Businesses are embracing cloud based video services to achieve higher scale and universal reach. Today’s work environment is dynamic and fast paced, with the exponential growth of video enabled mobile devices bringing even more opportunities to leverage cloud based video services. Recently, the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), which tracks global mobile data traffic, predicted that eight billion mobile devices would be in use by 2016. For organizations interested in extending video to mobile users with disparate devices, cloud based video services offer a simple solution to management complexity and device interoperability.
With Cisco ‘s cloud based video services, it’s even easier and more affordable for organizations to enable video on mobile and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) use cases. Cisco’s pervasive conferencing strategy delivers cloud deployment options for multiparty video meetings anywhere, at any time, and from any device. Cisco is working with its partners to deliver simple to use cloud based virtual meeting capabilities, without any compromises on video quality and support. The new Virtual Meeting Room capabilities offer organizations the ability to use business class multiparty video without the need to reserve or schedule meeting resources ahead of time.
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Tags: AT&T, byod, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, pervasive, TelePresence, video, virtual meeting rooms
There’s no doubt that video is becoming more pervasive in business. It’s no wonder: humans are visually oriented. We’ve been reading people’s faces since we were newborns, so it’s natural for us to use visual cues as we build stronger relationships and better organizations.
As video makes deeper inroads in enterprises large and small, I keep hearing the concept of “good enough” video. So what does “good enough” really mean? Is there a specific number of pixels, or frame rates, or a certain standard that makes video “good enough”? How can you define “good enough” for your organization?
If you focus on the results your organization wants to achieve, your video collaboration strategy will fall into place.
Here are the most important things to help you define a video collaboration strategy that is “good enough” for your organization’s goals.
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, good enough, hardware, pervasive, quality, software, TelePresence, video
At Google I/O it was revealed that the standard WebRTC, or Web Real Time Communications, would be available on more than one billion unique endpoints, desktops and mobile, within a week. That’s a lot of devices and this number is only growing.
In fact, WebRTC is looking to have the largest impact on how we communicate since voice over IP (VoIP). Thanks to WebRTC, collaboration technology, such as video, will be readily available and even easier to use through a web browser. With the increased adoption of WebRTC you can expect to see video play a more substantial role in our daily lives.
Cisco CTO of collaboration, Laurent Philonenko recently took to No Jitter to provide his thoughts on the potential of WebRTC and what’s still missing from the initiative.
Tags: collaboration, Laurent Philonenko, video, WebRTC
Did you know that 75 percent of business leaders believe in-person collaboration is critical to business success?
Designed to meet the needs of an evolving workforce, organizations are embracing more open workspaces to enable collaboration and give employees choice and flexibility of how they work.
However, while an open office environment can foster collaboration, the lack of privacy can inhibit collaboration when conversing on sensitive information or it can impact the level of concentration during a highly-intensive virtual meeting.
Enter the Quiet Room! Quiet Rooms are enclosed small rooms for individual workers that require concentration or privacy. Keeping in line with the trend of open office collaboration, equipping these rooms with technology, like Cisco personal telepresence solutions, can increase the effectiveness of employees in open workspace environments.
Roopam Jain, Industry Director of Unified Communications and Collaboration at Frost & Sullivan, recently said, “With many employees now working in more open space environments, quiet rooms incorporating Cisco TelePresence systems enable spur of the moment ‘face time’ among team members in dispersed locations without employees having to tie up a larger conference room for a video call.”
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, EX Series, high-intensity, personal solutions, quiet room, TelePresence
This is my fourth blog in a multi-part series. In my first blog, I introduced insights from Cisco’s Collaboration Work Practice Study and how people value collaboration in the work environment. In my second blog, I discussed the importance of building trust-based relationships and networks to make collaboration work for you. In my third blog, I share how you can turn human interactions into business results. In today’s blog, I discuss patterns of collaborative behaviors and how to leverage them to better support collaborators.
Collaboration can happen at anytime. Some would describe it as chaotic. But interestingly enough, through all the collaborative interactions we observed, we saw patterns in the “chaos” -- patterns that did not just exist in organizational silos, nor were they simply associated with a job role or personality type. Throughout the day, people play a variety of roles and experience different types and modes of collaboration. They go from online to offline, in a virtual meeting to meeting over coffee, have an ad-hoc chat in the break-room and attend a global Cisco TelePresence meeting.
If we pay close attention to the behavior patterns of collaboration we can learn how to better support collaborators and create a more seamless experience. This is where process, technology and the physical and virtual workplace can complement the human behaviors that occur during collaboration.
Accelerating Collaboration through Catalysts and Connectors
“Not everyone is comfortable with collaborating virtually. [A catalyst’s] outreach encourages participation and makes the experience rich and meaningful.” -- Study Participant
In our study, we found that certain types of people play an essential role in not only Read More »
Tags: Cisco collaboration, Cisco Collaboration Work Practice Study, Cisco TelePresence, collaboration, culture, cwps, Organizational Network Analysis, technology