Enterprises should get ready for virtual reality

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 30, 2015; 4:00 PM

Virtual reality has been a topic historically reserved for two places: science fiction and the arcade. However, in recent years technology has advanced so much that virtual reality is now a reality. As a business, how could virtual reality possibly benefit an office?

The truth is that there are many answers to that question. It may sound surprising, but virtual reality is expected to make an impact on the enterprise in a huge way. There have already been several attempts at creating a smart headset capable of augmenting reality, and some of them have failed to take off. But the recent announcement of Microsoft's HoloLens and the continued excitement around Oculus Rift have pushed the idea of enterprise virtual reality into greater acceptance. 

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Topics: technology, mobility

Getting the best skills may require telecommuting with a cloud phone system

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 23, 2015; 4:00 PM

Tech talent is increasingly becoming hard to come by. The prevalence of computing and heavy electronics use in people's day-to-day lives is only matched by the lack of people who understand how it all works in the first place. This is rapidly becoming a problem for those inside and outside of the tech industry. Many groups are being forced to look for talent in places that they may not otherwise think of. One important way that companies can hire applicants is by utilizing better telecommunications procedures in order to connect with their candidates. 

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Topics: SMB, Cloud Communication, mobility

Networks as strong as steel are required for companies

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 21, 2015; 4:00 PM

Downtime, due to businesses' increasing reliance on digital technology, is becoming a problem for all industries. While in the past the only way that work could be shut down would be a complete power outage, current conditions and standards of communication mean that everyone, everywhere has to be ready to go at all times. The upshot of all of this is that your company's networks need to be resilient. Can your network withstand an outage or other problems may be unleashed on it by the universe, or will it require more care to keep up? 

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Topics: product development, mobility

Why every law office needs a business phone system

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 16, 2015; 2:36 PM

Nobody said running a law firm was easy business. In fact, it can be highly stressful work, with lots of employees to manage, tons of files to keep track of, and an endless list of administrative tasks. For everyone in the legal field, it's imperative to look into ways to make the day-to-day workload more expedient, and to speed up processes that are possibly slowing work down. As far as those things go, bad communication can be one of the key elements that impedes the productivity of a law office. Say, for instance, that a lawyer is in court and realizes that he or she needs to verify a piece of data that's back at the office. With a legacy phone system, doing this might not be possible. Fortunately, though, business phone systems exist to help enterprises of all types run more smoothly. Here are some of the ways a sophisticated business communication network can elevate the work quality and efficiency at any legal office: 

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Topics: SMB, Cloud Communication, mobility

Expect to see even more virtual meetings

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 14, 2015; 2:41 PM

The possibilities of unified communications and digital phone solutions stretch beyond just the traditional workplace. Town halls and shareholder meetings are starting to join the virtual movement, and it's proving to be successful.

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Topics: technology, Cloud Communication, Unified Communications (UC), mobility, blog

How to maximize UC potential

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

July 7, 2015; 2:45 PM

Unified communications and digital phone systems have the obvious benefits of flexibility and collaboration, but how can you get the most out of those advantages? What does better collaboration mean for your company? You can maximize the potential for your UC services with a communications-enabled business process. A CEBP is when UC taps into the power of other cloud based services to boost business competitiveness and responsiveness. Here are some key elements and advantages to a CEBP.

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Topics: Cloud Communication, Unified Communications (UC), mobility, blog

BYOD: Solutions Must Solve Problems and Foster Adoption

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

June 18, 2015; 2:58 PM

Given the challenges created when employees use personal devices for workplace communication, companies must take the time to explore all of their BYOD options. After all, whatever solution is chosen will have to do more than just address company concerns. It must be something that the employees will actually use. 

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Topics: BYOD, Cloud Communication, mobility

BYOD: With Flexibility Comes Challenges

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

June 16, 2015; 2:10 PM

The days of employees commuting to an office are already a distant memory for millions of American workers. But this restructuring and reimagining of where employees work poses some serious challenges for even the most accommodating employer. One of the biggest involves technology, particularly the use of mobile devices. When employees who work remotely make calls, what device are they most likely to use? It’s going to be the one that is most comfortable and easy to use: their personal cell phone.

The use of personal devices in a business context presents three key challenges to employers, who need to create Bring Your Own Device solutions that foster adoption and protect important company information. Those challenges are:

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Topics: Cloud Communication, mobility

Is your network ready for the cloud?

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

June 11, 2015; 4:00 PM

Organizations that want to have cloud phone solutions within their offices must make sure that they can send power over Ethernet to support the IP phones they will likely be using. They should also have backup power for Ethernet switches, especially if they are plugged into outlets within the office. Endpoint registration (a legal issue) is necessary, along with location tracking, in order for 911 call responses to be as effective as possible.

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Topics: Cloud Communication, Unified Communications (UC), mobility

Get the most out of working from home

Posted by Kimberley Drobny, Vice President, Marketing

June 9, 2015; 2:00 PM

Working remotely can have some huge benefits for both employees and their managers. Setting up shop at home has been proven to improve staff satisfaction by creating more flexibility. The hassle of commuting is removed, and people are less likely to leave early for personal reasons because they're able to work right up until the end of the day without leaving the house.

"More and more entrepreneurs are working remotely," wrote Fortune contributor Jacqueline Whitmore. "They may have an 'office' at home, in a co-working space or even at the nearest coffee shop. Fortunately, technology has allowed everyone - even entrepreneurs who commute to a traditional office every day - to benefit from the flexibility of working from home when it's needed or preferred."

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Topics: Cloud Communication, mobility