Category: Collaboration

Tips for Leading a Virtual Team Effectively

February 3, 2014, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Remote teams are quickly growing in popularity with the acceptance and growing use of telework programs. However, leading a remote team and managing remote team members is far different from traditional teams. There are many things that we take for granted being in an office, especially face time, that need to be specifically addressed for remote teams. In a recent HBR article, Keith Ferrazzi mentions three tips to managing virtual teams. Here are a few others to ensure your remote team members function as well as local team members. Be Available:  Formal weekly status meetings are a must but don’t forget to …

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The 5 W’s of a Video Conferencing Strategy

January 29, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Video conferencing initiatives continue to be an increasing priority to many organizations. With advancements in technology, the promise of connecting people anywhere, any time, on any device is now an attainable goal when video collaboration is implemented correctly. The first step in this process is to put together a solid video collaboration strategy. As a starting point, here are 5 important for getting your video strategy off on the right foot. Who will be using video? More specifically, what business units will be using video? Will this be for executives only? Will different departments have access to the video conferencing equipment/services? What will they …

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Top AV Trends for 2014

January 27, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Collaboration

With 2013 solidly in our rear view, 2014 is presenting some exciting new developments in the world of audio visual integration and technology. Based on what happened in 2013 from a product perspective, as well as new habits of users, we see several key trends emerging this year. 1. Content is King For many years, AV rooms have focused upon the users participating in the meeting and ensuring that they look and sound as good as possible. Especially in rooms that feature video conferencing, clarity has been a priority. The world is changing quite rapidly and with the maturity of big data, …

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This Week In Collaboration

January 24, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. What Next for BYOD? Cisco introduced a BYOD solution to remove some of the burden from IT Departments and provide them with a central point for managing many aspects of the BYOD lifecycle including on-boarding, device profiling, authentication, authorization, offboarding, and self-service management. This all fits in to the recently created industry segment, Mobile Device Management. 4 Productivity Tips for Business Meetings Many people dread meetings and conference calls and according to a Blue Jeans Network survey, 6% of employees have admitted to falling asleep during conference calls. 4 tips for making …

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This Week In Collaboration

January 10, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

  Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. First Look: Why Banks Should Copy Amazon s Mayday Video Support Financial institutions should take notice of Amazon’s video on-demand customer service feature and think about utilizing a similar service on their mobile and tablet applications. Giving customers the ability to speak to a customer service representative face-to-face from their mobile device or tablet could exponentially improve their users digital experience.  This could not only help customer service but also be further extended as a sales tool when branch personnel help with remote assistance to their customers. Getting Great Audio in a …

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Web Conferencing vs. Video Conferencing

January 8, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Video conferencing and web conferencing are two commonly confused technologies. Traditionally, these two applications were very different. At a very basic level, web conferencing focused on content sharing while video conferencing focused on providing face-to-face interaction. Web conferencing is and was often used for lectures, presentations and webinars for larger groups of people. They were also designed for individuals to easily join from their desktop. Depending on the solution, web conferencing had either two-way audio capabilities or only one-way audio for the presenter. On the other hand, video conferencing was most frequently used for meetings between two different locations. The video conference …

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Corporate New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

January 6, 2014, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

It’s that time of year again, for New Year’s Resolutions. While individuals resolve to eat healthier and stay in touch more with family and friends, organizations can also take this time to establish new company-wide initiatives that not only affect the bottom line but can also motivate and inspire their teams. Here are a few resolutions companies can drive for 2014: Reinforce Green Behavior This can be accomplished is numerous ways such as reducing travel, replacing paper with digital documents or encouraging carpooling among coworkers. It helps to set specific goals such as replacing 10% of business travel with video conferencing or …

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5 Ways Santa Uses Video Conferencing

December 24, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Santa is officially headed out and is on his way to our homes to leave gifts for everyone all over the globe. While he is away, how does he stay connected to all back at the North Pole? On second thought, how does he stay connected all year round? Well video conferencing plays a big part in Santa’s role as CEO, husband, and global gift giver. Take a look at a few of the ways that Santa uses video collaboration to make his life a little bit easier. Driving Elf Productivity Santa has a demanding job being the CEO of the entire …

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Collaboration: A Year In Review

December 23, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

2013 has been another great year for collaboration. A few trends that continue to be at the forefront of innovation include big data, SaaS, Mobility, Content, Social, and Telework. Below we will look back on some of these popular collaboration trends of 2013 and why they continue to help shape collaboration. Domination of SaaS and the “Cloud”: SaaS and the Cloud have continued to influence the IT industry this year. SaaS companies have continued to grow, and many providers of on-premise software and hardware options are now introducing SaaS solutions to both complement existing solutions and give alternative options in order to …

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This Week In Collaboration

December 20, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Santa’s Special Connections Connected Santa is a program that Cisco Systems has created in which volunteer elves visit hospitals to help make the connection between children and Santa using Cisco Telepresence and Jabber technology. The elves will make a video conference call with Santa so they can have the important conversations about whether they have been good or bad and what is on their wish list. The “must-have” of mobility Mobility is no longer a nice to have in healthcare, it is becoming a necessity and an expectation. Two technologies reviewed in …

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