Forbes magazine recently interviewed the CIO of global architecture firm Woods Bagot about their use of video conferencing to support their “global studio.” “We’re not like other practices, where someone in the New York office doesn’t know someone else in the Chicago office. We leverage our skill pool globally. We have experts from Dubai, Sydney and San Francisco working on a very large development in the Middle East,” he said.
Enabling their experts to easily meet face-to-face and collaborate anytime with each other and clients is a priority for the firm, and why they were drawn to video conferencing. Not only has Woods Bagot’s global deployment of video helped streamline business processes and improved client relations, the savings for the first board meeting replaced by visual communications was $120,000 just for airfare. Now board meetings are held more often at a fraction of the previous costs, which has helped speed decision making.
The Obama Administration has made it clear that the way government is conducted is just as important as the outcomes produced. As a result, many federal agencies have been focusing on creating processes for collaboration, accountability and transparency that are now required, while still delivering on their mission.
All of this needs to be accomplished with limited resources and in a timely fashion. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, many agencies are facing even greater pressure to deliver on priorities related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A key area of the recovery is the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Building Service (PBS) to invest $5.55 billion in federal public building projects, which includes $4.5 billion to transform federal facilities into exemplary high-performance green buildings. Contracts to support approved initiatives will be granted over the next two years.
Now is the time to ensure that you are aware of the opportunities available to your agency. Take a long hard look at your existing technology to determine whether you need to make changes to ensure that you are able to participate in not only a “green” environment, but also in the new Gov 2.0 world.
Is your agency prepared for fiscal year 2010? Have you audited the technology you have in place and know where your agency wants to go?
According to a recent USA Today article, video conferencing helps cut travel costs. The article notes that airlines and hotels are “spooked,” as more companies continue to invest in the technology.
It’s no wonder: In 2008 the global video conferencing market grew 24% to $2.4 billion, according to Roopam Jain, a technology analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The firm forecasts the market will more than double, to reach $5.7 billion by 2013. Is your company using telepresence or video conferencing yet?
This week we joined more than 750 participants at the 3rd annual Air Force Cyberspace Symposium (AFCS) at the Shreveport Convention Center. The AFCS theme of Collaboration for the Future is one that we feel strongly about at TANDBERG, given that our video conferencing technologies are centered on the idea that face-to-face communications bolster collaboration.
The defense community is constantly looking for new technologies that will help people across the globe collaborate and share mission-critical information easier, faster and more efficiently. The highest quality video teleconferencing (VTC) is particularly critical for the Air Force because its cyberspace activities are not centralized in one location. VTC enables officers, policy-makers, technology staff and teams in the field to communicate in real-time over secure high-definition networks.
TANDBERG provided attendees, which included senior representatives from the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, industry, cyber-focused organizations and education sectors, a look at the latest and greatest in video collaboration solutions.
At this year’s AFCS, we focused on our capabilities for connecting cyber control centers and showcased the C-60 with a 52“ Profile, the 1700 desktop solution, the E-20 and Movi, our mobile offering. Our E-20 was especially popular at this event for its combination of unique capabilities and high performance at a low price point.
We were excited to meet personally with leaders from the Navy, Air Force, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, and we are already looking forward to next year’s show!
We predict that small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) will lead the economic recovery in large part due to their ability to be more nimble and responsive to opportunities, and video conferencing solutions like the TANDBERG Quick Set C20 will help them be even more effective.
In the past, SMBs dismissed video conferencing as a technology for larger global corporations, but that’s no longer the case. Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, a firm with a staff of 350, cut costs and increased productivity with team video conferencing. “Video conferencing means we can truly work across boundaries to collaborate on projects. It’s a huge boon for productivity and I wish we’d done it sooner,” said David Hughes, CEO.
See how other SMBs are using video conferencing to gain a competitive edge here.