Category: Industry News

“Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation.”             – Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft There is no denying that Microsoft Lync is experiencing explosive growth as a unified communications solution for organizations large and small. From IM and presence to full enterprise voice and HD video conferencing, Lync provides a total communications solution. Last week Microsoft held its 2nd Annual Lync Conference in Las Vegas. This conference nearly doubled in size from 2013 when it was held in San Diego. This massive increase in attendance is a strong endorsement of Lync’s growth and presence in the …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. School Days 2.0: Connected, Borderless, and Highly Inclusive Just as the Internet of Everything is disrupting so many other areas of our lives (not to mention business models), its ever-expanding wave of network connectivity promises to upend education as well. Within the context of learning, the very definition of schools, students, teachers, and classrooms is being challenged. Now, your classroom is wherever you happen to be, and your lessons often take place when you want them How Technology has Changed our Daily Commute Forever Mobile technology and connectivity has, and still is, changing the …

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This Week In Collaboration

February 7, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Cloud Services, Healthcare, Industry News, Mobility

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Deliver what every CEO wants through Cloud Collaboration CEOs want IT leaders to figure out how technology can help their business transform and expand, as much as make it operate. Thanks to the consumerization of IT and the explosion of mobile and social technologies, there is a unique opportunity to embed IT into an organization’s overall business strategy. When IT leaders define what business problem they are trying to solve and test the right technology solution, they can become an integral part of running, changing and growing a business. How states …

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Advancements in video conferencing technology have continued to propel its usage and adoption. Cost of ownership along with different interoperability barriers have decreased while ease of use and scalability have increased.  It’s no wonder that 76% of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Polycom and Redshift Research say they use video solutions at work today while 56% of those users participate in at least one call per week. Video conferencing is quickly becoming the “go to” tool in business today. Check out the infographic below for other interesting facts from the survey including top dos and don’ts during video calls.

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This Week In Collaboration

October 25, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Education, Industry News, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Distance Education 2.0 The MOOC movement allows professors to reach anyone in the world with an internet connection through these online open courses. Specifically, China has put a focus on MOOC’s in order to try and improve their domestic education. 2. Taking Video Conferencing out of the boardroom With mobile devices being used for video conferencing increasing over the last couple years, companies have been able to expand their video environment outside of the boardroom. This is due in part to the interoperability and decreased costs that mobile devices bring to …

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This Week in Collaboration

October 11, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Working Smarter: The Paradigm Shift in Business Collaboration Great insight on how individuals embracing new collaboration tools will benefit from a more innovative, efficient, and happier workforce. In contrast to past work environments, these new disruptive forces in collaboration technologies have created new strategies for companies to implement. 2. Fufulling the promise of advanced collaboration  Although the advanced collaboration technologies emerging in our market today are increasing productivity, there have been many IT challenges along the way. One of the most difficult hurdles for implementing these tools is the lack of …

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This Week in Collaboration

September 27, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the weeks’ best articles surrounding collaboration.  1. Polycom Video Solutions help keep NATO personnel ready for the next crisis, diplomatic mission or humanitarian effort Announcement around NATO’s decision to use Polycom’s RealPresence Platform as the backbone of their video collaboration environment. By utilizing video conferencing, NATO is hoping to streamline decision making and communication as well as reducing travel costs. 2. SPAR saves time and money with video conferencing This post showcases UK based grocery chain SPAR, and how deploying video has saved the company both time and money. Their main use case was around their multiple executive meetings that …

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This Week in Collaboration

September 13, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the weeks’ best articles surrounding collaboration.  1. Mobile Video Collaboration Cisco explains what they are doing to better their infrastructure and technology to better suit mobile video needs. Those needs include high quality audio, video, and application sharing. 2. Video conferencing for your business This article explains to some of the use cases and benefits of using video conferencing as opposed to audio conferencing for meetings.  It also briefly speaks to the different visual collaboration tools available. 3. Polycom enables Green Cross International 20(th) Anniversary Earth Dialogues Conference to Deliver Interactive, Live Broadcast from the United Nations Details about how Green Cross International …

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With the next generation of executives taking control over established companies, new changes are bound to arise. The 2013 Cisco Global Young Executives’ Video Attitudes Survey shows that many of these new managers are interested in video collaboration and plan on incorporating it into their business or company. Many new managers understand the benefits video can provide for their company, and some will not even consider working with other companies unless they use it as a tool. The convenience of video conferencing is something that many young executives and managers are taking advantage of because it allows participants to read visual …

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This Week in Collaboration

August 30, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the weeks’ best articles surrounding collaboration.  1. Agencies are saving millions with virtual events This is an interesting article about how NASA and FEMA are using video conferencing, specifically for virtual events. It also touches on the mobile and BYOD policy that they are rolling out, along with the resulting benefits of using these video collaboration tools. 2.  Can Video Conferencing Open Up Three Cans of Worms? An analysis around the three most common challenges surrounding video conferencing in contact centers. Specifically, the technology, HR, and legal issues are concerns for organizations implementing video conferencing. It does state however, …

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