Archive for the ‘Conferencing Services’ Category
Most of us are familiar with Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Such was the case when I went to go meet a new client for lunch last week. Not only was traffic heavier than usual thanks to a construction job along my route, but I was also the unlucky recipient of two newly flattened tires all thanks to a couple of stray nails that found their way onto the road. Now, one flat tire I could’ve handled by changing it with my spare; but two flat tires meant I would have to call AAA. It also meant I wouldn’t be able to make it on time for our lunch meeting.
As I’m sitting on the side of the road, I call my new client to let her know the situation and come to find out she’s still in her office due to a last-minute work Read More»
Primarily used by large enterprises, Adobe® Connect™ lets you communicate and collaborate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re looking to host a webinar, conduct interactive training classes for your employees, deliver interactive product demonstrations to potential or existing clients or work on a project with team members located in branch offices, Adobe Connect can make it happen.
Adobe Connect offers a great deal of benefits, including:
Adobe® Connect™ Conference brings customers, employees, and partners together via live and on demand webinars, eLearning classes, and web meetings.
- Increased productivity – Adobe Connect dramatically improves your business’s communication and collaboration which allows your teams to work more effectively and efficiently
- Reduced costs – Adobe Connect’s comprehensive features provide an interactive and impactful experience, eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming business travel
- Personal meeting room – your Adobe Connect personalized meeting room is available anytime you need it,
When you are unable to meet in-person with your customers, colleagues, or partners, Cisco WebEx™ technology is the next best alternative. Meet, present, share, and collaborate on content with as few as 3 or as many as 3,000 participants – all on the web.
Cisco WebEx has what you need to get the job done right. And because it is delivered over the Internet as you need it, you eliminate the hassle of required downloads, updates, and maintenance.
Whether you want to schedule a conference in advance or conduct one on the fly, Cisco WebEx one-click meetings makes starting your conference as quick and easy as a click of your mouse. You can launch a conference from Microsoft® Office, Outlook®, or your own personalized Cisco WebEx URL, and invite your participants via email, text, or instant message.
Once inside your virtual conference room, Cisco WebEx’s multipoint video integration in standard Read More»
The buzz around tablet devices is indisputable. More powerful than a smartphone and more mobile than a laptop, it’s no surprise that tablets sales are expected to grow a significant amount over the next four years. In fact, according to the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner, over the next four years tablet computers will see an explosion in sales, selling 60% as many units as PCs by 2015.
Gartner’s research vice-president, Carlina Milanesi, estimates that Apple’s iPad will still have almost half the market by then. In this year alone, Milanesi predicts Apple will command just over 73% of the “media tablet” market, shipping nearly 47 million devices – up from over 14 million in 2010. Moreover, a survey conducted by The Business Journal shows that iPad use has nearly quadrupled among SMBs over the past year, growing from 9% in 2010 to 34% in 2011, Read More»
These days it seems as though everyone is striving to be more “green.” Many providers are claiming to have solutions and products that are more “green,” and businesses of all types and sizes are announcing they are taking a more eco-friendly approach to their daily operations.
Although both audio conferencing and web conferencing has been around for years, it was only recently that providers realized they too were helping to save the planet. In fact, it has become such a large selling point, that now some providers even offer CO2 calculators that indicate how much carbon dioxide you saved by hosting a virtual conference as opposed to an in-person meeting.
Since last summer, six orangutans living in Miami’s Jungle Island Zoo have been expanding their vocabulary, playing games and drawing with the help of their new toy, an Apple iPad. The iPad is part of a mental stimulus program wherein a number of zoos are experimenting with computers and apes. Linda Jacobs, who oversees the program at Miami’s Jungle Island, is hoping that the gadgets will ultimately bridge the gap between the endangered apes and humans.
According to workers at the Miami zoo, the orangutans share particular similarities with humans when it comes to adopting new technology. They report that the younger orangutans are far more interested in it than the elders. Linda Jacobs, who is overseeing the program at Jungle Island, said that while the older orangutans are not interested, the younger ones are quicker to “pick up on it. They understand it. It’s like, ‘Oh I get this.’” Read More»
As you can see in this video, you should never underestimate the power of the mute button – or any other feature – that is provided with your conferencing service. Modern audio, web and video via web conferencing services offer a robust set of features to help make your meetings a more engaging, interactive, and effective experience for you and your participants, such as:
- Public and private chat – for web and video via web conferences, the ability to chat with the presenter and/or participants streamlines communication and makes for a more effective meeting. By allowing your attendees to chat with the entire group or just one or two specific people, participants can ask the presenter a question or to repeat information without interrupting the presentation. This feature is particularly beneficial for companies with multiple branches while presenting products or marketing ideas to customers
Business travel is more than just time consuming, it can eat up a large portion of your company’s budget and it takes a toll on the environment.
Your business’s carbon footprint is a reflection of the effect that your company has on the worldwide climate in terms of the quantity of greenhouse gases it produces. To put it into perspective, a single person flying from Los Angeles, California to Atlanta, Georgia produces over 750 lbs. of carbon dioxide – which equates to roughly 5% of an average U.S. home’s electricity for a whole year! Add that to the hassle of sitting in traffic to get to the airport, waiting again to go through security – not to mention purchasing expensive airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, taxi rides, meals, etc. – and it’s easy to see why the majority of today’s businesses are looking to reevaluate their travel routines. Read More»
Japan’s developers and engineers are bringing conferencing to a whole new level
Audio and web conferencing services have made dramatic leaps and bounds from the time when they were first introduced on the market. What once began as a fickle, fly-by-night service has now become a reliable, cost-efficient, and effective alternative to meeting with colleagues, customers, and employees in person.
Recently, a research group at Osaka University (OU) announced that it is developing a robotic hand for “tele-handshaking.” But before you start picturing a cold, sterile robot hand akin to C-3PO, it’s important to note that the tele-handshake robot hand is designed to communicate a person’s body temperature, grip force, and texture/touch. According to preliminary trials, those three characteristics are the three most important aspects to a real human hand.
In fact, because the tests done by the OU research group showed the average person has the “preconceived idea that Read More»
When it comes to time consumption, reports have revealed that conferences actually take up more time during the average work week than any other method of communication; trumping instant messaging, social media – even email. And while spending an hour attending conferences every day might not seem like a whole lot, many people view it as a tedious waste of time as they often fall short of achieving viable objectives, such as collaborating, problem solving, team building and/or sharing information.
The real issue here is how conference time is utilized. Meetings and conferences that lack a clear set of objectives or goals cause participants to become impatient and easily frustrated, because they see it as a misuse of their valuable work time.
PGi’s Senior Director of Training and Customer Experience, Catherine Haley, explained that a ‘meeting expert’ is not limited to only knowing what product is best for what meeting; Read More»