Remember the days when a business person had to travel if they wanted to have a face-to-face meeting with their partner or client? Thanks to the incredible innovation that is video conferencing, those days are over. Professional software like BlueJeans Video Conferencing App, as well as more casual ones like MyGreenPC, are making it easier to have eye-to-eye meetings with business contacts or casual acquaintances without expending the time or energy required to coordinate an in-person meeting. The factor that really sets the services provided by BlueJeans and other video conferencing providers apart from simple video chat services, though, it that they are open source. In other words, their code is available to be viewed and modified by third-party services, and this opens the door to loads of deeper communication experiences that simple video chat can’t provide. Below is a list we have compiled of some of the key reasons why open source is changing the game.
- Industry-Specific Apps – Obviously, the business world is very complex and spans many fields of study, disciplines within those fields, and measures put in place to keep the industries within those disciplines running smoothly. There are so many niches in the business world that it would absolutely impossible for companies dedicated to video conferencing app creation to create an app specifically designed to cater to every one of them. Having an app that contours tightly to your business can be hugely helpful when holding web conferences, though, and that is where the custom app development that open source makes possible really shines. Developers around the world, no matter how small they or the business niche they are catering to may be, can create powerful apps and put them on the internet. From there, you can download and install them to boost the convenience, as well as level of communication, in your online conferencing.
- Crowd Sourcing – Professional app developers are not the only ones given the ability to chip in by open source capabilities. Open gives the public the ability to submit their own ideas as well. And we are not just talking messages suggesting improvements or ideas; we mean that people can submit actual coding for consideration. This means that it is easy to hold some sort of contest asking for submissions and then wait as the entries roll in. Of course, professional app designers are highly skilled, but getting large numbers of ideas from amateur designers all around the world can result in great finds, too. Heck, you may stumble upon the next big name in the tech development world, and, thanks to open source, his or her idea will integrate nicely into the professional video conferencing software.
- Build Something – Especially if your business is web-based, you will want to show off the service your company provides in your meetings. Simply showing your webpage will feel preachy and mechanical, though, and an actual app that supports integration into whatever video conferencing software being used provides a much more interactive and satisfying experience for the audience. If you are using a proprietary (closed-source) software, you are out of luck. If you are using an open source program, though, it is easy to create your own app that will integrate in and is also easily convertible to an app for open source mobile devices. Any app programmer worth his salt will have no trouble with the creation, and it will not cost you much to hire one.
- Cross-App Integration – You’re probably familiar with cross-app integration – when an app such as Dropbox, has a built in device that allows it to integrate or be integrated into another app, such as Facebook. When a conferencing hardware’s configuration is proprietary, it is impossible to network is to other apps in this way without going through long negotiation processes with both the other app developer and the conferencing hardware developer. If the conferencing software is open-source, however, it is quick and easy to set up convenient networks that allow whatever apps you need to run your business integrate into one another. Being able to seamlessly merge your information from different apps together using this technology can avert administrative errors, make the workings of the businesses easier to understand, and increase efficiency with which tasks are completed during remote conferences.
Open source truly is a wave of the future. Although proprietary software is simpler and often offers what may at first seem like a more user-friendly experience (think Mac compared to PC or iPhone compared to Android), the virtually endless possibilities in terms of innovation and networking that open-source make possible will, ultimately, make getting the job done easier and more enjoyable for any user. Today’s expertly-devised video conferencing softwares bring you the best of both worlds while creating user-friendly interfaces while maintaining open source’s incredible productivity and potential.