Interesting aticle in CRN magazine delivers a video conferencing state of the union.  It includes a substantial piece about the IVCi Desktop Experience and an interview with our own Chris Bottger:

IVCi, well-known in the video conferencing channel and a top VAR for both Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) and Polycom in the space, began working with Blue Jeans before its commercial launch. IVCi uses Blue Jeans’ cloud to power its IVCi Desktop Experience, a managed services offering that connects various desktop video clients and is both application- and appliance-independent. It works hand in hand with IVCi’s Managed Video Experience, the managed video services offering IVCi uses for everything from multipoint bridging and ISDN service to endpoint and network management for customers.

Blue Jeans is a game-changer, said Chris Bottger, IVCi’s senior vice president, managed conferencing services.

“They’re isn’t anything I’ve seen that works, that ties the business in with what I would call the prosumer and the consumer sides, and if there is, it’s not as robust as the cloud offering that Blue Jeans has here,” Bottger said. “Just the fact that you can do a video call with Skype clients and really make this easy.  A lot of the customers who have done the demo are blown away by it.”

A service like Blue Jeans’ makes irrelevant the challenge of connecting various video endpoints and pieces of video infrastructure, and also makes more convenient the idea of on-the-go video, particularly from smartphones and tablets.

“If you think about it, probably 80 percent of the video calls we run on a daily basis have an audioconferencing bridge attached to them. You usually have more people than you have video systems available,” Bottger said. “But now we can offer those people the ability to do video, as well, at their convenience. People need to be able to use the tools they’re comfortable with.”

Bottger disagreed with the idea that the shift toward selling the video experience would mean less emphasis on hardware-based endpoint and infrastructure sales. There’ll be less opportunity to sell those things individually he said, but packaging them with managed video services will make the whole video solution a moneymaker for a company like IVCI.

“One feeds the other,” Bottger said. “It feeds the services on the back side and we’re also not shortchanging the hardware business — it’s continuing to grow. We’re fairly evenly balanced: one-third services, one-third integration and one-third technology, meaning them buying it or us building it for them.”

More:

http://www.crn.com/news/networking/232300285/wheres-the-puck-going-in-enterprise-videoconferencing.htm?pgno=1

 

 

Cisco Telepresence SX20

Cisco Telepresence SX20

New from Cisco! The Cisco TelePresence SX20 Quick Set easily turns any flat panel display into a flexible, powerful and sleek TelePresence system. Includes high definition video quality, multiparty conferencing and three different camera options to accommodate various room sizes and configurations – all at a value price.

Here is a quick snapshot of SX20 product benefits:
• Creates a powerful telepresence system with any flat panel display.
• Only telepresence quick set to offer built-in individually transcoded multipoint conferencing with ability for users to add three additional participants to a call.
• Designed for flexibility with three camera choices (2.5x, 4x and 12x) and a dual-display option to accommodate small-to-medium rooms.
• Enables high-definition 1080p60 video quality and 1080p15 content sharing.
• Sleek, compact, highly flexible design with new wall mount for easy and discreet mounting.
• Best price performance among other telepresence quick set products on the market.

 

On December 7th IVCi and Polycom presented on The RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Known as RUS DLT, this grant program has provided rural communities with interactive distance learning and telemedicine equipment for more than 16 years. Below is the recording of the webinar and the slides presented.  In the presentation, IVCi and Polycom explain who is eligible for this grant, what applications fit its purpose, and suggest ways to create the most competitive grant application possible.

WEBINAR RECORDING:

SLIDES PRESENTED:

Public Room Experience is a new service that gives customers access to a world-wide network of over 3000 public video conferencing and telepresence rooms.

Public Room Experience accommodates the frequent requests IVCi receives from clients who need to participate in a video meeting while away from their facility and want the same meeting room experience.

With Public Room Experience customers looking to book a public video conferencing room on their own can utilize IVCi’s web site to check real-time availability of a room and book with any major credit card.. The customer is then provided with all the necessary information about the conference room location, including the number of participants that will fit in the room, the type of equipment installed, and catering options available. When this service is incorporated with IVCi’s Managed Video Experience (MVE), IVCi handles the reservation from start to finish, including testing with the site to ensure excellent call quality prior to the meeting taking place.

Public Room Experience frees users from having to answer questions that are usually asked when setting up a video meeting in a public room, such as what are the bandwidth requirements of the meeting, will IP or ISDN be used, etc. IVCi handles all set up and technical questions for the user.

“The Public Room Experience is part of our full-service approach to unified communications (UC) solutions for our customers,” said IVCi’s CEO Bob Swing. “Our goal is to be there every step of the way for our clients, and to make their video conferencing experience as seamless and worry-free as possible. This new service allows us to serve a segment of the market that been so far been underserved, and we are happy to share our expertise with them because we believe the power of video should be available to all.”

Public Room Experience is a service that can be utilized on its own, or as part of IVCi’s Managed Video Experience.

Polycom has announced a new software update to the Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Platform that allows customers using Polycom and other standards-based video collaboration solutions to join calls with Cisco TelePresence Systems, and vice-versa.

The latest RealPresence Platform software update, released today, also further extends interoperability across Microsoft and IBM UC environments.

More here:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/polycom-frees-users-from-vendor-lock-in-with-support-for-tip-allowing-non-standards-based-video-systems-to-connect-with-polycom-standards-based-video-systems-2011-11-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp