The topic of cloud video conferencing comes up frequently here on the blog as well as around the collaboration industry as a whole. IVCi’s latest offering, Cloud Video Experience, provides a complete video collaboration service from the cloud that includes virtual meeting rooms, endpoint subscriptions, and software for desktop computers and iPads. The specifications of these services are good to know but the question really is how can a cloud service, such as CVE, help my business? Ensure Quality Across The Globe Many multinational organizations invest in visual collaboration technology in their data centers through the purchase of hardware and software. These devices …

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Creating content for digital signage can be a fun, creative process that lets you experiment with various graphic design elements including color, text, and layout. However, it is important to remember that the end goal of any digital signage is to inform people or get them to do something. Therefore when designing content it is important to remember your audience and follow the rule that form always follows function. Understanding certain design elements will help you to create a successful digital experience that highlights your brand and set your organization apart. BOLD GRAPHICS When designing your content you want to ensure that …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  3 Ways to Create a Productive Virtual Work Environment As online collaboration tools become increasingly sophisticated, a growing number of virtual companies are learning to take advantage of the global talent marketplace. However, managing a virtual company requires a different mindset — both for employees and employers. Delivering Better Transportation Solutions In a Connected World With Cisco IoE Many transportation systems have been in place for decades.  And, as more and more connections are needed, consolidating these aging and disparate proprietary networks into a single, more powerful IP network that supports the demand …

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Break out from behind your desk, and have your online meeting anywhere through the use of mobile video conferencing! Mobile devices are not only changing the way we have meetings, but changing the way we do business. No matter the number of employees a company holds, the location of the organization or the competitive environment and industry, mobile video conferencing allows you to do more with less. It creates a more personalized interaction, while fostering relationships, on the go. With that said, understanding the vital do’s and don’ts of mobile video conferencing can make or break that relationship and your …

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The Consumerization of Audio Visual

September 15, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

As organizations continue to deploy new collaboration spaces such as audio visual integrated rooms and huddle spaces, there is an emerging trend around the consumerization of these offerings. But what does that mean exactly? The IT world has seen more and more users bringing consumer devices to work and even using consumer based services to get their job done (file sharing, video conferencing, etc). A similar trend is starting to occur on the AV side. Users are taking those same consumer video devices and bringing them into the conference room and using them to drive meetings. Further, some organizations have taken simple …

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According to Forbes, one in every 5 Americans works from home, and the number is continuing to rise. With an increasingly globalized workforce, and technology resources and tools becoming more prevalent and easy to use, telework is growing at a rapid pace. Likewise, some of the common pitfalls of telework include lack of routine and productivity issues However, as a remote employee, I think there are a handful of less common challenges that can also trouble employees who work from home. Here are some of those challenges and a few easy solutions: 1. “Email Refresh Exhaustion” When working on projects or assignments there …

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User Experience and Collaboration “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci With so much discussion around the newest technologies available in video conferencing and collaboration it can be easy to forget about the most important aspect of the technology, users! For collaboration technology to be useful and successful within an organization, the user experience must be addressed first. You can have the latest and greatest conferencing solution become immediately useless if users are unable and unwilling to take advantage of it. Here are some key considerations when evaluating the user side of collaboration technology: Meeting Set-up How easy is it for …

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Audio Visual Buyer’s Guide

September 8, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

Walk into any conference room and you are sure to find multi-media technology set up to facilitate collaboration. Whether a meeting is held face-to-face or a via web/video conference, the need to easily access and display electronic information is critical to a meeting’s success. Building a new audio visual integrated room (whether it be a conference room, training facility, monitoring center or something else) can be an in-depth process that requires a lot of areas to be reviewed. Our new Audio Visual Buyer’s Guide is designed to help you understand all of the technical, environmental and user components that should be taken into account when …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. The Dotted Line Required for Social Business Success As leaders embrace the importance of culture and community in building a brand the focus and value of a brand is now shifted to the place it’s supposed to be, the people! The word “Social” in social business is the major change that leaders and brands must embrace which means a new focus must be made on improving who, how and why we communicate. Best practice tips for video interviewing HR professionals know better than most that we are seeing significant changes in the …

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Ready to bring collaboration tools into your classroom?  Educators are looking for ways to create technology-infused learning environments designed to foster collaboration.  Here are a few tools for effective collaboration and why you should adopt them. Cloud Storage: Need to lighten up the backpacks?  Here’s an easy way, students and teachers can store and share files and projects on the cloud.  Cloud storage allows for easy collaboration, no more emailing back and forth and worrying about who has the final document.  Cloud collaboration allows users to share folders, documents and update any changes made in real time.  Cloud Collaboration allows for instant …

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