Honey – They Seriously Shrunk the Cost of Telepresence!

One of the biggest problems with video conferencing implementations in typical corporate meeting rooms is what I call the “Boardroom Bowling Alley” effect. I think Array’s solution is more effective because it turns the “Boardroom Bowling Alley” into a Telepresence room vs the Polycom Eagle-Eye dual camera solution or Cisco’s Speaker track solution. With Array’s solution you get to see everyone in the room at anytime, close up – just like a Telepresence experience, while the Polycom or Cisco camera experience focuses the camera on the active speaker. By doing that it makes the active speaker a large image on your screen on the far end, but you can’t see the rest of the people and what they are doing or how they are reacting.

What is your Organization’s Attitude to Video?

Attitude or culture on its own won’t lead to success. Culture is a catalyst that will either enable or encumber plans and initiatives. You still need plans, actions and strategies, but if you have a poor attitude or corporate culture towards an initiative, the chances of success will be hampered and often times derailed. There are many successful video deployments and many unsuccessful video deployments. Whether a deployment is successful or unsuccessful ultimately can be traced to the corporate culture or attitude of an organization toward evolving to video communications.

Has video conferencing crossed “The Chasm” to the mainstream market?

Author Geoffrey Moore, is probably best known for his book, “Crossing the Chasm”, in which he describes the stages of adoption a technology must go through if it is to be used by the vast majority of people. The Chasm, is a critical section in the “Early Adopters” stage where a technology either makes the critical leap or never makes it past the “Early Adopters” stage.

The Difference Between a Virtual Audio Call and a Virtual Video Call?

Anyone who has been a part of an audio conference call will understand some of the shortcomings that come along with it. How can we eliminate or mitigate these shortcomings and provide a richer communications experience?

How I Navigated the Murky Waters of Video Conferencing: Confessions of a Small Business Owner

I am a small business owner, and like all small business owners my most precious commodity is time. I don’t have time to research new innovations in collaboration technologies, and so it was with dread and a heavy heart that I embarked upon my journey to understand video conferencing and how it could benefit me and my business. So if I wanted to introduce video conferencing into my small business collaboration tool kit, here are three important things I had to sort out to make video conferencing a reality …

Does Rich Communication accelerate the velocity of collaboration?

Some communications technology tools will help us interact directly with others vs. simply having a passive connection. By identifying and using these tools, we can create stronger relationships between workers in different locations vs. creating isolation and loneliness.

Why I Choose Videoconferencing to Collaborate

In my experience selling videoconferencing systems, most vendors focus on the ROI of replacing expensive travel. While it’s easy to justify the expense of a videoconferencing system by eliminating a few executive trips, I believe that the real value of desktop videoconferencing is in replacing phone calls and some intra-city travel. There are many unrealized benefits to videoconferencing that give big ROI.

Building Community Technology Platforms for Collaborative Ecosystems

Systems are providing an Open Architecture, which allows for different technologies to be tied together in ever more meaningful and seamless ways. Building a technology platform in your Collaboration Ecosystem requires an architectural design approach. It is imperative that this design provides a platform that is common to all stakeholders.

3 Steps to Building a Collaborative Business

Organizations want to become more collaborative. Investing in technology tools that drive innovation and connect key stakeholders will help accelerate collaboration only if people know how to use these tools. Otherwise, instead of accelerating collaboration, you’ve just purchased some expensive dust collectors. Find out how to avoid expensive dust collectors by executing effective technology adoption in this week’s blog.

Increasing the Velocity of Collaboration in Your Organization

Once the user based, collaboration capability requirements are determined, then you can select what the technologies are for the meeting rooms and for the individuals connecting into conferences. This process is critical and avoids a lot of wasted efforts and brings a cohesive approach to the technology roadmap your organization requires. It helps turn the patchwork of technology found in most organizations into a tapestry of technology, which becomes an enabler to greater collaboration within the organization.