Displaying items by tag: Video conferencing

Friday, 17 April 2020 09:44

Verizon Business to acquire BlueJeans Network

The business division of US telecommunications giant Verizon has decided to acquire cloud-based video conferencing and event platform BlueJeans Network.

Expenditure by end users on IT infrastructure — server and enterprise storage systems — will decline in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the global market intelligence firm IDC says.

Published in Development
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:59

How to rapidly support a distributed workforce

GUEST CONTRIBUTION* by Adam Fuoss, vice president technical sales Silver Peak: As Australian businesses adapt to the changing dynamics of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the unprecedented shift toward remote working is creating a mass exodus of employees out of branch offices into their homes. Employees are quickly having to adapt to communicating and collaborating in new ways to maintain business productivity.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:44

How to rapidly support a distributed workforce

GUEST CONTRIBUTION* by Adam Fuoss, vice president technical sales Silver Peak: As Australian businesses adapt to the changing dynamics of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the unprecedented shift toward remote working is creating a mass exodus of employees out of branch offices into their homes. Employees are quickly having to adapt to communicating and collaborating in new ways to maintain business productivity.

Published in Health

Australia’s Telecommunications Association Telsoc has repeated its call for the federal government to fast-track improvements to the country’s telecommunications infrastructure – including mobile and the National Broadband Network – as part of its response to the Coronavirus.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Enterprise cloud-based video conferencing and managed conferencing solutions provider Express Virtual Meetings – part of the MNF Group - has partnered with ADDCOM Contact Solutions to offer Konftel HD video conferencing equipment to SMBs.

The video conferencing provider Zoom Video Communications has said it will push out a patch to fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Mac client that could expose a live webcam feed to an attacker. The application Ringcentral is also affected by the same flaw.

Published in Security

Enterprise communication is a challenge

Businesses today are more dynamic and globalised than ever. With the help of the internet and other technologies, we live in a world where we can operate businesses from practically anywhere. And with that, virtual work relationships are on the rise as companies expand geographically. Whether it be colleagues from a different state or clients from another time zone, businesses are increasingly being challenged with how to maintain healthy virtual relationships.

The solution? Video conferencing.

It’s not something new but in recent years has become a go-to method for one-on-one and group communications. A Forbes Insights study revealed 80% of executives saw the growing use of video call by internal teams and 84% said their staff were using video calls to meet with external stakeholders.

Video conferencing breaks down geographic boundaries. It opens boundless opportunities by creating seamless visual experiences with people in different places. With real-time streaming, video calls diminish the sense of distance as users are immersed in the visual experience. This is particularly important for stakeholders that live or work remotely so that they can maintain the same level of communication without feeling communication or their relationships are compromised.

Humans are also highly visual. Studies show we are faster and better at processing visual information than text or audio. We build stronger connections through facial recognition rather than only voice. Similarly, virtual face-to-face conversations are likely to create a deeper sense of understanding, rather than via email or other non-visual communication forms.

Video is the ‘killer app’ for Enterprise

Video conferencing has become a necessity for communication and relationship building. And yet not all businesses are willing to adopt it. Why? Businesses often are reluctant to add more communication tools, on top of the fragmented calling, chat and messaging products they already depend on. Instead, enterprise and government organisations are increasingly seeking Unified Communication (UC) tools that can bring all communication services together. One vendor and one solution in the cloud.

What is Unified Communications?

Unified Communications tools promise to improve productivity, enhance security and lower the operational cost of enterprise communications. In fact, 98% of executives from the Forbes study believe consolidation of platforms would encourage greater governance and control by IT teams, along with 92% agreeing consolidation would bring about better cost savings.

Many businesses already use Microsoft Office 365 for internal voice and video calling (Skype for Business), chat (Teams) and collaboration on cloud-based documents and projects. So with the move toward Unified Communications, it is no surprise that Microsoft is a preferred vendor for mid-size, enterprise and government organisations.

Unified Communications via Teams

This is where MNF Enterprise’s Cloud Connect SaaS comes in. Cloud Connect is a seamless and intuitive way to deliver landline and mobile calling via Microsoft Teams. Calls are delivered via the MNF global network, enabling users to call outside their organisation and use receive calls on existing phone numbers, bridging a key functionality gap for Office365 users.

Cloud Connect equips Microsoft Teams with traditional PBX features and a range of call centre capabilities. Users are able to connect and communicate from any device including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices. In addition to voice calls, users can host high quality video calls and web conferences with up to 250 participants.

Maximise your Office 365 investment

Cloud Connect is a game-changer for organisations that rely on Microsoft Office 365. It enables any organisation to transform Microsoft Teams into a fully featured cloud PBX system and deliver a modern Unified Communications experience.

Best of all, by using Teams for corporate voice and video calling, organisations can extract even more value from their existing Office 365 Enterprise licenses.

Embrace the opportunity of video conferencing and Enterprise Unified Communication. Unlock the hidden potential of O365 with Cloud Connect for Teams.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:06

5 key benefits of video conferencing

Video conferencing has changed the way we communicate in business, improving efficiencies, productivity, reducing costs and improving engagement. By using the best video conferencing hardware and the latest software solutions, organisations across Australia are now better connected, not only to each other and to their partners, but to their markets - both domestically and globally.

REA Group owns the RealEstate-com-au site and more, and has zoomed into getting real with "frictionless video across all of its offices in Australia and Australia". 

Published in Enterprise Solutions

Australian tech start-up Teleportivity has launched its updated comm-tech platform at CeBIT 2018, which "captures the effectiveness of face-to-face communication by connecting users to a human operator through digital screens" so businesses can redistribute staff to any location instantaneously.

Published in Business Software

Video communications provider BlueJeans Network has integrated its technology with Facebook's Workplace application and the BlueJeans for Workplace by Facebook program is now available.

Published in Enterprise Solutions

American video, voice and content collaboration company Polycom has released new models of its conferencing phones to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of its three-legged conference phone.

Communication solutions provider Avaya has secured a contract with the Queensland branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with the society’s adoption of its video conferencing technology.

Published in Deals

Polycom’s James Brennan spoke to iTWire recently about the company’s latest video-conferencing collaboration solutions that are helping shape the "workplace of the future". ,Below is link to its study and the resulting Polycom-recorded video interview. 

Logitech has welcomed 15 new cloud video conferencing and complementary tech partners to deliver high-quality video collaboration across customer environments and an "exceptional user experience".

Canadian-based global provider of enterprise and mobile communications, Mitel, is to acquire video conferencing and unified communications vendor Polycom in a deal which values Polycom at approximately US$1.96 billion.

Published in Listed Tech

Ricoh’s new Australian data centre in Melbourne is now operational providing customers in the Australia-New Zealand region with what the company says is enhanced video conferencing experiences.

Published in Data Centres

Telstra’s Dr Hugh Bradlow spoke via videoconference before the Federal Government’s Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the role of smart ICT in Australia.

Blue Jeans, the cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration tool, has helped Epilepsy Action Australia address massive geographical and fiscal challenges.

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