Category: Collaboration

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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Enter Your coSpace: Where Ideas Thrive

August 28, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

As an employee of a visual collaboration organization I often take for granted the ease of access to video solutions and the fact that everyone I interact with on a daily basis is on video. In most organizations video conferencing deployments are often limited to a subset of users. For example, middle management or functional departments like sales are given video due to their high proportion of remote team members. In a typical video environment, most companies use a mix of hardware devices and software, often causing interoperability issues. Conference rooms normally have some sort of standards-based video system from Cisco …

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Video is Most Useful Tool to Oil & Gas Industry

August 12, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Collaboration

As the need for collaboration grows, the video conferencing industry provides. Microsoft and Accenture have published survey results showing that the oil and gas industry has looked to video conferencing as a solution for major problems within the industry. Accessing information at anytime from anywhere is a key factor in business success, and having the ability to share data and communicate in real time provides major benefits.  As a result, the need for video collaboration in this industry is steadily increasing as workplace dynamics continue to change. Approximately 200 oil and gas industry professionals including engineers, mid-level and executive management, business …

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The Newest Member of Production Teams

July 18, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Collaboration

When thinking about movie production, video conferencing and collaboration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, producer Jerry Bruckheimer agrees that thanks to video conferencing, producing films is much more successful and efficient. Rather than spending excess amounts of money on travel costs so directors, producers, and actors can be in the same location, video collaboration has allowed the flow of communication to be unaffected by the lack of physical presence. Bruckheimer certainly utilizes his Cisco TelePresence set up, and is in constant communication with everyone on his production team. When making a movie, it is nearly …

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Polycom’s Lync Keeps Getting Stronger

July 15, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Collaboration

Polycom has recently announced its latest addition to its video collaboration family, the Polycom CX5500 and CX 5100 Unified Conference Station, a 360 degree panoramic 1080p HD video collaboration solution custom-built for Microsoft Lync 2013 and the first ever in the video conferencing industry. These stations are designed to create an around-the-table experience with a 360 degree camera panoramic view of the room, allowing all participants to engage. Polycom has also announced that it has received Lync 2013 qualification for its Polycom VVX Business Media Phones, strengthening the partnership between the two companies by expanding Polycom solutions that are compatible with Lync …

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To Collaboration and Beyond

July 11, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Collaboration is the new buzzword in business today. Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about a new way to connect people together. And why not? Collaboration features tremendous benefits including driving creativity and innovation. As a result, many organizations are trying to foster more collaborative environments through the development of a collaboration strategy. Pixar, the animator of our favorite blockbuster hits, created a highly collaborative environment and has been reaping numerous benefits. Every single one of their films has been a hit from the early days of Toy Story and most recently Monsters U. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, truly recognized …

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