When you’ve got a $247 million company with nearly 1,500 employees in five states and 18 different countries, the sharing and distribution of information can present a daunting challenge. QAD, a Santa Barbara, California-based company that provides software and related services to the manufacturing industry, for the past five years has been meeting that challenge by using Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite.
The folks at QAD have been using Mediasite since Director of IT Architecture Scott Lawson chose it in 2007 as an off-the-shelf replacement for proprietary software the company had been using for webcasting.
Lawson recalls, “We had a home-built solution that did something similar. It was developed (about 10 years ago) because our CEO and others were interested in easily disseminating information about products.
We wanted something that would do the same things we were doing, but do it better.”
Lawson chose Mediasite over two other vendors’ products because it seemed to offer more features and scalability than the others. He has not regretted that decision, he says, because Mediasite has met QAD’s needs and proven easy to use. According to Lawson, the company uses it for three major purposes: General corporate training and education, global sales staff orientation on new and updated software releases, and webcasting and archiving corporate conferences and presentations.
For the most part, Lawson says Mediasite has satisfied QAD’s needs, and he is happy with the way the product has evolved through Sonic Foundry’s feature updates and improvements. But he