Video Enabled Supply Chain Drives Retail Growth

September 12, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Cisco, Telepresence

The benefits of visual collaboration are expansive and cross just about every job function and industry. European retail giant Kingfisher recently sat down for a Cisco case study to discuss how collaboration technologies have helped overcome challenges in their supply chain,  improving profitability and shortening product development cycles. One of the biggest challenges Kingfisher faced was how to connect direct sourcing suppliers located in Asia, with buyers and quality control teams located in Europe.  Not only was travel time consuming and expensive, the entire product design process was lengthy and cumbersome as people had to physically handle product prototypes, artwork or …

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Video Conferencing Security Basics

September 10, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Cloud Services, Video Conferencing

Video conferencing security continues to make news every now and then. Last year, it was HD Moore who hacked into conference rooms around the globe and this year German magazine Der Spiegel said the NSA hacked into the United Nations video conferencing system. In the wake of these events, many users of video conferencing get worried and some get downright paranoid.  However, video can be extremely secure if it is configured properly. All standards-based video conferencing systems include 128-bit AES encryption which secures the audio and video data being sent between users. Encrypting the audio and video packets prevents hackers from …

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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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Another school year is upon us, and again we are faced with the challenge of accessibility and cost of education. Massive open online classes, more commonly referred to as MOOC’s, are gaining substantial popularity across the nation. These online courses, offered to large numbers of students, and often free of charge, use a recorded video curriculum that students can access at their convenience. One of the major benefits is the on-demand structure of that content. Furthermore, this increased accessibility allows students to participate regardless of their location or scheduled availability. Although MOOC’s can vary drastically from class to class, they have one …

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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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Enter Your coSpace: Where Ideas Thrive

August 28, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

As an employee of a visual collaboration organization I often take for granted the ease of access to video solutions and the fact that everyone I interact with on a daily basis is on video. In most organizations video conferencing deployments are often limited to a subset of users. For example, middle management or functional departments like sales are given video due to their high proportion of remote team members. In a typical video environment, most companies use a mix of hardware devices and software, often causing interoperability issues. Conference rooms normally have some sort of standards-based video system from Cisco …

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There are numerous statistics that discuss the proliferation of video conferencing into conference rooms and other meeting environments. Every year, some analyst or video evangelist says, “This is the year video is going to explode!” While video continues to grow at a steady pace, that “explosion” of mass adoption and ubiquity has yet to happen. Right now, only 5% of conference rooms are equipped with some form of video conferencing. This leaves a lot of room for growth! A typical situation for an organization implementing video usually follows this formula; ten conference rooms have been identified as “video rooms” and will …

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The Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a part of North Shore LIJ, strongly believes that art is a crucial aspect of children’s hospitals, as it creates an optimistic and constructive environment. This kind of environment allows children to open up their imagination and begin the healing process. As a result, they implemented an interactive virtual aquarium to entertain the children who are in the pediatric emergency waiting room. The inspiration of this theme came from Long Island’s very own ocean and shoreline to create a familiar setting for young children, making them feel more at home rather than in a hospital. A …

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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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Strap on your Roominator and get ready, because now you can be in your office and running down the streets of Manhattan at the exact same time! Gone are the days of jugging work meetings with personal commitments. The Roominator, coupled with the Blue Jeans service, allows collaboration whenever, wherever, and with whichever device they please. So say goodbye to the days of stuffy conference rooms and poor video connection. Blue Jeans provides high-quality video collaboration that expands the boundaries of video collaboration to the outdoors while the Roominator provides a business like setting to conduct your meeting. You simply set …

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