Millennials (and the children of millennials) have grown up with technology. Communicating digitally is very familiar to them- in fact, it’s preferred. Today’s college and K-12 educational systems are realizing that they need to adapt to their digitally-inclined audience.
Skype for Business is the latest conferencing and collaboration tool. You can connect from any device and share/work on documents with others in real time. Skype for Business also connects with all other apps in Office 365, uniting your information across all platforms. Learn more about Skype for Business and how Veraview can help your company utilize all of its features by scrolling through our Sway presentation below.
On December 3rd we hosted an education event at our office named, “The Global Classroom. Just about twenty educators from local schools attended the event to learn about available resources for distance learning initiatives through Polycom. From everyone at Veraview we want to extend our thanks to all of the attendees as well as our expert presenter Elaine Shuck! We can’t wait to see everyone again soon for the next event.
If anyone who wanted to attend couldn’t make it, please feel free to contact us for more information and look out for upcoming event invitations.
PC-based or “soft” conferencing is any type of conferencing which utilizes an application or program rather than a dedicated hardware unit. There are many well-known soft clients available such as Skype, Facetime, google hangouts, etc. Soft conferencing has a variety of use cases, from companies just starting out with video conferencing to enterprise level deployments of 1000+ users.
Telemedicine is nothing new and for people who don’t have convenient access to medical care it can quite literally be a lifesaver. What about the rest of us? Me and you, the people who drive five or ten minutes to see our doctor, why would we ever need telemedicine services, would we use it if it became readily available? UnitedHealthcare (the country’s largest health insurer) wants to find out. On April 30th, UnitedHealthcare announced that its self-funded customers have the same access (standard copay) to telemedicine as they do to traditional in-person based care. This coverage will extend to all plans throughout the year.
Do you currently have on-premises video conferencing? Do you use it as often as you initially thought you might? If you’re only using video conferencing to hold or attend meetings with employees you’ll be happy to know there is a lot more that you can do. Don’t get me wrong, meetings and employee conferences are perfect applications of video within an organization, but there is so much more that can be done to make your video investment a vital part of daily operations. Be it Finance, HR, Customer Service or any other functional area, APIs (application programming interface) allow you to customize your video environment to enhance your preexisting employee and customer websites/portals, streamline your remote interview process and avoid video-room scheduling mix-ups.
Thanks to everyone who paid us a visit on the 21st at the Niagara County Technology & Homeland Security Forum! It was a great event and we always appreciate seeing old friends and meeting new people.
For those who couldn’t make it, we set up a Polycom Group 300 codec and camera that enables you to conduct video conferences in a small board room or huddle room. The camera that comes with the codec is also the microphone that picks up your voice during a call. In addition to our Group 300 codec we conducted demonstrations of our Recordex Document Viewer and Tablet. These Document Viewer and Tablet bundles are far more versatile than the old overhead projectors and come with some really intuitive software that allows for recording and annotation.
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In an earlier blog post I mentioned the affordability of video conferencing technology, specifically, cloud based video or video as a service. Video as a service differs from traditional infrastructure based video conferencing in a few ways, the largest difference being hardware.
In a traditional infrastructure based environment there are several hardware components needed to complete the system, all of which provide unique capabilities such as firewall traversal, connectivity for mobile devices and video capture/streaming to name a few. In addition to the “behind the scenes” equipment you have your cameras, microphones and speakers. This kind of system can become quite costly and is not necessary for many end users who do not need/want to manage all solutions in house.
Everyone understands that travel is a part of business, right? It doesn’t always have to be. Since the dawn of the information age businesses have had technology available to significantly reduce travel. Video conferencing makes it easy to meet face-to-face with clients and employees without ever having to leave the office. The benefits are immense. Imagine all of the time and money saved on routine travel not to mention helping save the planet by cutting back on your carbon footprint.
Video conferencing not only reduces travel, it increases collaboration as well. With the ability to have quality face-to-face interactions at a moment’s notice employees feel more inclined to reach out to their team members in different locations to get things done. Supply chain management becomes streamlined as video conferencing allows for content sharing and annotation within a single call. Why send an email when you can make a more effective video call?