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Streaming Mobile: How Livecasting and On-Demand Content are driving more productive organizations

Every successful organization has at least one thing in common–a dedicated and well-trained workforce. And, why not? The productivity and performance of every employee adds up to form a collective impact on a company’s revenue and profitability. Naturally, there’s no denying that  proper employee training can have an impact on the bottom line. Given this, it’s sad to see just how often we fail to include training into our key strategies due to reasons like time constraints, lack of training personnel, or the volume of information that your employees have to be fed with – all too common factors in today’s dynamic business environment. So how do you tackle these challenges and build a well-trained workforce? Technology-based training might be the answer for you. A report released by IBM reveals that using e-Learning tools and strategies can help companies boost their productivity by 50%.

Livecasting and On-Demand Content – smarter training, better communication

Video is fast becoming the desired tool for corporate training and communication and 59% of top organizations are using some form of video content for training their employees. As such, the idea of using videos in both forms, live and recorded, is definitely a smart one. Livecasting is using live or real-time video and audio feeds to up the quotient of employee education and know-how. It’s also a great way to enhance productivity by organizing meetings and team chats without requiring staffers to leave their desks.  In a recent report by Wainhouse Research, 78% of respondents have described live streaming video as effective for business meetings and communications.

On the other hand, recorded videos offer the convenience of scooping the required information and updates whenever an employee needs them. Quite unlike traditional trainings which […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

3 Advantages of Cloud for Small to Midsize Businesses

In today’s rapidly-changing business landscape there are a multitude of challenges for small and mid-size businesses. As a small business owner, some of the most critical challenges you are likely wrestling with are your ability to reach and stay connected to your customers and prospects via mobile devices, flexibility in the handling of data, and a seamless exchange of information. Moreover, you likely also have to compete against bigger enterprises that are better equipped with workforce and technology. This is where the going gets tough and the tough get smart. And it’s also where cloud technology can make all the difference in the world.

What is Cloud Technology, Anyway?

Cloud Technology or Cloud Computing is an internet-based computing process. While in the past, people used applications and programs through their computers or servers, cloud technology has made it possible to perform the same kind of activities using the Internet.

Cloud hosting supports all sorts of information-sharing. Things like  email services, application hosting, web-based phone systems, video conferencing, data storage, and a lot more. The reason this matters is that cloud technology is  faster, smarter and less expensive than the old school technology we’ve been accustomed to.

So, why are businesses moving to cloud?

Why is cloud so attractive? Well, that’s easy. Cloud tech offers SMBs the chance to streamline operations and fine-tune processes by not having to reinvent the wheel or buy expensive solutions. SMBs can use cloud for a myriad of things, including inventory management, invoicing, project management and collaboration, access to data, analysis, and data storage – you name it, cloud can deliver. Small and mid-sized businesses are the biggest adopters of cloud-based systems at 38% and 48% respectively, while large enterprises account for just 26% of total […]

By |October 21st, 2014|News|0 Comments

5 Reasons To Consider Subscription Based Video Conferencing and Unified Communications Solutions

When it comes to business communications, delivery methods are almost as important as communication methods themselves. If a company does not have a reliable way to access the type of communications they need to use on a daily basis, it will be exceedingly difficult to communicate with clients and colleagues efficiently. Subscription based video conferencing and unified communications solutions are two highly desirable options because of several critical benefits that they provide for users:

1. You Only Pay For What You Need

By their nature, subscription based video conferencing tools allow users to only pay for the services and user capacity that they require. There is no need to invest in more resources than your business needs, since you will have a choice about what kind of plan you want and these options will be well-defined when you are making this decision.

2. No Stress Over Repairs

If something goes wrong with your video conferencing or unified communications plan, there is no need for you to worry about having to repair any hardware or troubleshoot your software. This task is left to the company that you are depending on for your subscription: the most reliable providers will be able to fix these issues in a prompt manner.

3. More Scalability

Are you looking to increase the amount of users or bandwidth that your video conferencing or unified communications platform can support? With an on-premise model, it can be very difficult to make these kinds of upgrades. You will probably have to buy new hardware and change up the cable infrastructure of your facility. With a subscription-based model, you simply call up your provider and let them know that you would like to upgrade your subscription plan. Often the change can go […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Socializing The Use Of Video Communication In Your Company

All kinds of companies are beginning to capitalize on the great convenience that video technology provides for them. Video tools can enhance communication and help your team members stay in touch more effectively with each other. For best results, it is important to take steps towards socializing the use of video in your company so that it can enhance communication and improve collaboration between employees. Here are five ways to make video a more social tool at your company.

1. Integrate It With Other Communications

Unified communications is rapidly becoming one of the most important ideas in the modern enterprise. InformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey results showed that 77% of respondents already had a UC system or planned to deploy one in the next two years. Socializing the use of video in your company by unifying it with other kinds of communications is an important step towards making it more acceptable for communications.

2. Hold Mandatory Video Communications Sessions

No matter how effective your video communication systems are, there will always be a few holdouts that are reluctant to adopt video as a social tool. Socializing the use of video in your company by requiring your users to use video for some type of communication can make people aware of all the great benefits of video communication, even if they were reluctant to adopt it at first. Your mandatory video communication sessions do not have to be anything extremely serious: you could use them to check in with your remote team members or to hold informal meetings across the entire organization.

3. Don’t Force Users To Make A Drastic Operational Switch

While it is important that you ween the reluctant ones onto video communications, it is equally important that you do […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Google Enters Commercial Video Conferencing: What You Should Know

Google has made a move to strengthen its already formidable standing in the world of business productivity tools by expanding its Hangout video conferencing feature. In a blog post from July 30, Google Vice President of Product Development Clay Bavor announced that Hangouts will now be open to users without a Google+ account. Hangouts is also going to be added to the existing suite of Google Apps for business, meaning Google is now covering Hangouts with around the clock support and a 99.9% guaranteed uptime. The fact that it offers commercial video conferencing means that other players in the video conferencing market must take notice and work on methods of staying competitive.

Google’s Move To Secure More Commercial Business

Google Apps is already one of the most well-known suites of productivity tools for businesses. Companies can use the Google Calendar to set appointments, Google Drive to share documents, and Google Talk to communicate with colleagues. Until this point, Google’s Hangout video conference feature was considered more of a casual tool that could be used by friends on Google+ to stay in touch with each other. Google’s recent announcement will force people to change the way that they think about Hangouts.

In addition to the news that Google offers commercial video conferencing through Hangouts, the company also announced that it would be improving its Chromebox, a hardware tool that can be used to hold meetings on almost any kind of device. Google has promised that they will soon roll out the ability to connect two displays to a single Chromebox as well as Chromebox support for calendar integration, which makes hosting meetings at home much easier.

What Google’s Announcement Means For The Industry

These recent reports that Google offers commercial video […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Why Great Digital Signage Starts With Great Content

Digital signage is a field that has taken off in recent years, thanks in part to the advancement of display technology and the increasing need for facilities to be able to deliver information to people in a timely fashion. According to some industry experts, there will be 22 million digital signs by 2015. However, in order for signage to be as effective as possible, there must be something for the sign to display and an audience interested in the sign’s content. There are a few digital signage content best practices that all users of digital signage should keep in mind whether they are looking to set up new signage or change their existing signage.

The Kind Of Content Available On Digital Signage

Digital signage can fulfill a wide variety of informational needs depending on the kind of facility the sign is in and the audience that the sign is targeted towards. Some of the more common types of information displayed on digital signage include:

Maps: maps that are placed on digital signage are very important to allow visitors to a facility to find the rooms and locations that they are looking for. The advantage of digital signage is that these maps can be interactive depending on where the viewer is looking to go, which means visitors can choose what kind of maps they are specifically looking for
News updates: getting news updates such as departmental closures or information about traffic or weather is very useful for people looking to stay current on the latest stories that will impact their lives
Company messages: some of the other helpful kinds of digital signage content include announcements, video messages, and other communications that a company or organization wants to convey to customers or […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 ways of Using Streaming Video For Corporate Communications

Video technology has expanded greatly in recent years. Streaming video is a technique that allows video to be sent in real-time to a variety of machines including tablets, computers, and mobile devices. Here are five ways that businesses are taking advantage of the power of new video technology by using streaming video for corporate communications.

Holding Conferences And Meetings Without More Participants

In business, the development of technology like the Internet has made the world a smaller place. This means that companies are sending more staff members to offices in various locations to get work done. If you or someone at your team needs to hold a meeting with another person that is not physically present, streaming video is a great way to still get a relatively intimate interaction with them.

Broadcasting Public Company Statements

Companies frequently need to send out a message to their audience at large. A good example of this method of using streaming video for corporate communications can be found in the way that Apple broadcasts their conferences and developer events. Last year, Apple broadcasted their Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on the Internet so that people around the world could learn about the announcements the company would be making at the event.

Improving The Quality Of Company Training

What happens if some of the best trainers in your particular field are not located close to where your office is? Use streaming video to host an interactive training session. Your team can still see and interact with the trainer and vice versa. Streaming video can also be recorded and archived so that employees can refer back to it when they need to reinforce the lessons they learned during the training.

Making Customer Service More Responsive

The most prominent example […]

By |July 30th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Great Ways To Use Streaming Video In Higher Education

For many years, videos have been used in higher education as a way to complement traditional educational methods like lectures and group activities. Streaming video is a type of video technology that can facilitate interaction in a higher education setting. There are some great ways streaming video is being used in higher education today.

1. Remote Learning

In a remote learning class, students receive instruction from a professor in a centralized location. This means that classes can be held for students all over the world. Remote or distance learning is becoming extremely popular: according to Anuli Akanegbu at EdTech, 64% of full-time faculty who teach classes at community colleges also teach distance education classes.

2. More Flexibility In Group Work

Group work is an integral part of most higher education curriculum. Streaming video will allow groups to work more flexibly by allowing students to stream each other’s feeds so that they can talk about the work they are doing and exchange ideas that will help them attain more success with their collaborative efforts.

3. Massive Open Online Courses

Also known as MOOCs, massive open online courses are becoming very popular with people who want to continue their education without the traditional financial investment required to take college classes. One of the ways streaming video is being used in higher education is for people to take MOOCs and receive evaluations on the work that they are doing or collaborate with others taking the same course.

4. Parent Monitoring

For parents heavily involved in their children’s progress at higher education institutions, streaming video is very helpful. Streaming video can help parents understand what their kids are doing in class and why it might be effective, which will help them better appreciate their child’s education in […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Why Skype Isn’t A Business Video Solution

Skype is a very popular audio and video conferencing program that has helped many companies improve the way that they communicate. It is true that Skype has been beneficial for companies that want to save money on communication, but there are also some downsides to using Skype that not everyone is aware of.

Call Quality

Some people who use Skype complain of pixelated images and laggy audio that is hard to understand. In a piece written for Small Business Computing, Gerry Blackwell reports that voices can break up and calls sometimes have a high level of latency, which can negatively impact a conversation. In small doses these issues can be a minor annoyance, but in the worst scenarios these problems can make Skype unusable. This is a major setback for businesses that depend on Skype to make important calls that need to take place to move projects forward and is one of the main reasons why Skype is not best for business.

Network Reliability

Another of the big reasons why Skype is not best for business is the reliability of its network. In an article for The Inquirer, Lawrence Latif writes about a major Skype crash that occurred very soon after Microsoft decided to buy the program for over $8 billion. The article also features quotes from Ashish Gupta, a CMO and SVP of Vidyo, a New Jersey-based video communications company. Gupta praises Skype for making video conferencing more popular, but warns businesses that they must invest in a reliable, enterprise-grade platform for their communications if they want to avoid the consequences of a major Skype network crash.

Security

Many businesses have video conferences that deal with very sensitive information. If this information was compromised, it could lead to a disastrous […]

By |July 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Google Enters Business Video Market – What Does It Mean?

A lot of people would think that when perhaps the world’s most recognizable brand launches a hardware based video conferencing product that will be affordable for just about every business on the planet that it would make the competition nervous.

Well for those that haven’t heard, just this past week Google announced the launch of its “Google Chrome for Business” HD telepresence solution. This supposedly plug and play solution is promising to deliver HD video to up to 15 simultaneous sights and it sells for all of $999.99. (For just the hardware Unit – No Installation)

As a technology integrator and a passionate provider of collaboration technology to business, schools, government and more, let’s just say for us, this news is terrific. Perhaps some of the best news we have heard in sometime.

If you find yourself asking why, don’t feel alone, when we first read the news there were immediate butterflies in our stomachs as we felt the potential implications of the Google jumping into our market, but then we thought about it a little more and realized that Google’s involvement into Video Telepresence isn’t a negative thing, it is a huge positive as it is the ultimate validation of what we are doing.

How many people out there are getting the big thumbs up from Google? By entering this market Google is saying video is the real deal and we couldn’t agree with them more.
 
Disruption Driving Better Business (Video)
 
We all know that business video leads to better business outcomes. With on average of 8x better comprehension than a typical voice call, the need for collaborative video solutions has arrived.

For sometime we have been talking at Advanced […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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