A Videoconference (also known as a videoteleconference) is a set of interactive telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. It has also been called visual collaboration and is a type of groupware.
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Nucleus found that the ease of use for end users and administrators led to increased adoption, improved business productivity, and IT efficiencies. Also, join.me’s low pricing relative to functionality resulted in significant cost savings.
Evolving businesses can better serve customers and enhance the way employees work by adopting the most readily available and affordable technology. Click here to read how leading edge communication begins and ends with a high-speed Internet-enabled, cloud-based, IP-connected phone service from RingCentral.
There are etiquettes when it comes to being on a conference call. The following infographic exemplifies all the different kinds of conference callers. Avoid being the "musical maestro" or the "disorganized organizer" and learn your conference call etiquette.
Online meetings are like cars – they are everywhere nowadays, but not everyone knows how to drive them effectively.
The best way to get better at online meetings is to participate in more of them.
This brief by Gihan Perera, founder of First Step Communications, provides 10 practical tips for keeping control of your online meetings.
There has never been a better time for small and medium businesses to start using video conferencing. Sweeping changes in technology and price decreases due to competition among service providers have made it easier than ever to get started.
It is easy to quantify the return on investment of building a high performance team. From top line revenue to bottom line savings, and reducing time spent throughout almost any process, the numbers will tell your story.
Changes in a number of areas are transforming business telephony. These changes have varying causes: advances in IP communication technology, the explosion of mobile communication, the growth of cloud-based services, and the proliferation of video conferencing, to name a few. The changes have affected small companies in big ways. In particular, they have given SMBs access to communication capabilities formerly reserved for large companies. But they also have growing potential to affect enterprises. Thus the failure to keep on top of them can leave even the biggest companies at risk of falling behind.
It’s long been the conventional wisdom that you could save your company money – and make yourself look good – by suggesting a switch from a traditional business phone system to a VoIP system. The reality, though, is less clear-cut. If you have to buy a new system because you’re expanding or moving, VoIP will be both cheaper and more capable than a traditional solution. But if you have a traditional system that is partly or fully paid for, there’s no guarantee that the financial payoff from investing in a new VoIP solution, as opposed to keeping your existing system, will be as impressive as the conventional wisdom suggests.
Are you spending more time than you anticipated shopping for a new business phone system?
Evaluating all of the phone system options on the market can be quite time consuming. Rather than wasting valuable time looking at a system that won’t fit needs of your size of business, it pays to focus in on those phone systems that are truly appropriate for your needs.
Compare Business Products has prepared the following comprehensive listing and reviews of the five leading phone systems on the market for each of the following business size categories:
• Small-size businesses
• Medium-size businesses (includes both on-premises and hosted solutions)
• Enterprise-level businesses
This research note identifies the key trends, the video-enabled business applications that enterprises need to implement now, and describes how to develop a video strategy. Knowing how video is currently being used will help managers identify use cases, understand what users need to get their jobs done, and choose the right solutions for their enterprises.
A new business reality is emerging across all segments of the business spectrum, and it is creating opportunity and challenges that must be considered and planned for today. The new reality is the product of the convergence of mobility, video, and collaboration, driven by three megatrends.
In December 2012, Wainhouse Research (WR) and Polycom jointly created and fielded a WR-branded survey focused on the benefits that organizations realize via the use of video conferencing. Invitations to participate in the survey were released in numerous ways including:
- Via email invites to a list of Polycom end-user contacts
- Via email invites to a list of WR end-user contacts
- Via clickable banners on numerous websites
This document provides a top-level view of the survey data, along with some additional findings and observations.
This paper will examine the benefits of today’s video collaboration technology; identify the ways in which video collaboration can improve business processes across a range of industries and job roles; and highlight what to look for in a video collaboration solution to maximize your return on investment.
Those of us who have been a part of high performing, innovative teams know the exhilaration of reducing time-to-market, cutting out unnecessary processes and costs, and simply producing better products for our customers through improved collaboration. So how do we create those innovative teams, who not only vastly improve our business but also energize our workers?
What if you could transform your communications system to rival the rich functionality and flexibility of bigger competitors with dedicated IT staff?
This new white paper compares the costs and functionality of using a hosted unified communications (UC) system "in the cloud" versus investing in an on-site "premises-based" system. The findings might surprise you.
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The lifesize UBC platform is the first fully-integrated, virtualized software solution for video infrastructure. It consolidates numerous infrastructure products onto a single platform with one common interface. Watch this video to learn more!
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