As another year comes to an end it’s time to reflect on the previous year and create new goals for the coming year. Video conferencing has become ever present, cloud services are continuing to grow and collaboration technology is becoming even cooler.  Here is a look at some of the top blog posts from 2012. We hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Have a wonderful and safe New Year and we’ll see you in 2013!

Top Blog Posts of 2012:

IT Conundrum: Do It Yourself or Embrace the Cloud?
The prevalence of cloud services has sparked a debate among IT professionals about whether to handle all IT components in-house or to outsource components to cloud service providers.

Video Conferencing Adoption – The Time Has Come!
An integrated approach to video conferencing adoption must be implemented because the impact of new technology reaches beyond the equipment and affects the people and the process within an organization.

The Exponential Power of Video Conferencing
Understanding the Collaboration Curve, and how casual interactions among colleagues and business partners spark creativity, can help organizations drive innovation within their organization.

Video Conferencing and Fighting for Freedom
A patriotic (and personal) look at how communication has changed and video conferencing has helped military members stationed overseas stay in touch with friends and family.

Stop Being Such a Video-phobe!
Getting over the hurdle of being afraid or making excuses not to be on video can be challenging; but in the end the advantages of using it far outweigh any negative feelings you may have.

Using Collaboration to Increase Customer Lifetime Value
The more companies converse with customers and the stronger the relationship is; the more apt customers are to provide honest feedback which can help drive innovation.

Telemedicine Reimbursement – The Time is Now!
Health care organizations throughout the world continue to implement telemedicine; however a major challenge has been the lack of parity from insurance organizations.

The Promise of Unified Communications and the Cloud
A look at some of the roadblocks that prevent true ubiquity of UC solutions throughout enterprise organizations and how cloud service can help overcome some of these challenges.

The New Science of Building Great Teams
An interesting take on building effective teams and achieving a high level of cohesion among team members. How we communicate is actually more important than what we communication.

The Essential Role of Human Resources
HR departments can utilize video conferencing solutions in a variety of different ways to increase communication and expedite many of the functions within the department.

Video Conferencing adoption continues to accelerate at an amazing pace and organizations throughout the world are taking advantage of this technology to save costs, streamline their business operations, and bring remote teams together like never before. Previous, however, video conferencing was limited to larger organizations with greater budgets and more staff to manage it.  Now as the technology has simplified and the costs associated with getting started have lowered, small to medium businesses can now enjoy these same visual collaboration technologies.

Join Aberdeen Analyst Hyoun Park and IVCi on March 29th at 2 PM Eastern at a webinar that will show you how small and mid-sized organizations successfully defined, identified, and achieved ROI on video.

In this webinar, we will ask a few key questions including:

  • How are room-based, PC-based, and mobile video solutions being used?
  • What is more important for a video conferencing deployment that provides value: purchasing technology or building culture?
  • What is the best way to cut travel costs and take advantage of video?

Sign up today!

Video Conferencing for Business Success – The SMB Guide to Video Conferencing
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Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM EDT (US)

“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

 

IVCi created a custom design for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business using Cisco’s TelePresence technology. The results are remarkable.

Read the full story here:

http://www.ivci.com/video-conferencing-case-study-duke.html

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.