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Keeping Up with Changes to Collaboration

In the world of technology, change is the only constant on which we can rely. And this constantly changing technology has a tremendous impact on the workplace and on how we work together. Today we’re able to do so much more than we once did, without ever leaving our offices. Advances in technology have made enormous changes to collaboration, making it possible to communicate seamlessly with a remote workforce.

Think of how we collaborated twenty, ten, and even five years ago. We’re no longer constrained by geographical boundaries. We can now communicate with team members and subject experts in multiple locations using video and other technologies. Even long email conversations are disappearing. Thanks to apps like Slack, we message instantly and over mobile. This evolution in communications technology is having a direct and positive impact on the bottom line.

Say Goodbye to Traditional Conferencing

Conferencing is one place where we’ve experienced a revolution in the workplace. Ten years ago, we would fly to physical meeting spaces, but new video collaboration tools now save us both money and time. Today, we’re on the precipice of another collaboration revolution: virtual reality. The recent adoption of VR in the entertainment and sports industry has made enterprises consider its potential.

Virtual reality gives the benefit of a face-to-face meeting without ever having to leave the building. VR headsets are becoming increasingly affordable, and soon we’ll see them in mid-sized and small businesses.

We also use video conference technology more frequently thanks to mobile. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement has helped create a seamless workflow in which we can collaborate from anywhere. The BYOD movement has also contributed to making our workforce more widespread. Indeed, telecommuting and flexible scheduling have never been more […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

How Video Technology Is Changing the Workplace

The way that we conduct business is changing at the pace of technological advancement. Telecommuting is becoming a mainstream option for employees, incentivizing business leaders to invest in technology that binds mobile workforces together. According to research conducted by Quora Consulting, 77 percent of companies surveyed have a culture that is conducive to challenging current workplace practices, while only 19 percent reported that they haven’t implemented “forward-thinking strategies.”

Video technology can to revolutionize the workplace, but only if it’s implemented wisely. Information technology departments and business leaders should take steps to ensure that technological innovations are intuitive and easy to adopt. The right technology has the potential to change the workspace—streamlining work processes, maximizing worker efficiency, and driving innovation. 

A Mobile Workforce Presents Challenges (and Opportunities)

The ways we conduct business have gone beyond the brick and mortar office building. Our businesses are becoming more globalized, allowing human resources directors to recruit top talent from all around the nation (and even the globe). With a mobile workforce, information technology leaders need to be creative when it comes to bringing their employees together. A cohesive workforce can help achieve innovation that spurs growth.

Video technology offers a variety of solutions for improvements in the workplace:

Most of us carry video-enabled technology in our pockets. Encouraging employees to use their mobile technology to tap into live-streaming video or virtual meetings can keep your workforce connected, no matter where they are.
Virtual (Reality) meetings. Devices such as Google Cardboard are cost-effective ways for employees to achieve the authenticity of a face-to-face interaction without leaving their homes. What was once only imagined on the TV series “The Jetsons” is becoming a reality for business leaders.

While the mobile workforce has its advantages, it also […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How Big Data is Changing the UC Landscape

The field of Big Data and Analytics grows simultaneously more advanced and more accessible every day. Most industries are finding great potential in its offerings. Unfortunately, as avenues for data collection continue to multiply, it’s hard to keep track of all of them at one time. Unified Communications (UC) technology is just one of those avenues, and too many solutions providers are failing to apply proper analytics to the data it generates. Those that do, however, are setting the pace for Big Data UC standards and reaping the benefits that come with it.

Reporting That Leads to Operational Efficiency

Texas-based VOSS is an example of a company that has adopted an analytics-facing focus, which allows their UC users to check out analytics reports on their systems and subsequently focus on better operational efficiency. What VOSS has found is that when an enterprise at large can analyze internal user data, small trends show up in reports that might not have been obvious otherwise. For example, usage data may inform a company about software tools provided to employees that are being either over or under-utilized. This knowledge helps the organization make better business decisions about which software licenses to renew or drop for specific users.

It can be helpful to look at productivity levels when implementing new solutions. Introducing too many new tools at once can be overwhelming for employees and make them less productive, which defeats the purpose of UC solutions in the first place. On top of that, by looking at correlations between tool selection, usage, and productivity, managers can begin to see what works best and start offering only necessary tools and bolstering worker productivity.

Complete Communications that Improve Collaboration

The point of UC is essentially to break down […]

By |June 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How Cloud-Based Interoperability Will Turbo-Charge Collaboration

Cloud-based interoperability is quickly becoming essential for teams wishing to achieve high levels of collaboration and communication, and the marketplace is finally catching on. Microsoft and Polycom recently announced that they will jointly deliver the industry’s first cloud-based video interoperability service by the end of 2016, allowing Microsoft customers to leverage their existing video investments while uniting with those of other vendors. This joint initiative marks the beginning of a wider trend, where those that embrace cloud-based interoperability will experience turbo-charged collaboration while those slow on the uptake will be left behind.

Cloud Collaboration and Interoperability

Collaboration software’s dependence on the cloud has never been more apparent than now. “People are using mobile devices to do everything they do,” says Josh Steimle, contributor to Forbes, “and if there is something they can’t do on their mobile phone, they’re frustrated and ready to leap to the first offering that comes along.”

Cloud-based integrations have traditionally allowed off-site employees to connect their devices with a company’s core collaboration software, supporting a rise in remote teams among the global workforce. Interoperability is the next step in collaboration and productivity, referring to the seamless integration of multiple third party tools with a cloud-based collaboration suite. These tools can range from CRM or help desk software to online accounting and VOIP services, but currently, the biggest player in cloud-based interoperability is streaming video and video conferencing.

The Rise of Web Real-Time Communication: The Death of Internal Email?

In 2014 and 2015, the heavy hitters of the Internet browser game began supporting Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC), an open-source technology and API standard that bypasses traditional phone networks to offer data sharing as well as voice and video calling, all in-browser, no additional application required. Chrome, Firefox, […]

By |May 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Value and Demand for Room-Based Videoconferencing Continues to Grow

As businesses invest more in the globally-connected workforce, it’s not uncommon to find more organizations with employees in multiple locations scattered across the world. As such, videoconferencing solutions that streamline real-time communications between teams of employees, independent contractors, and managers have never been more-in-demand. While traditional desktop-based videoconferencing has been the linchpin of online business collaboration for years, small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and large enterprise organizations alike, have recently begun turning to room-based conferencing solutions for more cost-effective, intuitive, and streamlined collaboration.

A Global Shift Toward Videoconferencing

A recent survey by Wainhouse Resource of Duxbury, Massachusetts found that of 4,700 end users of videoconferencing surveyed, 94 percent believe that the biggest benefit of the technology was increased efficiency and productivity throughout their organizations. On top of that, because video calls typically have a defined start- and end-time, 88 percent reported that discussions were also impacted in a positive way, tending to be more focused and less littered with chitchat. As videoconferencing continues to prove its benefits to connected-businesses, more are looking to adopt the technology in 2016.

The Benefit of Face-to-Face Interaction

While conference calls are great, there is so much lacking in a conversation when you can’t see the other participants—especially when there are 50 or 60 of them. Beyond being able to hold employees accountable (no more sleeping in teleconferences for you!), the connection that co-workers and customers gain from face-to-face interaction is often strengthened by visual cues and nonverbal communication. There’s nothing worse than the silence on the other end of the line after pitching your boss or client a new idea, waiting to hear whether they’re on board or think you’ve just said the stupidest thing they’ve ever heard. At least with videoconferencing you […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Collaboration Trends: What to Watch For in 2016

If your company employs remote workers, relies heavily on inter-department collaboration, or routinely works with prospects and clients around the world, now is the time to keep an eye on virtual collaboration solutions. With so many new integrative solutions coming to market—and proof that they promote productivity and drive bottom line goals—one of these solutions could help your business exceed expectations in 2016. Here are a few collaboration trends to watch out for in 2016 and beyond:

An influx of “smart machines.” Think drones, automated vehicles, and automated manufacturing innovation. These intuitive machines will fundamentally disrupt the way we live our lives. Drone-based delivery, onsite monitoring, driverless cars, as well as robotic solutions in surprising industries like restaurant service will change the way we interact with one another socially and at work. Imagine completing the entire sales cycle without ever making contact with an individual—not even watching the mailman drive up the driveway!

Sensor-based big data sets. Companies are looking for better ways to leverage big data. Look for the strategic placement of sensors to monitor productivity and other KPIs, including smart device use, vehicle habits, and weather patterns. Sensors may eventually have a place in every industry, and provide organizations and business leaders with the hard data they need to improve every decision they make. This type of data will likely change how, when, and why we collaborate on the job. With sensor-driven data, efficiency will become much more of a science than an art.

Security in the cloud and on smart devices. Companies are moving their collaboration tools, data storage, and other applications to the cloud because it makes sense. Cloud solutions cut costs while improving productivity and enabling remote workers. Similarly, the rising adoption of […]

By |December 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

How Bad Audio Can Kill Great Collaboration

It’s fair to say that much of a company’s success is tied to how well its employees communicate with colleagues and clients, creating an environment ripe with productivity and profitability. Because today’s professional climate has shifted to accommodate more telecommuters and global business partners, face-to-face conversations simply aren’t possible all of the time. Conference calls, then, play a significant role in keeping big business communicating.

When audio quality is lacking during a teleconference, people notice. In fact, a 2014 market study found that 66 percent of corporations were shopping around for new collaboration services, and 40 percent of those surveyed were doing so because they wanted a “better user experience.” This telling statistic proves that businesses are realizing the necessity for great audio as part of their successful UC systems, and they’re taking steps to make it happen.

Poor Audio Means Poor Productivity

Because audio is a key element in UC, poor quality can have a trickle-down effect into other areas as well—employee productivity, for example. When audio is poor, productivity is negatively impacted for the following reasons:

Meeting flow can be disrupted by attendees talking over one another trying to be heard, whether they aren’t attuned to an audio delay or they’re simply trying to interject. When the flow of a meeting is disrupted by poor audio, company time is wasted.
Conference call attendees often can’t discern one another’s accents or tones over a poor audio connection, so they waste time having to ask for clarification or points to be repeated.
At the beginning of a traditional 20-30 minute teleconference, most attendees expect some level of misunderstanding and occasional repetition to occur. As the meeting progresses, however, even the most professional person on the conference call can suffer from “audio […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Virtual Meeting Rooms Are Changing the Face of Video Communication

There are three links to collaboration through video communication – device, location, and network. For AV integrators, the days of large, and expensive room integration projects are essentially over, as clients are looking for customized video communication. They want flexible resources so that users can employ equipment, data, networks, and space as they require, without sticking to a particular user manual. AV integrators are busy churning out newer and better video communication experiences as the old stand-by fails to impress or meet the demands of a variety of consumers, including the ad world, law offices, virtual office environments, and entertainment galleries.

The future belongs to those who are willing to modify and offer products and services that will allow clients to quickly and easily drop into a meeting room through a simple text or email link. Microsoft Lync is already offering such meeting environments. And it only makes sense that integrators who are paying attention to these trends and agile enough to adopt and adapt to the changing times and replace dedicated systems with cloud-based systems are the ones who will stay ahead of competition. Let’s talk about why that matters.

Flexibile Consumption – The Changing Face of Video Communication

Equipment, data centers, user-licenses, and endless training sessions – these are components of traditional video integration room projects. But it’s time to look beyond these. It’s time to introduce flexible consumption to video communication.

What is flexible consumption? The premise is simple – customer is king. They have the power and choice to use the video solution that specifically meets their needs. Investments in large equipment isn’t necessary when intelligent building technology, distance learning, IP visual communications, digital signage, unified communications, cloud videoconferencing, service, and maintenance can be utilized.  These […]

By |December 9th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

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
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