Video Conferencing a High Priority, but Equipment Sales Decline


Story by Jeffrey Burt

IDC analysts said global economic challenges and the transition to software and cloud solutions are impacting video equipment sales.

Interest in video conferencing—particularly cloud- and software-based solutions—remains high even as sales of hardware continues to tumble, according to IDC analysts. The trend in the video conferencing equipment space has been downward over the past several quarters, and that trend continued in the fourth quarter of 2013, the analysts said in a Feb. 25 report. The market is under pressure from a number of different directions, from an uncertain global economic picture to deep federal budget cuts in the United States, they said.

However, organizations continue to see video conferencing as a way to improve employee productivity and collaboration between workers.

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