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May 25, 2015
There are many Video conferencing / Unified Communication bloggers and analysts out there so I wanted to put together a list of them because.
May 21, 2015
For years we have been hearing about video chats from the living room. I first heard about it 13 or 14 years ago. So why hasn't this technology taken off like the pundits predicted years (and years) ago? Let's take a look.
May 13, 2015
I recently found out that Zoom integrated presence functionality. Skype for Business has it as well. I’m sure one of the other dozen UC/Video chat apps I have on my laptop do to. Do I use it, or any other locked in, non-ubiquitous program or app? There they both sit on my computer, ready to be used and colleagues who want me to use it (because they use it). Yet I don’t use them, and here is why.
May 10, 2015
Just back in October 2014, I wrote this blog of my top 10 road products. My number one go to product was the Galaxy Note 3. After the Edge was announced, it piqued my interest due to the obscure curved screen. Hey! I have a thing for curved screens alright?! Anyway, once it hit Verizon in January I had to get it and did. Here is the review after a few month's usage. Remember, it's all subjective.
May 09, 2015
I felt it was time to write an updated resume based on the video conference/telepresence work I've done. As usual, my resume is done via the shotgun approach that is my writing "style".
The glamorous life of a video conference consultant
April 27, 2015
This is a typical Huddle Room setup.
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Huddle rooms are becoming more popular within our industry. I don’t know if this is coming from end users, people in the huddle room business or from video conference vendors trying to push web cams as a viable means of communication for more than one person. In this blog, we’ll look at the ins and outs of the huddle room as a product, its good points and bad so you can decide if this is a good fit for your organization.
April 03, 2015
Does Spark, or any messaging app reduce your email usage?
We would all like to reduce the amount of emails we get over any day, week or whatever. Email is a fact of life for those both in the technology industry and those outside of it. What if there were a way to significantly reduce your email?
Image taken from letsdovideo.com on David’s opinion piece of Project Squared, now renamed Spark
Cisco’s Rowan Trollope let us in on a little secret when he publicly announced Project Squared. This has greatly reduced his email messages as seen in the chart. This is fantastic! Any way we could reduce the daily clutter that is getting messages from co-workers would be awesome. Oh wait…Spark is part messaging app. It’s obvious to anyone who uses any sort of messaging, when you switch to another format or program for messaging, your older means will go down in usage. Let’s not kid ourselves.
I’ll put it this way; if I decided to start calling everyone who I would normally email, my email usage would go down (and everyone else’s voicemail usage would go up). This is net zero impact as the amount of pure information I need to disseminate hasn’t actually gone down. Spark may or may not be a better way to do it but it’s not reducing the amount of pure information that’s flowing. Time to action may be reduced, but I would wager a guess that anyone who has Spark on their smartphone also has their email account on it as well.
So of course a new way to message, if you adopt it, will in fact reduce your old way of messaging. The question to ask is if the new way will work for you and your team.
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April 01, 2015
March 29, 2015
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So a partnership between Polycom and Microsoft resulted in this, the Polycom Roundtable:
This video solution was announced at Enterprise Connect in response to Google’s Chromebox for Meetings. Now why would a company release a product to compete with another product that has no market penetration and has been panned as a bad entry in the video conferencing world? I don’t know either. Let's read on.