Visual Communications Industry Group Leaders Address Key Industry Issues at TeleSpan Conference

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A leadership team for The Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) attended Elliot Gold’s seventh annual TeleSpan Future of Conferencing Workshop, March 15-16, in Las Vegas.

Educating and Communicating with and for Visual Communications Leaders and Managers

One of the goals of the VCI-Group is to keep their constituency up to date and informed about the most important and member impacting industry issues and opportunities.

A leadership team for The Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) attended Elliot Gold’s seventh annual TeleSpan Future of Conferencing Workshop last week, March 15-16, in Las Vegas. The team made up of; Stephen Demmings, VCI-Group President; Cornell University, and Directors, Toni Alonso of North Shore LIJ Health Systems, and Douglas Pearson, directly participated in two key industry panels; UC Challenges and Opportunities 2012 and Beyond and Videoconferencing Hardware is Dead, Long Live Videoconferencing Hardware, and helped other industry leaders more fully understand the Future of Conferencing from an end user’s point of view.

During these sessions, members of the VCI-Group leadership team were given an opportunity to help videoconferencing providers and manufacturers understand the pressing issues that impact deployment and adoption of videoconferencing in large enterprises and in the health care and distance learning industries. Additionally, the leadership team was able to explore the impact of social networking as well as network security, BYOD, government regulation, product and services adoption, mobility, pricing and related topics and issues important to VCI-Group membership and stakeholders.

One of the goals of the VCI-Group is to keep their constituency up to date and informed about the most important and member impacting industry issues and opportunities.

Attending and presenting at the conference were, Steve Augustino, partner, Kelly, Drye and Warren; Bob Wise, Former Governor of West Virginia and Chairman, The Alliance for Excellent Education; Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future; Mikki Clancy, CIO, Premier Health Partners; and Dave Nelson, President, Dialog Consulting Group. In addition, conferencing industry veterans, Michael Buckman-White, Vice President, PGI; Judy Sterling, Managing Partner Key Point Marketing, and J D Vaughn, Founder, JD Vaughn Consulting, also led panels that included VCI-Group leaders.
The VCI-Group is the knowledge-sharing community that shapes the Visual Communications Industry. The VCI-Group is a community comprised of end-users and vendors focused on videoconferencing, telepresence, Unified Communications and/or collaboration technology. Membership consists of individuals from organizations that make visual communications purchasing decisions or recommendations and create implementation strategies, and/or support the technology.

This forward-looking TeleSpan event historically targets future trends and explores current and future issues confronting end users, providers and manufacturers of conferencing and collaboration products and services worldwide. As representatives from the only independent end-user association in the conferencing and collaboration industry, the VCI-Group team is well qualified to lead discussions in panels exploring Unified Communications challenges and the future of hardware based video conferencing.

The Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to working to influence the development of Industry-based standards for multimedia collaboration technologies and applications, to improve industry products and services, and to facilitate the exchange of information among its members.

VCI-Group focuses on providing an educational and peer networking vehicle in the conferencing and collaboration industry. In addition to providing access to programs and “hot-off-the-press” news and information, VCI-Group’s driving force is to educate conferencing professionals.

The VCI-Group leverages participation in events such as the TeleSpan Future of Conferencing workshop to help discover and communicate future trends and issues to their members and to help shape and consolidate their educational track that is delivered at their annual conference, and throughout the year. The VCI-Group 2012 annual conference will be held in Monterey, California, on October 22-24, 2012. For more information go to http://www.vci-group.org.

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