News from web conferencing vendors has been slow over the summer months, but now that customers are back from vacation and kids are back in school, the digital wires are humming again. On Thursday alone, I saw six press releases and news stories of interest. As always, you can stay up to date on industry developments at www.webinarnews.info.
- Mediasite integrates with Ramp - This partnership is designed to reduce in-house network congestion in enterprises by using Ramp's content delivery network to more efficiently stream video content to users behind the corporate firewall. It should help make it easier for large employee populations to watch Mediasite live and recorded webcasts.
- Qumu records Pexip and Skype for Business meetings - This partnership ties in Qumu's recording, management, distribution, and replay of web meetings held with Pexip or Skype for Business. As with the previous announcement, scalability and efficiency is the promised value-add.
- Civicom launches LargeConference.com - This is an audioconferencing announcement, which is not the focus of this blog. But I still run across clients who want to use third party phone conferencing when their web conferencing vendor doesn't have desired features for phone access to an event. Civicom is aiming to satisfy large-audience call requirements in both self-service and managed service modes.
- Cisco and Salesforce team up - This is a preliminary announcement of a strategic alliance that should lead to greater integration of Cisco's collaboration products inside the Salesforce platform. We'll see specifics coming out in the second half of 2017.
- Holistic introduces a Zoom/Logitech bundle for APAC - Australian company Holistic Communications is making a push for web and video collaboration in the Asia Pacific marketplace with a combination of Zoom conferencing software and Logitech video hardware, including their new video conference system built for Intel NUC microcomputers.
- Adobe grows overall in Q3, but shrinks in web conferencing - Adobe's top line revenue and bottom line net income both grew nicely for the company in their third quarter. But they saw a disconcerting 25% drop in combined LiveCycle and web conferencing revenues for the quarter. I can't find a breakdown into the two product units, which is a pity, as LiveCycle and Adobe Connect have nothing to do with each other and are only grouped in revenues as a placeholder convenience (I think it's more like a "Miscellaneous" grouping for the two products that don't fit easily into the other operating segments). But for a look at a business segment in trouble, click on the following graphic to see revenues steadily decreasing from 2014 to 2016:
(Source: Adobe Systems Investor Relations Data Sheet, September 20, 2016)
I'll try to stay on top of further developments as I see them!