IVCi Named to VAR500 for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth year running, IVCi is proud to announce that we have been recognized by Everything Channel’s CRN magazine as one of America’s top 500 integrators! Details to follow.

Management by (Not) Walking Around

IVCi recently completed a large-scale video conferencing and audio visual integration project for a client located across the country from its corporate headquarters in Long Island, New York.  Although IVCi has offices throughout the US, members of the management team are headquartered at the New York location.

During the project the SVP of AV integration took several tours of the project while it was a work in progress – he did not, however, leave his Long Island headquarters.

How did the SVP accomplish this? VGo! VGo is a telepresence robot that is mobile – a remote control allows the user to control the robot’s movement. It comes equipped with a video screen that depicts the user’s face to the far end, and a camera that transmits the robot’s location back to the user’s computer screen.

The SVP took frequent tours of the client’s location using the VGo robot. As the robot traveled around, the SVP said hello to passersby, spoke with IVCi personnel at the installation site, and surveyed an LCD that had just been secured to a wall. The ability to move the robot around as if he were at the client’s location allowed the SVP to manage the project without actually walking around!

Want more information about VGo? Check out:

http://198.154.240.130/~ivcicom/video-conferencing-vgo.html

Pope Gives Astronauts a Blessing Over Video Conference

Pope Benedict conducted the first ever video conference with the astronauts of the International Space Station. The pope spoke to the astronauts through a video link in the Vatican’s library.

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/pope-has-first-ever-video-conference-space-station-05-21-2011

Polycom Wows Wall Street, Adds to HD Telepresence Lineup

Polycom is right on the money with its UC offerings and recent additions to its telepresence product portfolio:

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/36804

Polycom Announces EagleEye Director for Telepresence Solutions

According to a press release that just hit the Web, Polycom’s new EagleEye Director creates a user experience that we haven’t seen before. This dual-camera tracking system actually makes sure that whoever is speaking is always highlighted (zoomed in and centered), creating a more personal and realistic meeting experience.

Polycom’s Eagle Eye should limit the need for camera and remote control adjustments.

“Unlike simple camera tracking technology of the past, the EagleEye Director gracefully transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room, allowing users to replicate a life-like conversation and drive more productive meetings.”

More here:

http://198.154.240.130/~ivcicom/polycom-eagleeye-director.html

Use Video Conferencing to Sharpen Observational Skills

Many of us could stand to increase our powers of observation. Observational skills can be improved if, like working out a muscle, they are used more often. In a business setting an inability to correctly read others’ reactions can be disastrous and lead to poor decision making. More companies are using video conferencing for meetings with business associates at remote locations to get all of the advantages of visual collaboration. Next time you are in a video meeting, pay close attention to other participants’ body language. Think about what their visual cues are telling you that belie their words. The more you do this, the better you will be at reading others in various settings.

Video Comes to Board Meetings

WSJ: As videoconferencing technology becomes more sophisticated, it is slowly moving up the corporate ladder to the boardroom—helping to save some directors the hassle of air travel and making it easier for boards to recruit international members.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703907004576279382859573922.html

Polycom Is On Fire!

Polycom continues to energize the market place as the only leading pure-play video conferencing provider. Some wise moves by management are growing opportunities and revenue around unified communications (UC), and the market is reacting!

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11091180/1/polycom-after-hours-trading.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN

Do Video Conferencing Users Really Experience Benefits?

According to study results released by Cisco, users of video conferencing receive both quantitative and qualitative benefits from the technology. It also sets out to explain why there may be hesitation to use this collaborative tool. TMCnet reports:

The biggest barriers to adoption of video collaboration, the study found, are not technology limitations but rather lack of experience and/or lack of understanding about how benefits outweigh costs. People who regularly use this technology are generally eager to extol its benefits, and overwhelmingly say it is worth the cost. Yet those who do not use it have a hard time understanding why it would benefit them. It truly is a case of seeing-is-believing.

“Ninety percent of those who use video conferencing technologies once or more per week say video collaboration technologies save them at least 2 hours of valuable work time a week—yet only 33 percent of nonusers believe they could save any time using the technology,” Cisco said in a report about the study.
http://telepresence.tmcnet.com/topics/telepresence/articles/165802-study-reveals-quantitative-qualitative-benefits-video-collaboration-workers.htm

Extroverts Make Better Leaders?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, extraverts are more often leaders of companies than are introverts. In fact, in the business world saying you’re an introvert can be a kiss of death. If an executive’s job is high profile and requires interacting with people and energizing a group, introverts can fall short as they are more reserved and think things through before speaking. But what secret can extroverts learn from their introverted peers? According to the April 20th article:

“Ian Cook, the chief of Colgate-Palmolive Co., characterizes himself as introverted. He believes his strong listening skills played a role in his steady advancement since he joined the consumer-goods manufacturer in 1976 as an assistant product manager. “I listen intently,” he says. “I am extremely attentive to language and body cues.”

When someone is attentive to body language, an audio-only meeting will never cut it! Video conferencing is a must-have.