Category: Collaboration

This Week In Collaboration

December 6, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. 5 Ways to Untether From the Desk With Video Conferencing  Using video conferencing to be able to get away from your desk but still stay connected takes some of the stress out of this busy holiday season. Video conferencing can make sure you stay connected, maintain your presence, and meet on the go. 2. Time to Pledge Allegiance to Telework  March 3-7, 2014 federal employees will be asked to stay at home by their agencies and not come in to the office. This is part of Telework Week, the Mobile Work …

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3 Things To Be Thankful For On Your Next Video Call

November 28, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

As I sit here on the eve of thanksgiving, thinking about the holiday and what I am thankful for, one of the first things that comes to mind  is how thankful I am for the ability to work remotely. With the use of video conferencing I have been able to travel and spend the holiday week with my family all while still staying connected with colleagues and able to conduct face to face meetings. The ability to connect and collaborate with people from anywhere at anytime is just one of the many benefits of video conferencing. That being said, there are …

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This Week In Collaboration

November 22, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Telework rapidly gains momentum but are businesses managing the risks The increase in telework has been rapidly changing the dynamics of the workplace and employees are reaping the rewards that telework provides. These benefits include  reduced office costs, reduced staff turnover, greater work/life balance, and increased productivity. However, because work health and safety legislation apply to home-based working as well as office based work, companies considering telework arrangements need to make sure they implement appropriate guidelines and policies to minimize risks and ensure a safe workforce. 2. The technology that helps band …

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What Does an AV Room Consist Of?

November 13, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

What is an AV Room? A place to collaborate? A place to meet with remote team members? A place to present PowerPoint slides? While the correct answer may be all of the above; none of these functions would happen without the proper design and configuration of the space. Technology integration and the actual room environment  are essential considerations when designing an optimal meeting space. As stated by Tim Hennen, SVP of Engineering at IVCi, “An audio visual integrated room is a meld of art and science. The art is in the design of the room itself; the lighting, furniture, and …

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This Week In Collaboration

November 8, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Using collaboration as a sales tool New technology is transforming meeting rooms. Important aspects needed to be taken in to consideration when selecting the right collaboration technology. These factors include ease of use, ability to collaborate with meeting participants, content sharing capability, and quicker start up. 2. Extending Video to the Web through Open Source H.264 Up until now video has not been natively possible through a web browser. WebRTC has been the answer to that, however, speed bumps have been hit around choosing a video codec for the browser. In response, Cisco …

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Cisco Collaboration Summit 2013

November 1, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Last week Cisco hosted their 2013 Collaboration Summit where Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, delivered the key note address which included Cisco’s collaboration strategy as well as new product announcements. Trollope started with memories of his first computer; how technology at work surpassed what was available to him at home. In the past few years though, with the advent of the smartphones and tablets along with Facebook and other social networking sites, technology available to consumers at home has surpassed the technology available at work which has led to a sense of frustration. There is …

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Social collaboration is about the casual interactions among colleagues, business partners and even customers that enable creativity and drive innovation.  When an organization embraces social collaboration, interactions come alive and innovation can explode across the business! We created the below Infographic to illustrate the power of social collaboration and the innovation that is possible when people are given the tools and environment to work together. After you take a look at the Infographic, read our new white paper: Driving Innovation Through Social Collaboration.  

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5 Lessons I Have Learned From Telecommuting

September 20, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

I saw a news clip about the rise in telecommuting on CBS the other day and I echoed many of the sentiments from my fellow telecommuters. I also have a confession to make, what I looked forward to the most was the ability to wear sweatpants to the “office.” The first week or two I would go to my closet each morning grinning as I bi-passed my slacks and skirts en route to my sweatpants drawer. However, I quickly learned that getting ready in the same way I would when going in to an office, was very important for my “workday” mindset. Now …

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What is Collaboration? – Infographic

September 18, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Collaboration means different things to different people. But at the end of the day it’s all about connecting people and giving them the ability to work together. The need for these types of connections continue to grow as workforces become more global and dispersed. When people are connected they can share ideas, brainstorm on new initiatives, collaborate on deliverables and so much more. We created the below infographic to highlight the many forms that collaboration can take, what some of the benefits are, where collaboration happens and the tools available.

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Huddle Up and Collaborate

September 17, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Collaboration

Organizations are investing in collaboration tools and environments as the importance becomes increasingly prevalent. Not to mention, many organizations have recently started to break down walls (figuratively and literally) in offices. Companies are eliminating office spaces and creating open floor plans to facilitate interaction among colleagues. Physical spaces, namely conference rooms, where employees can gather to work on deliverables or projects are necessary components to facilitate collaboration. However, since these rooms are shared resources, scheduling is necessary to make sure meetings don’t interrupt each other. This can be frustrating for teams who want to meet spontaneously. With that in mind, huddle spaces …

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