Latest headlines: Christopher Gillespie on finding the blue sky in 2020, Adam Cox on the changing corporate workspace and more
May 24, 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 10
Hello UCC #AVtweeps! Happy Monday! I’m coming to you live from our office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where our office building no longer requires masks if you’re vaccinated! It will take a lot of getting used to walking around seeing people’s entire faces. Also, does this mean I now have to put makeup on my whole face instead of just the top half?
Speaking of the above, Christopher Gillespie’s column this time is all about finding the blue sky in 2020, that is, finding the positives in what seemed like a year full of nothing but negative. One of those was recognizing that many of us can work from home — and do it well! Our office is still phasing back; I’ve been one of the first to start coming on a semi-regular schedule, and I’m interested in seeing how the next six months will change the working situation. How are your offices handling going back?
Also, in the news this time, check out Google’s new holographic videoconferencing solution, AVer’s conference room controller, the new integration between Bluescape and Amazon Chime SDK and more.
Have a great week!
P.S. Now is a great time to tell you that LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 starts tomorrow, May 25. We’re going to start strong with UCC day, so if you’re interested in hearing about Gary Kayye’s top 21 products of 2021 (so far), learning about some new products on the market and hearing from other familiar faces in the industry, now’s your chance to register!
When looking back on last year, the best description that neatly wrapped up our collective experience in a bow was from Leslie Jones on a 2020 recap show on Netflix. Her character said, “I’d say it was a train wreck and a s*&tshow, but that would be unfair to trains and s*&t.” Seriously though, let’s just call it the year of Murphy. Because anything that COULD go wrong … DID! While I am not trying to gloss over the economic and other devastation that was unleashed upon us, I think it’s important (if for nothing other than our sanity) to try to find some blue sky in all this mess.
2020 was a tumultuous year and one that will cast a long shadow over almost every aspect of our lives. For many of those normally working in offices, one of the most significant changes has been being forced to work from home as most countries around the world went through various stages of “lockdown.”