Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Big Unified Communications Buzz-Word Search Puzzle

Are you in the mood for a game? A Unified Communications game?

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Today we present you with the Big Unified Communications Buzz-Word Search Puzzle to trial both your Sales and Technical vocabulary. Can you manage to find all 30 Unified Communications buzzwords?

Let us know if you managed to beat the game in the comment section below and make sure to drop us the time you needed for a little feeling of competition.

By the way, we don’t mind sharing this at all so make sure you print a copy and pin it to the office pin board for a game-break or drop it to your Social Networks and see how your connections are doing.

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What Is Microsoft Lync?

Still using Microsoft Office Communicator? Let me tell you in about Microsoft Lync.

Unless you have been living in a cave on a desert island you’ve probably noticed that Microsoft has been a great innovator in the IT field for more than 2 decades now. It is known for technology that has influenced all our lives. I think it is fair to say that today’s  world has been completely changed by the Windows operating system and other Microsoft innovations. The company is not stopping there though, they are now revolutionizing the world of mobile communication, the world is growing smaller each day with new technologies and advances in unified communications.

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What Is Microsoft Lync?

Microsoft Lync is one the latest innovations in the field of Instant Messaging / Presence and was introduced to the market on January 25, 2011. It facilitates a better, secure and faster way of communication. It has made remote conferencing a lot easier and cheaper.

They have created interface which makes these communications more realistic than ever before. There is a great demand for multi-mode communication simultaneously such as Video Conferencing, VoIP, Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing. Microsoft Lync is one of the prime platforms for this task.

Features of Microsoft Lync

  • It is the upgrade of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2, released two years earlier
  • It can share contacts from Microsoft Outlook when stored in server – contacts can be also retrieved from a remote server with appropriate authentication
  • Users can see the documents on which other people are working on when they are all connected to the same server – it also facilitates a number of people working on same document simultaneously and sharing its content
  • It works on a number of platforms like mobile, computers and tablets making it more portable
  • It uses SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) during communication which helps in managing the client’s video and audio calls – users have the capabilities to schedule, control and create these calls
  • It provides secure communication using TLS and SRTP encryption
  • No VPN connection is required
  • It can be a platform for polling during board meetings or polling entire firms
  • Desktop Sharing makes it possible to unit all the systems connected to the Lync Server

Limitations

  • Lync does not have the facility to store history and if the history is required a secondary client has to be used (e.g. Microsoft Outlook)
  • Also a big limitation is that only 800 characters can be used in an initial session and 8000 additional characters in the same session
  • No spell check feature
  • No voice and video calls on smartphone and web-based client

Look forward to our review of Microsoft Lync 2013! And meanwhile, why don’t you drop us a comment with your experiences on either Microsoft Lync or your weapon of choice?

 

Telepresence on the Road – The Nomad Businessman

Telepresence enables you to much more than only using it holding meetings – you can even build your business on it!

Technologies such as Telepresence has changed many things and many industries and made many of our day-to-day routines and activities much easier or more enjoyable. For everything from staying in touch with friends and families, to travelling to work, to managing and organizing information there are new ways of doing things that have enabled us to do more, more quickly.

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Of course business is one area that has been particularly impacted by Unified Communications, especially Telepresence and with easier communication and amazing productivity tools the very business models we rely on are changing.

And one thing in particular here that has been altered is the where of business. As technology improves and we’re able to communicate all around the world, there is no longer the same need to be in a single place to run a business or even to have a base of operations. This then means that we can not only save a huge amount on rent and other overheads, but also potentially enjoy much more freedom in the way we work. Here’s how you can use modern technology to enjoy life as a ‘nomad businessman’ (or woman).

Running a Business from a Café

For the most part business involves providing a product or service to a client or consumer and in the majority of cases this doesn’t actually require any face-to-face interaction. Sure if you run a restaurant or a high street store then you’ll need a physical location to serve your customers, but if you’re providing consultancy work, web design or customer service, or if you sell a product, then normally this can all be handled online thanks to communication technology such as Telepresence.

And with the portability of many devices such as smartphones and laptops, there’s no reason that this shouldn’t mean working from a café, from a park bench or from your flat – you could even work while travelling around the world. Most places have WiFi connections, and when you’re out of reach you can use a 3G connection (or even a 4G connection) to get online.

With most of our files stored on the cloud meanwhile, and with most services pushing for a paperless option, you’ll never be out of reach of the information you need. And if you need a business meeting? Well it always creates a metropolitan and modern vibe to ask to meet in a café, or using a webcam you can engage in Telepresence – saving you and your clients time and money.

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Of course some services do require a physical location for production. If you are creating a product that you want to sell then copies will need to be manufactured and stored somewhere until you sell them via your website. However this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t live the nomad lifestyle as these services can now be outsourced using digital manufacturing and thanks to ‘print on demand’ companies you won’t even need to store any stock. And if you aren’t fussed about producing your own products then you could simply become an affiliate marketer.

In short computers, smartphones, tablets and the web at large are now making it possible for us to get out of the office and run businesses from wherever we choose. We are now all connected at all times and we all have access to large production and printing services. In the next few decades the traditional office environment may no longer be relevant at all… What do you think?

6 Benefits of Digital Signage

6 benefits of Digital Signage that can help your business gain more exposure

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Example: Sky promoting on Digital Signage

Digital Signage is a type of electronic display that is used to advertise and build awareness of new products. The images are displayed via LED, LCD monitors and may be projected as well.

This type of signage is usually found in hotels, retail and fast food outlets, airports and train stations, among other places. The content that is seen on the monitors is uploaded and controlled by computer using specialized software.

As an advertising medium, Digital Signage works so well because it strikes the perfect balance between subtly and “in your face”.

When compared to traditional print advertising and billboards, digital signage carries a number of benefits which include:

 

 

  1. Reduced costs
    While the initial outlay for the sign may be a lot more than what a print ad would cost the money that will be saved on printing costs further down the line.
  2. Web connectivity
    Digital monitors can be connected to the web which allows news feeds, Twitter feeds, currency updates, weather updates and more to be incorporated into the display. Blog post and video content from video sites such as YouTube and eHow may be included in the display as well. For example, in a doctor’s office a monitor could display general health facts and tips and feature real-time news RSS feed and weather updates.
  3. Attracts attention
    The advantage is that it grabs attention in a more subtle way – Whereas traditional advertising methods such as television, print and radio capture attention in a more direct manner.  The high definition displays combined with vivid colours and the ability to include elements such as news feeds and online video allows advertisers to break through the noise (associated with traditional advertising) and connect with customers.

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    Example: GMS providing news feed via Digital Signage outside the office

  4. Content is easily updatable
    In addition to cost savings one of the great advantages behind digital signage design is the ability to update content at the click of a finger (or rather a mouse button). For example, a restaurant could utilise a series of digital menu boards that display different menu’s as the day progresses – i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  5. Influence purchases decisions
    When you take into account that most decisions are made in store, a digital display that uses a combination of high quality images and video can have a powerful influence on buying decisions.
  6. Platform to showcase work
    If you run an architectural firm for example, you could set up slide show to allow prospective clients to view some of your completed projects. People tend to trust peer recommendation over advertising and displaying projects you’ve worked on for others will promote your brand and reinforce trust in your services.

 

10 Telepresence Snapshots from Users

Telepresence? I saw the press kit photos but how do the “real” installations look like?

You have all seen the high quality press material and the polished photos on webpages around Telepresence solutions, but have you ever wondered how the users see it? We have been going through the archive of Instagram and provide you today with our 10 favourite Telepresence snapshots of users and aficionados.

Browsing through these lovely shots you will get a good insight into the actual utilisation of Telepresence technology and how it can be used for connecting remote employees to improve teamwork or even how to have a better work-life balance.

These photos are owned by their respective creators and we claim no copyright. We hope you enjoy our selection and you may click on an image to be re-directed to the source.

Our picks:

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Long Distance Relationship.. Supported by #cisco #telepresence – iswant22


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The power of #technology #telepresence – Janice Loke


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workin’ a little late since I have band practice (for church) in a little bit… saying hello and goodnight to my kiddos from my office desk… i’d prefer to be home, but when you can’t ya gotta love #telepresence! – Pete Kim


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Så jävla business #telepresence – Felix B


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Me siento súper High Tech, llegando a junta 3! telepresencia – Rodrigo Violante


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Testing some new #cisco #telepresence equipment – Sean Scott


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Avatar, 2012 – Øivind


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#TelePresence at @CISCO on #DesigningChange. 7 cities present from across Canada – Komal Minhas


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Morning video call in HD with @mattrehm #cisco #telepresence #tandberg #collaboration – George


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Let’s have a #videoconference! – #Telepresence #Cisco #UnifiedCommunication – #GMS #Eschborn #Germany #Europe – Christopher Isak


If you have snapshots to share or would like to introduce yourself or your whole team let us know and drop a comment with the link below. We will add you to the list right away!