This Week In Collaboration

May 23, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Cloud Services, Collaboration, Government, Healthcare, Industry News, Mobility, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.

Video conferencing in the cloud takes business collaboration to new heights.
As confidence to deliver services and applications in the cloud gathers pace, Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS) is starting to evolve. According to recent research from Wainhouse Research, the number of solutions available in this space has grown drastically, with many based on technology platforms that were not available until 2013. With the rise of VCaaS and video delivered via the cloud, businesses can now take better advantage of video to transform their business without the high price tag.

Show and Tell: Why Mobile Video Conferencing Matters
Video is everywhere right now, and that trend isn’t going to change any time soon. The simultaneous explosion in both mass-consumer and enterprise video applications are driven by increased utility with the tools, leading to wider adoption and lower costs. This feeds back into further development of those tools, furthering the cycle. Ease of use and the ability for users to download a video conferencing app on virtually any device has also helped to increase adoption and popularity of video conferencing.

Videoconferencing Is a Green Business Response to Climate Change
Carbon emissions need to be cut by 90 percent by 2050, according to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Videoconferencing can offer a competitive advantage for companies and is a win-win option for organizations and their employees. Many small businesses are limited by the amount of money they can pour into business travel, according to TVTI. By being familiar and comfortable with a videoconferencing tool, employees can save money and time, while still achieving the goal of staying in contact with crucial people who are essential to success.

How video conferencing can expand student growth
Like many educators, Charles Hay World School in Englewood Colorado faced a challenge: how to create an exciting, real-world curriculum within the confining four walls of a classroom. And as many other educators have discovered, connecting to museums, mentors and students in far-away locations via video conferencing was a clear way improve the overall educational experience and expand students’ world of learning.

Videoconferencing Connects Hospice Patients, Families – InformationWeek
Connecting with loved ones during their last days is invaluable to survivors and patients, but can be impossible for family members and friends who live far away. When it built Ames House, Hospice of the Western Reserve wanted to incorporate videoconferencing to bring everyone together. The nonprofit’s main goals were to ensure the system easily melded into the facility’s home-like atmosphere, Bob Plona, director of residential services at Hospice of the Western Reserve, says in an interview. It also had to be user friendly so patients didn’t need any assistance from staff, he adds.

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