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There can be no dispute about the benefits of training to both employees and the companies they work for. Training helps employees keep up with the latest advances in their trade, makes them feel supported and appreciated, and results in improved job satisfaction. Companies reap the benefits of highly skilled workers and gain a competitive advantage; an effective training program can help differentiate a company from its competitors, giving it an edge.


So why aren’t more training programs regularly administered?

There are several road blocks that can prevent management from implementing regular training sessions; time and scheduling constraints, cost of securing training personnel, budgeting and administrative challenges, and more. But the companies that administer training programs successfully have a secret to getting the best results: unified communications (UC) technology, including video conferencing and video streaming systems. These solutions allow personal, one-on-one type training, and participants can remain at their PCs, mobile devices, or local conference rooms.

There are many advantages to using visual collaboration solutions for training employees, including:

  • The ability to effectively train a large group at one time.
  • Everyone included in the training session receives the same information from the same instructor(s).
  • Subject matter experts may be brought in from anywhere without having to travel to company locations.
  • Costs associated with hiring corporate trainers and experts to travel on site are reduced
  • Training sessions conducted over video can be archived and viewed again; a visual library of all captured sessions can be created.

Visual collaboration systems provide the catalyst to efficiently disseminate information throughout the company. The technology delivers an interactive, compelling learning environment that rivals the impact of in-person sessions, but at a greatly reduced cost. Companies that have successfully integrated this technology provide a higher quality user experience that in turn benefits the company as well as employees.

Frost & Sullivan’s whitepaper, Identifying the Value of Video Collaboration: Critical Steps for Supporting Social Business, analyzes advanced communication and collaboration applications that are changing the way workplaces function in day-to-day operations. 

The research finds that through utilizing next generation tools, such as video conferencing, enterprises can expect to bolster the bottom line, cut down on decision periods, reduce costs and boost productivity. 

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/01/3910963/frost-sullivan-video-conferencing.html#storylink=cpy

Cisco Predicts Increase in Cloud Computing

February 6th, 2012 | Posted by Nina Parker in Cisco | Cloud Services | Video Conferencing - (0 Comments)

Cisco has released a white paper predicting that more than 50 percent of all work loads will be processed in the cloud by the year 2014.  In addition, it predicts a 22 percent compound annual growth rate for cloud data centers, which will handle 57 percent of workloads by 2015.

The cloud is the key to working efficiently in the future.

IVCi is ahead of this trend with its MVE managed video experience. This service provides secure, cloud-based video to its customers who use desktop, room, and mobile devices. IVCi has found that when IT organizations are taxed with additional responsibilities, the move to the cloud is a significant trend. The benefits of cloud services are numerous; reduction in upfront capital expenses, redundancy, the ability to have the latest and greatest technology, security, and much more.

More:

http://www.ivci.com/international_videoconferencing_managed_conferencing_services.html

 

Even the President is getting into video conferencing.

President Obama offered to pass an out-of-work engineer’s resume to industry big wigs after the engineer’s wife confronted the President about unemployment.

The job assistance offer came Monday afternoon at a social media conference hosted by YouTube and Google+ — the search engine giant’s answer to Facebook.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-offers-circulate-resume-unemployeed-engineer-google-hangout-article-1.1014377?localLinksEnabled=false

 

Students in the U.S. are learning about other cultures though video conferencing technology. Children who live through tragedies like earthquakes and other current events are sharing their experiences with American children, and all are growing from the experience.

Across the United States, students are teaming up with classrooms around the world, using video conferencing equipment, social media, and other technologies to learn about current events, historic milestones, economic trends, and cultural norms.

Educators say the collaborations, which lend themselves to co-curricular projects, foster deep and meaningful conversations, whet a thirst for knowledge that textbooks cannot offer, and show that people in different countries have a lot more in common than many assume.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/23/19el-globallearning.h31.html?tkn=QRXFXMQkiSoybAh7Ob6dGGZvWbU1%2Bi2kMpPL&cmp=clp-edweek&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mrss