Today's business environment is often about doing more with less, utilizing existing human and capital resources more efficiently, and speeding decision making up and down the enterprise. For the past 15 years,the conferencing and collaboration industry has introduced a series of enterprise communications solutions designed to address these challenges by delivering voice, video, and data over the ubiquitous Internet Protocol (IP) networks employed by enterprises worldwide. More recently, much of the focus of videoconferencing users has shifted from shared, room-based systemsto video-capable personal systems connected over wired, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks. For today's knowledge worker, "always onalways connected" has become a way of life.
This study reviews three observations relevant to the current state of the video conferencing market with a special emphasis on multipoint functionality; outlines the challenges associated with scaling an enterprise video conferencing environment to meet future needs; and highlights a next-generation distributed conferencing systemthat can change the risk/reward profile for any large or small enterprise.