Video for SharePoint or Office 365! Before this week, it was a pretty low key affair. Now Microsoft is launching a video service. And just yesterday, video experience provider Ramp released what it says is the first enterprise-class, self-service webcasting solution for SharePoint.
The new native solution, developed by Ramp in partnership with Wowza Media Systems, will provide SharePoint users with a way of broadcasting live events by either Internet or intranet, whether that event is a schoolyard marbles tournament or a large-scale training webinar across different geographies.
Ramp Video Live Solution
And that is really one of the key elements of the Ramp Video Live solution. Not only will it be a core element of an enterprise SharePoint environment, but it will also be able to scale up or down and integrate into enterprise workflows of all kinds.
"Today’s Global 2000 companies need a straightforward way to broadcast their live events via the Internet or their intranet ... We have designed a live webcasting solution with the enterprise in mind by ensuring that scalability, reliability, and workflow integration,” Tom Wilde, CEO of Ramp said.
The announcement, made at the Streaming Media West conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., offers a video system that can be accessed without the need for IT support. It addresses one of the issues that Gartner highlighted in this year’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management: the need for simplicity.
A Video Live event only requires SharePoint access, a webcam and, if desired, a PowerPoint presentation for synchronized slides. It also seamlessly integrates into existing SharePoint workflow and authentication.
This means that Ramp Video Live uses native security and native collaboration features like Active Directory, SharePoint Groups and Yammer.
It also offers a subscription-based pricing model, something that is unique for the industry, as most other solutions charge by event or numbers of users.
Ramp and Gartner
On the basis of this ability to integrate into enterprise content management systems like SharePoint, Gartner pushed Ramp into the Visionaries quadrant this year.
Ramp, Gartner says, has invested considerably in in-video interactivity in recent times and has developed strong video presentation capabilities for deployments in all kinds of situations. However, Gartner also points out that this is still a developing market and that Ramp's international reach is not as wide as it might be.
With a native SharePoint offering this is likely to change, just because SharePoint is as omnipresent as it is and because video is a growing enterprise tool.