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Polycom Solution Addresses Modern Communication and Collaboration Challenges of Distributed Organizations

March 17, 2010

Officials with Polycom, Inc., a major player in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, claim the company has introduced the first, comprehensive, standards-based solution combining real-time visual communication, live and on-demand video streaming, digital signage and network-efficient video content distribution.

Officials with Polycom said that the solution is designed to help organizations tackle the inherent communication and collaboration challenges of managing a distributed and mobile workforce and operating globally.

According to company officials, enabling this solution is a new, scalable video content platform that allows organizations to cost-effectively create and efficiently distribute live and on-demand video content and digital signage.

Not only does the new solution complement Polycom's telepresence, video conferencing and desktop video collaboration solutions but also allows customers to enhance UC networks and support critical enterprise collaboration needs, such as corporate communication, training, distance learning, project communications, customer events, and sales and marketing communications.

'One of the greatest challenges that organizations face today is ensuring effective communication and collaboration among geographically dispersed teams, customers, partners and vendors,' said Andy Miller, executive vice president of Polycom.
Miller also said that Polycom is helping customers address fundamental challenges by enabling them to fully leverage the power of video communication and collaboration across all aspects of their business and from within their core unified communications environment.

'Traditionally, video conferencing and video streaming have been treated as separate business tools and islands of communication within the typical enterprise,' said Ira Weinstein, analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research.

Weinstein said that by combining these technologies within a single system and user interface, Polycom allows customers to leverage their real-time visual communication environment and on-demand video content to improve efficiency and make more informed business decisions.

The Polycom solution also supports complementary products and systems from Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners and other vendors, including video encoders, content providers, content delivery systems and networks, WAN optimization systems, and other standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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