Survey: IT Organizations to Spend on Video Conferencing in 2009

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2008-12-16

Plenty of technology industry observers have predicted that video conferencing would stand to benefit in 2009, since travel is often the first thing that companies cut from budgets when money is tight.  But now a new survey of existing users of video conferencing technology has proven the theory.

Over the past year, both interest and purchases of such equipment has grown dramatically, reports Wainhouse Research in its annual survey of video conferencing users.

Respondents said that 32 percent of deployed systems now support 720p HD video conferencing, and 23 percent of respondents have either deployed telepresence suites or are planning to deploy them within the next year. Telepresence suites are immersive video conferencing rooms featuring large HD flat screen displays, surround sound HD audio, and other very high end video conferencing technology.

"The two largest drivers [are] travel reduction and improved decision making," Wainhouse Research notes in its report.

To support their appetites for these new video conferencing solutions, users say they are continuing their migration to IP, with users reporting that 76 percent of video calls now take place on an IP network, up from 66 percent in last year's survey.  Wainhouse also reports that users are showing an increased interest in integrating video conferencing with unified communications platforms.