In the coming years, the growth of the bring your own device movement is bound to put greater pressure on companies. Mobile enterprises have the competitive advantages of increased productivity and greater agility, making it difficult for non-BYOD firms to keep up. As such, businesses that have not implemented an enterprise mobility program should consider doing so before it's too late.
Meanwhile, companies that have already leveraged BYOD may need to upgrade their current strategies to maximize mobility outcomes. Adopting the latest video conferencing technologies is a good first step. Enterprise Connect found that video traffic is continuing to experience growth in the corporate world. This indicates that conferencing tools like VoIP are becoming more integral to core business strategies.
Video conferencing services in the modern world
In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Sue Shellenbarger noted that video conferencing services are becoming more affordable and user-friendly. She also stressed that young individuals entering the workforce are already familiar with video technology. This means that companies will not need to invest much time in training future employees in conferencing.
Unlike many non-visual means of communication, video conferencing places meeting participants in an interactive, high-engagement setting. Citing the findings of Wainhouse Research's Andrew W. Davis, Shellenbarger said that video-based conference calls improve employees' focus and reduce meeting lengths.
Mobile video is the future of BYOD
The advent of mobile video conferencing has given businesses even greater BYOD capabilities. Smartphones and tablets don't have the computing power of desktop PCs, but recent mobile video conferencing advancements have enabled VoIP to run efficiently on mobile devices. According to Video Conferencing Spot's Dan Lothringer, improvements in video compression, software infrastructure technologies and virtualization have reduced conferencing applications' power consumption.
As more workers take advantage of their BYOD privileges, the mobile VoIP system will become more crucial to leveraging effective communication strategies. Today's mobile VoIP applications offer enhanced HD video quality and voicemail to email capabilities. By adding mobile video to unified communications solutions, businesses can integrate multiple communication platforms into a centralized system.
In order for BYOD to be effective, companies will need to design their communication systems to facilitate teamwork between employees in different areas of the globe. Early adopters of mobile video tools could give themselves a competitive edge over firms with less advanced enterprise mobility solutions.