“Video to Mobile platforms is our recent software strategy in APAC”
How do you see the APAC market for Polycom for 2011 with respect to your domain?
Asia Pacific is a very dynamic and competitive market and is one of the key regions that easily adapts to technological innovations. In fact, the region is already driving video collaboration to millions of users for its day-to-day communication, emerging as a crucial element in the global market from which we see a huge opportunity for growth.
How do you plan to leverage your leadership position in videoconferencing in APAC, which is currently standing at 24% (V&D100 estimates)?
Our most recent announcements on our Realpresence Platform and Realpresence Mobile have been well received and we have many customers exploring the business benefits of our enhanced mobility solutions for their businesses.
Delivering Polycom video to mobile platforms is a key component of Polycom’s recently announced software strategy. Towards this end, we recently announced the acquisition of Vivu, a privately-held video collaboration software company. Vivu gives Polycom a fast-track to embed HD video into web based applications through an OEM model, accelerating time-to-market and adoption of Polycom HD video collaboration solutions.
How does this initiative benefit verticals like healthcare, education, government, manufacturing etc?
A physician can now use a tablet device to collaborate via video with medical experts to streamline telemedicine evaluations, speed diagnosis, and help save lives. Students can stay connected virtually to professors, lectures, and course content whether in a classroom, a remote campus, or even at home. Mobile response units can now share and analyze live on-site information in realtime with crisis centers and emergency teams to analyze the situation, deploy the needed resources, and enhance decision making. Manufacturers now have eyes and ears on the factory floor to remotely facilitate inspection, expedite diagnostics to subject matter experts no matter where they are located and ultimately reduce time-to-market.
Please explain the concept of universal video collaboration.
Organizations are demanding more flexibility from their communications tools, and looking for reliable solutions that seamlessly integrate and adhere to the mantra of ‘always on’ and ‘open’, making communications from ‘anywhere, anytime’ and from any device as simple as the click or touch of a button. This means a shift away from traditional communication standards and a greater push towards converged (or ‘unified’) solutions that promote closer collaboration and information sharing across teams, to accelerate decision-making and enhance productivity.