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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This Month In Telemedicine

August 27, 2014, by Danielle Downs in Collaboration, Healthcare, Video Conferencing

What’s New with ATA Webinar hosted by Institutional Council – Today, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT – on Internal Awareness and Adoption Webinar hosted by the ATA Policy team – Thursday, August 28th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT – on Trends for Telemedicine Policy and Winning Tactics ATA Fall Forum – September 7-9 2014, JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort: Some of the sessions include validated research on products and projects showing effectiveness in the areas of price reduction, quality and access. ATA annual meeting is May 3-5, deadline for the call for presentations is September 15th The American Telemedicine Association paid special attention …

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Audio visual (AV) integration creates a meeting space that facilitates collaboration and interactivity among participants. The seamless combination of different AV technologies and tools provides an environment customized for effective brainstorming and sharing ideas; thereby enhancing creativity and decision making. As a result, many organizations are opting to install AV rooms to help drive innovation. The plethora of decisions, including technology and room layouts, that are involved with integrating a room can be challenging for organizations that are investing in AV integration for the first time. To help make the decision making easier, check out our infographic where we have outlined the …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Collaboration Tools – Purpose-Built or Integrated, What’s Best? Virtual collaboration is only as good as the tools used.  Originally achieved over stand-alone applications such as conference calls and messaging, we now see virtual collaborative tools integrated into other applications.  There are pros and cons to each approach; the question is really which one is better for your environment. Avoiding the Four Major Mistakes of Video Conferencing Video conferencing has changed the way we collaborate, with that said; make your meetings memorable, for the right reasons.  Remember to turn off applications not to …

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Microsoft Lync continues to grow in popularity as a unified communications solution for organizations large and small across the world. From its instant messaging and presence to full enterprise voice functionality and video conferencing, countless organizations are seeing the value Lync can provide and are connecting their employees like never before. One particular area of interest in the market is the ability to move Microsoft Lync meetings from purely desktop interactions to room based meetings. The idea of in room collaboration is certainly not dead and teams want to enter a room and have the ability to leverage the very same …

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When choosing a video conferencing provider, there are many different factors to consider. Every client is different, so it is important that you make sure that your provider can offer exactly what you need of a solution in order to benefit your company at an efficient cost. Here are some questions to ask when researching video conferencing providers. Do you offer a total solution? It is important to be sure that you are getting the whole package with your video conferencing solution. Rather than asking if a solution has a few small details, make sure you ask about things that should be …

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