The Vbrick product and engineering teams continue their cadence of rapid feature updates to the Rev enterprise video platform.  These scheduled releases allow us to better respond to customer feedback and ideas, while also responding to the emerging trends within the enterprise video market.    Our agile planning and execution process continues in earnest in the first half of 2018 and will accelerate in the 2H of 2018 and into 2019.

As we wrap up the first half of 2018 with our upcoming late June Rev release, we wanted to recap a summary of the customer influenced enhancements and improvements we completed to date this year and also share our thinking and high level plans for the second half of the year.

As a product team, we started the year with 3 top level themes in mind:

  • Broadening the reach of video throughout the enterprise
  • Enterprise security, scalability and manageability
  • Technical and Product Innovation

Broadening the reach of video throughout the enterprise

 In the area of increasing the reach of Rev to all users in an enterprise, our customers raised the need to have more options to customize, brand or white label the Rev User experience to meet the needs of their users.   In response, during the first half of the year we introduced greater flexibility for configuring the portal and home page experiences, including the ability to:

  • Select between various Header Layouts
  • Set a wide range of branding colors
  • Choose the layout for featured video content
  • Enable a new sidebar option with homepage carousel branding

We also introduced a number of enhancements to the Video on Demand capabilities of the Rev platform, including:

  • Support for 360 video content
  • Additional metadata for video content

We are also hard at work developing user experience enhancements for our video playback page that are expected to surface early in the second half of the year.

Enterprise security, scalability and manageability

To better support the logistics of large webcasts, our customers have asked for the ability to empower some individuals to create new events without giving them the ability to administer events created by others.  Therefore, in the area of enterprise security we introduced finer grained control over webcast administration permissions.     We introduced the Event Host role enabling these customers to model that type of separation of concerns.

Staying on the topic of webcasts, we also invested significantly in the area of surfacing real time analytics about ongoing webcasts providing event administrators with a near-live view into the status of an ongoing event.   Administrators can aggregate statistics about the event and drill down to event details down into individual zones, DME or specific user, while the event is underway.

On the compliance front, Vbrick Rev is offered globally and we recently completed enhancements to Rev to ensure we made Rev compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

We also introduced several enhancements to our LDAP Connector and LDAP security module.

Technology and Product Innovation

In the technology and product innovation area, our team kicked off R&D efforts for additional options for content distribution as well as some early R&D in the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence of enterprise video.

In the near term, the first of these R&D efforts to be productized will be a new offering for multicast support to non-flash-based video players.   We are completing our beta testing period and expect to widely release our new, lightweight Vbrick multicast agent for Windows and Mac desktops that will provide the benefits of multicast distribution without requiring a flash-based player.

There were also additional enhancements in our recent releases.  Of note:

  • Internationalization support for UK English and locale;
  • Optimized webcast slide delivery via CDN;
  • Improvements to HLS stream distribution.

What’s next?

We will continue to invest in the three themes mentioned above.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the exciting capabilities we plan to work on in the second half of the year:

  • Rev for Apple TV – enabling the viewing of live webcasts on Apple TV devices
  • Updated Video Page and customizable webcast user experience with branding support
  • Enhanced Teams capabilities
  • Peer-assisted options for enterprise distribution to small branch office locations
  • Continued investments in enterprise security, manageability and scalability

Looking further ahead, there are some themes we plan to take on in 2019.    We can’t detail all that we’ll do on these just yet — but we thought you might be interested to know what else is on deck and we would love to get your feedback and guidance on the following:

  • Real time user engagement
  • Surfacing the hidden value in videos with Video Intelligence
  • Reaching users where they work through embedding and integrations

In closing

We want to thank you for being a Vbrick customer (or being a future Vbrick customer).  Our entire product and engineering team looks forward to working with each of you to help us build the leading enterprise video cloud platform in the market.

Olivier Meyer, Vice President of Product