Because the face of the marketplace is changing, so are the landscapes people conduct their business. Arguably, employees can work mobile or remotely from nearly anywhere. Corporate headquarters. The branch office. Home. Starbucks. You get the picture. Speaking of pictures, video conferencing is an easy, streamlined way of connecting people to each other no matter where they call office.
In the early days of video conferencing, it was a "cool" new technology used by very large companies. Then the iPhone introduced FaceTime, and not long after people began using tools like Skype. Soon, video conferencing started becoming a mainstream business tool. Now, most employees expect to have video conferencing - and their expectations are driving upgrades to the technology.
Skype and FaceTime are all well and good, but in terms of meeting the needs of today's businesses, they leave a lot to be desired. When you're connecting to remote operations and mobile workforces, you want something built for business.
Technology is supposed to make us more productive – especially in our meetings. We have electronic calendars, e-communication tools and can start a meeting with anyone – anywhere in the world – with a click of a button.
Technologies evolve and develop at different paces. Over the past few years, audio video system features have come a long way. Some technologies considered cutting edge even three or five years ago are quickly being replaced by newer, better, more intuitive and integrated solutions. Today, I'm sharing some of the top audio video system features you'll be seeing throughout 2017.
There used to be rules about what you should and shouldn’t put up on screen when you are doing a presentation. First and foremost among them is: don’t just read what's on the screen. That one is still in force.
Another rule involved the benefits of displaying data. That rule still applies to presentations because the video screens for board rooms are getting much better and the information you can display will be much clearer.
Often, we can get so caught up in getting things done and pushing through objectives that there’s little time to consider whether or not the current method is the most effective. And, that’s perfectly understandable. After all, the pace of business doesn’t seem to ever slow down. While there are only so many work hours in a day, there are ways to get the most out of each and every one.
Workplaces are more effective when there is open, consistent communication among employees. And, not just among the employees who occupy the same department and see each other every day. Communication also needs to occur between departments in order for a business to thrive. If we know effective communication is the answer to increasing productivity, why isn’t it happening? Partly, because it’s not easy enough to achieve.
Do you remember in the movie The Matrix where it became challenging to know reality from the virtual reality? I had a similar experience recently when I tried a pair of the new Samsung VR goggles.
VR, short for virtual reality, is a new technology that provides a completely immersive and even interactive viewing experience. These goggles pair with your mobile device. When using a smartphone for the VR experience, it is commonly called Google cardboard with apps by the same name.
Cloud computing is all about connection. Connecting with employees, clients, data and other business applications. Here are some cloud computing services you should keep in mind as you consider switching or upgrading your current video conferencing, voice and data infrastructure.
The best business meetings happen face-to-face. You have the opportunity to read body language, hear voices and truly grasp the meaning and “personality” of the meeting. But due to travel costs and time commitments, in-person meetings aren't always feasible. That's where video conferencing comes in. Video conferencing allows people to "meet" face-to-face regardless of their location in the world.