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What Are Conferencing And Video Solutions?

Conferencing solutions consist of audio, Web, and video technologies using a variety of hardware, software, WAN, and PSTN technologies.

They are tools used by organizations to help improve communications among its coworkers, clients, and partners. Through the use of audio, Web, and video bridges (servers/devices that aggregate these communications media) conferencing and video are a part of everyday organizational tools.

How Will Conferencing And Video Solutions Benefit My Organization?

  • Reduce travel costs
  • Increase productivity for dispersed coworkers to share information and address issues immediately, thus creating a competitive advantage
  • Improve hiring & retention for top talent
  • Contribute to corporate green initiatives
  • Enable better communication with clients and partners

How Can I Help My Organization Embrace Conferencing And Video Solutions?

Audio conferencing is very much considered a utilitarian technology as a common way to communicate among several people. However, Web and video conferencing are quickly becoming more ubiquitous in today’s workplace environments.

Web conferencing (includes audio) allows users to share their desktops, documents, and control of their computers as a way to collaborate quickly and in real time to accomplish projects and or share ideas.

The ability to visualize and interact with coworkers is driving the quick adoption of video conferencing. Being able to see the other parties and react to facial expressions helps people connect and communicate through non-verbal queues.

Embracing conferencing and video solutions often first requires organizations to demonstrate not only financial gains but productivity gains made through these tools as well. The quickest example of ROI comes is reduction in travel costs by utilizing these tools, which translates to time and productivity gains. Desktop video is one of the quickest paths to embracing video within organizations, as most laptops and monitors today are now equipped with embedded video cameras.

What Comprises A Conferencing And Video Solution?

Conferencing solutions include:

Voice And Data Services

Also known as telecommunications services, voice and data services provide access to audio, Web, and video communications.

Audio Conferencing

Audio conferencing provides a bridge to facilitate voice calls between three or more parties.

Web Conferencing

Web conferencing software and tools allow users to share desktops, presentations, and other content with invited participants.

Video Conferencing

Conducting a conference between two or more participants at different sites, using the computer network to transmit audio and video, is generally accomplished in three ways: desktop video, endpoint room devices, and through tele-presence rooms.

Digital Media Services

Live media streams from cable sources, internal live and pre-recorded video, and streaming media are all part of the digital media solutions that are offered to distribute all of these multimedia streams.

Getting Started With Video Conferencing

Your CDW Account Manager and certified specialists are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:

  • An initial discovery session to understand your goals, requirements, and budget
  • An assessment review of your existing environment and definition of project requirements
  • Detailed vendor evaluations, recommendations, future design, and proof of concept
  • Procurement, configuration, and deployment of the final solution
  • Ongoing product lifecycle support

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The Organization: Houston Texans
The Location: Houston, TX
The Project: The newest NFL franchise bolsters business and football operations through consolidated network services and Voice over IP. Get the story »

Indside the Chicago Cubs

The Organization: Chicago Cubs
The Location: Chicago, IL; Mesa, AZ; La Gina, Dominican Republic
The Project: The team is in it to win it with a series of massive construction and IT projects. Get the story »

Turning the Engine

The Organization: International Speedway Corporation
The Location: Daytona Beach, FL
The Project: Racing giant accelerates operations with new IT infrastructure. Get the story »

Hold the Phone

The Organization: McDonogh School
The Location: Owings Mills, MD
The Project: McDonogh School brings its voice communications into the next generation with an advanced VoIP system. Get the story »

Technology for Everyone

The Organization: Shawnee Mission School District
The Location: Shawnee Mission, KS
The Project: A Kansas school district modernizes teaching and learning and paves the way to a one-to-one program with a comprehensive upgrade of its wireless and telephony systems. Get the story »

Conference Room Refresh Makes Space Work Harder

The Organization: Ogilvy & Mather
The Location: Chicago, IL
The Project: Advertising firm makes conference space work harder to enhance collaboration. Get the story »

Upgrading VoIP Phone System

The Organization: Washington Redskins
The Location: Ashburn, VA
The Project: To upgrade its communications infrastructure, the Redskins go state-of-the-art with a new UC and wireless systems rollout. Get the story »

A Better Way to Connect

The Organization: Mattersight
The Location: Chicago, IL
The Project: Cost savings are important, but Microsoft Lync also lets employees work collaboratively. Get the story »

A Communication Transformation

The Organization: BFG Supply
The Location: Burton, OH
The Project: Communications technology helps a horticultural supplier boost sales and efficiency. Get the story »

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The Organization: CDW
The Location: Vernon Hills, IL
The Project: CDW embarks on an ambitious unified communications overhaul. Get the story »

When Collaboration Comes Calling

The Organization: W.W. Grainger Inc.
The Location: Lake Forest, IL
The Project: Maximize unified communications technology to better serve customers and stimulate business. Get the story »

Big Data, Big Teamwork

The Organization: MarkLogic
The Location: San Carlos, CA
The Project: Create a robust high-definition video conferencing system. Get the story »

Unified Communications Partnerships and Certifications

  • Cisco Contact Center Enterprise ATP
  • Cisco Master Gold Partner in Unified Communications
  • Cisco Master Telepresence and Video Certification
  • IBM Premier Partner Certified for Sametime Unified Telephony
  • IBM Social Software and Unified Communications Authorized Partner
  • Lifesize Expert-level Partner
  • Microsoft Gold Partner in Communications and Messenging
  • Microsoft Lync Voice MVPs
  • Polycom Platinum-level Partner

Unified Communications Awards