The proliferation of desktop and mobile video solutions, along with WebRTC, has allowed participants to join a video call virtually anywhere there is an internet connection. However, a poor internet connection can destroy a video conference. Here are a few things you need to know when joining a video call over the internet: Download Speed: Download speed is the amount of bandwidth people have coming to their computer from the Internet. Think of a road coming toward an office; the more lanes it has the more traffic the road can handle. Similarly, the more downstream bandwidth people have the more internet traffic …

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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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Endpoint Evolution: The Cisco MX300 G2

February 5, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Cisco, Video Conferencing

When it comes to video conferencing everyone seems to be talking cloud based services and mobility. These are certainly the big trends of the moment but it is important to remember that room based collaboration is not going away. Colleagues still want the ability to grab a conference room and initiate both local collaboration sessions as well as connect to remote participants via video. Back in October at the Cisco Collaboration Summit, several announcements were made regarding Cisco’s video portfolio. The overarching theme was to make collaboration simple. One of the hardware solutions announced was the MX300 G2. This solution is …

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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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Polycom’s Ted Colton demonstrates the company’s telehealth solutions along with their integration to IBM’s Care Manager. This truly shows the power of visual collaboration when integrated into healthcare applications. One click within the Care Manager application can initiate a video conference with patients or other healthcare providers who can be on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

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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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So Many Clouds, So Little Time

January 22, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Cloud Services

2013 brought about even higher adoption of cloud based services across nearly every technology industry. From accounting software to streaming music to video conferencing and collaboration, the cloud has clearly come of age. What can be confusing about cloud-based services is the different ways they are deployed both internally and externally. The three types of cloud deployments are public clouds, private clouds and hybrid clouds. To help you understand the differences, here are the definitions and examples of the three types: Public Cloud Public Clouds provide services over the public Internet. These types of clouds provide access to a significant amount of shared …

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