.”
- “More and more enterprise company are moving towards the cloud. Big companies often resisted this concept, but I’m now seeing that the cloud is more welcome.”
- “Huddle rooms are being fitted with video conferencing equipment.”
What surprised you in video conferencing in 2017?
- “That Skype for Business interop has become mandatory.”
- “The growth of WebRTC. Everyone wants to join from a browser.”
- “Might be a biased answer but Videonor’s acquisition of appear.in surprised me the most this year. I did not see it coming but I am glad it happened and I’m excited to have so many new intelligent coworkers!”
- “The lack of Skype4B integrations with Cisco Spark. Why pay billions and billions and billions for Acano… and not bring what made them unique in the first place, to the table (looking away from the spark-board and hardware of course).”
- “Synergy Sky and the SMS-Server (One Button To Push). I really think this product is outstanding in the ease of use, and if you asked me 7 years ago, I would say it would be a “silver bullet”.”
- “The large amount of customers moving away from Cisco in conference rooms. They have superior quality, so that does surprise me.”
What are your predictions for video conferencing changes/trends/ etc for 2018?
- “I predict there will be more freedom for personal users. Businesses will allow employees to bring/use their own apps. Standardizing on Skype for Business but still make room for teams to use whatever suit them best, as long as the apps work with Skype for Business too.”
- “We will see more and more companies are going for subscription based Video Conferencing solutions instead of buying expensive equipment and costly training to operate it.”
- “I think more consolidation will take place, and smaller players will aim to grow bigger. Bigger service offering will be important.”
- “I believe we will see a continued focus from customers on the Skype4B rooms, but hopefully we will see that those who tried the pc-based setups for small/medium sized rooms in 2017, will see that small/medium sized endpoints (Cisco) is still the way to go to get the full dual-screen experience.”
- “I hope to see more intuitive user interfaces on video conferencing hardware in 2018.”
- “For Videonor´s sake, I am so excited about the appear.in and getting new people with massive experience onboard. appear.in will still be appear.in, but I believe we will see some very cool stuff in 2018 with the knowledge and skills from both teams.”
- “Introduction of VR/3d presentations into video conferencing. Not to say it will be a required trend, but it could cause the industry to be elevated to another level.”
Exciting year to come indeed. Happy New Year!
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