Video Conferencing Industry Group, Explores Super Conferencing and Collaboration Users Groups at Third Annual Event in Monterey

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“This is an opportunity for end users in the videoconferencing industry to help create and shape user groups for the products and services they have purchased"

Educating and Communicating with and for Visual Communications Leaders and Managers

"And it is an opportunity for vendors to leverage the resources of the VCI-Group and mitigate the costs and risks of creating user groups."

Video Conferencing Industry Group, (originally formed as the Polycom Users Group) will host an exploratory meeting to investigate the benefits of initiating and supporting the formation of users groups for multiple vendors, products and services within the videoconferencing industry. The session will be held during the VCI-Group Annual Conference held this year at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA.

“This is an opportunity for end users in the videoconferencing industry to help create and shape user groups for the products and services they have purchased”, said David Maldow, industry analyst and Advisory Council member of the VCI-Group. “And it is an opportunity for vendors to leverage the resources of the VCI-Group and mitigate the costs and risks of creating user groups. We can use the experience and resources of the VCI-Group to help vendors throughout the industry develop and launch users groups that can help provide valuable product information and feedback.”

David Maldow was quick to point out that this session at the Monterey event is exploratory. “The board has given us the go-ahead to explore the concept and the session at the Monterey event is focused on just that; exploring the idea of VCI-Group becoming the overarching mother ship for a number of smaller users groups created around specific vendors, products and services. Vendors and users alike seem to be very enthusiastic about this concept, and I look forward to leading the exploratory meeting.”

The VCI-Group is the knowledge-sharing community that influences the Visual Communications Industry and is a community comprised of 450+ 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.

VCI-Group focuses on facilitating educational and peer networking in the conferencing and collaboration industry. In addition to providing access to education, training, learning programs and “hot-off-the-press” news and information, VCI-Group’s driving force is to keep the membership very well informed and connected to their network of member professionals.

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.

The VCI-Group 2012 Annual Conference will be held in Monterey, California on October 22-24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. For more information on membership and the 2012 VCI-Group Annual Conference visit http://www.vci-group.org

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