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Broader video conferencing options help meet user needs

With an ever-growing range of video conferencing options to meet a diverse range of needs, there's no reason to treat end users like a hive mind anymore.

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There's no shortage of references to Star Trek in the world of video conferencing.

A video conferencing screen takes center stage in one of the most iconic moments of the long-running sci-fi series. The Borg, a race of cyborgs that forces captives to become part of its hive mind, attacks the crew of the Enterprise. All seems lost when Captain Picard is captured and assimilated during a failed mission to stop them. Back on the Enterprise, the video screen (high definition, naturally) pops up with a message from the enemy. A Borg-ified Picard appears on screen and threatens the crew with the now-classic line, "Resistance is futile."

It's a fitting reference, actually, considering that many enterprises that haven't taken advantage of all the video conferencing options out there made the mistake of treating their users like they're the Borg -- one collective identity without individual requirements and workflows.

The reality is that you can't install video conferencing systems in a few conference rooms, call it a day, and expect rave reviews. There's a wide variety of video conferencing options out there, and as we explore in this edition of Network Evolution, it takes a nuanced approach to ensure success ("Benefits of video conferencing unlock with flexible setups").

Also in this issue, find out what it takes to run a network where the wired network plays second fiddle ("As mobility grows, enterprises assess wireless-first designs"). Networking pros also weigh in on working for an enterprise versus a service provider, as some distinct differences may influence your next job move ("Jobs in networking: Enterprises vs. service providers").

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As the quality of video conferencing has increased, so has its use.  What was recently a plague of warbling sound and stuttering video has turned into an astonishingly mature, high quality tool with a plethora of variables and options. Now we use it throughout the day here, just as we once lived on our POTS when we had to connect.

There is no reason to improve adoption here. Video conferencing is the communication device of choice, saving huge amounts of travel in the process. 
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