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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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Congress In the wake of the Government shutdown, Congress continues to debate several different legislative proposals and provisions. One aspect involves the repeal of the medical device tax which charges a 2.3% tax on all medical devices; including some telemedicine components. The provision to repeal this tax is on the table; however, Capistrant says while this is possible it is not probable. Bill HR 3077 was introduced by Congressmen Devin Nunez and Frank Pallone to allow providers with one …

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Advancements in video technology have had a tremendous impact on the creation and proliferation of distance learning programs. By integrating video conferencing solutions, universities are able to extend the reach of their programs to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. Calvin Hughes, Instructional Technologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, talks about his experience with video conferencing and the impact it has had on the University. IVCi: Can you give us a brief overview of your video environment? CH: We currently have 5 classrooms that hook up locally at the College of Dentistry. There are also 6 or 7 …

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Developing a Mobile Video Strategy Part II

October 4, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

As stated in Part 1 of this series, when choosing to deploy a mobile video strategy, having a plan of attack is of utmost importance. The first step was defining the video environment to determine what is necessary for a successful implementation. The second step in developing a mobile video strategy is to assess different aspects of the organization’s network environment. This focuses on the following key areas: Office Network Remote Network Infrastructure Platform Consideration Active Directory Integration Specifically, this means that attention needs to be paid to an office’s wireless network configuration, remote network essentials, defined software platforms, necessary infrastructure, and determination of active directory …

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Video Conferencing Comes to Banking

October 2, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is slowly emerging in the retail banking sector as a way to meet growing customer expectations and combat declining foot traffic in branch locations. There are so many things customers can now do online that they don’t even need to go to a bank. Checking account balances, transferring money between accounts and even paying bills can be done with a few simple clicks on a bank’s website. As a result, banks need to find new ways to interact with their customers. International financial research and consulting firm, Celent, recently released the report Video Banking: Lights, Camera, Transactions?, discussing how …

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When it comes to understanding how collaboration services are delivered, there is much discussion surrounding cloud-based options versus on-premise and everything in between. The language used to describe the design of these services can be somewhat confusing and many of the terms are often used in the wrong way to make understanding them every more challenging! Let’s start by discussing cloud services themselves. What is a Cloud Service? A cloud service is basically any service or resource that is delivered via the internet or other remote network. There are several classifications of cloud services, including: Software as a Service (SaaS): These services deliver software …

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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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For companies looking to dive in to this mobile video craze, having a solid plan of attack is very important. Not only will it help determine the technology requirements, it ensures a consistent user experience for all participants involved. The first step in developing a mobile video strategy is to define the organization’s video environment. This focuses on determining the following key areas: End users Video devices & applications Meeting types Current video equipment Goals & objectives Essentially, this means organizations should outline who will be using mobile video, what devices these participants will be connecting with, what types of meetings will be conducted, and the objectives …

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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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