See the future of enterprise communications, listen to thought leaders and comprehensive analysis, attend in-depth technical sessions, and of course stop by Booth #330 to visit IVCi!

Enterprise Connect (formerly VoiceCon) is the premiere event and exhibition for all things enterprise communications and collaboration. Sessions cover areas from Unified Communications to Video Conferencing to Social Media.

Some of the sessions we are most excited about are Building a UC & Collaboration Roadmap, Building a UC Business Case and Emerging Video Technologies. Click here to view the entire conference schedule as there are a lot of great sessions.

In other exciting news, we just found out the UC Room was selected as a finalist for the Best of Enterprise Connect! The Judging Committee reviewed over 40 entries and selected six finalists based on products with the most significant technical impact, helping to revolutionize the enterprise communications industry.

The winner is going to be announced during the Keynote speech on Wednesday, March 20 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

We would obviously love to see you there so we’re passing along a special offer!

Save 40% off the on-site price for the Entire Event and Tue-Thu Conference Packages or register for a Free Expo Pass with Priority Code EIIVCI.

*Photo courtesy of Enterprise Connect 2012

You’ve heard of using video to arraign inmates, manufacture products, produce films, and even design clothing; but what about to build homes?

Well IVCi customer K. Hovanian Homes, a nationally recognized home builder with headquarters in New Jersey and satellite offices across the company, is doing just that. Video is mostly used for quarterly accounting and budget planning, home design and other industry related meetings since many executives and directors work in satellite offices around the US, or in one case the Middle East.   

Mobility Experience gives these executives the flexibility to connect to a video call wherever, whenever, on whatever device is most convenient. This was a crucial component for one traveling executive who replaced his audio calls with video calls made from his mobile device or tablet in his hotel room and even during his summer vacation in Italy.   

Video conferencing solutions have also helped the company to streamline their design process. The design team, consisting of architects scattered across the country, are able to easily share their designs and ideas with executives without having to travel to headquarters. 

 “Document cameras allow us to share the progress of blue prints, and this ability to push content across the network has been a big plus for us. Our remote teams can easily share the architectural diagrams, view a 3D virtual walk-through, and address changes that are being made to plans at headquarters in weekly video meetings.”   – Brian Catri, IS Field Operations Manager at K. Hovnanian

K. Hovnanian has found a way to succeed despite the economic downturn and struggling housing market. Visual collaboration solutions have allowed them to reduce travel costs and gain operational efficiencies which provide a significant advantage in their hypercompetitive industry. 

To read the full case study visit:
Designing Real Homes Using Virtual Meetings

Recruiting is a high-stakes industry with everyone vying for the best and brightest candidates. Efficiency is crucial for recruiters; quickly sifting through applications and screening applicants can often make the difference between finding and missing the perfect candidate. As a result, more organizations are turning to video interviews to help qualify applicants faster and lower travel expenses.

This can be quite the change for both seasoned veterans and those entering the workplace for the first time. Seasoned veterans may have a difficult time figuring out how to work the technology while first time applicants might have a difficult time with the professionalism required for an interview.

Here are a few tips should to help make the process smoother should you find yourself accepting a video interview:

Pick an Appropriate Location
While you can hide your bedroom or messy office over the phone, you cannot over video. Prior to joining a video interview, ensure that your surroundings are tidy and professional. The background of your video call says as much, if not more, about you than your responses to the questions. For example, a messy office can convey an unorganized and haphazard candidate while a tidy office can convey a detail oriented candidate. Additionally, be mindful of any pets or additional distractions. Having your roommate in the background or a cat climbing over your computer is not professional either.

Test the Connection
Approximately an hour before the interview log into your computer and connect to a video conference with a friend or family member. This will help ensure your video software is set up properly; for example your camera and microphone are properly configured so the interviewer can hear you and the speakers are working so you can clearly hear the interviewer. This will also ensure your network has enough bandwidth to support a video call. Remember, failing to show up for a video interview is just as detrimental as failing to show up for a physical interview.

Dress Appropriately
Planning the perfect outfit is just as important for a video interview. Stick with solid colors and avoid busy patterns and bright colors (even a striped shirt can be distracting over video). Most importantly, do not wear casual bottoms with a professional top. The last thing you want is the interviewer to see your jeans or pajama bottoms if you have to stand up or shift in your seat for any reason.

Look at the Camera, Not the Screen
Eye contact is critical for any interview; therefore ensure the webcam is set up to maximize eye contact. When answering questions look directly at the camera frequently instead of staring at the screen. This may take some practice as it is counterintuitive not to look at your interviewers but it adds a nice touch.

Just like an in person interview, preparations must be made in order to ensure the most successful meeting possible. In addition to the suggestions above, make sure you understand the company you are interviewing with, their offerings and any important news surround the organization. The more informed you are, the more attractive of a candidate you will be.

Significant advancements in video conferencing technology have allowed for greater accessibility and interoperability. As a result, video is becoming more integrated into consumers’ professional and personal lives. This opens significant opportunity in business-to-consumer video which can have a dramatic impact on the way we view and receive healthcare.

Picture yourself sitting in a waiting room with several other patients who all seem to be spreading their contagious ailments through coughing and sneezing. It’s not very appealing, so perhaps you decide to “wait out” your symptoms or Google them for a self-diagnosis. Unfortunately, the internet can easily turn a simple upset stomach into appendicitis and send you rushing to the emergency room in a panic.

Now picture yourself sitting on the couch or even at your desk between meetings and connecting to a doctor, nurse or other medical professional via video. You can list your symptoms, ask questions and receive medical advice without driving to the doctor’s office. The medical professional can then let you know if you most likely have an upset stomach (take some Pepto and if you don’t feel better in a couple of days make an appointment) or appendicitis (go to the emergency room right away).

Advancements in video technology are making this possible; which is not only great for patients but for medical facilities as well. Waiting rooms will be less crowded because patients will only go to the office when a physical visit is required. Post-operational follow ups or other routine visits can also be conducted over video at a central location while rural hospitals can have access to medical specialists creating numerous efficiencies and revolutionizing the healthcare industry!

Check out this quick video from American Telemedicine Association (ATA) that demonstrates the future of telehealth.

 

Video conferencing on mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, is no longer a new concept. Neither are telepresence robots which allows remote participants to not only see, hear and talk; but also move around. However, the latest version of the VGO Telepresence Robot is now equipped with Verizon LTE giving the solution an even wider range.

Previous models could only connect via WiFi and, unfortunately, a WiFi connection isn’t always available. The value of robotic telepresence is the ability to move around and converse with classmates or colleagues freely; not trying to stay within reach of WiFi signal. With Verizon LTE built into the device, VGo users no longer have to worry whether or not they can access the internet.Remote manager can easily check in with teams or troubleshoot issues on the manufacturing line and healthcare organizations can monitor patients and increase expert availability.

Not to mention students, like Lyndon Baty, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend school because of medical conditions now have the opportunity to interact with classmates. The Verizon Foundation supports projects that apply technology to improve education and is delivering VGos to 15 institutions nationwide.