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How to stay motivated while working from home

Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. The temptation to work on the couch in your pajamas is strong, and the procrastination possibilities seem endless.  In addition, there’s the potential to work all day, every day, never separating time on the job from time with the family. David Katz began telecommuting for Climatronics in 1990 to work …

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Virtual Teaming Breaks the Office Mold

There are many ways that workplaces are going green, and one of the biggest is telecommuting. From 1980 – 2009, the percentage of employees working from home has grown 86%. Along with this remote work rise, more and more virtual teams are being born. When I first heard of virtual teams, I wondered how anyone could manage employees effectively when …

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Storytelling: what technology means versus what it does

This video has been a point of discussion this week among our PGi team—as you watch, you’ll witness its undeniable emotional power. Understanding that Henry is the hero of the story and that technology merely facilitates the music that brings him back to life again, brings fluidity and vitality to his limbs, expression to his face and light to his …

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Smartphone Etiquette for the Workplace

We were all sitting around a table in our Executive Vice President’s office when a brilliant idea was shared. Immediately hands flew to their iPhones, and fingers began typing documents and emails. No one wanted to wait till we were back in our cubicles and in front of our laptops to log the idea; we had our easiest tool for …

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#shift: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

This article was written by Kunal Merchant, co-founder of social media acquisition and analytics agency Etiquette Creative. Last year I was asked to participate in an “un-conference” called #shift by my friend, Joey Rubin. I’ve known Joey for a few years while working in nightlife, producing events, and DJ-ing in New York City. At the time, I was working as …

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Reflecting on #shiftsxsw: a conversation with Baratunde and “How to Be Black”

During the #shiftSXSW event during South by Southwest Interactive, PGi was privileged to host a classic Sunday soul food dinner and open dialogue with Baratunde Thurston, published author and Digital Editor of “The Onion.” Baratunde joined us at the top of the Frost Bank building overlooking dowtown Austin at dusk to discuss his new book, How to be Black, while …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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How Mobility can Literally Save your Life

A plate of California rolls had just arrived at our table when we heard the sirens begin to wail: the tornados were coming for us. Not wanting to leave our canine companion in harm’s way at home, my boyfriend and I decided to leave the restaurant and drive back to our neighborhood despite the oncoming storm. We made it into …

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Technology Got You Down? Let Simple Conferencing Pick You Up

When it comes to new technology, I am one of the last to adopt the latest advances. I still love handwritten notes, birthday cards sent through postal mail and books printed on paper.  Each of these things helps me feel more connected to the person or story with which I’m interacting. The electronic versions of these activities simply don’t have the …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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Video: PGi SVP Talks Cloud, SaaS and iMeet Video Conferencing at CeBIT

PGi SVP Collaboration Technology Services Peter Stewart reports live at CeBIT in Hamburg, Germany, about the most popular topics at¬†the world’s largest technology tradeshow, including cloud computing, software as a service, the future of online meetings in the German market and the¬†recently announced strategic alliance that establishes Deutsche Telekom as the exclusive German¬†reseller of PGi’s innovative video conferencing solution, iMeet. …

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Turn Your Location Services on for #shiftSXSW

Attending SXSW this year? The SXSWi (interactive) panels bring together some of the greatest forward thinking tech-heads from around the world, with social media serving as the keynote for many of their ideas. With SXSW and our #shift event in mind, and being a bit of an app-junkie, I saw a new locational service that I had to write about: …

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Why This “Old Lady” Loves PGi’s Conferencing Products

As the mother of a tween boy, I feel like I’m always battling the technology monster. I have an affinity for eye contact from kids, and over the past couple of years, I’ve watched my son’s friends communicate less with their eyes as they became more social through technology. I know they are not looking at my house slippers because …

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Event in Review: #ShiftNYC Dialogue on Social Enterprise

In the #shift event series, we focus conversation and thinking about the progression in professional cultures. One of our favorite topics revolves around social enterprise: the power of integrating social responsibility in the fabric of our business models, and creating new types of organizations that not only drive profit, but drive impact as well. We were thrilled to have such …

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The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results

Successful sales professionals are making heavy use of online environments to prospect, create relationships, and close deals. But how are they translating the “art” of selling (once thought to be require face-to-face interactions) to an online environment? Last week, I led a webinar with Selling Power‚ The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results. I shared tips and tricks for leveraging …

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Even Dickens Knew: Nothing Substitutes Face-to-Face

An email passed through my inbox this week containing a quote from Charles Dickens inspiring me to write this blog post. It’s funny how some ideas resonate through time, despite the vast differences in settings and circumstances. “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and …

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Are you connected? Brian Solis at #shiftSXSW

In preparation for our upcoming #shiftSXSW event, we would like to highlight a few of our special guests, and, in their honor, address topics that are near and dear to them. We are kicking off our series of events with a discussion about social convergence and connectivity, and this conversation would not be complete without our featured panelist, Brian Solis. …

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Collaborating Gives Rise to Pioneers like John Glenn – Celebrating a Historic Flight

On the morning of February 20th, 1962, millions of Americans collectively sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation of one man’s exploration into the great unknown. Within a tiny cramped space capsule that was as aesthetically pleasing as a garbage can, astronaut John Glenn embarked on a journey to renew America’s national morale and hope during a time …

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PGi Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Product Line Strategy Award

We are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in research and analysis, has recognized PGi as their 2011 Product Line Strategy Award winners. This prestigious award recognizes PGi’s accomplishments in delivering industry-leading products and solutions that advance videoconferencing software as a service. iMeet and GlobalMeet were designed with the user in mind and above all, to …

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The Zen of Social Media: The Balance Between the Warm and Fuzzies & Social Media Addiction

Hello, my name is Blakely and I’m a social media-aholic. And you might be, too. Have you ever felt that phantom smartphone vibration? Sleep with your phone next to the bed — just in case? Get nervous when your 140-character haiku brilliance doesn’t get retweeted? Or comment on a Facebook post while in the shower? You just might be hooked. …

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