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The Complexity of Unified Communications Today

Enterprise collaboration is an evolving industry that continues to become more and more complex, especially for the IT professional. Long-gone are the days when you could simply pick up a phone, call someone and be done with a meeting. Today, collaboration for businesses combines multiple forms of communication – from traditional PSTN calling and e-mail to cloud telephony, web and …

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3 Tech Trends That Will Impact Business in 2018

Introduction In today’s world, businesses are continually affected and challenged by the latest technology trends. As a rule of thumb, it is necessary for organizations to adapt early to these new trends so that they can continue to remain competitive and operational. Unfortunately, many companies fail to see these market shifts in time and often fall behind and face irrelevancy. …

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New PGi Customer Survey Suggests the Desk Phone is Dying

In a recent pulse survey of PGi customers and collaboration users, it was found that desk phones are slowly disappearing as more knowledge workers are choosing mobility. The survey found that 60 percent of respondents said they only have a personal cell phone, and when working from home, 58 percent connect to meetings using their cell phone. Only 7 percent reported …

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2017 Workplace Tech Trends

During a quick pulse survey, PGi surveyed customers and knowledge workers from across the U.S. to find out what type of technology they want to see in their offices in 2017. In order to fully understand and analyze this year’s workplace tech trends, PGi asked these front-line employees to provide honest feedback, and there were a few surprises. The most …

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Elements of the Smart Office

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Over the last few years, the term “smart” has been used more and more frequently to describe the technology that has become integrated into our daily lives. Now, smartphones and smartwatches are practically ubiquitous, smart cars are starting to hit the pavement and smart homes are becoming the norm.  The “smart” trend is becoming equally as present in our workplaces …

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Should Marketers Go All-in on Virtual Reality in 2017?

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Virtual reality business in booming, and the popularity of VR technology shows no sign of slowing down. But is VR technology worth the investment for marketing departments?  Find out what iMeetCentral contributor Jason Compton has to say about VR in the marketing line of business: If you believe in mass advertising indicators, the big push to put virtual reality goggles …

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2017 Future of Business Collaboration eBook

A little over 25 years ago, we were first introduced to the “World Wide Web”. Since that point, technology has rapidly changed and evolved to achieve one goal: to make our lives easier, more productive and more efficient. Over the last decade a particular type of technology has achieved just that. “Smart” technology has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives. …

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Top 3 Business Resolutions for 2017

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As we approach the final week of 2016, we find ourselves reflecting on the ebbs and flows of the year and begin preparing for what 2017 could hold. This holds especially true for business leaders. Now is the time to ensure lofty and zealous goals are set in place—and there’s a process to actually meet those goals, because about only …

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Future of Work: VR Conferencing, Business Avatars and Virtual Professionalism

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If you stay up to date with business and technology news, you undoubtedly know about the rise of virtual reality (VR) technology. Though the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR commercials boast the captivating promise of VR in the entertainment and gaming space, VR technology also holds massive potential for the corporate world. The possible uses for VR in the …

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Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

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Over the last several decades, technology has changed tremendously. I can’t tell you how many times my father has told me about a computer science class he took in college where the computer required punch cards to function (sorry to date you Dad!). Fast-forward and we have artificial intelligence at the palm of our hands, hands-free texting in our cars …

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Paper v. Pixels: Can Reading on a Screen Impact Your Ability to Learn?

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Renowned media theorist Marshall Mcluhan famously quipped, “the medium is the message,” suggesting that the medium through which content is delivered communicates just as much – if not more – than the content itself. How content is delivered significantly affects how we perceive that content, and a preeminent example of this point is the great debate between print media and virtual media. …

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Technology Trends That Will Change the Corporate Work Place

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That we exist in an age of remarkable technological progress is obvious. Just how quickly technology is shaping and re-defining our everyday reality, though, can be hard to observe on a micro-level. Technology is actively reshaping how we live and —  more significantly — how we work, both individually and as a team. Technology is aggressively changing the work place …

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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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In Defense of Innovation Labs

A video caught my attention the other day on the subject of innovation labs. In it, two Fast Company editors have a back-and-forth debate about whether these types of Labs are actual valuable additions to an organization or, as the counterargument goes, carefully constructed marketing ploys designed to give the illusion of forward-thinking without actually producing anything of value. This …

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Top Virtual Reality Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

“The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.”  ― Jaron Lanier The first time I became familiar with Jaron’s name was reading a SPIN magazine special issue on “The Future” as a teenager back in 1995. I remember reading wide eyed about the limitless potential that the digital revolution held for my generation, a future where virtual …

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Infographic: 2016 Workplace Tech Trends

During a quick pulse survey, PGi surveyed its small and medium-sized business customer base to find out what type of technology they really wanted at work. In order to fully understand and analyze tech trends in the 2016 workplace, PGi asked these front-line employees to provide honest feedback, and there were a few surprises. From the more than 200 respondents, …

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How to Ensure Employees Are Using the Technology You’re Giving Them

Companies introduce new technologies to their employee base with the best of intentions. Before every deployment of a new tool, the unsung heroes of the IT department go through a lengthy purchasing decision with several vendors vying for their business, finally settling on a solution and deftly managing the installation process. This process can take weeks if not months to …

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2016 IT Budget Predictions – A Cloud on the Horizon

Let’s talk everyone’s favorite subject: budgets. In order to start getting a picture of what IT budgets might look like in the coming year, we polled a wide variety of IT leaders across various industries and verticals. What stood out in their responses wasn’t so much the differences as it was the similarities: the move to the cloud is still …

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3 Technology Trends Driving Modern Workstyles

People work differently. The things that motivate you and drive your productivity may do nothing for your colleagues. And especially given the influx of teleworkers and the rise of geographically dispersed teams, your colleague could just as likely be sitting across the globe as across the office, creating even more workstyle diversity. And that’s okay. The technology that drives our …

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6 Collaboration Trends Shaping the Future of IT

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Collaboration-centric strategies are now at the heart of modern IT departments, breaking down formerly rigidly defined siloes and creating responsive, communicative teams through methodologies like agile development. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans for it far in advance, remaining flexible enough to respond in real time rather than being purely reactive. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and approvals, …

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