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Women in History: Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper

As we continue our recognition of outstanding women in history, this week’s feature goes to Grace M. Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral. The late Hopper, who often was called “Amazing Grace” by her peers, is credited for leading the team that created the first computer language compiler that was a precursor to the widely used …

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Women in History: Dr. Erna Hoover

In continuance with our ode to women who have played a role in shaping technology as we know it, PGi would like to take a moment to honor Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover. Dr. Hoover, born in 1926, is an American mathematician who is noted for making key contributions to the system architecture of the computerized telephone switching method, developed by …

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Women in History: Dr. Shirley Jackson

March is Women’s History Month and we wanted to take a moment to honor some of the innovative women who have played a role in shaping technology and the telecommunications industry as we know it. All throughout March, we will be honoring several influential women in technology who pioneered innovations that make our jobs and lives easier. Today, the spotlight …

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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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Are You Losing Patience for Process by Chasing Innovation?

To create a culture of open innovation, you need to break a lot of rules. You have to part with traditional hierarchy to empower every employee to present and pursue ideas no matter their function or title. So it seems counterintuitive that systems and processes play a big part in innovation, but in reality, it’s difficult to realize innovation without …

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Turning the Problem of Shadow IT into Opportunity

The ease of deployment, use and maintenance of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications is something of a double-edged sword for IT departments. While they often let IT lower their support burdens and costs, they also effectively give every employee within an organization an easy way to circumvent IT altogether and acquire their own cloud-based tools without IT’s involvement or knowledge. Known as …

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Keep Product Innovation Paced at the Speed of Your Customers

One of the (potential) downsides of technological innovation is the ever-increasing speed of change. It seems that every week brings a new update, patch or terms agreement. Businesses and their IT departments are forced to constantly evaluate and adapt to a changing landscape, weighing the pros and cons between the latest-and-greatest software versus sticking with existing legacy systems. But is …

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Who owns innovation?

No one owns innovation

Everyone’s talking about innovation. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or who you’re selling it to, every company wants to be perceived as the innovator in their space. And the tech media is always heralding a new innovative idol, the next visionary that will change the very landscape of their respective industry. All of this focus on the lone-wolf tech …

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Signs You Might Have a Company Culture Problem — And How to Fix Them

Signs you have a company culture problem

When is the last time you gave your company culture a checkup? The culture of your organization shapes the experience of everyone in it, so the last thing you want is for a problem to take root and start growing without you noticing. But too often companies will leave their culture to develop on its own. And that opens the …

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4 Tips For Becoming a Better Leader in Your Workplace

When you read this – LEADER What is the first thing that pops into your head? Wait, let me guess. You’re picturing someone in front of a crowd. They’re probably wearing a suit? Maybe you see the CEO of a public company. Obama? Taylor Swift? The Pope? An endless combination of different personal experiences and beliefs provides everyone with their …

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5 Videos to Reignite Your Team’s Creative Collaboration

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Ever feel like your team’s circling the same old ideas, stuck in a creative rut? It happens. When you’re brainstorming and problem solving together on a regular basis, it’s easy to fall into the same ways of thinking and approaching ideas. Take a look at these five videos to reignite your team’s creative collaboration process and accelerate innovation. 1. Make Everyone Uncomfortable: …

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New Power vs. Old Power: What Kind of Business Are You?

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Part of what inspired the union of PGi and Central Desktop was a shared desire to keep pushing past the status quo in day-to-day work. Today’s workforce is being empowered like never before; from the C-suite to the broom closet where you keep the interns, there are myriad opportunities to collaborate across department lines, to voice and advance one’s ideas, …

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Tips for Interviewing Millennials — Free eBook

Last month, thousands of Millennials from around the country were celebrated as they graduated from college. Now that the graduation celebrations are over, it’s time for the recent college grads to enter the workforce. Millennials are the 80 million young adults who were born between 1976 and 2001. Currently, they account for 26 percent of the U.S. workforce. By 2020, …

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The Convergence of Innovation in Tech and Business

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The word “innovation” means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the latest and greatest gadgets and technology, from smartphones and wearable tech to cloud computing and big data. For others, innovation is the pursuit of more efficient processes and methodologies, thinking “outside the box” (to use a tired cliché) and disrupting organizational conventions in the pursuit …

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Four Companies Pushing the Presentation Boundaries

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Throughout my years on Wall Street and working in investor relations, I have seen (and given) literally thousands of presentations. Despite all of our technological advances, the humble presentation is still often the best way to pitch your company, sell your product, justify your project or simply tell your story. As creative collaborators, we’re always on the lookout for new …

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25 Creativity Quotes to Inspire Innovation

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Need a little inspiration? The top 25 creativity quotes of all time from the smartest, most innovative people in our world, today, tomorrow and yesterday. Any quotes to add? [slideshare id=35540165&doc=25-creativity-quotes-to-inspire-innovation-140605145738-phpapp02] “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” – …

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Intelligent Innovation is the Key to Success

Technological innovation is all around us. It’s in the phones in our pockets, the computers on our desks and the mobile apps we use every day. Before long, the internet of things will bring connected technologies to every aspect of our homes, and wearable tech will literally surround us with sensors, UIs and contextual information to improve our lives. It’s …

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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century

PGi has always been committed to leveraging creativity and innovation in order to design and produce the most intuitive and effective collaboration tools in the world. Our entire management team and all of our associates are firm believers in the power of innovation and how it can change all of our personal and professional lives for the better. In the …

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is everything. It is my never-ending goal, in all of my endeavors, to pursue a culture and a true mindset of innovation, and growing that culture is paramount to PGi’s success. In fact, just recently we created an entire group dedicated solely to pursuing innovative ideas and nurturing the pioneering minds of all of our associates. Throughout my career, …

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Balancing Reliability and Innovation in Enterprise Applications

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Innovation is the driving force behind PGi’s online collaboration tools, but how do you balance the drive to innovate with the demand for reliability? The constant advance of technology has impacted the needs of consumers and corporations in dramatic ways. For any company to stay successful and competitive, they have to intelligently apply these new technologies and innovations to provide …

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