I attended the ScanSource Communications Partner conference in Memphis the week before last and just got caught up so I could write about it. Experts at mixing business and pleasure, Brian Cuppett’s team put together a solid agenda filled with technology and market updates as well as fun ‘networking events’ incorporating the best Memphis had to offer. Continue reading
Microsoft Office 365 takes the industry’s most recognized set of productivity and collaboration tools and delivers them as a subscription service. Combined with hosted versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, Office 365 is designed to enable users to share, collaborate, and communicate in the cloud.
Many businesses will wonder whether Office 365 is a reliable alternative to desktop office suites and whether their information will be safe. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee. Microsoft also includes its Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange is an internet-based service that helps protect your businesses’ inbound and outbound email from spam, viruses, phishing scams, and email policy violations.
Powered by Microsoft Exchange Online, Office 365 gives businesses access to e-mail, calendars, and contacts from virtually anywhere, on almost any device. This allows users to work from almost anywhere and get automatically updated email, calendar, and contacts on the devices used most, including PCs, Macintosh computers, iPhone, Android phones, Symbian phones, BlackBerry smartphones, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phones. Continue reading
A Team Environment
There are added psychological returns that come from a video conferencing solution with regards to remote locations and employees. There is always a feeling of not being as one. Remote employees tend to feel they are left out, not included within the usual workings of the organization, and often feel as though they do not receive the recognition they would typically receive if they were at HQ.
Video conference allows day-to-day contact with all employees. Weekly and monthly meetings, trainings and even quarterly reviews could all be performed with the use of video conferencing. The remote employees are now integrated into a daily or weekly infrastructure within the organization and in all essence, effectively working at a better pace. Continue reading
Travel, Video Conferencing and a Return on Investment
With corporations all across cutting back on travel costs and tightening up the budgetary constraints on training, it’s only logical to assume that the purchase of a video conferencing solution to be put on the back burner or set aside. Continue reading