Now in its forth year, The Mobile World Congress is a three day event that focuses on the “mobile” industry. It’s initial focus was on cellular technology, originally being called GSM Mobile World Congress. The event has now expanded its focus to encompass all areas of mobility and communications. At this year’s event video conferencing takes center stage.  Both Cisco and Polycom have a major presence at the event.  Polycom made some announcements today to extend their RealPresence platform.

Now available on the iTunes App Store, is Polycom Real Presence Mobile for iPhone (specifically the new iPhone 4s). Joining the ranks of Skype, Vidyo, and others with smartphone video apps, Polycom is extending its footprint to all levels of mobile device.

Just a few years ago it was impossible to imagine video conferencing on a device in your pocket.  Now organizations deploying or extending their visual collaboration environment can extend it right to their workers’ pockets.

What can you do with apps like these? Check out the video below:

 

 

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Polycom RealPresence Mobile

The human resources department plays a vital role in the success of any organization. HR professionals must recruit, hire, and retain a company’s greatest asset – its employees. HR managers wear many hats within the organization – benefits administrator, corporate morale booster, strategic adviser, to name a few.  But at the heart of every function an HR manager must perform is communication; the ability to communicate effectively on a one-to-one and one-to-many basis.

Video Conferencing Expedites Human Resources Functions

Video conferencing solutions provide companies a competitive advantage by facilitating face-to-face communication among remote parties. Human resources departments are now using this powerful technology to expedite many aspects of the department’s functions:

  • Hiring – Visual communication reduces the time it takes to hire personnel by allowing the discussion and sharing of information in real time instead of relying on e-mail or voice-only conferences.
  • Interviewing – Video provides visual cues that provide valuable information about candidates during the qualification process.
  • Recruiting – Instead of being limited to local job candidates, video extends the reach of the interviewing process, making the geographical pool of candidates almost limitless.
  • Cost reduction – Candidates can interview from a local video conferencing location (laptop, iPad, telepresence suite) to save time and travel costs.
  • Corporate culture enrichment – Enhanced employee communication results in increased information sharing and improved productivity. In many cases, work/life balance is improved (e.g., salespeople can make customer calls from home instead of through travel).
  • Support and training – Unified communication tools, such as streaming video for training sessions, can be used to reach many more employees – simultaneously.

 

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