VCIG Live! Session Information

VCIG Live! virtual sessions are designed to educate our community on a variety of topics related to visual communications strategy, operations, technology, and more. Some of our sessions are also geared toward topics of interest to our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for education, health care, and others.

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Upcoming Sessions

Date: Thursday, April 17th @ 1 p.m. ET
Topic: Balancing Cost Reduction & Interop: Supporting legacy & Adding new services
Register: Click Here To Register

Speakers:

Ira Weinstein
Senior Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse Research

Tom Doria
BIO - VCIG Board of Directors

Adam Marlin
EVP, Enterprise & Commercial at Pexip

JD Vaughn
BIO - VCIG Advisory Board and Host

Description: What is the price-tag on interoperability in visual communications these days and is it helping us or hurting us when it comes to the bottom line? All but the new-comers have existing, legacy equipment and services which need to be maintained and, at the right time, replaced and upgraded. How do we balance the three-legged beast that is Budget, Maintenance and Keeping Up With Technology? Our panelists debate what are the right tactics and ways to think about this tough nut to crack.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Zoom

 

Archived Sessions

Date: Tuesday March 4th at 1 p.m. ET
Topic: VCIG Live! Special Edition - Visual Communications Interoperability

Speakers:

Jules Trono
Compass Business Solutions, President CEO

Toni Alonso
North Shore-LIJ Health System, Director

Description: Watch visual communications industry experts Jules Trono President and CEO of Compass Business Solutions and VCIG President Toni Alonso dicuss visual communications interoperability.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Zoom

Date: Thursday February 27th at 1 p.m. ET
Topic: VCIGLive, February 2014: Dialing Outside My Organization

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Zoom

View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Streaming: It's Still Cutting-Edge

Speakers:

Andy Howard
Howard & Associates, Managing Director of Howard & Associates

Chris Wedig
Accenture, Lead for the Broadcast Services Team

Rich Mavrogeanes
Discover Video, President and CEO

JD Vaughn
Host - Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst, Sage Research Consulting and Recruting, and former talk show host

Description: This session will cover the latest in Streaming Technology and provide an overview of this technology and how it can complement traditional videoconferencing capabilities. Topics will include:

  • Streaming Components: what hardware is required?
  • How does streaming differ from video conferencing?
  • What are my deployment options?
  • Technical considerations for deployment Integrating video conferencing and streaming
  • Recommendations to get started

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Video Endpoint Lifecycle Strategies: Upgrade or Replace?

Speakers:

Howard Lichtman
Human Productivity Lab, Founder & President

Shai Moshe
AVI-SPL, Vice President, Collaboration Solutions

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: We all face the recurring question of what to do next with our video systems when they approach that end-of-life mark in their life cycle. Your current supplier has no doubt provided the ‘next generation’ pitch, but is it time to make a big change or go with the flow? Join our panelists as they discuss the options and relevant considerations as the industry shifts to more software-based endpoints. What does this mean for conference room systems? Is it time to outsource the infrastructure? Is their more risk in moving to a new provider than staying with the current one? What criterion do you apply for the next generation of endpoints?

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, September 19th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Examining Unified Communications Strategies

Speakers:

Bill Haskins
Wainhouse Research, Sr. Analyst

Jeremy Laurenson
Cisco, Distinguished Systems Engineer, Global Collaboration Strategy

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: This interactive session will focus on Unified Communications strategies. Do you need to partner with a single large vendor to achieve your UC goals or can you ‘mix and match’? To what degree can you integrate your business workflows with visual, audio, sharing, and presence capabilities? Do you need to throw out what you have and start over or can you start with your current environment? Come join this lively discussion with market leaders and industry analysts as we explore where we are in this space and what we can expect to see in the near future.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, August 15th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Taming the Interoperability Beast

 

Speakers:

John Poole
Open Visual Communications Consortium, Vice President

Robb Woods
Blue Jeans Network, Head of Sales Engineering

Karl Dahlin
Co-Chair, VCI-Group Advisory Council & Interoperability Team Lead

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: This interactive session will focus on interoperability challenges, and what progress is being made in the industry to eliminate the technical barriers to connect different video systems and software products together, both internally and externally. Our panel of experts will provide insights into the issues that remain between codecs, devices, bridges and external service providers and when (and if?!) we can expect resolution to the interoperability issues that many of us struggle with.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 

Session Archive Coming Soon!
Date: Thursday, July 18th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Improving the End User Experience

 

Speakers:

Theo Economides
Greenline Emeritus Consulting, Lecturer & Consultant

Dr. Tamela Smith
Western Kentucky University, Manager, Interactive Video Services

Karl Hantho
Videxio, President Americas

Brad Wigginton
General Electric Company, Team Leader, Video and Telepresence Operations

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: This interactive session will focus on how we, as internal and external service providers, can improve the End User Experience from both the on-site and back-end processes when using videoconferencing and other collaborative tools. Please join our experienced panelists who have invested a significant piece of their careers to focus on this topic.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 

View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Cloud Managed Services

Speakers:

Steve Bleiberg
Johnson & Johnson, Technology Manager in IT Shared Services

Chris Bottger
IVCi, Senior Vice President - Collaboration Services

Tim Reik
AVI-SPL, Senior Vice President of Services Operations

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: This session will feature a lively discussion of one of the most prominent themes of the year. With scalability becoming an increasingly important issue, organizations are looking for cost-effective solutions and expertise to manage their video operations. Our panelists will share their insights on key topics including:

  • What type of managed services models are available in the cloud?
  • How to determine which services to move to the cloud
  • Evaluating service providers
  • Is cost savings a reality?
  • How will outsourcing impact the end user experience?

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 
View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Integrating Desktop Video Into Your Organization

Speakers:


Indika McCampbell
Kansas Research and Education Network, Video Services Application Specialist

Mark Noble
Vidyo, Senior Director of Product Marketing

Jules Trono
Compass Business Solution, President

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: Join us for a session discussing the deployment and use of desktop video within various organizations. Our panelists will share their perspectives on the considerations that need to be addressed before deploying desktop video in an organization, and will also share lessons learned from their experience with desktop video deployments. They will also discuss which aspects of their implementation worked well and which didn't, and how integration with existing room video systems is working.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 
View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: Review of 2013 Products and Services – What You Should be Watching For This Year

Speakers:


Howard Lichtman
Human Productivity Lab, Founder and President

Eric Krapf
UBM TechWeb, Editor

Ira Weinstein
Wainhouse Research, Sr. Analyst, Consultant, and Partner

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: Join our distinguished panelists as they review recent product and service announcements from key industry vendors. Find out what’s hot and what’s new in the visual communications and UC space. This session will also focus on current and expected industry trends related to key topics including hardware and software video endpoints, mobile video, WebRTC and managed services. This session is produced by the VCI-Group Education Committee and will be a live videoconferencing interactive and streaming event. Registration is free to VCI-Group members and guests alike using the link above. The session will be recorded for future delivery as well.

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 
View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - How Organizations Should Prepare for the Next Wave

Speakers:


Nick Chong
Head of Product Marketing, Zoom

Elaine Shuck
Program Director, Solutions Marketing/Education, Polycom

Vic Tiamsic
UC Architect, North Shore-LIJ Health System

Andy Howard
Founder and Managing Director, Howard & Associates

Donald Gunn
Program Manager for Content Collaboration Mobility Services, Cisco

JD Vaughn
Host - Vidtel, VP of Sales and former talk show host

Description: The Visual Communications Industry Group will host industry experts and end users as they explore the impact of BYOD on organizations’ communications and collaboration strategies. This session is produced by the VCI-Group Education Committee and will be a live videoconferencing interactive and streaming event. Registration is free to VCI-Group members and guests alike using the link above.

The session will begin at 1:00 PM EST, will last one hour and will be recorded for future delivery as well. VCIG Live! events follow a talk show format and this session will explore questions like:

  • What security issues should I be concerned about with BYOD?
  • How will it impact my network?
  • What devices should I allow in my environment and which ones should I block?
  • How does BYOD fit into my UC strategy?
  • How can I effectively manage BYOD behavior in my organization?

This VCIG Live! event is
sponsored and hosted by:
Cisco Webex


 
View the archived session!
Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2013 - 1:00 PM ET
Topic: WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications) - The Game Changer in Videoconferencing and Collaboration

Speakers:


Scott Wharton
Founder and CEO of Vidtel

Elliot Gold
Industry Analyst and Publisher of TeleSpan

Dave Michels
Analyst, Speaker, Writer and Blogger for TalkingPointz.com

JD Vaughn
Host - Former talk show host and industry veteran

Description: The Visual Communications Industry Group will host industry experts and analysts as they explore the inner workings and impact of WebRTC on the videoconferencing and Unified Communications industries. This session is produced by the VCI-Group Education Committee and will be a live videoconferencing interactive session and streaming event sponsored and carried by Chorus Call, www.choruscall.com. Registration is free to VCI-Group members and guests alike using the link above.

The session will begin at 1:00 PM EST, will last one hour and will be recorded for future delivery as well. VCIG Live! events follow a talk show format and this session will explore questions like why is WebRTC so important, how will it work, how will it impact my role, and how can I test and trial the capability? The session will also address the impact of WebRTC on Unified Communications.