We tend to be pretty vocal when it comes promoting Extended Reality (XR) devices. While we’re fully aware of the myriad of advantages that these new technologies bring to enterprises, we don’t want you forgetting about the videoconferencing gear that loyally served you well until COVID banished everyone to their home offices.
Well, it’s been nearly two years on since the virus started doing the rounds. The world has begun stepping outside again and, for many, that includes returning to offices. This is fantastic progress in terms of getting back into the societal swing of things. However, we need to be aware that the working landscape has changed. Let’s face it, things are never going back to what was once normal. That’s not a bad thing when it comes to work.
Remote working isn’t a response to COVID
The thing is, contrary to popular belief, remote working didn’t come about in response to COVID. The pandemic merely fast-tracked its adoption, and everyone swiftly saw the benefits. This means that video meetings aren’t a temporary alternative to physically being there, they’re the new way of working. Video calling saves time, money, stress, and you don’t even have to put trousers on if you don’t want to.
The rise of Teams and Meet
Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have emerged as big players when it comes to remote working strategies. Teams, in particular, has become the de-facto standard for enterprises. It’s enabled businesses the world over to keep going during the pandemic.
We think that’s pretty awesome and all, but what happens to your old stuff when everyone’s back in the office? If you think your Poly or Cisco videoconferencing system is going to immediately work with Teams or Meet, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Amazing as they undoubtedly are, these platforms don’t natively support these devices.
The end of the meeting room as we know it?
So what do you do? Sure, the world has changed and everyone is using Teams, but that VC system was a significant investment. On top of that, it’s really good at its job and has a heap of bells and whistles that are nowhere to be found in Teams and Meet. In fact, the only real hiccup when it comes to this equipment is that it doesn’t talk to your team who have spent the best part of 2020 getting used to the new video strategy. That’s a pretty big hiccup.
So, it would seem you’re left with a few options:
- Mothball your videoconferencing equipment, throw a tarpaulin over it, lock the meeting room door, and accept the loss in investment and functionality. From now on, you ONLY use Teams, Meet, Zoom or what have you.
- Sack off Teams or Meet and get everyone travelling again. No more remote working – everyone is office based and communicating using only email and the phone, like a right bunch of Luddites.
3. Invest in Microsoft Teams Rooms. Microsoft and many businesses are plumping for this solution. Not wanting to ditch their meeting rooms, they’re opting for new meeting room equipment from the likes of Poly, HP, Logitech, Cisco, Crestron, Yealink, and Lenovo that is compatible with Teams. This is still a massive investment and it’s ultimately unnecessary.
If only there was a fourth option that offers the best of both worlds…
Surprise, surprise, there’s a way in which you can have your cake and eat it. SimplyVideo’s interoperability solutions for Microsoft Teams and Google Meet allow you to bring videoconferencing into your new video calling setup.
In fact, getting your meeting room equipment into Teams and Meet means you can get even more use out of it. After all, it can now connect to a wider workforce than it could before.
You don’t have to forget about the past in order to look to the future
Of course, SimplyVideo isn’t just there to connect your existing gear. Our software also allows you to bring Extended Reality (XR) devices into your calls. That’s another thing that Teams and Meet don’t natively do.
XR is the future of working. With these amazing devices, you’re able to do even more without being there as well as staying connected to your remote workers.
In a nutshell, SimplyVideo accommodates the lot. It’s the past and the future combined into a neat piece of software that’s easy as pie to use.
Don’t lose your prized VC suite just because Teams or Meet have become the norm. By the same token, don’t take a step backwards by binning your new video strategy that’s saved you a heap of money and practically saved your business. Instead get yourself a solution that offers the best of both worlds.
Our Head of Product, Chris goes through how easy it is to connect all of these devices in the videos below.
What if you don’t use Microsoft Teams or Google Meet?
If you don’t use Microsoft Teams or Google Meet but this functionality sounds ace, you can get a whole heap of other features with the SimplyVideo platform.