We’ve all heard the infamous saying that first impressions are everything, we refer to this saying in multiple aspects of our life; social, career even materialistic objects, or places.  Let’s apply this expression to your business, more importantly your conference room.  So what kind of impression does your conference room make?  Is it the kind that gives your customers the impression you are cutting edge, or the kind that makes your customers question whether or not your business is up to date? Here are five signs it’s time to make a better impression, and upgrade your conference room; Do you use a …

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UC as a Service vs. On Premise

October 22, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Cisco, Unified Communications

It’s a classic technology debate. The decision to implement a new technology solution as an on-premise deployment or move to a cloud delivered service offered by a service provider. This debate rages on nearly all technology decisions from email implementations to video conferencing and collaboration solutions. For most organizations, Unified Communications implementations include mission critical functions such as voice calling. The decision to move to a cloud consumption model has a lot of areas to consider. Questions around reliability are always raised with cloud services (and in most cases easily addressed) as well as security and the availability of features. Let’s take …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. What’s After UC? As UC spending flattens or falls, IT leaders are increasingly looking for other approaches to improve collaboration. Despite the growing availability, and deployment, of UC solutions, most of the IT leaders, and especially line-of-business personnel that I consult with, tell me that they aren’t really satisfied with their collaboration environment. Meetings still take too long to set up. Documents aren’t readily available. It’s difficult to pick up from where the last meeting ended. Creating team spaces means relying on difficult-to-use document repositories. An Open Office Experiment That Actually …

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Working from home can be an employees dream. You have comfort, control and the convenience of no commute. There is also a complete freedom to create an office space that is exactly what you want.Your home office design can drastically affect your mood, productivity and efficiency.With an increasing number of people starting to telecommute, ensuring a productive work environment is becoming more and more important. This does not mean, however, that every person who works from home needs to start ripping down walls and building new offices in their homes, there are a few small but effective design aspects that can …

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Shopping for AV Control System Programming

October 10, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

At the heart of any audio visual integrated room or environment is likely a control system that facilitates both the communication between multiple A/V technologies as well as the interface to the end user. Control system platforms from vendors such as AMX and Crestron are continuously evolving and providing new features and functionality. One area that continues to be required, however, is the need to program these platforms to the specific room they are utilized in. Understanding the nuances of control system programming can be rather complex for the user evaluating a new AV solution and even more, how do you …

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The current geo-political climate, being focused on increasing productivity, reducing costs, and decreasing travel, have all contributed to a heightened awareness of the necessity of video conferencing and other conferencing and collaboration technologies. Corporations, state and local governments, universities, and health care providers are utilizing this technology for many applications including training, telemedicine, product development, customer service, board meetings, managing mergers and acquisitions, and interviewing, just to name a few. When properly implemented, video conferencing is able to provide value to all of these businesses. This Video Conferencing Buyer’s Guide will provide a first time user a non-technical guide on how to acquire …

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Set Clear Expectations To establish Confidence One of the largest challenges in telemedicine is getting physicians to participate, due to their lack of confidence and fear of the technology and the experience.   Setting clear expectations of what is anticipated of the physician before, during and after the consult will better enable the physician to provide a better consult experience. Establish training on the technology and practice sessions with the video and tools to educate all users involved with the telemedicine consult. Know How to Present Yourself on Screen Stand approximately 6 feet back from the monitor, showing your head, shoulders and top of …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 3 Tips for Better Speech Intelligibility Workers are less productive when their meetings are peppered with “Can you repeat that?” Ditto for students, who don’t learn as well when they strain to hear classmates and the instructor. But when an audio system maximizes speech intelligibility in a room, everyone benefits. For example, in classrooms, intelligibility facilitates what’s called “secondary learning.” Take Advantage of Mobile Cloud. What Are You Waiting For? As organizations seek ways to maintain real-time connections with their workforce and customers in an increasingly digital and mobile-centered world, the growth …

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The American Telemedicine Association’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Gary Capistrant, and Director of State Policy Latoya Thomas, joined together to discuss several telehealth bills and regulations as well as state policy developments for the month of September. What’s New with ATA The ATA is scheduled to launch an Accreditation Program recognizing US and Canadian Organizations who provide direct or online healthcare consultations that meet specific standards for online healthcare consultants online patient care programs.   This program will launch in November. ATA members will receive an invitation to pre-register during the month of October. Congress: Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee …

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Unified Communications solutions bring together real-time communication services such as; voice, messaging, presence, video and desktop sharing, essentially integrating all forms of digital communications into one application. Some people believe it is just video calling, or it inserts your voicemail into email, while the application does all of these, it’s not just a single form of communication; it integrates everything into one simple easy to use application. Here are five reasons why you should adopt a unified communications solution, and how it can benefit your organization. Increase Productivity Regardless of the industry, most organizations have multiple locations, where decisions need to be …

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