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Joshua Erwin

Josh is a content creator and strategist with a passion for all things tech, such as the latest gadgets, apps, games and more. Josh loves listening to and playing music and is a big college football fan, especially for his alma mater Georgia Bulldogs. When not writing for PGi, you’ll find him gaming or drumming on Sundays for the Atlanta Falcons.

5 Smartwatch Apps You Should Bring to Work

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According to Business Insider, the wearable computing market will reach 148 million units by 2019, and each day more companies are throwing more devices throw into the proverbial ring. Apple, Google (or rather, Google’s army of OEMs) and Microsoft are all fighting a battle for your wrist, and one of the most important fronts of that battle is the workplace. …

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How All-in-One Collaboration is Powering the Digital Workplace

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Today’s hyper-connected workplace is moving faster than ever before. It is truly a digital workplace, where the speed of information—and how that information gets shared across an organization—is paramount to that organization’s success. Businesses are constantly looking to optimize communication and collaboration. And today, we’re seeing an increasing trend towards streamlining collaboration by turning to all-in-one tools, combining traditionally disparate …

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Wearables in the Workplace

Wearable technology is here, but we’re still early in the life cycle. If you’re like me and already wearing an Android smartwatch, Apple Watch, Pebble or Fitbit, you’re still comfortably in the realm of “early adopter.” Wearables haven’t yet achieved their iPhone moment, when this new category of device reaches mass adoption and begins to invade the workplace. However, the …

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The 4-Step Checklist for Weighing Your Enterprise’s Technology Options

In an ever-changing business climate with a growing need for technology solutions, it can be increasingly stressful to decide what tools your company needs to be successful. Making the wrong move could set your company back in not only dollars, but also valuable time. You never want to be playing catch-up in the technology race. Such losses can be avoided, …

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3 Tips for Evaluating Audio Conferencing

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In spite of the advances in communication technologies of late—face-to-face video, instant messaging, mobile applications and more—it can be easy to forget that audio conferencing is still the cornerstone of collaboration. All of the video chats and online meetings in the world are useless to your organization without consistent, high-quality audio tailored to your company’s unique needs. Audio remains a …

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3 Reasons for IT to Embrace Modern Collaboration

IT is in a powerful position to provide mission-critical technologies across the enterprise. When it comes to communication and collaboration, organizations are often dealing with a myriad of complex options in addition to maintaining or deprecating legacy systems. In order to empower modern business collaboration, IT has to move beyond maintaining clunky legacy collaboration tools and instead embracing true, mobile-enabled, …

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9 Essential Tech Tools Every Business Traveler Needs

We’ve all been there. You’re on the road, traveling for business and your smartphone battery dies. Nowhere to plug in, and you’re stuck in a meeting until 5. In addition to the prescribed laptop and smartphone is a battery charging pack—and these eight other tech tools every business traveler needs. External battery pack. Major airports have gotten much better at …

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5 New Apps to Boost Your Productivity

We all have our tricks to get more done during the workday. We turn our IM to “do not disturb,” work from home, shut off our smartphones and doodle to-do lists on napkins. Fortunately for workers everywhere, there are a bunch of new(ish) apps available to help get more done in less time. Here are five new apps to boost …

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[eBook] Better Sales Presentations Through SCIENCE!

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Sales has become a noisy place in recent years. There are so many ways to contact new and existing customers that finding a way to rise above the noise and stand out from the crowd is a new imperative for sales professionals. However, regardless of the medium—social media, video, in-person meetings or even cold calls—every sales presentation requires key elements …

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iMeet Agenday Takes Home the Design Gold!

The hits keep coming! Hot on the heels of iMeet Agenday’s win for Best Wearable App in this year’s Appy Awards, PGi’s Innovation Lab team has earned another accolade. At the Asia [app] Design Awards, iMeet Agenday was awarded Gold in the “Business Tools” category! What are the Asia [app] Design Awards, you ask? According to design100, who hosts the …

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[Webinar] CIO vs. CMO: FIGHT!

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The relationship between the CIO and CMO can be a contentious one at times. CMOs don’t think the IT department moves fast enough or understands their team’s unique needs. And CIOs worry that marketing often circumvents them when making promises to the business and to customers. However, with marketing technology becoming increasingly vital and complex, it can’t be CIO vs. …

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How to Stop Dreading Your Sundays

Do you find yourself dreading your Sunday, knowing that your weekend is quickly drawing to a close and yet another workweek is about to rear its ugly head? I know I’ve fallen into that mid-Sunday-afternoon malaise, as the fun-filled frivolity of Friday and Saturday gives way to thoughts of data-filled spreadsheets and encroaching deadlines. Central Desktop’s Adam McKibbin explored this …

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Are You Using This Year’s Appy Award Winner for Best Wearable App?

Well look at that! @PGi congrats on winning #AppyAward! http://t.co/KN2fc49Yqz! Your app is like a personal assistant, except we'll still fetch our own coffee. — Appy Awards (@AppyAwards) May 20, 2015 Our very own iMeet Agenday smart calendar app won the first-ever award in the new Wearables category at the Appy Awards at a ceremony in New York. For the uninitiated, the Appy …

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What can chickens teach us about collaboration?

What can chickens teach us about collaboration?

Here’s an interesting one for you: chickens might just be better collaborators than we are. It’s true! That is, if you believe the findings of a recent study referenced by Jim Tamm, a former law professor and judge who recently spoke about cultivating collaboration at TEDxSantaCruz. The chickens in question were separated into “red zone” chickens, who actively sabotaged other chickens’ …

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Innovate, Learn and Connect with PGi and Modality at Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite

Ignite, Microsoft’s annual enterprise technology conference, is kicking off this week in Chicago. And this year, you’ve got not one but two important stops to make on the show floor. Both PGi and Modality Systems will be well-represented. Come visit PGi at Booth 410 for a chance to win a smartwatch, learn about Agenday, iMeetLive, GlobalMeet Audio Skype for Business and …

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Host Simply Better Webinars with GlobalMeet Webinar

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For marketers, corporate communicators, sales trainers and more, webinars are powerful tools for hosting virtual large events and disseminating vital information to large groups. They’re an effective way to spread your message, regardless of whether your goal is to educate internal stakeholders or drive leads. Now available, GlobalMeet Webinar is the latest addition to the GlobalMeet family, empowering your town hall …

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Author Phil Simon Tackles Ineffective Workplace Communication in His Latest Book, ‘Message Not Received’

Author Phil Simon discusses Message Not Received

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of email you receive at work? Do you zone out in meetings when your colleagues start throwing out words like “synergy” and “action items”? Or, worse, are you yourself guilty of leaning on email and jargon as crutches to get you through your day? Be honest. We won’t tell anyone. For author Phil …

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Upcoming Webinar: What Skype for Business Means for You

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Are you ready for the next generation of unified communications? Microsoft Lync Online has begun rolling out Skype for Business, the latest version of its UC&C client (formerly known as Lync) that brings together the familiarity of Skype with the enterprise-level security and control that businesses need. But what does the transition from Lync to Skype for Business mean for …

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Check out PGi’s Aminu Timberlake on ESPN’s 30 for 30

PGi's Aminu Timberlake

This Sunday, March 15th ESPN is premiering its latest 30 for 30: “I Hate Christian Laettner.” Laettner, the film’s namesake, played basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils and is particularly famous for a game-winning shot against Kentucky in 1992, a game considered by many to be one of the best college basketball games ever played. Laettner is also infamous for …

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Modality’s Justin Morris Explores the Cultural Shift of Lync

Unified communications solutions such as Microsoft® Lync® are an increasingly integral part of collaboration for the enterprise. However, UC represents a complex system that requires careful thought, planning and education in order to maximize your organization’s UC investment. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Modality Systems’ Justin Morris explores the cultural changes required to ensure a successful UC deployment, how …

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