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The World is Getting Smaller: How Tech is Enabling Business Collaboration on a Global Scale

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Next time you’re on a busy train or stuck in a line of traffic, remember this sobering thought: by 2015, there’ll be 7 billion people on the planet – that’s one heck of a busy train! 1.5 billion of those people will be mobile workers, some of whom are already using technology that brings us closer together and allows us …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

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The new business market is pushing workers toward increasing mobility and availability, regardless of work location. IDC estimated that by the beginning of this year, “mobile workers” would comprise one-third of the world’s working population. According to the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of technology vendors: “one important driver for the growth of unified communication is mobility …

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Meet the winner of PGi and MNN’s Room with a View contest

Alyson Lucy

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. …

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The Role of Telecommuting During Super Storm Sandy

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Super Storm Sandy impacted thousands of knowledge workers along the Eastern coast. The widespread damage to and destruction of personal vehicles coupled with storm-paralyzed public transportation systems throughout seaboard cities left countless professionals stranded at home, isolated from their traditional professional environments. The storm also knocked out power to more than 8.1 million homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard, …

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Twelve Things to Look for in a Mobile Business App

Everybody has an app these days – even the Census Bureau went live earlier this year with a mobile app that provides real-time data on the U.S. economy. Within the U.S., the average smart phone user has 22 apps and it’s predicted that, by 2014, global downloads of all apps will reach 76.9 billion. Entertainment and social networking apps are …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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What’s coworking? And why is it so awesome?

With the economy in a long, slow recovery, with many people still looking for work, some have created their own jobs. Others have found that working for someone else is frustrating, unfulfilling, or just doesn’t fit their personalities (I’m a part of the latter group). For whatever reason, more people than ever before are working for themselves. About a year …

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Go Mobile the Right Way: Simple Mobile Meeting Tips

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We’re big fans of meeting on the go here at PGi. We even cut our very own award-winning digital nomad Cora Rodenbusch loose around the world for almost a year, and we continued to work and collaborate closely with her during that time. There are some pitfalls with mobile meetings though, especially when it comes to connecting and maintaining quality …

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Digital Nomad Tip #33: Welcome Enterprise Technology to Your Home

Konnichiwa and greetings from Tokyo! Nowhere else have I found a culture so strongly dedicated to efficiency, commerce and technology. From futuristic robots to loos smarter than most humans and the world’s largest broadcasting tower, Tokyo got it covered. Over the past 10 months on the road, visiting PGi’s 30+ global offices, I have used PGi’s virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to join meetings, …

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Digital Nomad Tip #28: Don’t Let a Few Miles Keep Your Team From a Big Opportunity

G’day mate and greetings from down under in beautiful Sydney, Australia! After taking a week off in the Hobbit capital of the world, South Island, New Zealand, we made our way to Sydney and have been enjoying some of the best weather the city has to offer. In the short time we’ve been here, my colleagues have taken me to …

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PGi’s Top 10 Teleworking Articles for the Mobile Workforce

Happy Chinese New Year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Last night Will and I welcomed the auspicious year of the dragon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur surrounded by old friends, good food and new traditions. As we look forward to a prosperous 2012, we want to set our fellow teleworkers (and teleworker wannabes) up for a successful year of mobile …

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5 things a coffee shop can do to attract loyal mobile workers

In between the home office and the office office, there’s a third place, where mobile workers can go to get some work done: laptop-friendly places, like coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. Some balk at the idea of laptop-warriors taking up space and bandwidth, but there are benefits of appealing to mobile workers and things that laptop-friendly places can do to …

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Digital Nomad Tip #23: A Business Traveler‚ A Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in some of the world’s most exciting locations – New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, even in the heart of the world-famous 6th Street in Austin, TX. If there’s one thing these destinations have in common, it’s their ability to attract photo snapping, lollygagging, party-seeking tourists, especially …

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The Coffee Shop Code of Conduct [Infographic]

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The coffee shop life is a good life. You have fuel (coffee and food), you have companionship (your coworkers in the shop), you have a temporary and a warm place to get work done. All of that goodness can quickly be derailed, however, if your space is hijacked by someone committing one of the coffee shop deadly sins. Enter the …

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Digital Nomad Featured on GigaOm

Greetings from Italia! Last week, we made our way through the Austrian Alps and down to Italy where I will make a stop at our Milan office.  The drive from Norway to Italy has been the highlight of our trip thus far. We’ve seen more tiny villages, green hills and changing leaves than most do in a lifetime and for …

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What You Can Do: The Impact of Carbon Offset Purchases

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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate at PGi’s #ShiftNYC conference, which was presented in partnership with SocialPeopleTV. I hadn’t traveled for months and relished the idea of visiting New York City, spending four days in a beautiful coworking space, and meeting creative dynamic professionals. Still, I was hesitant—as soon as I got on the plane I knew …

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The Coworking Revolution

Mobile technology has fundamentally shifted the way people think about work and where they get their work done. Smartphones and virtual meeting products have enabled professionals in every realm of business to be productive, make an impact and still stay connected in ways never experienced before. Our views of the traditional workplace are fading away and being replaced with a …

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Digital Nomad Tip #10: Invest in Better Mobile Meetings

You might be 5,000 miles away, but no one has to know about it. As Sci-Fi technology comes to life, business professionals and Domestic CEOs alike can take location out of the conversation and conduct business wherever and whenever. As someone who is constantly looking for better ways to connect with work and family while on the go, having a …

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Digital Nomad Tip #2: Omnipresence. A Special Power for the Rest of Us.

At PGi we’re bringing Star Wars-like technology to life. Thanks to our cloud-based, virtual meeting solutions GlobalMeet® and iMeet® I think we’re fairly close. With a click of the mouse, I can meet face-to-face with my global team in my iMeet Room regardless of where I’m located, get txt reminders when someone is waiting on me and even join via video …

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