Although Skype’s target audience has been the consumer market, we believe this acquisition will have ripple effects that will lead to the acceleration of video conferencing use across the enterprise. We believe video conferencing will become ubiquitous as costs continue to come down, quality and ease of use increase, and it is integrated with other communication tools for mobile devices and at the desktop.
|IVCi is incredibly excited to announce an amazing Telehealth event! Patient care is all about being there. Being there with critical data and information to be sure, but more than that, healthcare institutions have a responsibility to enable the best of human resources to “be there” too.
On June 7th, IVCi & Polycom will be presenting the future of health care streamed live at six telepresence locations through the country. At this event you will hear from industry experts and real healthcare professionals on how telehealth is enabling patient care in new and exciting ways.
The event will be broadcast live via telepresence in NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Andover, MA, Seattle, and Santa Clara, CA.
To learn more and register, visit http://www.ivci-telepresence.com!
We are excited to announce that our client Vermont Interactive Television was awarded a 21st Century Best Practice Award in Distance Learning for its extensive video network that connects remote residents throughout the state of Vermont. Working with Polycom, a leading manufacturer of unified communications solutions, IVCi helped architect the IP network and implement multipoint calling with bridging technology for this impressive project.
VIT supports the economic health and development of the state of Vermont-the second least-populated state in the U.S.-and its citizens by providing the technical infrastructure and operational expertise necessary to deliver education, training, and information equally to all areas of Vermont via video.
Today, there are 17 VIT locations throughout Vermont, capable of connecting to anywhere in the world. And, unlike other video conferencing networks that belong to one company, one school district, or one government agency, VIT is available to all Vermonters. Using a tiered pricing system, VIT leases conference time in one-hour increments, enabling nearly 300 organizations and 32,000 people annually to collaborate across the state and around the world, without requiring them to purchase or maintain video equipment.
The ability to communicate effectively is so important for business leaders that top MBA programs are now featuring courses that teach “soft skills,” like how to receive feedback well, speak respectfully to subordinates, and control emotional responses to conflict, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
Although “hard skills” like finance and accounting are important and are included in most MBA programs, these skills become less relevant as employees climb the corporate ladder and start entering management positions. Managing a staff, handling disagreements, and decision making skills are abilities most will learn on the job and not the classroom – until now.
As companies invest in collaborative technology solutions that enhance communication, the need to be able to use them effectively is increased. Visual communication is on the rise, whether it be through video conferencing, Web conferencing, or streaming solutions. An effective communicator will use these solutions to his or her advantage to effectively manage teams remotely, negotiate with clients, and collaborate with remote members of the board or management teams. Business schools are recognizing what we in business are now increasingly experiencing – the value and necessity of being a skilled communicator.