LAVNCH WEEK 7 UCC Day: You Had to Be There

March 7, 2023

Another LAVNCH WEEK, another recap by yours truly. Today we kicked off LAVNCH WEEK 7 with UCC Day, and I may be biased, but it was fantastic. Our speakers gave incredible insights, the attendees asked thought-provoking questions and the content was informative and relevant. Now, I’m going to give you a recap of the day […]

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We Are Doing It All Wrong!

January 18, 2023

How Can We Do Better? In this new world of “Return to Office,” we are faced with an interesting question… what exactly is RTO/what is the “New Normal” and how do we plan for the future of work in that new paradigm. In looking at the landscape, we seem to have companies firmly planting flags […]

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Why We Need A More Collaborative Approach To Education In The AV Space

April 11, 2022

No matter where you live within the AV ecosystem, chances are a big part of your job is studying up on the latest technology. After all, if you’re going to offer your customers a compelling solution, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of technical innovation that’s continuously happening throughout our industry. Traditionally, this […]

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Meetings Are Up but Collaboration Is Down

February 10, 2022

One of the most eye-opening statistics of the last couple of years is that even though our time in meetings has increased (in some places literally doubled) and worker productivity is slightly up, collaboration time is actually down. As technology people, this may seem counterintuitive. If people are in more meetings and using platforms like […]

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Workflows — Fighting Yesterday’s War

January 10, 2022

In 2012 I did a job for the U.S. Navy. I was invited to a site walk to upgrade what they called their “Adaptive Planning rooms.” These were the rooms the Navy would use to model potential operations. One team would use the first room and assume the role of the protagonists (us) and the […]

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Collaboration Is About Workflows — Not Screen Sharing

January 6, 2022

As we navigate the reasons to get together in person, collaboration seems to be one of the main terms used as to why we still need physical spaces. We’ve seen a multitude of solutions pop up in this arena, typically consisting of a screen, cameras, microphone, speakers and screen sharing software. Some systems take this […]

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Is the Huddle Space Dead?

May 10, 2021

Today, a friend of mine named Kyle Davis @ mentioned me on Twitter to get my thoughts on the future of the huddle space. I responded with this tweet: I have to do a blog- short answer- the huddle room we knew it will not be as prevalent and will change. The reasons? Blog to […]

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Barco Intros Secure, Cloud-Based Collaboration Solution for Surgery Called NexxisLive

April 22, 2021

Barco just launched NexxisLive, a collaboration solution for surgery. NexxisLive is a secure cloud-based software platform that makes it possible to involve the right people for any type of surgical intervention, wherever they are. As in many other professions, remote collaboration provides surgeons with a quick and flexible solution to offer or consult medical and technical knowledge, without losing time […]

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3 Environments You Should be Offering Your Customers Returning to the Office

April 14, 2021

Spin the stats however you want, the short answer to “what does the return to work look like” is that most people want access to an office at least part of the time. We’ve seen a lot of articles written about technology as it pertains to the return to the office. Many talk about touchless […]

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Collaboration — Is It What You Think It Is?

January 22, 2021

Collaboration. It’s not what you think it is … Whenever I hear someone in the AV industry mention collaboration, I am reminded of the words of the legendary Inigo Montoya in my favorite movie. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” I was looking at job […]

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Zooming Right Along

January 20, 2021

Skype, FaceTime and now Zoom. Each of the past several iterations of videoconferencing have a few things in common. First, they became part of the consumer lexicon, becoming verbs, in fact. Second, they became popular because of their use by, and availability to the general consumer. Only Zoom, however, grew at what can be described […]

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The Outcome-Based Guide to Meetings

November 5, 2020

We’ve all heard the phrase “a meeting that could have been an email.” Add in today’s additional methods of communication and you’ll get “a meeting that could have been a Zoom call, that could have been an email, that could have been a phone call, that could have been a text.” I put this idea […]

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App-less Shrugged

October 20, 2020

Given today’s environment and my role with a workplace technology company, I have been exploring a LOT of different collaboration tools as of late. Collaboration devices have officially gone well beyond wireless screen-sharing at this point. In fact, with Zoom, Teams, etc. offering screen-share as part of their software platforms over the Wi-Fi connection, I’d […]

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A Secret Productivity Killer Called “Double Join” Haunts Most of Our Meetings – And We Deserve Better

August 28, 2020

I’d never heard the term “double join” until a few months ago on a call with one of our board members, John Case, who is a great resource to talk with if you’re researching the world of video conferencing. John spent a long time at Microsoft building the Office 365 product family and now puts […]

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AVPhenom Releases New TalkBox VTC for Teams and Zoom

July 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phenomenal Industries has released the new TalkBox VTC UCC collaboration device for Teams and Zoom Meetings. We are living in a new normal where virtual meetings have exploded due to the inability of people to gather safely in a single, physical space. The prevalence of these virtual meetings has created a plethora […]

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Survey | Assessing Collaboration Tech and Tools in Today’s Market

June 18, 2020

A lot has changed over the past three to four months. Most of the world’s professionals are working from home (or working from anywhere) using different video conferencing platforms and a myriad of collaboration tools to continue working. We want to get a sense of how COVID-19 and recent work-from-home (or work from anywhere other […]

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Data Shows 28% Sales Increase in Interactive Flat Panels and Collaboration Boards in K-12 Schools

June 12, 2020

As AV device adoption in United States K-12 schools reaches the saturation point, uptake of interactive devices is primed to accelerate over the next two years, displacing projectors and front-of-room displays. That is according to a new research study from Futuresource Consulting, which polled IT decision-makers across more than 400 U.S. K-12 school districts and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 986: WolfVision Cynap the Perfect BYOM UCC Product?

June 9, 2020

Gary was joined on today’s Videocast with WolfVision’s Michael Lisi to talk Cynap, the VCX Conference and the future of UCC via BYOM and full collaboration. Cynap is well-positioned to be the ultimate BYOM (bring your own meeting) UCC product to drive both local and distance-based collaboration in classrooms and meeting rooms. Watch and see why!

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COVID-19’s Impact on UCC: Learnings From T1V Panel With Dr. David B. Agus and AV Experts

May 22, 2020

Practically no one, and no community, has escaped the impact of COVID-19 on life and work. Underneath it all, we’re all just itching to know how long this will go on. On Thursday, T1V hosted a webinar to dig into these realities and tensions. To help, it enlisted one of the world’s leading physicians to […]

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The Not So Selfish Gene

May 5, 2020

By Julian Philips SVP Global Workplace Solutions at AVI-SPL The seminal but often hastily misunderstood work by Dr. Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene” argues that it is humble genes and not organisms, let alone species that dictate evolutionary progress, and that we as human beings are merely vassals as genes seek their own immortality. Scientists […]

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Nature, Nurture and Legacy Spaces: The Problem with Design

March 27, 2020

So, unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen hundreds of posts about remote work, video conferencing and collaboration in the last few days. The craziness of today’s events has forced companies to adopt video conferencing and remote collaboration solutions on a scale that we haven’t seen. Some think that this bodes well for the […]

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DTEN Introduces New Zoom-Room Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

February 12, 2020

DTEN introduced two new Zoom Room-based collaboration products at ISE 2020 Tuesday. The DTEN GO with DTEN Mate turns any existing display panel (even a consumer TV) into a Zoom Rooms for Touch. The video bar with an accompanying wireless controller that enables content annotation and interactive whiteboarding on a monitor that’s not touch-enabled. DTEN […]

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Barco Partners With Logitech to Combine ClickShare Conference

February 11, 2020

Barco today announced its partnership with Logitech to combine ClickShare Conference with Logitech Video Collaboration products. ClickShare Conference is the latest product range in Barco’s highly appreciated ClickShare family. ClickShare Conference is all about wireless conferencing and BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting), as it allows you to join any type of video conference from your […]

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CTOUCH Intros New Collaboration Solutions for IFPD Market

February 10, 2020

During ISE 2020, CTOUCH is introducing a plethora of new collaboration solutions for the IFPD market. Presenting its ‘BRIX’ concept, a family of modular products, CTOUCH provides companies with a future proof collaboration experience. On top of that, CTOUCH reveals two brand new touchscreen platforms, the CTOUCH Riva and CTOUCH Canvas, which seamlessly integrate with […]

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Kramer Launches Two New Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

February 10, 2020

Kramer is launching two new collaboration products at ISE 2020; the VIA GO and VIA Campus. Designed for classrooms, huddle spaces and small meeting spaces, the VIA GO² includes wireless presentation functionality in a compact form factor at an entry-level cost. With 4K HDMI output, 1024-bit encryption, 60Hz video streaming and native AirPlay, Miracast and […]

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Sony Joins Logitech Collaboration Program

February 8, 2020

Sony has joined the Logitech Collaboration Program. Through the program, Sony BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays are combined with Logitech Room Solutions for Zoom Rooms, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. The new one-touch conferencing recommended solution creates an optimized, simple and robust video collaboration. Customers who purchase Logitech video collaboration products with a BRAVIA display receive a purpose-built solution. The one-touch conferencing solution offers […]

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Why No One Is Using That Collaboration System

January 7, 2020

Collaboration had to be one of the most-used buzzwords of the last half decade. It’s been used to describe everything from wireless screen sharing to interactive flat panels to teleconferencing to cloud-based file sharing apps. Marketers LOVE to slap “collaboration” on their boxes and press releases. I even heard a story about a sales rep slapping […]

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Collaboration in 2020 and Beyond: Predictions for Next Year

December 18, 2019

By David Danto Director of UC Strategy and Research, Poly Turning the page into a new decade gives us the opportunity to put our past into perspective and predict where we’re going. In the world of unified communications and collaboration, this exercise reveals a space that is eliminating most of the poor experiences and exploding […]

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Collaboration Squared’s Video Window Now Features Portrait Mode

December 12, 2019

Collaboration Squared announced the addition of portrait mode usage for its Video Window video collaboration system. The Video Window is an always-on videoconferencing portal for teams that need multi-location communications without having to schedule it. Collaboration Squared says it added a portrait mode to make personal interactions more immersive and feel even more like the […]

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Logitech Personal Collaboration Kits Now Available

December 11, 2019

Recently, a study of 1,500 employees by ResumeLabs showed that companies that offer an open layout with some private offices have high employee morale. As open office plans continue to provide a collaborative work environment and increased job satisfaction, some employees still need to take calls and private meetings from a desk. With the newly […]

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Yamaha UC Announces Integration With Intel Unite

December 5, 2019

Yamaha Unified Communications announced today that its CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System and USB speakerphones now integrate with Intel Unite, a customizable wireless collaboration solution that enables users to start meetings quickly and securely without the need for dongles, adaptors or cables. From the Intel Unite app, users can control Yamaha audio and video products […]

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Lifesize Releases Dash Software-Based Meeting Room Kit, Updates for App

November 7, 2019

On the heels of the Zoom and Microsoft partnership — detailing complete interoperability between Zoom and Microsoft Teams coming in early 2020 — Lifesize announced an interoperable and cloud-connected Lifesize Dash software-based meeting room kit. These enhancements include a new free licensing model that allows organizations to immediately save up to $1,000 per room per […]

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