Lori Palarchio, Director of Human Capital at BCS Global Networks speaks around her experiences with video conferencing and the benefits its provides her in the human resource space.
Every HR manager spends many hours every month interviewing unsuitable candidates. Applicants often travel for miles to get to the interview and use their annual leave to attend. For this reason most HR managers give them a fair hearing, even if it quickly becomes apparent that they do not have the right qualifications or personality for the job.
If HR is interviewing for a senior position and the candidate has been head-hunted, they may find that the person they really want for the job is too busy to travel and will decline an interview, despite initial interest. Increasingly, the challenge of recruiting teams dispersed across the globe also needs to be addressed. In this case the cost of travel can become prohibitive and the company’s vision of recruiting only the best is put in jeopardy.
Nobody can really predict what tomorrow’s workforce will look like, but someone has to take a calculated guess to ensure all the practical needs of an organisation will be met.
However, there is one safe bet. Office space will always be one of the most costly overheads for most businesses. Pressure will continue to reduce the average footprint of each employee, especially for companies operating in London and other cities, where commercial property prices remain high.
This demand is having an interesting side-effect. Increasingly, facilities management, human resources and IT departments are coming out of their silos and working more closely, as all three functions are intrinsically linked by the implications of remote working and the subsequent rise of ‘hot-desking’.
Cloudmedia is an end-to-end visual communications fully managed service enabling media-rich digital content, without the need for significant capital expenditure or specialist know-how. Our cloud-based service provides a reliable, scalable and cost-effective platform for all types of organisations.
The Cloudmedia experience is not about the technology to execute the solution, in fact, technology is secondary… It is about ensuring the delivery of engaging, relevant, easy-to-understand, and meaningful content to the targeted audience.
Cloudmedia focuses on the ongoing success of the platform and has been built with this in mind. It enables you to connect with your audience 24/7/365, seamlessly, supported by our team of specialists and offering that one point of accountability.
Collaboration paves the way for a new cloud-based any-to-any video conferencing solution
London, United Kingdom – August 7, 2013 – BCS Global Network Limited, a leading worldwide provider of managed videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration services, announces a strategic partnership with Vidtel to provide Virtual Connect, a new cloud based, any-to-any video conferencing service.
When it comes to video conferencing, businesses struggle with the complexities around multi-vendor interoperability and the difficulty of communicating across different video conferencing systems. Often there is significant capital expenditure required in the installation of multiple video conferencing systems and a significant spend in expertise to maintain these systems. Virtual Connect is a cloud-based offering connecting SIP, H.323, Skype and Google Talk in one virtual meeting space accessible to everyone via the internet. The solution is an affordable, easy to use service, while maintaining quality and usability and is designed for the SMB and large enterprise space.
Dan Tanel, BCS Global CTO discusses why now is the time to reconsider video communications in order to gain competitive advantage, drive operational efficiencies and improve collaboration.
In the past, many businesses invested in video communications solutions to combat rising travel costs and growing globalisation. Yet, not long after purchasing this often pricey equipment, numerous firms struggled to get to grips with video conferencing as they found it expensive to make calls and unnatural to use. Today, almost 90 per cent of these facilities now sit unused [Gartner].
Clive Sawkins, CEO of BCS Global Networks Ltd., is proud to announce the opening of their new and improved data centre in Shanghai; once again expanding BCS Global’s coverage and maximising their capabilities in support of both the Chinese and International markets.
BCS Global’s IP video backbone, currently connecting Toronto, New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai, enables reliable, innovative video communications and visual collaboration for its customers and partners around the world. It is this global reach that is now enhanced with the addition of the newly upgraded Shanghai location. BCS Global has recognised the importance of presence within markets such as China and as part of their ongoing global strategy will continue to support these markets with its cloud based managed service offering.
“With the migration of our data centre complete we have more than doubled our capacity in Shanghai. This has put us in an excellent position to provide support to the marketplace“, stated Mr. Sawkins.
Leading provider of managed videoconferencing continues to grow as analysts predict industry will reach £619 million by 2017.
UK-based BCS Global Networks Ltd is anticipating continued growth in 2013 after it secured several landmark achievements in 2012. The leading provider of managed videoconferencing, telepresence and visual collaboration enjoyed an exceptional year, winning multiple prestigious accolades, including a first time appearance in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 – straight in at number 15 –while steadily expanding its customer base and channel network.
Following unprecedented year on year growth since 2009, BCS Global believes it is witnessing a turning point in the acceptance of video collaboration as a mainstream business tool. “A few years ago video communication was only used in the boardroom, but increasingly it is cascading down throughout an entire organisation, in many cases to become not just a cost-saving method of communication, but also a key business differentiator,” says Clive Sawkins, BCS Global CEO.
Hamish Stevenson, founder of Oxford-based networking events and research company Fast Track, says: “BCS Global appeared on The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 for the first time in 2012 and jumped straight in at number 15. If BCS Global can maintain its current trajectory it could earn a second consecutive appearance among Britain’s top-performing private technology companies in 2013.”
BCS Global also won Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Award ‘European Visual Collaboration Service Provider of the Year 2012’. Alexander Michael, Principal Analyst, ICT Consulting at Frost & Sullivan explained, “BCS Global has a strong value proposition in a young but fast expanding market – the global visual collaboration market is expected to reach £619 million by 2017. BCS Global's managed services, uniquely supported by their own robust video exchange, removes the complexity of these technologies to deliver a world class user experience for customers. As a result, the company has great potential for even more stellar growth in the future.”
Completing the hat-trick, BCS Global was recognised by The New Europe magazine as one of the world’s 50 fastest growing companies and named Best Telepresence/Video Conferencing Provider 2012. This was given in recognition “of excellence in the field of telepresence, taking into account customer satisfaction, as well as developing markets and competitiveness through technology solutions.”
The year’s achievements came hot on the heels of the 2011 European CEO award for Telepresence Managed Service Provider of the Year.
Sawkins is convinced that the outlook for 2013 is just as bright. “We have recently launched a new service, Virtual Presence B2B, one of the first Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) compliant multi-network managed video services. Virtual Presence B2B is designed to break down existing barriers to the wider adoption of video collaboration between businesses of all sizes, even if located in various companies and served by different service providers. OVCC members have been working together over the past year to achieve this through interoperability agreements that create a blueprint for delivery of high-quality video collaboration - that connects any vendor, any network and any device, anywhere,” he says.
“Progress in evolving the technology and the fact that businesses can now use video collaboration as a managed service are major steps towards video collaboration replacing telephony as the everyday method of business communication.”