Friday, January 4, 2013

VCI-Group Presidents Message

It is the start of a New Year and with it comes the promise of new beginnings–that is what we, the Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group), is looking at this New Year.
We are working hard to transform the organization to ensure that we bring value to YOU, the End Users and to our Alliance Members, Manufacturers and Vendors. Right now, we are in the midst of an explosion of visual communications within every industry by virtue of being able to connect and communicate on any device, any time and any place. As strategists, implementers and supporters of this technology and service we must stay in the forefront of what is being developed and provided. Too often it is difficult to do that. How do we move our organizations forward in this space if our budgets for training & education are constricted; if we aren’t exposed to the industry leaders that will be around for a period of time? We need access to vendors who have done this before, have sustainable products and services, along with the insight they can provide regarding the benefits and risks of pursuing a particular direction in technology. These are the questions that YOU face.
We want YOU to come to us as the organization who can get those answers for you, who can point you to the Manufacturer or Provider who is one of the best in the industry; and, more importantly to an industry peer who has done it already and can guide you through the pitfalls and assist you in a successful implementation or deployment.
Each month you will hear from me about what the organization’s focus will be and why you should attend a webinar or read an article. You can expect to see at least 30 to 40 new companies enter this industry in the next 18 months—YOU need to know who is sustainable and has a product which will create a “tipping point” in the way we conference and collaborate.
Our first VCIG LIVE! in January will focus on WebRTC—this appears to be the “hottest” topic in our industry today and I am ignorant as to what this is all about and if it is a game changer for my company as everyone is hinting at. I am guessing that many of you feel the same way. Join us for this webinar in January and then look for more program details in the coming weeks via email!
We also have a new program for our Vendors known as the “Circle of Leadership.” This is comprised of companies that are each either giants in the industry or new comers who are having a tremendous influence on how we deliver visual services.
Always remember, this is YOUR organization and we on the Board are here to serve YOU and to provide YOU with the information that you require to be successful. We would like to hear from you on what programs YOU would be interested in attending. Each of our email addresses are displayed on the VCI-Group web page—please reach out to us, we will respond.
In 2013 our focus will be in providing each of YOU, end user, Alliance member, manufacturer and vendor with an organization that will provide timely, relevant industry information, a forum to access this information and a way to communicate with each other.
May we all be successful in 2013.

Thank You,

Toni Alonso
VCI-Group President

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