A Look Back At Enterprise Connect – And Some Good News for Radvision Scopia Desktop!

If Enterprise Connect 2013 (EC13) is any indication, it looks to be a good year for video conferencing. As Dave Michels pointed out in his video news recap, “The show that used to be called VoiceCon has rapidly turned into a show about video.” The conference had multiple sessions on WebRTC and mobile video for the enterprise. See Eric Krapf’s day one recap of the WebRTC conference within a conference and his day 3 recap on mobile.

As video traffic continues to grow on the network, more video-enabling devices and software are reaching end users on smartphones and tablets via solutions like Radvision Scopia Mobile, and enterprise clients continue to reap the rewards of traditional video conference room systems, such as our Scopia XT5000 offering.

Today, Frost & Sullivan named our very own Scopia Desktop as the recipient of its prestigious North American Product Leadership Award in the category of software-based desktop video conferencing. There’s no question that video is becoming more pervasive as it reaches our desktop and mobile devices, and unified communications is likely at the heart of this trend.

Another related topic at EC13 was cloud-based services. Avaya announced its expanded cloud portfolio, which touted numerous customers that have launched hosted video, including Yorktel, Telstra, and now, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecom services provider. The Avaya Collaborative Cloud portfolio includes the Cloud Enablement video solution, which offers provider packaging of the Elite Series MCUs, Scopia Mobile and Scopia Desktop. Among other benefits, this model makes it easier for smaller companies to take advantage of affordable, interactive, high definition video conferencing without the need to deploy and manage a video network. This approach is hugely beneficial to SMBs who might not have the resources to deploy and manage their own video networks – but really, businesses of any size can take advantage of the hosted model.

EC13 proved to be another great event with thought-provoking tracks and discussions. While I wasn’t there in-person, I felt a part of the dynamic thanks to all the social media dialog and video streamed keynotes. And of course, several of my colleagues attended the conference – I’ve seen and heard some great recaps from them and look forward to reading more.

My key takeaway: EC13 reiterated the fact that video continues to be an explosive market and consumers are demanding access to video from all of their devices, regardless of location. And that’s good news for all of us in the industry! I’d love to hear from those who attended/followed the show – what were your key takeaways?