Unified Communications & Collaborations (UC&C) were mostly used as a solution by sales and marketing teams before this pandemic. As work from home (WFH) has become mandatory, companies have begun to see UC&C solutions as mission-critical tools that enable managers and executives to communicate with their employees so that they can adhere to normal business operations.
All things being equal, it would be good for companies to use or upgrade their existing infrastructure for video conferencing. These licenses have likely been purchased and it makes sense to continue using products that people have already been trained for.
In recent weeks, as the pandemic is still spreading and different countries have ordered work from home, there has been a lot of news showing that not all UC&C solutions are created equal. This is not to say that some solutions are "bad," but I think it is fair to say that some have different priorities in the essential part of the software life cycle.
There are many more important factors to be taken care of before choosing a video conferencing solution with security.
Before choosing the best solution, understanding its features is important. This may be the most important factor by far, but it is also a "table stakes" criterion. The solutions are best when it is conducted without errors, latency, and delays (this was an important issue for many, if not most, providers immediately after the start of WFH and virtual classes). Call recording, screen sharing, and recorded conversation are all needed, as are presenter controls and dial-up options.
If things are easy to use, people love to work on that interface. In the same way, a good video conferencing solution must be easy to use on any device. There are people who are new to this digitization world, so it is imperative to keep everything in mind. The interface should be intuitive, and the client should be available on each platform. Most solutions claim that they can be used on any device through their web portal. This is true, but most solutions require the customer to use all of the solution's features, and a web-based or web-only solution may have security issues.
There are commonly two types of pricing: free and licensed costs. Pricing for licensed solutions is based on the number of participants in the meeting, the geographic scope (paying for international dial-up numbers), the meetings' length, and the number of users in the company. Many licensed solutions offer a free or trial version with limited features, attendees, meeting lengths, and very little support.
Last but not least, the security of the UC&C solution is very imperative. After going from the checklist of standard features (in which the main solutions have almost in common), security is the most important thing when choosing a UC&C solution.
Discovering a UC&C solution that preserves your employees and your business is the best way to limit the below-mentioned list:
Never before has a UC&C solution been so critical to a company's success. Understandably, there is an immediate need to choose and implement this type of solution to meet business needs and for companies to keep their doors open during a crisis. But security and IT managers would do well to choose your UC&C solution carefully, focusing on the security that the solution offers instead of signals and whistles.