Category: Collaboration

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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Video Conferencing Has Gone Soft

June 26, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Collaboration

Infocomm, the largest industry tradeshow for all things communications, was held earlier this month. The show focuses on audio visual technology including the technologies that are used to build collaborative room environments.  Major visual collaboration vendors also setup large booths to showcase and demo their recent offerings to the public and their partners. This year, a trend that we have consistently been seeing in video came to fruition. In a previous post, we discussed the move of video conferencing to software and virtualization. At the show this year, a plethora of products were announced that follow this exact model. Rather than …

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The thought of implementing a new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system is enough to make anyone in a healthcare organization wake up in a cold sweat. Switching from paper charts to an entirely new way of providing patient care is a daunting task for most physicians as it requires a brand new set of processes and procedures. However, the benefits of EMR can no longer be ignored. Not only does storing medical records digitally help prevent filing errors, patient records can be backed up in multiple locations significantly reducing the threat of losing patient health information in an emergency. Plus, the …

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How To Create Effective Collaborations

June 6, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

You’ve likely heard a lot about collaboration lately. Collaboration is now considered an integral part of corporate innovation and success. According to this study by IBM, the CEOs of top companies all give collaboration skills top billing for driving firms’ achievements: “CEOs regard interpersonal skills of collaboration (75 percent), communication (67 percent), creativity (61 percent) and flexibility (61 percent) as key drivers of employee success to operate in a more complex, interconnected environment.” Choosing a “Collaborative Architecture” But what trips up a lot of companies’ leadership is not whether they should create a collaborative environment, but how to do it. According to this …

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Combining Complex Data with Telepresence

May 23, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Now that unified communications have become commonplace and popular, many meeting participants prefer to participate in meetings from their desk. In some instances, that might work well, but in-room collaboration offers benefits that completely remote meetings do not. In-room allows participants to experience non-verbal communication and other visual cues that make collaboration more effective. Participants can get up and move around and still participate in the conversation, plus larger displays make it easier to view remote participants and data sources. Organizations also often need to share and collaborate on complex data. This includes high resolution images where granular detail is necessary, …

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In collaboration environments there is often the need to display different types of content. Selecting the correct display plays an integral role in the effectiveness of a collaboration environment as the wrong type of display can provide a poor user experience. For example, if the display is too small for the room, participants will have a difficult time seeing the content. The two main types of displays are flat panel displays and projection systems and there are several factors to consider when selecting a display. This includes the size of the room, the application and type of content being displayed, room …

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Collaboration technologies are making their way into many organizations as executives realize the benefits collaboration can bring to their organization. In many cases, there is a need to connect groups of people in a collaborative room environment; whether it’s to encourage collaboration on documents or other deliverables, video conference with remote teams, or hold a training session for new hires or policy updates. They myriad of choices between the technology, room layouts, furniture and more can become overwhelming; especially for organizations designing a collaboration environment for the first time. Here are a few tips to help navigate through the process. When determine …

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