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Is it a waste of time or just a technical pain?
Written by Tony Hallett, Contributor

Is it a waste of time or just a technical pain?

Major analyst houses and industry pundits have been forecasting a bright future for video at work for several years - so why has it yet to be fully accepted by most user organisations? Whether video is delivered to company LANs - LANs which can nowadays often shove around large amounts of data rapidly - via the public internet, VPNs, or satellite downlinks, it is clear there are major barriers to adoption. Talking in this week's Behind the Headlines programme (http://www.silicon.com/a48817 ), some experts gave their candid views. Here's a taster. "Most companies have the infrastructure to be able to use on their LANs... The block is often the technical guys."
Chris Frampton, CEO, MediaWave - the company that helped stream the Madonna concert earlier this year. "Probably the biggest barrier is within the four walls of an organisation."
Phil Govan, head of business development, Kingston inmedia. "There are plenty of bright middle managers [at various companies]... getting a chance to educate the troops."
Thomas Power, chief knowledge officer and e-learning advocate at The Ecademy, on how companies are using video for employee relations. Well-known executives such as Microsoft UK's Neil Holloway and BT Ignite's Pierre Danon use video to address all their staff regularly. "There is a big market out there for it. The problem is inside. The IT industry is sceptical of anything glitzy. We need more input from the television industry."
Chris Setz, chairman, Network Professional Association, on the need to be more innovative with the way video is used. You can watch the show here: http://www.silicon.com/a48817
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