Meeting tools, like enhanced video conferencing solutions, have improved office productivity and reduced costs by decreasing expenses incurred traveling to regional offices since their inception. They have connected office workers by aiding the exchange of ideas and knowledge. More recently, web-based video meeting solutions have further reduced costs by offering this technology at much lower prices. But video enabled conferences have more utility than just standard meetings or even interviews or training. The availability and low cost of video conferencing technology is now influencing incident response managers to implement collaboration solutions with video capabilities to aid workers in the field. Let’s learn how advanced incident managers are utilizing video enabled collaboration solutions to connect with first responders.

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Unified communications and collaboration systems are changing the way businesses communicate internally and with other businesses. Collaborators are now able to see each engaged meeting attendee, annotate over live documents, and save and send collaboration files to anyone from one large, interactive interface. Even though the unified communication and collaboration industry is mature and robust solutions currently exist, many businesses are excited to see Microsoft’s entry into the space with the Surface Hub. You are probably reading this blog because your company is ready to invest in a unified communication and collaboration platform. Read on to learn more about the Microsoft Surface Hub to help you determine if it is the right fit for your business.

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Unified communication and collaboration is a term that is used quite a bit these days, but the concept is fairly new and still not completely clear to some. According to Gartner, unified communication and collaboration is the melding of different communication and collaboration platforms into one, easy to use system. Phone systems, chat windows, face time conversations and screen-sharing are all components of a unified communication and collaboration (UCC) system. In the past these systems were fairly distinct and the functionality was delivered by different vendors. Now, with the advent of systems like

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As we near the launch of Microsoft Surface Hub (it was recently pushed to January 2016) many businesses are doing their due diligence by researching alternatives. You may have noticed that there are already several players in the interactive touch screen world. Companies like InFocus, Sharp, Hitachi Solutions and Smart are developing interactive flat panels for business team collaboration. Let’s check out Microsoft Surface Hub and some of the available alternatives.

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I’m sure this is a question many people are asking since Microsoft first announced the Surface Hub and subsequently announced a delay in its release. So, to answer the question posed in the title, the current Surface Hub release date is January 2016. Read on if your business is in the process of researching interactive conference room technologies like the Microsoft Surface Hub.

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We’ve heard it many times, “Time to meet in the boardroom to discuss our numbers and set goals for the next term.” But let’s be honest, how many times do you get ultra-excited to commence another discussion full of PowerPoint presentations and laser pointers that conk out in the middle of the aforementioned presentation. Chances are you’re reading bored-room instead of boardroom on your way in. So, why aren’t you excited to get in the boardroom?

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Ahhh...it seems like only yesterday when the most perplexing tech problem a teacher encountered was how to change the bulb in the overhead projector. But today, whether teaching an entire course online or simply jazzing up a presentation, incorporating technology in the classroom is now considered as essential as taking attendance... only more complex. Let's face it, not everyone is equally comfortable using technology to teach. In fact, some of us are downright intimidated by it. If friends and family tend to tease you about being the last one to adopt a new technology or you find yourself fretting about keeping up with the latest tech trends, this article is for YOU!

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Before incorporating new technology in the classroom, it is a good idea to ask a single question..."Is it worth it?" Sounds simple enough but a surprising number of people assume new is always better even though evidence suggests that isn't always the case. Adopting new technology requires a learning curve for both staff and students, plus it can be costly and doesn't always demonstrate immediate results.

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Incorporating technology in the classroom doesn't have to be intimidating. In fact, it can be a lot of fun if you understand how to do it right. The key is to focus on the learning objective, not the technology! Technology is just one more tool at the disposal of an educator.

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