Collaboration: A Year In Review

December 23, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

2013 has been another great year for collaboration. A few trends that continue to be at the forefront of innovation include big data, SaaS, Mobility, Content, Social, and Telework. Below we will look back on some of these popular collaboration trends of 2013 and why they continue to help shape collaboration. Domination of SaaS and the “Cloud”: SaaS and the Cloud have continued to influence the IT industry this year. SaaS companies have continued to grow, and many providers of on-premise software and hardware options are now introducing SaaS solutions to both complement existing solutions and give alternative options in order to …

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This Week In Collaboration

December 20, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Santa’s Special Connections Connected Santa is a program that Cisco Systems has created in which volunteer elves visit hospitals to help make the connection between children and Santa using Cisco Telepresence and Jabber technology. The elves will make a video conference call with Santa so they can have the important conversations about whether they have been good or bad and what is on their wish list. The “must-have” of mobility Mobility is no longer a nice to have in healthcare, it is becoming a necessity and an expectation. Two technologies reviewed in …

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On December 11th, IVCi and Polycom hosted a webinar covering Collaborative Healthcare and its connection to Accountable Care Organizations & EHR Implementations. The session was co-presented by Dr. Deborah Jeffries, Polycom’s Director of US Healthcare and Cheryl Henshaw, Polycom’s Director of Grant Assistance. The session provided some insightful content on applying visual collaboration to patient care as as well as some of the grants available to help fund these initiatives. SLIDES PRESENTED: WEBINAR RECORDING:

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Why Is Interoperability So Important?

December 16, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Video Conferencing

Interoperability almost always comes up anytime video conferencing is discussed. But what exactly is interoperability and why is it so important? The definition of interoperability is the ability to make systems and organizations work together (inter-operate). In the video world, it is the ability for two video conferencing systems to connect with each other. For example, a Polycom system is interoperable with any other Polycom system. Or, a standards-based video system is interoperable with any other standards-based video system. However, standards-based video systems do not natively interoperate with consumer desktop clients like Skype or Google Video Chat. So why is interoperability so …

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Canadian airline WestJet used video conferencing to plan a “Christmas Miracle” for 250 of its passengers this holiday season. They set up Santa chat boxes in terminals at Hamilton and Toronto airports and when passengers scanned their boarding pass they were connected via video conference to Santa Claus. From there, they rattled off their wish list ranging anywhere from socks and underwear to a big screen TV. When their flights took off, WestJet volunteers in Calgary worked with Best Buy and CrossIron Mills to gather the gifts. Watch the heartwarming video below as these passengers get the shock of their lives …

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Driving Usage & Adoption of Video Conferencing

December 11, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

The benefits of video conferencing are undeniable and technological innovations have made video more accessible and easier to use than ever. Unfortunately, some organizations are finding it difficult to drive usage and adoption of these solutions among their workforce. We created the below infographic to illustrate some of the key elements of an integrated approach to adoption. This not only ensures more users will embrace the technology but it will also make achieving a great ROI possible. To dig deeper and to understand some of the best practices and key areas to consider, download the whitepaper as well.

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Today IVCi is incredibly excited to reveal our newest service, Cloud Video Experience (CVE). This new offering is a subscription based, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that makes large scale and rapid deployment of video conferencing not only possible but extremely easy. CVE was built to address the key challenges organizations face with video conferencing implementations including: 1. Infrastructure – CVE provides cloud based infrastructure that supports video conferencing endpoint registration, the ability to assign a standard name to your video device (name@domain.com) as well as a global directory and B2B calling. 2. Scalability – All CVE devices and software clients are auto-configured …

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This Week In Collaboration

December 6, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. 5 Ways to Untether From the Desk With Video Conferencing  Using video conferencing to be able to get away from your desk but still stay connected takes some of the stress out of this busy holiday season. Video conferencing can make sure you stay connected, maintain your presence, and meet on the go. 2. Time to Pledge Allegiance to Telework  March 3-7, 2014 federal employees will be asked to stay at home by their agencies and not come in to the office. This is part of Telework Week, the Mobile Work …

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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 There are currently 30 plus proposed bills before Congress and 2013 has been one of the biggest years for telehealth legislation. The most notable is the Harper Bill which has been previously discussed; the biggest emphasis is getting this bill to the Congressional Budget Office so they can provide their estimate as to the cost savings this bill provides. Telestroke is a major component which Linkous says can help revolutionize stroke care. Last year over 100,000 people who …

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As the times change, the interview process is changing as well. In this case we are talking about video conferencing. Although video conference interviews have not completely replaced face to face interviewing, they are often done at a very important point in the interview process; the first impression. This first impression will help to determine if candidates are an initial good fit for the position or not. As important as it is for the candidate to make a good first impression, it is also very important for you and your organization to come across in a positive and professional manner. Video …

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