How to Integrate Video efficiently into existing IT landscapes

The growing use of video in the enterprise is a challenge for IT departments. They must integrate the video medium into existing IT infrastructures. The best way for them to master this task is with an Enterprise Video Platform.

An increasing number of companies are using videos for an increasingly wide-range of purposes. This is not only limited to external – in fact, about 80 percent of a company’s video content is intended for internal use. Internal videos are used by employees for internal communication, whether for e-learning, knowledge sharing, digitizing processes or viewing management speeches.

The IT department is thus confronted with two central problems. On the one hand, existing networks were created for a smaller data flow, with which employees exchange e-mails and carry out transactions using business applications. On the other hand, videos cannot simply be used in technical systems for content management, e-commerce, e-learning or in social media tools, since none of these have mastery over video technologies.

Avoid large data quantities to minimize stress on the network

A remedy for these IT management challenges is the use of an Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) such as the movingimage Secure EVP. An EVP provides the processes and technologies needed in order to integrate the video medium into existing network and system landscapes. An EVP is applied at several points in order to reduce the load on the network, so videos can also be implemented in environments with small bandwidths. For instance, after a video is uploaded, it is immediately transformed via transcoding into various formats and quality levels. When it is opened, the EVP automatically supplies the end device with the most suitable video file.

Relieve critical bottlenecks 

The opening of a video by many employees at the same time remains a challenge.  This is especially problematic when the company has several large facilities with many employees at each. The network conditions between these locations usually feature critical bottlenecks; if many people open the video from a central location, they are quickly overloaded, resulting in considerable delays in the delivery of the video or even a standstill. This problem can be solved by an EVP with the help of an enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN). A client only has to open a stream from a device in the direct vicinity, thus enormously reducing the demand for bandwidth in the company network.

Graphic: All delivery options CDN and eCDN

Player software as a diversified client landscape

One essential component for a streamlined video delivery is capable player software. Player software enables important video capabilities (e.g., chapter subdivisions, subtitles, volume control, and interactive interfaces). However, software usually needs to adapt itself to various client landscapes, including end devices and operating system software such as Windows, iOS or Android, etc. An EVP makes it possible to centrally support all of these different technologies.

Connection to standard applications

In order for employees to be able to use videos in the easiest, most versatile manner possible, the supply chain must be made available directly in their technical systems. Therefore, an EVP should ideally have integrations, on the basis of a REST-API, with out-of-the-box connections to the most common applications

»  Read the full article as published in dotmagazine (November 2017)

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