Innovative technologies are empowering organizations to elevate the communication experience. Connected, real-time and data-driven, these new touch points don’t just enable teams to work better and faster; they allow them to have more timely and contextual interactions with customers — and each other.Download the free infographic now to see how business communication will change in 2019.
PGi has collected five of the most common problems people face when producing an online event so you can be prepared to fix them - or better yet, avoid them in the first place!
Download the infographic and say goodbye to cringe-worthy online events.
The workforce has reached a new stage of its evolution. To find and invest in the right collaboration technology, you must understand your team’s needs on a deeper level. We’ve cut through the clutter and have narrowed down some of the biggest trends affecting technology and collaboration. Check out the infographic and tell us if you agree.
Does your collaboration technology inspire collaboration or hinder it?This infographic reveals five trends impacting business collaboration, and ways you can better empower your changing workforce with seamless meeting experiences.
Many people use the terms “webinar” and “webcast” interchangeably. But we’re here to tell you they’re actually very different. That means your wish of finding a one-size-fits-all solution that meets your entire organization’s needs are long gone.
Find the Right Solution for Your TeamsIf you’re struggling to find the right solution for your business, don’t fret. This interactive infographic outlines the differences (and similarities!) between webinars and webcasts, and will walk you through key features, capabilities and use cases for each. As you scroll through, click on your must-haves so you can see which option is right for your business!
According to new research: The future of enterprise is mobile. Smartphone adoption has grown significantly, and the industry expects growth to continue. This global survey of mobile industry professionals shows that collaboration fuels enterprise success, and highlights how unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) tools need to be simple, intuitive, easily accessible and enjoyable for the best possible end-user experience. This report unveils that the smartphone is now the go-to device for UC&C services, underlining the increasing mobility of workers.
PGi collaborated with Mobile World Live to poll more than 300 mobile industry leaders on UC&C with a focus on mobile usage. The Future of UC&C on Mobile survey report provides insight into how mobile industry professionals around the world rate their UC&C experiences on a mobile device, and what impact current and emerging technologies will have on the future use of smartphones for UC&C services for the mobile enterprise.
Download the report now to learn more about the role mobile devices and technologies will play in the future UC&C experience and the opportunity for mobile operators to enable UC&C for enterprises and their end-users.
PGi partnered with GSMA to survey industry experts on mobile usage in the enterprise. Our report found that usage of the smartphone in the office has officially tipped the scales as the preferred method of choice when it comes to communication and collaboration. In this infographic, you’ll find key stats and insights revealed from the survey. You can also view and download the full white paper for additional information.
It’s no secret – the collaboration space is pretty complex. There are tons of service providers out there and the decision-making process can become confusing. It can be hard to understand what exactly you need in communications and how to deploy it. Furthermore, weighing the cost and ROI on your investment can be stressful. How much will my business pay upfront? Are there additional fees? What happens when no one uses the technology implemented?
These questions, among others, can keep IT leaders up at night and can often lead to extremely time-consuming processes. Thankfully, PGi partnered with Frost & Sullivan to produce this whitepaper, Leverage Collaboration Partners to Drive Innovation. This piece reviews what to look for in a service provider and how to successfully leverage a collaboration partnership to drive communication success. Download today.
There are many important Unified Communications (UC) applications and tools available today and, yet, the terminology can often be misunderstood given the many capabilities and delivery models of UC.
Unified Communications consolidates phone, email, chat, video, conferencing and collaboration, enabling communication on any device regardless of platform. Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a delivery model in which a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services are outsourced to a third-party provider and delivered over an IP network, usually the public Internet.
Here’s a list of the most commonly used terms and their definitions as they relate to UC and UCaaS:
IP PBX (Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange)
Unified Communications includes a phone system that integrates with external components -- sharing presence information and voicemail. The phone can be accessible using your computer. Computer-based call control enables people to answer and transfer calls, initiate dials and adjust phone features from their desktop, laptop or mobile device.
The second most used and critical components of any UC solution is email because it is where most digital workers keep schedules and contacts.
Unified Messaging (UM)
Messaging refers to the ability of the PBX to deliver voicemail and faxes as email to eliminate the need to check a second (or third) location for messages.
Instant Messaging (IM)
Also referred to as chat, IM is a type of communications that doesn’t require a phone conversation, IM was also the first real presence application (to see if someone was available).
Typically presence and IM are one in the same, but this term refers to a message that someone leaves to describe what communication method they prefer as well as when they are most available to be contacted.
Simple video communication using embedded or attached webcams. The technology is moving fast, and it is an important consideration in the UC landscape, especially since face-to-face is one of the best ways to communicate.
Collaboration includes conferencing services such as voice or audio, web and video. Typically, this is team collaboration or project-based collaboration which is different from more traditional conferencing tools.
It also describes the ability to pull multiple parties together into a workspace to share documents, presentations, video, etc.
Mobility generally enables people to use a mobile phone to perform many of the functions listed above. But, via UC, mobile can also refer to the ability to answer calls that were intended for an office line from any location – meaning that UC systems can easily function on your phone.
Integration reduces double work and ensures data still reaches multiple systems, like customer relationship management (CRM) to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting systems.
To learn more about Unified Communications, please download our new Unified Communications 101 eBook, today.
From small businesses to multi-national enterprises, having a Unified Communications (UC) plan is becoming the go-to strategy for many companies looking to improve collaboration in today’s world. Enterprise leaders are ending their multi-vendor, multi-contract communications setup and instead seeking a single, highly secure and globally scalable solution. This shift to streamline collaboration providers allows them to save money and focus their resources centrally.
As UC is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, PGi’s Unified Communications 101 eBook will give readers a basic understanding of what UC is, what terminology to look out for, how to stay ahead of the game and what features to look for in a UC vendor.
Komatsu Mining Corp., formerly known as Joy Global, is a provider of advanced equipment systems and direct services to the global mining industry. Komatsu Mining Corp. partners directly with customers to help them achieve a zero-harm approach to their mining operations with the highest production and lowest life-cycle costs possible.
The integrated technology, solutions and services provided by Komatsu Mining Corp. are a critical component of operations for mining operators in a number of commodity markets, including hard rock and industrial minerals.
Komatsu Mining Corp was in search of a collaboration solution that would drive collaboration and boost productivity for their marketing communications team.
In 2015, Komatsu Mining Corp. (KMC) found their answer in PGi’s online collaboration workspace, iMeet® Central.
With the help of iMeet Central’s dedicated implementation team, KMC was able to streamline communications within their marketing team, enabling better reporting and project management across the board.
PGi’s award-winning implementation and customer support were a deciding factor for KMC:
“After speaking with the PGi team, selecting iMeet Central was a no-brainer for us… The go out of their way to do everything for us. It feels like a great partnership where they are genuinely invested in our success.” Jason Hagg, Creative Manager, Komatsu Mining Corp
To learn more about how Komatsu Mining Corp. facilitated smarter communication and project management with iMeet Central, read the full case study today.
A current PGi customer, with over 9,000 employees in 24 different countries, uses GlobalMeet to enhance their global communications, project management and IT strategy. This company has been a powerhouse player over the past 10 years in financial services industry. Due to their rapid growth, and with over $2 billion in revenue, this organization needed to implement a collaboration solution that: enhanced audio efficacy, allowed easy access for internal/external conversations and strengthened project management.
GlobalMeet has been utilized for more than four years across their global regions to help solve their needs and drive effective communication and team collaboration. PGi is viewed as a trusted advisor to this enterprise and our GlobalMeet audio and web conferencing product continues to deliver on their end-users’ needs every time, everywhere.
“Constant communication is critical and GlobalMeet is my way to get everyone together to move projects forward.” IT Systems Manager
To learn more about how GlobalMeet has enhanced this company’s meeting capability and fueled better communication with its easy setup and global coverage, download the full case study.
Big Shoulders Digital Video Production (BSDVP) is a full-service video production company based in Chicago, IL. They were seeing an influx of customers requesting webcasting and broadcasting services in addition to on-site video production for high-profile events.
With so many ways that events can go sideways, BSDVP leverages webcasting technology like GlobalMeet Webcast to ensure their event broadcasting is done properly. Each video production client has different requirements, and GlobalMeet Webcast has the features to accommodate a variety of needs.
“To put it simply: the tech and the team are easy to work with. GlobalMeet Webcast makes broadcasting events stress-free. The platform is completely scalable, so it can handle any audience size.” Brad Fox, Vice President, Partner at Big Shoulders Digital Video Production
Download the full case study to learn more about how Big Shoulders Digital Video Production uses GlobalMeet Webcast to broadcast events.
With over 6,000 employees across the state of Illinois and nearly half of those employees working out in the field, ComEd was struggling to host company-wide events and training sessions.
ComEd turned to PGi for a webcasting solution that would help make hosting these high-profile employee events easy. GlobalMeet Webcast was a clear choice for ComEd and allows them to live-broadcast video and content to multiple office locations as well as employees in the field.
With GlobalMeet Webcast, ComEd has been able to improve their internal communications and has been able to effectively leverage their webcast recordings to provide on-demand viewing options to employees.
“The feedback from employees attending the series remotely has been great. Without GlobalMeet Webcast, remote employees wouldn’t have been able to participate.” Dr. Steve Harap, Principal of Talent Management and Organizational Development at ComEd
To learn more about how GlobalMeet Webcast has enhanced this company’s internal communications strategy with its easy setup and outstanding support, download the full case study.
Technology is at the forefront of the modern workplace; technological innovations have broadened our reach and made international business possible, if not downright easy. As geographical barriers crumble and global business booms, the scope of who we can work with widens. As a result, the cultural nuances and regional differences in business etiquette are more prevalent then ever. Here at PGi, we became interested in how global business and cultural office trends differ across the globe, so we conducted a global cultural survey to see how the office of today looks around the world. Our global cultural survey received 800+ responses that illuminated how we collaborate, communicate and interact with each other in a business setting.
Based on our findings, we believe that technology and collaboration tools can help break down cultural barriers and unify people across different regions and cultures. This is evidenced by the work habits and business etiquette that exist across the board and dictate how we do business, both with people of our own culture and from other cultures as well. On a social and cultural level, these results also indicate a more relaxed attitude in the workplace.
As dress codes ease up and surnames get dropped, we feel a bit more comfortable and can get our work done without being bogged down or constrained by old-fashioned customs and traditions. The workplace of today is increasingly a more open-minded place, accepting of cultural nuances and defined by an agreeableness that is evident in these survey results. To see how business norms vary across the globe, download the Global Cultural Survey: Business Around the World infographic today.
Back in 2016, we launched the Collaboration Diagnostic Quiz, an innovative tool used to identify individual collaborative personality traits to enable professionals to better understand how they work to take their collaboration with colleagues to a new level.
Collaboration is essential to personal, professional and organizational success, so it comes as no surprise that we’ve seen a great turnout and helped over a thousand knowledge workers identify their collaborative personality type since the collaboration diagnostic quiz launched six months ago.
Just as the collaboration diagnostic quiz has given individuals a better understanding of their collaborative nuances, the quiz results have also provided us here at PGi with some valuable insights into how people collaborate.
The collaboration diagnostic six-month recap infographic will give you a high-level overview of collaboration trends across a variety of industries.
Check out the infographic today and also take the collaboration diagnostic survey yourself if you haven't already to garner useful insights into your collaborative habits and work style.
The advent of IP-based networks over 15 years ago drastically changed the landscape of the corporate workplace. The rise of IP networks set the stage for the boom of unified communications (UC), where voice over IP (VoIP) telephony aligned with IM, file sharing, fixed/mobile convergence (FMC), email and white boarding to create a one-stop-shop for digital collaboration and communication.
With the widespread adoption of cloud-based services came a new UC service model that leveraged cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) infrastructure. This UC-as-a-service (UCaaS) model created new opportunities for enterprises looking to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) in a cloud-based managed service model that responded to issues of aging infrastructure.
As the UCaaS boom continues and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions dominate the market, PGi teamed up with Jim Hodges, principal analyst at Heavy Reading, to explore the evolution of UC in contributing to an end-to-end UC&C digital collaboration service architecture and driving change in cloud-based managed services models.
Once again, PGi surveyed customers and knowledge workers from across the U.S. to better understand what type of technology was trending among respondents. In order to fully understand and analyze this year's workplace tech trends, PGi asked these front-line employees to provide honest feedback on what type of technology they wanted to see in their offices in 2017, the types of obstacles they felt were halting implementation and what tech they thought would become obsolete this year.
To see the full results of our second annual Workplace Tech Trends data, download the free infographic now.
Over the last few years, the term “smart” has been used more and more frequently to describe the technology that has become integrated in our daily lives. Smart technology, like watches, phones and even cars, have become almost ubiquitous in our daily lives. The proliferation of this "smart" tech is not only making our day-to-day personal lives easier, it's beginning to pave the way for more efficient and productive office lives as well.
Smart technology is making the transition from our personal lives to our workplace, and in doing so, this technology is reshaping the modern office. It is not only changing the way we meet, present and collaborate; it is changing the physical environment in which we work as well.
And because of this rapid infiltration of smart technology, it is important to stay up to date on this rapidly evolving technology. To help you better understand this tech trend and the implications it will have on your office, the 2017 edition of The Future of Business Collaboration will transport you into the not-so-distant corporate future. You'll examine emerging technology trends that promise to drastically change workplace practices for the better. Some of the trends in this year's edition of The Future of Business Collaboration include:
- Smart Meetings
- Smart Presentations
- The Internet of Things
- Ambient Intelligence Technology
- Virtual Reality
- Intelligent Workplace Design
Download the free eBook now to learn more about these smart tech trends and the impact they will have on your workplace.
When shopping for a web conferencing solution, it’s important to ask the right questions and gather the proper information to guarantee that you are selecting the ideal tool to help meet your company’s needs and further your success. The perfect web conferencing solution should not only have your ideal features and price point; it should also integrate easily into your company’s existing technology and protect your information.
To help ensure that you’re a prepared buyer, PGi is proud to provide you with the Web Conferencing Install Checklist. From questions of network throughput to security requirements, the Web Conferencing Install Checklist will guide you through all the questions you should consider before purchasing a web conferencing tool. With this checklist in tow, you will be able to purchase a solution with confidence and integrate it into your company seamlessly.
A special thanks to PGi Senior Solutions Architect Dave Steier and Director of Technical Engineering Corey Sienko for their invaluable contributions to this Web Conferencing Install Checklist.
It has long been known that web conferencing solutions can be time-saving and have a revenue-lifting impact on productivity, while boosting team relationships of disparate and siloed teams. But with all of the positive impacts a web conferencing solution can have on a business, it can equally become just another pain point for IT teams. To reduce the burden on IT teams (and their budget and resources), it is crucial to find the right solution from the start. To help you and your team find the best web conferencing solution, PGi has created The IT Buyer’s Guide to Web Conferencing.
In this piece, we’ll cover:
- Cost-saving benefits
- The ease of deployment
- The user experience
- Security and compliance features
- Essential web conferencing features
To learn more about how to determine which web conferencing solution fits your company’s needs, check out The IT Buyer’s Guide to Web Conferencing.