Once upon a time our options for collaboration were rather thin on the ground: face to face meetings were the pinnacle of communication, and getting everyone in one room was a struggle. Now we’re in an age where we’re constantly in touch with technology through our personal devices — from tablets at our tables to our phones as we walk down the street. And, increasingly, they’re helping business thrive through conferencing solutions.
In the business world, not many eyebrows would be raised at an invitation to a virtual meeting. Video conferencing is an accepted part of the working day for many organisations, and it’s even branching out into other sectors. It’s a fact: video conferencing is a useful tool in uniting a team that’s spread far and wide. And, it helps an organisation to make things run more smoothly, while making better use of both time and money. But that’s not where the benefits begin and end.
The quality of the video technology available is so good that it’s now a viable option for fulfilling a much wider range of purposes. It’s one such service which we’ve deployed in healthcare institutions all over the country to make a real difference in the lives of both staff and patients. [Read more...]
A Profile of Simon Over, Director of Music, Southbank Sinfonia
Assume for a moment you’re a graduate student of music. And you’ve got a dream – to one day join a great orchestra. But realising dreams like that isn’t easy. Particularly if you live in a remote corner of the world.
Simon Over understands that dilemma. That’s why he founded Southbank Sinfonia. Based in London, each year over 500 hope-filled students worldwide apply for only 32 positions in an orchestra like no other. If they make the cut, they receive expert training and experience, giving their musical career a huge boost. [Read more...]
By Martin Smillie, Global Head of Advise Business Technology Services
Working together to create stronger results, that’s collaboration. It’s at the heart of every modern organisation, and one of the main ingredients for success. But how can you make the most of it in your business setting? Are your people equipped with the tools they need to truly thrive when they work together? In our final piece on the journey to better conversations, we look at invigorating your people to collaborate most effectively.
From our experience with multinational enterprise customers throughout the years, we know your people are spread across multiple locations, juggle a whole host of different technologies, and need access to the right things, no matter when, where or how they log on. Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) integrates real-time communication services (like instant message, presence, telephony, video conferencing and desktop sharing) with non-real-time communications (like voicemail, email and SMS). It provides a unified interface and experience for all users, across all devices and media types, and it makes all the difference when it comes to harnessing the true power of collaboration. [Read more...]
Conferencing is a global force, connecting organisations all around the world. But of course, every culture and country works in different ways and inevitably has different ways of making the most of every call. Our recent research with Dolby and the University of Cambridge took a look at the global view of conference calls in four different countries, using 400 surveys and five experts, to see what makes us tick — conference-wise — in each place.
With our last infographic looking at our views on conferencing here in the UK, we’ve now gone stateside with a focus on the USA findings. Take a look at our new infographic to get the low-down: