It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, But My Heart’s Right There
Guest post by Claudio Vacalebre, Founder & CTO, Videotion
The promise of high quality video, audio, and data exchange in the ubiquitous browser is very appealing and is transforming the way people communicate and collaborate. WebRTC, a W3C standard, enables companies and individuals to exploit the benefits of digital communications over the web. Broadcast, peer-to-peer communication, conference, and data transmittal has never been easier. Not to mention the opportunity for companies to reduce commuting, polluting, and the risks associated with forcing human beings to move their bodies from A-to-B and B-to-A, every day.
In today’s business world, employees are often spread across the globe and video-based workloads are becoming more and more accepted practices to support the “average Joe” communication and collaboration needs. In order to collaborate, people have to complement communication tools with something else. WebRTC offers both communication capabilities as well as a powerful, yet simple mechanisms to collaborate. Communication is “actio communicandi, partecipatio,” which can be translated to “information transmittal” (both oral or written); collaboration “cum-laborare” on the other end means “work together” and requires more than just communication. Luckily for us, WebRTC has been designed to enable both communication and collaboration scenarios and the mix of the two is creating a new level of efficacy in the daily life of millions of people—think about screen sharing for example or file transfer or real time data manipulation or human-machine workloads.
The Need for Contextual Collaboration
For decades the IT industry has offered the most disparate solutions supporting contextual data computing (think about workflow or process optimization) and only lately, we have started to see contextual communication solutions. However, we are not done. The need to enable contextual collaboration where two or more people, regardless of device, place, or underlying technologies will be able to work together is strong. We have started to see new services aiming at that.
Modern development strategies must consider contextual communication as the first step to escalate the mere transmission of information into more interactive and meaningful conversation which can be exploited to enable real time work between people thousand miles away.
WebRTC can be your best friend in the journey to contextual collaboration.
It’s a long way to contextual collaboration, but my WebRTC’s right there.