Johnson & Johnson, AVI-SPL, IVCI Explore Cloud Services in VCIG Live! June 20, 2013 Webinar

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The Panel Will Explore the Impact of Cloud Services in the Visual Collaboration Industry

Educating and Communicating with and for Visual Communications Leaders and Managers

“Cloud Services need to be explored by us all and many questions need to be answered."

The Visual Communication Industry Group, VCI-Group will host the next VCIG Live! event on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET. The topic is Cloud Managed Services. The panel will explore the impact of cloud services in the visual collaboration industry and will examine the steps users might consider when investigating cloud services for their organizations and end users.

The panel will explore issues such as security, scalability, infrastructure costs, and the pressure to find short term solutions to issues like BYOD and the rapidly growing number of mobile end points.

The panelists will include: Steve Bleiberg, Johnson & Johnson Technology Manager in IT Shared Services, Chris Bottger, IVCi Senior Vice President-Collaboration Services and Tim Reik, AVI-SPL Senior Vice President of Services Operations. Vidtel Vice President of Sales and former industry analyst and talk show host JD Vaughn will moderate the event.

The primary responsibility of the VCI-Group is to provide members inside information, education and valuable insight on tough topics.

Todd Hughes, Vice President of the VCI-Group and Distant Learning Engineer at Western Kentucky University said, “Cloud Services need to be explored by us all and many questions need to be answered. How do we determine which cloud service is the best fit, if we decide to try a cloud service at all, and how do we create the business case? What will it do to and for network security for our organizations? And of course we all want to leverage cloud services in a way that allows us to maximize our current infrastructure.”

“The industry and marketplace is moving to software based platforms. With extraordinary software end point growth, mobile end points coming online and the decline of hardware based end points; we know that cloud services will become more and more crucial to organizations. Current bridges will not be able to handle the increased load and the cost to upgrade the internal infrastructure may not be feasible.

Cloud services offer a powerful answer to some of the short term demands and overwhelming end user pressures. And the elephant in the corner is, if we outsource a part of our work and support how will that impact our members' job security, now and in the future?”

The panel of experts includes a Fortune 500 end user and two prominent cloud service companies that will address these and other questions on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Organizations already invested in room-centric video conferencing Cloud Managed Services will also learn how to extend the reach of their initial investment as new technologies are introduced so they can increase the ROI and user experience. The discussion will also focus on providing any-to-any connection capabilities for videoconferencing end points via the cloud. Connectivity between WebRTC, Skype, GoogleTalk and standards based videoconferencing end points will be closely examined.

The session will be sponsored and hosted by Cisco WebEx. To register visit: Attendance for VCI-Group members is free and a new user’s membership is free for the first year.

VCI-Group is the knowledge-sharing community that influences the Visual Communications Industry and is a community comprised of 550+ 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.

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.

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