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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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. Medicare Several weeks ago Medicare created its proposed rulemaking for the physician fee schedule, set to begin on January 1st, 2014. There have also been two major improvements proposed for telehealth. One is the expansion of the definition of a rural health shortage area. The purpose of this is to increase coverage of telehealth by allowing more areas to be considered metropolitan counties. This proposal will help the 104 counties that lost their telehealth coverage due to their …

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Stay in Place and Cut the Waste

July 25, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Government, Video Conferencing

The federal government has experienced the benefits of video conferencing and now new legislation is being introduced to demand it. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania has introduced a new bill, the Stay in Place, Cut the Waste Act of 2013, into the House of Representatives that encourages the usage of collaborative solutions, such as video conferencing, to reduce the amount spent on travel by federal agencies. If this bill passes, at least 50% of federal travel expenditures will be cut, saving taxpayer dollars. Many of the benefits of video conferencing have been mentioned in the bill. While it will not only …

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Video conferencing has quickly become a major tool that many companies utilize. Cory Johnson of Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West” talked with Cisco Senior Vice President Collaboration Technology Group, Rowan Trollope, via video about the adoption rate of video conferencing. Trollope gave some insight into Cisco saying that about 38% of Cisco’s employees do not work at the same site as their managers; however,  it’s not really an issue  thanks to video conferencing. Video collaboration technology has allowed managers and employees to stay in touch with one another and chat about certain projects or simply to keep one another updated. Connecting via …

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The Newest Member of Production Teams

July 18, 2013, by Lindsey Ingram in Collaboration

When thinking about movie production, video conferencing and collaboration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, producer Jerry Bruckheimer agrees that thanks to video conferencing, producing films is much more successful and efficient. Rather than spending excess amounts of money on travel costs so directors, producers, and actors can be in the same location, video collaboration has allowed the flow of communication to be unaffected by the lack of physical presence. Bruckheimer certainly utilizes his Cisco TelePresence set up, and is in constant communication with everyone on his production team. When making a movie, it is nearly …

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