The Vaas Series: Part 3 - Is VaaS Right for My Company?
In part three of our VaaS (Video as a Service) discovery we take a look at whether VaaS is the answer for your company, or whether you would be better staying with an internal team.
In the last article we looked at the benefits that VaaS can offer. There are certainly a number of them; but does it mean that moving to Video as a Service is something that your company should do? Not necessarily.
There are lots of options available when you start to look at VaaS. In our first article on the subject we talked about how many people and companies are describing what we think video as a service was a couple of years ago. This could be suitable for your company’s current needs, or it could be that you are looking for a service that is built with the future in mind. That’s part of the process you are likely to be working through right now.
An example of what you might be currently working through might be the following scenario: You are not that disperse as a company, and only need access to a basic video conferencing solution. In this case you may be better at looking at something such as Microsoft’s Skype for Business. It is a system that can comfortably handle small to medium amounts of video conferencing with content sharing. If you believe that your company will be a heavier user of video conferencing, then it is probably better that you look at a more robust service like Videocall’s ICE service that can handle the increased numbers of users. You can find out more about each of them by following the links.
It may be that you have a strong internal IT support team that has been built up over a number of years. This team will no doubt look after your video conferencing infrastructure as part of the IT function. For that reason you may think, ‘I don’t need to outsource my video conferencing, we have it all covered’, and that may be true. However, outsourcing your video conferencing to a company such as Videocall can increase the number of experts available should something go wrong with 24x7x365 support; free up vital time within the IT department for other required projects and support; and maintain both a high level of expert knowledge and training, and partnership relationships with suppliers.
Why are so many companies thinking about VaaS?
The cloud is certainly the direction that technology as a whole (not just video conferencing) is moving. It has of course been around for decades, but when combined as a service, the benefits that can be offered, to larger companies in particular, has become obvious. To the point where all doubts have been removed. You can read our article on de-risking video conferencing here.
Companies are considering video conferencing as a service because they are seeing the demand for its usage grow, often at an exponential rate. Factors such as the changing workplace environment, BYOD and millennials coming into the work force in ever greater numbers are making companies access a number of the business functions and ensuring that areas such as video conferencing are fit for purpose. Long gone are the days of crackly buffering screen with terrible sound. 4k definition and microphones with acoustic fencing to block out background noise is the technology for today.
Finally, it may be that your company does not have ‘room’ for video conferencing. You may only have one video enabled meeting room, which happens to be the boardroom. It is always busy, and even when you do get to book it, you can be ejected by senior management. The video conferencing service that Videocall offer connects video conferencing devices of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are sat at a desk in the office or at home using a laptop; using a tablet or smartphone on the move; or you have a small office that can be converted into a video enabled huddle room. They can all connect into the same conference to enable any meeting, and collaboration to take place.
If there are any questions that we have managed to miss covering the answer to then please leave a comment, or contact one of our team. We will be happy to help you find the answer you need to move forward.