Is videoconferencing reborn?
Ready for the big time
Webcast On March 10th at 15:00, The Register's Tim Phillips will be debating the value of videoconferencing with a few people who are better qualified than him to answer your questions. It's a live event so we'd hope you'll have some questions.
Cisco's Nick Sheppard and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics are there to discuss the nitty gritty of getting videoconferencing working in your company. They'll look at past technologies in this space, the user experience old and new, and find out what's changed to make teleconferencing a worthwhile investment today. They'll also do a blast through where it's best deployed and how to deploy it.
If it's something you've been considering, this could be just the ticket.
WTF do Cisco know about video conferencing. Really.
Even if you are kind, and accept that they have merged in Tandberg effectively (they haven't) this is still an incredibly narrow "webcast". Where are Polycom, LifeSize and Sony? I think that you will find that LifeSize and Polycom know a lot more about how to use video conferencing in the real world and real businesses than Cisco with their massively overpriced and proprietary Telepresence systems.
More like suboptimal
"Videoconferencing" more than three people is inefficient and unpleasant, because the participants are distracted constantly by figuring out who is speaking and when they can get a word in without talking over everyone else.
Maybe they help introduce people to each other, but you can do that with one-to-one video (or just a photo). The real work is done in writing and in one-to-one conversations.
Webcasts (like videoconferencing) are largely a gimmick. Why not just collect a few questions and answer them in a short written article? That way, both questions and answers are likely to be better considered, more succintly expressed and quicker to take in (skipping those in which we have little interest). Don't expect any serious "interaction" because the experience is "real-time".
A webcast about videoconferencing!