Telecommunication enables people to get together for district business meetings while saving time, money and the carbon emission associated with physical travel. When companies are under great pressure to cut their business travel costs, particularly due to slow down in economy, Cisco TelePresence could prove to be a well-planned path to location-free communication.
Cisco, a company in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, has expanded its teleconferencing solutions product line with introduction of Cisco TelePresence Callway, Cisco Jabber™ Video for TelePresence, Cisco TelePresence MX300 and Cisco TelePresence VX- Clinical Assistant.
The subscription of Cisco TelePresence Callway, part of the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, is available for the price of $99 per month. It allows customers to make unlimited calls to any Telepresence endpoint, as well as to any standards-based video device from third parties over the Internet. Customers have the option to either buy or lease the endpoints.
Cisco Jabber Video for TelePresence is a free, standards based, video calling application that allows existing customers to quickly and easily extend access to a telepresence meeting. It will be available as a beta trial in early 2012. The Cisco MX300 will also be available in early 2012. For MX300, the Cisco listing price will be $27,600.
Do you require teleconferencing for Your Business?
From last few years “telepresence” has become a buzzword in videoconferencing sphere.
It seems that despite the presence of many other teleconferencing solutions from technology giants like HP, Polycom, Tandberg, LilfeSize, and Telanetix, Cisco TelePresence garnered attention due to its brand and marketing power. Despite all the hype, the basic questions remain the same about considering teleconferencing as an essential enterprise technology.
Ask yourself, why do you want to invest in teleconferencing? Do you really need high-tech teleconferencing rooms? Is it justified to use a teleconferencing system in comparison to traditional videoconferencing platforms? Or will investing in the technology really reduce your business travel costs enough to justify the expense?
In the case of large enterprises, teleconferencing solution generally reduces travel costs a few percentage points. So, it is justified. Whereas in the case of small and medium-sized businesses, you need to get the answers of above mentioned questions, because small companies hardly have enough funds to invest in such expensive technology.
I have talked to many companies, which get trapped in telepresence hype and later on they feel themselves unable to measure the qualitative benefits of service. So, it will be better to evaluate telepresence technology carefully before spending the money.