As a manager of employees who work remote from company headquarters (where I am based), I am very aware of the challenges of managing remote teams. Perhaps most challenging is to ensure that remote employees are able to maintain the highest level of productivity possible. Maintaining remote employee productivity really begins with recruiting. If you are taking over a team that is already in place you don’t have this luxury but if you are recruiting, here are a few things to consider: Has the candidate previously worked as a remote employee? Does the candidate have an office space or area set aside for …

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No matter the size of the organization personal communication among remote employees is challenging.  How do you convey a set of unified messages corporate wide, how do you deliver remote training to ensure consistency, and how do you build stronger teams to boost efficiency?  Streaming video is how. Streaming video allows for real-time video to be viewed by any device such as a tablet, computer or mobile device, making it easy and accessible to watch video anywhere.  When talking about streaming video it can either refer to video on demand or live streaming.  Video on demand allows users to watch recorded …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  Cloud Implementations: How to Address the Gotchas CIOs are recognizing that cloud-based applications can be successfully implemented in the context of existing infrastructure and systems. In other words, while it’s certainly an innovative technology, cloud computing doesn’t mean an entirely new way of doing things.  This realization has driven a pragmatic and practical approach to cloud initiatives. Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 2 Part one of the predictions were around continued growth for IP Telephony and UC endpoints, softphones, VoLTE, and progress on replacing the PSTN with VoIP. Part two will …

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AV Trends for 2015

January 14, 2015, by Adam Kaiser in AV Integration

2014 has come and gone (wow that was fast!) and 2015 is upon us. Looking at the year ahead there are some exciting technology developments that began in 2014 for AV that should see rapid growth and expansion in 2015. Some of these appeared in our 2014 look ahead but either continues to be prevalent or is seeing even more explosive growth. Wireless Content/Casting The desire to drop wires and interact in AV environments wireless continues to be a major trend and desire for users. In 2014 consumers continue to make technologies like Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast popular. The end of …

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With the evolution of green technologies and environmental challenges, we are becoming more conscious of the environment, and in some cases trending green.  The green trend is spreading from recycled material themed weddings to paper going digital and buildings being created with the environment in mind. When it comes to building green, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has taken the reigns in changing the way people think about how buildings and communities are being designed, constructed, maintained and operated around the world. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as a green building certification that certifies the …

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As another whirlwind year has to a close and a new one has arrived, it is time to look back on what has been accomplished last year and set some goals for the new one! Here is a look at some of our top blog posts from 2014. We hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them! Web Conferencing vs. Video Conferencing Video conferencing and web conferencing are two commonly confused technologies. Traditionally, these two applications were very different. At a very basic level, web conferencing focused on content sharing while video conferencing focused on providing face-to-face interaction. However, …

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Collaboration technology continues to become more pervasive and more and more organizations are looking to implement these solutions across their enterprises. The motivation behind investing in these technologies range from a desire to reduce travel costs, connecting remote offices, increasing productivity and many others. In many case the technology is incredibly flashy and downright sexy! High resolution video, mobile access, and more; it just looks amazing! Sexy technology is great but an implementation will fall flat on its face it an organization is motivated purely by the pizazz of the tools or if the needs of the users within the organization …

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Top 5 Healthcare Technology Trends: 2015

January 5, 2015, by Danielle Downs in Healthcare

2014 brought exciting developments in the area of healthcare delivery via technology. Reimbursement, telehealth and ACOs saw massive growth and adoption. 2015 promises even more exciting news and advancements all in the name of delivering quality patient care. Check out our eMag on the the Top 5 Healthcare Technology Trends: 2015 What do you see as the major areas for growth and advancement in healthcare technology in 2015? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Elves Using Telemedicine

December 22, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Healthcare, Infographics

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Part of the magic of the holiday season is that people of all faiths get time to gather with family and friends to spend time together, enjoy great food and exchange gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas, Santa and his Elves are hard at work to bring gifts and joy to the world over. This process is not without its challenges, as Elves can get slowed down by illness and their gift production metrics drop! Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, Santa can now utilize telemedicine and remote health technology to keep …

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This Week In Collaboration

December 19, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Blue Jeans Enhances Video Conferencing for Online Events Blue jeans announced the launch of their Primetime platform that lets remote attendees of large events become active participants rather than passive viewers. Blue Jeans realized there was a huge opportunity that modern meeting tools were not addressing. There are video conferencing systems that provide immediacy and intimacy, but they don’t scale. On the other end, there is technology for large conferences that scale to thousands of users, but it creates a one-way environment where it’s difficult for those users to interact …

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