Lync, Video Conferencing and Audio

If you have just deployed lync your probably wondering if you can bring outside user from Video or even audio

There are a number of solution that achieve this but none as simple as EasyPeasy Conferencing. This cloud based service www.easypeasyconf.co.uk/video.php is seamless to integrate to Lync, accepts call from all standard based codecs and has a small audio bridge.

Free to try for 30 days

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What Video is and video should be

If you are a techie at heart like me, then full video integrated meeting rooms can look seriously cool, and allow you to do some very impressive things. But do we really need them? Is all of that technical functionality really that important? Speak to some users of these rooms and you’ll find that they spend most of their time sitting idle, gathering virtual dust. Companies can spend anything from $10,000 to $200,000 investing in a video meeting room. It’ll have many bells and whistles, and it can pretty much do everything, except what you really need. All that tech, makes room systems incredibly complicated to use, which means companies will require expensive ‘technical’ people to simply switch the lights on. This is fundamentally wrong. At the heart of video conferencing should be better communication, otherwise we’d just use the phone. Having this complication barrier makes it even more difficult than a phone call – so what’s the point? Businesses should think about what they are actually trying to achieve with video conferencing investments, which I hope is an increase in productivity, whilst simultaneously enabling more people to work smarter. Simplicity should be the starting point. Video enabling more people, for less money should be the goal. Most importantly, enabling them so that face-to-face collaboration is only a click away. Whilst the company with the complicated tech is still wading through the virtual dust, burning money and trying to connect the call; the company with EasyPeasy conferencing are already half way through their meeting getting a fantastic return on their investments! – See more at: www.easypeasyvideo.com

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Why “Meet-Me” Only Services are Outdated and Kind of Dumb

I’ve got lots of kids. Five of them, from six to 25 years old. Fortunately, they all get along…most of the time. And that means lots of texts, Facebook updates and phone calls. Increasingly though, we’ve been doing video calls. Facetime from Apple is our usual method, as we’ve all got iPhones, iPads or Macs. Riley, my six-year-old daughter will say, “Hey Dad, let’s Facetime Taylor.” That’s her older brother who lives in San Francisco. He also is a developer at Apple, hence the family loyalty to that platform.  She will grab my phone, deftly scroll down to Taylor’s name on my favourites and tap the call button. A few rings later, Taylor is smiling at her.

What doesn’t happen is Riley sending a “meeting invite” to Taylor via e-mail or sending him a calendar invite to dial into a conference bridge with a passcode, then both announce their names and get some nice elevator music playing in the background. Riley, being the chairperson, would have an extra passcode to dial.  Sounds absurd, right? Of course it does.

By now, we’ve all seen the hilarious Tripp and Tyler video: A Conference Call in Real Life. The reason it’s so funny is that “Meet Me” conference calls are so unnatural, ridiculous and completely at odds with the way humans want to communicate with each other. What should happen is what Riley does; she just calls her brother, like walking into his room when he lived at home. And then she could dial her sisters one after another, or they could call her, and the call just works and builds until everyone is connected. Why do business services make us call the “Great Conference Room in the Sky?” A couple of reasons, I think:

First, only in the last few years with the advancement of IP-based audio and video calling and the rich UI’s that now are possible on all of our devices, has there been the concept of “directories” and “presence.” Without directories and single tap/click-to-call, direct calling is much more stilted and time consuming. So, we all just called the conference bridge. But in the modern web world, there’s really no need to do that anymore.

Secondly until very recently, bridge ports (particularly video bridge ports) were hoarded like gold nuggets, because they were more expensive than an ounce of gold. Never would anyone dream of making them abundant and virtually free like we do with Easy Peasy Video, and offering anyone, anytime multiparty calling on any device just by calling and answering calls from people. No more weird passcodes and sitting in purgatory until the chairperson shows up.

Modern web and cloud technology and connected devices have eliminated the need for this outdated form of connecting with each other, particularly in the day-to-day workflow of progressive organizations.  So let’s ditch the “Meet Me” conference and go “au naturel.” Just like Riley does.

 

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Have attitudes to remote working changed in the past two years?

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In recent times, advances in technology have helped to make it easier than ever to work at home. Overcoming previous obstacles such as distance from colleagues and the limitations of home computing, it seems that millions of us now have the necessary tools to make remote working a possibility, but are work place attitudes keeping up with the technology?

In 2012, we undertook a remote working survey, asking workers across the UK about their opinions of all things remote working, revealing that a significant number were positive about it. This year, we decided to ask the same questions to find out whether things have changed, gauging how many businesses and individuals have decided to take advantage of the opportunity to work from home.

Thinking differently

Interestingly, there was a big difference in the number of businesses willing to allow their employees to work remotely. The original survey found that the most popular advantage cited about working from home was being able to choose working hours, something 59% of participants chose. This year, the majority – 46% of people – said that the main benefit of remote working was that it helped to reduce office costs, which has been a hot-button issue for some time.

Greater resources

Another interesting finding from this year’s survey was pretty upbeat. A huge 76% of those who work remotely said that members of their managerial team were available within flexible working hours. This suggests that people in more senior positions are wising up to the benefits of working from home, allowing for more work to be done within a reasonable timeframe.

A further issue discussed were the savings made on travelling when working home. The average weekly spend on meetings stood at an eye-watering £53, adding up to £2,756 per year, while weekly time spend on travel is close to six hours per person. Not having to commute was often cited as a major benefit, especially by workers in London (23%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (22%).

Traffic congestion in Leeds/Bradford and Greater London is among the heaviest in Europe. If you live in either area, perhaps remote working will help save you from the ordeal that is the daily commute! In time, this could drive more and more of us away from the usual nine-to-five shift, especially as communication technology continues to become easier and better to use.

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The Unknown Realities of a Software Audit

 

In our recent blog post, Four Common Misconceptions About Software Audits, we revealed that the largest of companies are not the only businesses susceptible to a vendor audit. Our 2013 Software Audit Industry Report reveals that companies of just about every size are vulnerable, with 52% of companies over 500 employees having undergone audits in the last two years. In fact, 79% of respondents believe it is “just a matter of time” before they are audited. Given that audits are happening to companies of all sizes, the real questions are what are the impacts of software audits on businesses, and can deploying IT asset management (ITAM) tools help?

Software Audits Are More Time Consuming Than Expected

The amount of time and overhead consumed by software audits can be startling. Our Software Audit Industry Report reveals that 70% of respondents who work at companies that have been audited found the most challenging aspect of audits was the sheer amount of time required to gather the data demanded by the vendor.

While 45% of audited organizations were given a month or more to prepare after being served with the initial audit letter, 27% of companies had only one to two weeks to prepare, and 8% had fewer than seven days. But that’s only the beginning: nearly half of all audits took more than three months from receipt of the initial inquiry to the conclusion of the audit.

The amount of time consumed by audits is taxing to businesses and the productivity of their staff. IT professionals who are responsible for keeping the overall network running smoothly, implementing new technologies, and executing against strategic initiatives, must shift gears and dedicate the majority of their time to audit preparation and response. This represents a significant opportunity cost which extends far beyond true-up fees and non-compliance penalties a company may be required to pay when the audit is complete.
There are Ways to Reduce the Burden of an Audit

As daunting as the time and resource demands of a software audit can be, there is some good news. Our survey reveals that having in place an IT asset management (ITAM) tool to track license compliance can help. Companies that had such a tool in place prior to being audited generally found it to be effective in producing the required information. In fact, 46% of respondents report that their tool was “very effective” in providing information necessary for the audit; the vast majority of the remainder state that their tool was at least “somewhat effective.”

Perhaps more importantly, the study shows that companies with ITAM tools report a 32% lower audit rate over the past two years. According to an Ernst & Young survey of the eight major software vendors, the top reason ISVs audit their customers is to generate revenue. If you accept this premise, it stands to reason that if a vendor is aware a customer is making a good-faith effort to be compliant via implementation of ITAM technology and best practices, that customer is less likely to represent a significant revenue opportunity. In addition, customers that are able to quickly produce effective documentation of their license position immediately upon receiving an audit inquiry are less likely to be targeted with a full-blown investigation.

There Are Free, Full-Featured Software Compliance Tools Available

Software audits are both time-consuming and costly, and many executives don’t appreciate the toll it takes on their IT departments. The results of our 2013 Software Audit Industry report suggest that ITAM tools can both reduce the risk and help ease the burden of an audit. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost much, if any, money to get started. In fact, we offer the Inventory Edition of our Express Software Manager product for free, offering software inventory and compliance reporting on up to 1000 machines. Users are entitled to use the product perpetually, with absolutely no strings attached. You might wonder why we offer all of this for free? It comes down to this: we don’t think any company should have to live in dread of software audits.

Still have questions about how to prepare for software audits, or what you can expect if you are targeted? We have a powerful community of industry experts who are waiting to share their decades of experience with you. Whether you have specific questions or would like to share your own experiences with software audits, our Software Audit Forum is the perfect place to get advice and exchange knowledge. Best of all, it’s totally anonymous.

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Information Technology’s next challenge: BUSTING BUREAUCRACY

Bureaucracy is not a bad thing. As Gary Hamel points out in his blog on Fortune, “bureaucracy was a major advance in solving the problem of efficiency at scale. If you have a couple of cars in the garage, a digital device in every pocket, and don’t spend 80% of your time growing your own food, you owe a huge debt to those early management pioneers who laid the groundwork for the modern industrial enterprise.”

But bureaucracy has served its purpose. We have pulled all of the productivity levers available and organizations are sometimes even beyond Six Sigma. Now, we are in a new world: a global, real-time world of customers, partners, suppliers, regulators and competitors where the organization needs to change as fast as change itself. And that pace only continues to accelerate. We have entered the zone of performance that is outside of the attributes and capabilities of a bureaucracy.

The limits of bureaucracy

Information technology began when the first scribe put stylus to clay somewhere in Mesopotamia. From that day forward, IT and Management (with the capital M) were inseparably linked. Transactional record keeping, followed by the communication and enforcement of decisions based upon that information, were the primary purpose of the information technology. In order to access and communicate that information to make quality decisions, an almost universal bureaucratic management structure came to be. The hierarchical order of executives, middle management, supervisors, workers, specialists and even interns has existed since the Roman Legions.

By having details remain at the point of engagement, progressive levels could consolidate, filter and add value (opinions, analysis, summarization) so that executives could know progressively less and less about more and more areas and still make decisions. Once a decision was made, middle management and supervisors could communicate it to those engaged in the actual work. The inverse was also valuable as workers and specialists—those at the tip of the spear, so to speak—could know more and more about less and less, and could better focus on the job at hand.

We have made a number of changes in management practices. (For instance, we no longer decimate failed business units as the Roman Legion did.) But take all of this to its logical conclusion. First, executives know progressively less and less about more and more until they effectively know nothing about everything. This is not conducive for good decision-making. Likewise, workers know more and more about less and less until they effectively know everything about (almost) nothing. This results in actions and optimizations that are good in a very specific circumstance, but could be catastrophic in either a macro or long-term perspective.

Successful next-generation management must enable all information to be available everywhere someone might need it and to anyone who might use it, and accessible by whatever means at the point in time and space where needed. This very concept is antithetical to the idea of a bureaucracy, in which access to information is limited by the organizational chart. With luck, in the future, organizational charts will be as popular as decimation.

Replacing standardization with creativity

In order for organizations to reap all of its benefits, bureaucracy requires complete control of everything possible. More control means more standardization, which means less variability and therefore fewer exceptions to try management’s attention. Bureaucratic thinking is ideally rational, quantitative, sequential, constraint-driven, objective and focused on specific details.

However, the cost is in agility and adaptability to new problems and opportunities. In the Darwinian crucible of business today, innovation, serendipitous mutation and variability drive the future. The enterprise has to become more creative, intuitive, qualitative, subjective and holistic, exploring possibilities and giving equal consideration to hard facts and abstraction concepts.

The success of open source software like Apache and Linux, open innovation initiatives like those being practiced by P&G, open information models like Wikipedia, collaborative business models like TopCoder and Tongal, and management-less organizations like Morning Star all argue the days of the existing bureaucratic management model are short. Dan Pink has effectively described the need for this state in his book Drive. All that transactional information is still needed to make decisions and direct actions, but now to a much larger, dynamic and distributed group of information consumers. Transactional record keeping and reporting becomes superseded by collaboration, cooperation, orchestration, sharing, consensual decision-making and action.

Efficiency is no longer the penultimate goal of management. Innovation is.

We’ll be exploring these ideas and more in the Dell MIX Busting Bureaucracy Hackathon, where progressive thinkers, management practitioners, and technologists from around the world lay the groundwork for the post-bureaucratic organization.

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Web Conferencing Helps Communications Professionals

Corporate communications professionals understand how important it is to quickly relay information to the people who need it. However, as companies continue to grow globally, it‘s becoming more difficult for communications professionals to effectively reach their various audiences.

In-person meetings are becoming less common as virtual workplaces grow in popularity. With teams and clients dispersed across the globe, it’s impossible to expect a significant amount of people to attend an in-person meeting. As a result, today’s communications professionals are sharing their messages virtually. In doing so, they are making the information easily accessible to everyone no matter where they are located or what device they’re using.

Easy Peasy Conferening  offers a range of high quality and affordable meeting solutions that can help an organization communicate and collaborate more effectively no matter the size or purpose of your meeting.

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Smaller Meetings

Sometimes you may want to brainstorm with your small team or schedule an ad hoc meeting with a client or prospect. A small meeting creates an intimate setting that allows active audience participation.

With iMeet, you can meet with others in HD so you can have more productive face-to-face meeting even when you all can’t be in the same room. The crystal-clear video, customizable URL and various backgrounds allow users to bring personality and create a personal touch.

Whether you’re in the office, the car or home, iMeet works wherever you are and delivers a consistent user experience across your computer, smartphone and tablet.

Larger Meetings

Throughout the year, there are situations where a company may need to host a global employee or shareholder meeting. Although these meetings are sometimes very large, it’s important for participants to still feel comfortable to participate and ask questions.

GlobalMeet is great for large-scale meetings such as these. With the ability to share and edit documents real-time, GlobalMeet creates a collaborative environment where everyone can easily be heard. Several additional web tools also make it easy to monitor participation, demo applications and poll the audience for instant feedback.

Web conferencing software is a cost effective option that makes it easier for communications professionals to reach out to audiences located both inside and outside the organization. Communications departments that use state-of-the-art web conferencing software like iMeet and GlobalMeet will be able to have a bigger impact on their various audiences.

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