Many businesses use Skype for Business as a complete collaboration bundle. It’s easy-to-use and intuitive. But can these strengths translate into an effective tool for your meeting rooms?
Skype for Business can be an exceptional tool for conference room video conferencing. When scaled for the space, your employees can experience the same ease-of-use as placing a call from their PC.
Broadly speaking, there are two ways to use Skype for Business in a Conference Room. Your employees can bring their own device (BYOD) and plug into hardware, or the room can feature dedicated video conferencing equipment.
This article focuses on scaling Skype for Business with dedicated video conferencing equipment.
In conference rooms, it’s likely you’ll want video conferencing equipment designed to scale Skype for Business (unless you’re pursuing a BYOD strategy). There are a variety of platforms with this capability, such as StarLeaf and Polycom.
These systems need an in-depth integration approach with dedicated video conferencing equipment. After being integrated, they auto-connect with the room’s microphones, speakers, and display.
The back-end functionality of Skype for Business is robust, but the end-user facing interface is key. These systems natively integrate with Skype for Business, meaning the hardware is made to provide a similar interface to the desktop version. The hardware platforms will give you Skype for Business functionality like scheduling, address book, and push to join.
Depending on the design of the system, users can share wired or wireless content to the meeting while on a Skype for Business video call. If wireless sharing is important, mention it to your integrator early in the process. It will affect the design of the system and technology used.
Wired sharing isn’t always an option depending on the hardware’s set up. So how do you screen share? One way is to log into the meeting on your personal device while in the conference room. Mute the video and audio, then screen share to the meeting. While it’s not a plug and play, it’s a reliable process that doesn’t increase failure points.
Skype for Business can be an effective collaboration tool for meeting rooms, especially if your employees are already using it on their computers and cell phones.
There’s a variety of video conferencing platforms that offer solutions to leverage Skype for Business in meeting rooms. The “right one” will depend on your top priorities.
The user interface provided by leading video conferencing hardware platforms align with the experience offered on personal devices. When thoughtfully integrated, they can provide an easy-to-use interaction linked to your company’s account. At the push of a button you can join a video call while elements critical to the meeting room experience (like speakers, display, and mics) come to life.
If you are located in the Northwest and have specific questions on how Skype for Business can be scaled in your meeting rooms, get in touch.