Collaboration

Poly Launches Two Camera Poly Studio E70 To Reset The Hybrid Collaboration Room Experience

After over a year and a half of uncertainty, most companies’ return to office is finally happening. It has been great for me to see smiling faces in person over the last few weeks as I have traveled to meet several customers. While many workers are back in the office, the work environment will look …

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Apple WWDC 21: Rinse And Repeat

If any mainstream consumers took the time to watch Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this week, they likely found themselves regularly yawning. This is not to say that the newly-announced operating system features aren’t necessary or don’t have the potential for added productivity and security. There just wasn’t any real headline-leading drama. Rumors of new Apple Silicon? …

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The Finnish Post Reinvents Itself With New Technologies Including Robotic Process Automation And Gamification

The Finnish Postal Service, known locally as the Posti Group, is one of the oldest companies in Finland. A few years ago, Posti realized the traditional postal and letter business was declining rapidly while parcel volumes were increasing. To remain competitive, Posti Group needed to fundamentally change the way it operated, replacing legacy systems and …

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Microsoft Build- New Windows, Enhanced Arm Support, And Adds Azure Features

Microsoft’s annual Build conference for software developers (Microsoft now calls “Creators”) wraps up this week. In my previous article on Microsoft Build, I focused on three enhancements: Process Advisor and GPT3 for the Microsoft Power Platform and Azure Synapse link for Microsoft Dataverse. In this article, I will highlight more of the new products and enhancements. Satya Nadella Keynote The most intriguing …

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Webex Goes Big With New Aspirations, Capabilities, Brand, And A Campaign

Cisco’s goal for Webex is to be the leading collaboration brand. It wants “Webex Suite” to be the “most comprehensive communications platform, most cost-effective and most reliable and secure collaboration tool.” Aggressive? Yes. And today, Cisco made numerous, bold announcements about the platform, which I found quite interesting, which I think will add customer value and provide …

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Poly P15 Personal Video Bar Review- Enterprise Plus Consumer Equals Awesome

We have learned since the beginning of Covid-19 that working from home requires solid collaboration tools. If you’re okay with grainy 720P video and echoing audio from the built-in microphones and cameras on your PC with dogs and kids interrupting everything, then so be it. But when I am collaborating on projects and meeting with …

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Cisco Meraki Helps Bay State College With A Safe Return To Campus

Bay State College is a private school located in downtown Boston near the Charles River. It is also a stone’s throw to the iconic Cheers bar made famous in the 1980s by the television show. With a student population of close to 1,000 students, the school felt it could reopen its campus more safely than …

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Poly Fills The Enterprise-Consumer Collaboration Device Gap With Poly Studio P Series

Today, Poly announced a suite of new audio and video solutions to aid remote workers that I believe bridges a gap between classic consumer and enterprise solutions we have seen in the past.  Remote and hybrid work will be continuing well into 2021 and beyond and the applications that connect our workforce require improved audio …

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Dell’s New Enterprise PC’s, Displays, And Software Shows Commitment To Collaboration

The first-ever entirely virtual CES came and went. At the first of the year, the Consumer Electronics Show is always a popular time for companies to launch new products, and Dell took full advantage of the opportunity. Dell stepped up its game the past three to four years and it seemed like it was a …

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HP Launches Premium Business Devices To Enhance Collaboration Experience

With CES entirely upon us, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year to be an Analyst. I would be heading to CES on any typical year, getting my mobile station set up in a hotel, and preparing to attend product launches for basically a week straight. With the first-ever virtual CES coming …

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Poly Sync 20 Review: Smart Speakerphone For Hybrid Work

On November 12th, Poly announced the availability of the Microsoft Teams-certified Poly Sync 20, a smart wireless speakerphone designed for working from home. The Poly Sync 20 is a portable device designed to make audio and communication easier and more conducive to the new, hybrid work environment. It connects wirelessly through Bluetooth to both a …

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Cisco Announces Flurry Of New Webex Experiences At WebexOne Conference

Collaboration tools are hot and came to the forefront during Covid-19 for obvious reasons. We’ve seen every player step up its game every three months and now its Cisco’s turn at the plate. Last week, Cisco had its biggest premiere digital collaboration conference of the year, WebexOne, where it made announcements for around 50 improvements …

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Cisco Unveils Targeted Webex Solutions To Support Governmental Operations

Though tech companies across the board have made strides to help the world acclimate to the pandemic, there’s a few whose efforts have risen above the rest. One of these companies is the networking powerhouse Cisco—no surprise there, considering its impressive track record in CSR. Earlier this year, the company pledged to contribute at least $225 …

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Google G Suite To Workspace Transition Signals Directional Shift

On October 6th, Google announced Google Workspace, the new and improved G Suite that currently has 2.6B users. The idea behind Google Workspace is to bring together everything you need in one singular space. Google Workspace has a new and improved user experience that is designed to make remote working simpler, connected, and time effective. …

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Microsoft Ignites 2020 With New Services And Tools For Business Resiliency

Another week, another virtual tech conference come and gone. This time it was Microsoft and its annual Ignite conference, where the company showcases its latest and upcoming solutions for its ecosystem of developers and IT professionals. We’re all getting used to the digital conference song and dance by now, and Microsoft, of course, pulled it off without a hitch. …

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Google Updates G Suite With New Integrated Design

It’s been quite the ride during Google’s nine-week Cloud Next ’20 On Air event. While the “per-week” investment isn’t a lot, it does force me to tune into Google’s channel each week. Maybe that’s the point? Check out my week 1 coverage here. Last week, Google did a deeper dive on day two of Google Cloud …

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Microsoft Adds New Microsoft 365 And Edge Browser Capabilities At Inspire

Last week, Microsoft kicked off its annual partner event, Inspire, with the 2020 twist of being all virtual. I covered Microsoft’s initiative to safely and efficiently bring businesses, schools, and organizations back onto the workforce here. While I mentioned some of the new features like Dataflex and Return To Work Power Platform Templates in that article, …

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Microsoft Goes Deeper In Consumer Market With Teams Family App

I have written extensively on how communication solutions are booming in the backdrop of Covid-19, and many companies like Cisco Systems, Google and Microsoft are improving and updating their services for the masses and enterprises. Microsoft has been on the move with Teams adding new features very quickly, education features, and Teams as a full platform.  Microsoft recently …

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Crestron Outfits Offices And Remote Workers With Innovative Video Conferencing Tools For Covid-19 And The New Normal

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed the corporate landscape dramatically. With many employees forced to work from home, video conferencing platforms have become essential alternatives to face-to-face meetings. Vendors across the technology spectrum have responded to the predicament by offering their cloud conferencing solutions for free, or by expanding the functionality of their existing …

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Cisco Updates Webex Video Conferencing For The Age Of COVID-19

Can you remember the last time you had an in-person meeting in a conference room? The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and workplaces across the nation and forced all aspects of our lives into the digital realm—remote work, remote education, remote socializing. What that means is that we, as a society, have become …

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