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Top 14 Mistakes Deploying Video on Enterprise Network TY

Top 14 Mistakes when Deploying Satellite or Cable TV for the Enterprise Network

1. Not Allowing for distribution to desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet

A typical enterprise video networking system is only going to allow for distribution to specific displays and TV’s. We need to access our content right over the corporate wide area network, and that means the desktop, the laptop, and smart devices are a must. The way we function and interact in the corporate setting is rapidly changing. We are not bound to the displays in our offices, break rooms, hallways, lobbies etc. We need to access our corporate content right at our fingertips. This is an absolute necessity for your enterprise content delivery network.

2. Getting stuck with one content provider (CATV/SAT) or without open architecture

The biggest down-side to working directly with a content provider is their tendency to control the content allowed on your network. Even if you were able to switch, the hardware and software provided by them will “miraculously” be incompatible with everything others content. You will want to ensure that you can pick and choose the content for your network as you like as well as implement open architecture equipment as to keep your options open all the time. This is important for cases in which, say one provider raises rates, you can have the ability to switch to another provider.  Also, it allows you to mix and match the content from multiple different satellite and cable providers.

3. Not allowing integration of your own VOD content with your providers

A great enterprise video networking system has the capacity for the storage and dissemination of corporate content to employees. Stored video can be relevant information, updates or training for employees, but you ultimately decide what your needs are for your networks content. An example of this may be a corporation wide HR video that must be watched by everyone by the end of the day. With your own content distribution, an activity that used to eat up plenty of time and money can now be accomplished very efficiently within the hour.

4. Not allowing for Your Own Live Video Distribution

Live content distribution can be incredibly valuable in the enterprise world. Today’s businesses are expected to respond quickly to news, changes, and emergencies and this is the best way to do it. The ability for an executive to reach his entire team instantly in regardless of location is priceless.

5. Insufficient or Non-Existent Video Conferencing Functions

Whether you are in separate offices, abroad, or connecting to potential clients across the globe, the video conferencing functions of enterprise video networking are often under-mined by potential providers. Whether you are picturing top level conferences or live video networking and collaboration between employees, make sure you aren’t missing out on this important piece of the picture.

6. Lacking Scalability, Security and Flexibility

Choosing a scalable and flexible system is the only way to ensure your investment has longevity. You may want to add more channels and more viewers to your system at a future date. Additionally, you want to have the capacity for selective user upgrades without changing out set top boxes.

7. Non-Friendly User Interface

Designers get too crazy. The best GUI (graphical user interface) is a familiar user interface. You don’t want to get stuck with a video system on your corporate network that everyone hates. We prefer to use an intuitive design for the menu with a CSS (cascading style sheet) editable format enabling simple customization and tailoring to your enterprise. Brand it precisely how you would like to and do it easily.

8. Creating Hell for IT Administrators

For IT Administrators, it’s always about keeping trouble off the network, and video, using large amounts of bandwidth, is perceived as trouble. It is important to ensure that you have a sophisticated design that can allow for video to have the smallest impact possible to your networks bandwidth.

9. Limited User Authentication Options and Weak Traceability Features

Top executives may need access to key corporate information and everything below, whilst entry-level employees may only need some training materials. You may have your own unique set of rules dividing up who should be able to access what. Furthermore, being able to trace a particular person’s usage or viewership is something you may desire. For example, in the case of vital content, you will want to be sure that an important video has been watched by everyone. VidOvation TV systems tie into the corporate network active directory to control all video access and authentication options.

10. No Integration with Digital Signage

Digital Signage is prevalent in every industry. Depending on your application, you may want to run breaking news, welcome information, live event coverage or advertisements to the lobbies, hallways, break rooms, etc.

11. No Integration with Property Management System

When there’s no one around, let your enterprise video networking system stay on security watch. Allow your security team live and recording access to your facilities security cameras and let them be able to access it from any of their devices.

12. No Personal Recording Functions

We take enough notes on paper. In many cases, this is not the ideal format to record something. With personal recording functions built into your enterprise video network, you can record video clips for personal storage.

13. Foregoing High Definition Video Quality

With the increasing demand of HD video quality, there’s no doubt you will want this as an option. With the right implementation, you should be able to upgrade from standard definition as needed and do so with minimal disruption to network bandwidth.

14. Lack of Customization Beyond A Standard Business Setting

Hospitals may seek extra features to play in to tele-medicine applications. Hotels may desire the help desk messaging features. Military implementations may include 16 stream simultaneous playback functionality. Universities may want advanced solutions for their classroom e-learning applications.

 

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