Video and Web conferencing tools.
We researched a video web conference tool this week. I was amazed at how quickly the requirements grew. It sounds easy enough. We just want to see each other when we meet. But then you realize that you want screen share, conference rooms, recording and white boarding. You want to have an effective meeting that is not spent adjusting poor technology.
Plugins are the WORST. Great news – soon you will not need the plugin to these tools. Google Hangouts will be the first to roll in out Chrome in the next few weeks. Be sure that all of these providers will be working hard to get rid of that plug in.
We gathered all of our requirements for 4 conference rooms and 5 users. We will grow the user base later but we wanted to test it
|Feature||Google Meeting Rooms||Fuze||Blue Jeans|
|1 on 1 Video Chatting||Easy for internal users. Must have a Google ID to enter||Easy for internal users (AD integration). URL and pin for outside users.||Easy for internal users (AD integration). URL and pin for outside users.|
|Use of our existing equipment- Polycom 7000||Must replace existing equipment with $1000 or use Vidyo||Can easily integrate with the Polycom.||Can easily integrate with the Polycom.|
|Use of at least 10 feeds and 25 audio||15 Video Feed||12 Video Feed/ 250 audio||25 Video Feed/ 100audio|
|Content Share/ screen share, whiteboard||Most robust content share especially working on Google Docs.||Screen share and white board.||Screen share and white board.|
|Multiplatform (OSx, Windows, iOS, Android)||Yes and they will be the first to eliminate the plugin.||Yes.||Yes.|
|Recording||Online Playback with your You Tube||Online Playback||Online Playback|
|Ease of Use||Easy. Nice integration with Google Calendar.||Easy. Nice integration with Google Calendar and Outlook.||Easy. Nice integration with Google Calendar and Outlook.|
We did not consider Vydio because we did not want to buy equipment. Fuze was our choice because we felt like they had the best quality for the value.
Question: What is your favorite Video Conference solution?
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