With a sales and marketing team dispersed globally, collaboration tools can efficiently bring the two teams together for more effective conversations.  Collaboration tools expand communication from a simple phone call or email to video conferencing, screen sharing, presence, and instant messaging.  Here’s a few simple ways to use collaboration tools successfully and drive productivity amongst sales and marketing. Making Meetings More Effective with Screen Sharing and Note Taking Marketing is often tasked with preparing graphics, charts and other visual collateral pieces for the sales team.  Using collaboration tools such as screen sharing and note taking to mark up collateral for corrections makes …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. How Video Conferencing Improves Businesses One of the biggest challenges businesses face today is when workforces, suppliers, and customers are often dispersed over great distances. One must balance the advantages of personal interaction and collaboration while keeping costs under control. The use of online videos is rapidly being adopted for both B2B and customer service use Unleash the Power of Captured Video at Work With a dispersed workforce in an increasingly competitive landscape, valuable data needs to be shared faster and knowledge sharing can no longer be contained to four walls. Experts …

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In celebration of Halloween we’d like to share with you some dreadful legends of video conferencing gone wrong.  So grab your blanket, flash lights and turn the lights out for some horrific video conferencing tales! The Tale of the Mysterious Noises Urban legend says an executive conducted a meeting with a large number of employees via video conference.  He needed a break, so he placed his call on mute, or so he thought, and stepped away to use the restroom.  During his break, his colleagues attempted to carry on with the meeting, but were distracted by strange noises making it nearly impossible …

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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 for the month of October. What’s New with ATA The ATA is continuously developing a set of comprehensive standards and guidelines for telemedicine. Most recently the ATA produced practice guidelines for intensive care units that were approved by the Society of Critical Care and Medicine, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Additionally the ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology were approved by the Digital Pathology Association. The ATA is currently working on guidelines for the following; telestroke, pediatrics and mental …

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We’ve all heard the infamous saying that first impressions are everything, we refer to this saying in multiple aspects of our life; social, career even materialistic objects, or places.  Let’s apply this expression to your business, more importantly your conference room.  So what kind of impression does your conference room make?  Is it the kind that gives your customers the impression you are cutting edge, or the kind that makes your customers question whether or not your business is up to date? Here are five signs it’s time to make a better impression, and upgrade your conference room; Do you use a …

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UC as a Service vs. On Premise

October 22, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in Cisco, Unified Communications

It’s a classic technology debate. The decision to implement a new technology solution as an on-premise deployment or move to a cloud delivered service offered by a service provider. This debate rages on nearly all technology decisions from email implementations to video conferencing and collaboration solutions. For most organizations, Unified Communications implementations include mission critical functions such as voice calling. The decision to move to a cloud consumption model has a lot of areas to consider. Questions around reliability are always raised with cloud services (and in most cases easily addressed) as well as security and the availability of features. Let’s take …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. What’s After UC? As UC spending flattens or falls, IT leaders are increasingly looking for other approaches to improve collaboration. Despite the growing availability, and deployment, of UC solutions, most of the IT leaders, and especially line-of-business personnel that I consult with, tell me that they aren’t really satisfied with their collaboration environment. Meetings still take too long to set up. Documents aren’t readily available. It’s difficult to pick up from where the last meeting ended. Creating team spaces means relying on difficult-to-use document repositories. An Open Office Experiment That Actually …

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Working from home can be an employees dream. You have comfort, control and the convenience of no commute. There is also a complete freedom to create an office space that is exactly what you want.Your home office design can drastically affect your mood, productivity and efficiency.With an increasing number of people starting to telecommute, ensuring a productive work environment is becoming more and more important. This does not mean, however, that every person who works from home needs to start ripping down walls and building new offices in their homes, there are a few small but effective design aspects that can …

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Shopping for AV Control System Programming

October 10, 2014, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

At the heart of any audio visual integrated room or environment is likely a control system that facilitates both the communication between multiple A/V technologies as well as the interface to the end user. Control system platforms from vendors such as AMX and Crestron are continuously evolving and providing new features and functionality. One area that continues to be required, however, is the need to program these platforms to the specific room they are utilized in. Understanding the nuances of control system programming can be rather complex for the user evaluating a new AV solution and even more, how do you …

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The current geo-political climate, being focused on increasing productivity, reducing costs, and decreasing travel, have all contributed to a heightened awareness of the necessity of video conferencing and other conferencing and collaboration technologies. Corporations, state and local governments, universities, and health care providers are utilizing this technology for many applications including training, telemedicine, product development, customer service, board meetings, managing mergers and acquisitions, and interviewing, just to name a few. When properly implemented, video conferencing is able to provide value to all of these businesses. This Video Conferencing Buyer’s Guide will provide a first time user a non-technical guide on how to acquire …

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