Author Archives: Nina Parker

Telepresence For Everyone

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in Telepresence | Video Conferencing - (0 Comments)

The technology is finally here to make a dispersed workforce feel connected even when miles apart, according to a recent article in Forbes.com. High  definitionvideo conferencing at the desk top is now capable of making people feel connected, even if they work on projects without ever meeting their colleagues face-to-face.

According to the article, the following are some compelling ways video is changing work habits and practices, and uniting a disparate workforce:

Teamwork and more effective meetings.
It might seem obvious, but video can fundamentally change the nature of virtual teamwork and contribute to the effectiveness of meetings. I have noticed in my meetings that the pure act of seeing and being seen raises our level of engagement, responsiveness and ownership, which ultimately leads to effective meetings.

•Managing people
This is probably the biggest challenge posed by the dispersed workforce. It’s tough managing employees that you never see. Sure, they do their work, but how do you help them on their career path, ensure they feel like a valued member of the team and handle any potentially sensitive discussions? Right now, remote workers are often relegated to being ‘individual contributors’ rather than team members or leaders. Video has the potential to change that, adding the element of nuance that is lacking in phone calls, and leveling the playing field between those in the office and those not.

•Teamsourcing
Our notion of teams and teamwork is already being challenged and will continue to become more and more dynamic. Instead of static teams that work together day in, day out, we’ll bring together groups of people that are experts in their field for specific projects. Those people might be employees, but they might also be consultants or contractors, and they could be based anywhere in the world. They’ll work together for as long as the project requires, and then go their separate ways.  They will probably never meet in person. This new form of team will only work if we find a way to inject the H Factor, and video will be absolutely crucial here.  Without the engagement and commitment it brings, things could disintegrate pretty quickly.

•Training
The importance of training in a dispersed organization cannot be underestimated. It’s the company’s primary opportunity to ensure that everyone feels part of one organization, understands all processes and is equipped to be an ambassador.  Many companies still choose to fly people in for their initial induction, but that just won’t be practicable when the majority of employees are scattered around the country and the globe.  Video will fill the gap here, perhaps becoming the main mode of training for important sessions.

•Recruitment
Have you ever hired someone without meeting them face to face? You will. It’s a certainty that at some point in the future, it will become untenable to physically meet every person we hire. Video interviews will become standard practice and will ultimately replace in-person interviews in some cases. Access to high-quality video on the desktop will play a vital role here in enabling interviewers to gauge the reaction of the interviewee and to establish a rapport.

In sum, the adoption of video across all employees is a pivotal point in how companies operate and how people work together.  Whether we know it or not, a revolution is taking place in the way we work as global economics and the pace of business dictate a more dispersed workforce.  We could view this as a challenge, or as an opportunity. Easily available and deployable high-definition desktop video might just be the key that lets us unlock all the benefits, and mitigate any potential downsides, of new virtual workstyles for all employees, not just the C-suite.

http://blogs.forbes.com/ciocentral/?p=2510

IVCi Grows Strategic Partnership With Talk and Vision

August 18th, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in IVCi - (0 Comments)

IVCi has expanded its strategic partnership with Talk and Vision, a provider of visual collaboration solutions and managed conferencing services throughout the European Union.

This expansion will tightly integrate both companies’ joint video network operation centers as well as enhance service and support options for both IVCi and Talk and Vision’s U.S and international customers.
IVCi and Talk and Vision have been providing UC services to mutual clients across the globe for over seven years. These UC services help multi-national businesses break down geographic barriers to effective communication with visual collaboration solutions that are implemented throughout their worldwide locations.

IVCi Featured in CRN

August 9th, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in Cloud Services | IVCi - (0 Comments)

Cloud Video Startup Blue Jeans Network Taps First

VAR Partner

 

Now that the word is out about Blue Jeans Network, a much buzzed-about videoconferencing startup, it’s time for the company to start building a channel presence.

Founded in 2009, Blue Jeans Network emerged from stealth mode in late June and confirmed commercial availability of its any(ware) video conferencing service. Blue Jeans had launched field trials earlier in the year to build buzz from an early subscriber base, but according to Stu Aaron, chief commercial officer, it has now begun full-bore recruitment of VAR and service provider partners.

On Tuesday, Blue Jeans confirmed a partnership with IVCi, a well-known Hauppage, N.Y.-based solution provider and videoconferencing specialist.

Read more:

http://www.crn.com/news/networking/231300475/cloud-video-startup-blue-jeans-network-taps-first-var-partner.htm

 

 

IVCi Introduces the Desktop Experience

August 9th, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in Cloud Services | IVCi - (0 Comments)

IVCi has just announced a new partnership with Blue Jeans Network to connect consumer desktop video, such as Skype and Google Talk, with business class offerings from Polycom and Cisco.

This service, called the Desktop Experience, is powered by the Blue Jeans Network, and allows IVCi’s team of managed video experience (MVE)  professionals to securely connect consumer desktop video solutions as part of the standard MVE meeting process. 

Main points:

  • The Desktop Experience is truly device agnostic, allowing for support of numerous consumer based systems as well as mobile devices such as iPad and iPhone.
  • Business level video can be joined with multiple business and consumer desktop solutions, allowing even more participants to join business critical video meetings.
  • This service is cost effective and scalable. 
  • Video conferencing rooms stay secure while road warriors and mobile users connect with their preferred application or device.

More here:

http://www.ivci.com/ivci-introduces-the-desktop-experience.html

 

Recent Praise for IVCi Directly From Cisco!

August 5th, 2011 | Posted by Nina Parker in Cisco | IVCi - (0 Comments)

“A big congratulations goes out to IVCi.  IVCi is consistently one of Cisco’s largest video partners in both bookings and pipeline.  IVCi was originally handpicked by Cisco channels for their audio visual expertise.  When originally onboarded, IVCi successfully completed the ATP for TelePresence Certification.  Now IVCi has taken the next step on their journey.  IVCi has become a Master Certified Video TelePresence Partner. ”

 “This achievement puts IVCi onto a very short list of partners who have achieved this certification.”

 - Cisco Partner Account Manager