This Week In Collaboration

December 19, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Blue Jeans Enhances Video Conferencing for Online Events Blue jeans announced the launch of their Primetime platform that lets remote attendees of large events become active participants rather than passive viewers. Blue Jeans realized there was a huge opportunity that modern meeting tools were not addressing. There are video conferencing systems that provide immediacy and intimacy, but they don’t scale. On the other end, there is technology for large conferences that scale to thousands of users, but it creates a one-way environment where it’s difficult for those users to interact …

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2014 has been another eventful year for collaboration and technology. There have been a few trends in particular that have been top of mind for many. We are going to take a look at a few of these trends and how they have helped shape and promote collaboration.  IoT The concept of everyday objects being connected by a network and having the ability to send and receive data has exploded this year. This is in part due to the continued desire to increase connectedness of people and things as well as the reduced cost of manufacturing wireless, power-efficient chips that are able …

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What is a flipped classroom?  A flipped classroom changes the method in which students learn.  They earn the content at home through technology and instructional materials provided by the educator.  During class time students and educators would complete what was once “homework” in a group discussion setting.  This type of learning is also referred to as blended learning; where a student gains a mixture of face to face instruction with technology. Some say the benefits come from the teachers personalized interaction with the students during class time rather than the traditional form of lecture, while others believe it is the incorporation …

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It seems as though every week there are new announcements around telehealth. There has been an explosion of new companies, technologies and regulations being reported and released, and with this growth comes many questions around how to implement and promote the adoption of telemedicine strategies. When a healthcare organization decides to deploy a telemedicine program, it is imperative to the success of the roll out to ensure adoption by the healthcare providers who will be using it. Simply defining the benefits of telemedicine is not enough to get most clinicians on board. With many providers over-booked and often behind schedule, the …

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Collaboration technologies have a myriad of uses including the ability to work together on shared deliverable, meet with customers or prospects, communicate to the masses and much more. These same technologies can also be used to provide services to both internal and external customers.  An area where the tools really shine is with remote IT support services. For anyone who works in corporate America or any organization really, the dreaded call to IT can mean a halt to your productivity and perhaps a loss of important data (always back-up!). For many, these interactions prove to be impersonal and can take up …

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One of the largest challenges an organization faces is finding good talent.  We can find good talent all over the world, just not necessarily where we need them to be.  Offering relocation packages can be expensive as well as a burden on families.  Relocating a family away from home, extend family and children changing schools leaves the family vulnerable to the possibility of being unhappy due to the relocation.   The solution is to implement a telework policy allowing your organization to find the right talent. Some of the benefits that come along with a telework policy are: Improves Employee Satisfaction The rat race …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Cisco Debuts ‘Project Squared’ Collaboration App The company hopes ease of use and broad integration with the elements of collaboration will drive consumer/BYOD-style adoption by users. The app’s name comes from Rowan Trollope’s edict to his team that the product they were developing had to be not just a little better than existing collaboration apps, but an order of magnitude better. The other crucial imperative was not to create another island of collaboration, but to integrate with the existing tools a user has, to make the whole thing work better. Polycom’s …

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As a manager I have had the opportunity to hire new employees and on-board them into the marketing team here at IVCi. One thing that runs pervasive through our company culture is the use of video conferencing. We “eat our own dog food” and use the very same technology that we are bringing to our customers every day. It is rare for me to use the phone to speak to an IVCi employee or even partner, 9 times out of 10 I am on video. While most employees are IVCi are used to this and enjoy the use of video, new …

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STEP – Sustainable Technology Environments Program was created in 2009 by Infocomm, to be an ecofriendly A/V program, aimed at creating and adding to the informational database of green audio video technologies and best practices.  STEP brings sustainability to the process of planning, designing and operating technology systems while reducing the long term environmental impact from technology.   It does this by providing standards for manufacturers, integrators, architects and consultants to create green sustainable technology systems.   STEP accounts for the energy consumption of information technologies systems and the reduction of raw materials.  It also encourages the use of technologies to make …

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In today’s world of technology, it is hard to find anyone who doesn’t use some sort of gadget or tool in their life. Working in technology, I love any new gadget or service that helps make my life easier or more productive. Because I use so many,  narrowing it down was not an easy task. My choices are based on tools that I use most often, that I believe are reliable, and that help to increase my productivity and efficiency. So without further ado, here are my top 6 picks! iPhone: My iPhone helps keep my connected at any time and from anywhere. …

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