On July 1st, 2014, Let’s Do Video went live with our first series of articles covering that year’s InfoComm show in Las Vegas. Since that time, we have created and published hundreds of pieces of original content, while sharing thousands of relevant news items from around the web. Meanwhile our readership, newsletter subscribers, and social media followers have continued to grow. In the last year we’ve expanded our coverage with our first visit to the American Telemedicine Association Conference, and added a few new programs, such as our list of free trials and freemium services, and our recently created (and soon to be improved) jobs board. We look forward to increasing and improving our coverage in year four with new guest contributors and more new programs.
To celebrate this anniversary, we want to quickly thank our sponsors and partners and to take a quick look back at some of our favorite pieces over the last year. In no particular order, here are five articles and videos that we really enjoyed creating and sharing with you.
LDV Podcast #27: What Do Users Really Need? Recapping the Readers’ Choice Awards
We had a great response to our 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards program. We recieved thousands of nominations and votes for the top vendors, products, and services covering 10 collaboration industry categories. In this podcast, I review the top five for each category and share my thoughts. It’s very interesting to look back just six months later and see how things have changed in the market since then.
Microsoft Teams is Our Likely Future, Whether We Want It Or Not
Microsoft Lync, and now Skype for Business, held and hold a dominant market share of the UC space despite the fact that no one seemed to love either product. Skype for Business isn’t bad, but it wouldn’t be winning if it wasn’t for the Microsoft effect. Simply including a product within Office 365 can be enough to make that product a market leader. With persistent team messaging being the future of UC, will Microsoft Teams soon dominate that space as well? It is a strong possibility, so in this article I share my thoughts about what we should expect.
LDV Podcast #30: Getting Things Scrummed: A Custom Team Productivity Workflow
As today’s video and remote collaboration tools become more and more reliable and user friendly, we become less interested in how they work, and more interested in how people are using them. Today’s working teams aren’t just showing up for work, they are following advanced workflow methodologies to manage their tasks and project progression. In this podcast, I share my team’s custom workflow and how we manage our daily video status meeting.
Videoconferencing: Why Some New Users Still Aren’t Getting It
Vendors, integrators, and users all report greater acceptance for, and demand of, video in the workplace. To be fair, there are downsides for everything, and videoconferencing is no exception. However, I was surprised in this day and age to hear that some users still feel that the phone meetings are more productive than video meetings. Obviously, I strongly disagree. While the downsides to videoconferencing should be acknowledged and hopefully addressed, it is still a superior and more natural human meeting experience. In this piece, I share some anti-video sentiments and offer my responses.
Is Cloud Video Really Killing Telepresence?
The big picture shift from hardware infrastructure to cloud software services is fairly obvious to anyone following our industry. However, there are some interesting nuances if you compare Google trends over time for our common market terms. While Google trends should certainly be taken with a grain of salt, they do give us something to think about. In this article, I share my thoughts around some of our market trends.
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