Is Video Conferencing Growing or Dying?

Great question.

These days depending on who you talk to or what report you read it could be either.

Take a recent IDG report on the state of the video conferencing market showed a bleak outlook:

  • Overall worldwide market worth of¬†enterprise video market decreased 4.8 percent during Q32012
  • North America fell 11.5 during the period
  • Immersive telepresence system growth declined 35.7 year over year in Q3
  • Related ancillaries and accessories declined 28.6 percent as well

In other words, ouch. Right?

It’s not all bleak. This doesn’t mean the market is going to collapse.
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Getting Into Video Conferencing

Most folks would consider me to be a voice guy.

That’s cool with me. But truth is, I’m not really a voice guy.

For the last few years I’ve spent most of my day communicating through alternative means.

Instant messenger. Email. SMS. Social Networks.

These communications mediums have dominated my day.

That fact is changing quickly. It’s changing thanks to video conferencing.

Why Video Conferencing?

For the past six months I’ve been working with video conferencing solutions from a number of vendors.

Thorough executive meetings, trainings, countless demo’s and now hours of use, video conferencing is “bring me back to voice.”

No longer do I desire to communicate like a social recluse. Video conferencing has reinvigorated the thrill and engagement of the “call.”

The more I use video technology in my everyday communications, the more I find myself wanting to use it.

Video conferencing is changing the way I prefer to communicate (and it’s a good thing).

Video Conferencing Variety

While full blown room telepresence is a dream you don’t have to spend a dollar these days to complete a high quality video conference.

You can simply download Skype.

Then there’s business class video calling from the likes of VidTel using the multimedia juggernaut Polycom VVX1500. Or you could grab two Grandstream GXV3140 video phones and make video calls for free using their IP Video Talk service.

Maybe you have a need multiple party room based video conferencing? For that you can get into a solution like the Polycom HDX 4002 or HDX 6004 for less than you think.

Getting into video conferencing isn’t a big of a deal as it once was. It can be as simple and inexpensive as you want it to be.

If you want to get started, simply click here.