How Telework Promotes Creativity (www.easypeasyconf.co.uk)

It seems that every day on the Internet there’s a new article about how to get your creative juices flowing. Usually geared at writers or other purely creative professionals, these lists run the gamut, from tips about sleep schedules to different work style methodologies and everything in between. However, they’re almost always aimed at a freelancer mentality; professionals who already have the freedom to design their days however they’d like. Office workers, stuck in their cubicles, don’t have this kind of freedom.

The rise of the telecommuter has changed all of that. Telework allows all of us to pursue that freelancer spirit, carving out our days more as we see fit than being chained to a desk for eight hours straight.

Here are just a few ways that telework can facilitate creativity in your work-life:

Own Your Schedule

Some people do their best work bright and early in the quiet of the morning, free of distractions. Others are more slow starters; their brains don’t rev into high gear until later in the day, after a cup of coffee or twelve. Telework gives you more freedom to capitalize on when you do your best work, rather than forcing you to stare at a screen from 9-5 and hoping for the best.

By skipping the commute, the early-risers can get straight to business without the added time and ritual of getting ready and commuting to an office. The slow starters can take their time, lingering over their morning news and caffeine before tackling the day.

Take Mental Breaks Away from Breakrooms

For knowledge workers in an office, taking a mental break generally involves taking a quick stretch, chatting with coworkers or maybe simply a social media break. While these are all beneficial, telework affords you the opportunity to take more refreshing or even productive breaks. Take a stroll around your neighborhood. Dabble in a hobby, such as a craft project or musical instrument. Tackle a chore you’ve been avoiding.

When All Else Fails – Rock Out

Few things get my creative juices flowing like music. I love seeing live bands and discovering new songs. Music touches us all, and it’s a great way to drown out the stresses of your workday and focus on the task at hand. Telework gives remote workers the unique chance to drop their ear buds and turn their tunes up”

Shred your air guitar in your living room like nobody’s watching. Channel your inner rock god and karaoke your cares away. Turn your desk into a drum kit that would make John Bonham proud. Keep whatever soundtrack playing that keeps you stress-free, focused and productive—without worrying about the volume.

In many ways, telecommuting is ultimately about freedom

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Skyscanner Speeds Travel Planning with Dell Converged Blade Data Centers

As scenes of snow-covered mountains and skiing play out on televisions around the world, many of us may begin thinking about our next vacation.

Our customer Skyscanner wants to help with that by “building the best global flight search site” according to Gareth Williams, their CEO and co-founder. “And we are now bringing the same technical innovation and global focus as we expand across other areas of their travel journey.”

That sort of expansion, coupled with rapid growth in 2013, growing visitors by 100 percent as well as doubling mobile app downloads, meant they needed powerful data center systems to support millions of unique user sessions every day. It’s an inspiring story for a company born of a simple excel spreadsheet.

During the past year, Skyscanner expanded beyond the European market, with offices in Singapore and Beijing, and an office in Miami, to grow its business in North and South America. The results recently noted by the BBC are:

  • Asian traffic grew last year from 14 percent of traffic to 20 percent,
  • North and South America has seen a 119 percent increase in monthly visitors, while
  • European monthly visitors to the website were up 64 percent.

Dell’s solution for that type of growth was to converge Intel-based servers, storage arrays and networking in a single chassis — the Dell Converged Blade Data Center. A proof-of-concept at Dell’s Solution Center in Limerick proved a success and the solution was rolled out across Skyscanner’s sites in the UK, Singapore, Beijing, Miami and Barcelona.

More details about those data center solutions were recently highlighted on Tech Page One where Phil Dalbeck, infrastructure architect at Skyscanner, explained: “We wanted to make a fundamental change and move from a third-party supplied compute capacity to our own highly optimized platform.”

Skyscanner’s infrastructure costs are considerable, but with the Dell Converged Blade Data Center the company is on track to reduce costs by one-third over the coming three years. Those are real business results that allow them to continue to help you find the cheapest flights, hotels, and car hire, with no added fees and no fuss.

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IPV6, Load Balancers and the arrival of big IP addresses

When Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) was conceived more than 4 decades ago it was never fathomed that there would eventually be an “Internet of Things” (IOT) with over 8 billion devices and nearly 2.5 billion users connected to the web. At the start, the internet’s only intent was to interconnect government and university networks. The internet has now since evolved by orders of magnitude into a rich environment where ~100 billion e-mails are exchanged and ~3 billion searches are executed every day. Millions of applications are delivered simultaneously across myriads of devices and anyone can get information on virtually anything from any part of the world.

To support the ongoing evolution of the internet and the sheer volume of connectivity, new specifications and technologies have been developed over the years to keep the web scaling smoothly. As an example IPv4 has an inherent limitation of a maximum of 4.3 billion available addresses. This may sound like a big number but when compared to the expectation of over 75 billion internet-connected devices by the year 2020, it’s really just a drop in the bucket.

In order to meet this “big IP” demand, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) was created during the nineties to stave off an exhaustion of IP addresses. With support for addresses 128-bit in length, IPv6 provides more than 7.9 x 1028 times as many addresses available with IPv4 – this is theoretically more than 300 undecillion addresses. According to some, there are enough addresses in the IPv6 space to assign one to every atom on the surface of the earth and then do it again 100 times.

As more devices are connected to the internet, more applications are deployed and the number of assigned IP addresses grow, the role of the load balancer will continue to be of prime importance in modern application infrastructures and the IOT as a whole. Regardless of whether IPv4 or IPv6 is in use, critical line of business Enterprise applications, e-commerce storefronts, machine-to-machine traffic flows and hosted SaaS offerings must be highly available and scalable. Load balancers such as the KEMP LoadMaster provide intelligent application front end services to not only ensure high availability but also optimize communication, add an additional layer of security and offload resource intensive services from application server instances to help them perform better.

As the migration to IPv6 gains popularity it’s important for technology decision makers to build and augment their environments with load balancers that can support the newer specification of IPv6 and do so without impact to performance. KEMP LoadMasters incorporate many features to support this transition such as mixed mode interface addressing, IPv6 ACL support and the ability to simultaneously address and manage virtual services and target servers across IPv4 and IPv6 address spaces. Additionally, in independent testing, the KEMP LoadMaster was found to perform as well and in some cases, better, in IPv6 infrastructures as it did in IPv4 environments.

While adoption has been gradual with only approximately 2% of users reaching Google services over IPv6 according to a recent report, it’s only a matter of time before IPv6 becomes the incumbent internet protocol standard. In addition to the increased number of available IP addresses IPv6 also offers the potential for improved security, simpler end-to-end routing and more efficient data flow. To gain the benefits that it brings it’s important for technology decision makers to plan now for the network infrastructures that will be needed to successfully implement and adopt IPv6 . Including KEMP in that plan ensures that IPv6 traffic will be handled efficiently, securely and with the high level of reliability that LoadMaster is known for.

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Online and offline merge for kids

It will like come as no surprise to parents that nearly all kids aged 6-9 (89%) are online. The Internet has become the de-facto place for adults to keep in touch but the study shows that kids are no longer meeting up in parks and playgrounds but instead in online virtual worlds and through apps.

Nearly half of kids aged 6-9 are actively involved with a virtual online world like WebkinzTM or Disney’s Club PenguinTM. These are secure, moderated environments for kids to begin understanding the web and the world around them, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

We all know that kids are spending a lot of time online, but in the survey parents told us that 78% of their 6-9 year olds spend less that’s 5 hours per week, which is less than 45 minutes a day.

I think we can conclude from this stat that parents wish kids only spent 45 minutes per day online or that parents are just not clued in enough to understand what online really means.

When you think about all the devices that are connected in a house- laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, games console, DVD player, TV… the list is endless.  AVG’s research shows that all the time kids spend online is at a cost of real world skills.

I was surprised to read that more kids can now play a basic computer game (66%) than ride a bike (58%) or that 47% of kids can navigate a smartphone or tablet while only 38% can write their full name.

Another statistic we learned from the study is that only 1 in 4 children know what to do in an emergency. This is shocking as any member of the emergency services will tell you that our kids need to have a basic understanding of who to call and what to do.

These digital skills in and of themselves are not a bad thing, but a different type of upbringing requires a different type of parenting. And it’s this balance that I am worried about.

 

When it comes to the web, parents still don’t get it.

AVG’s research has clearly established that kids are spending time online. It also shows that the skills that they are learning online are replacing real life skills like riding a bike.

Parents aren’t making that same jump.

While most mothers wouldn’t dream of sending their kids out to play without first teaching them life skills like road safety and not to talk to strangers, they’re not giving their kids the same guidance online.

64% of mothers believe they are using parental controls on their Internet enabled devices. A recent Ofcom study suggests that in reality this is closer to 43% yet when we asked parents nearly two-thirds said they did.

My concern here is that parent think they have implemented something and their kids are safe yet in reality they may have just done one small thing like switching on ‘Safesearch’ which does help but cannot really be considered an comprehensive solution to a child’s safety online.

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Nine factors to evaluate when choosing the right hypervisor

How to choose the right hypervisor: Nine factors to evaluate

 

The selection of the right hypervisor starts with an important decision; do you believe that a bare-metal hypervisor or a hosted hypervisor is the right choice for you? This is the first important decision that you need to confront and you need to be prepared to deal with a number of other important issues that you will need investigate and decide upon in order to make sure that you make the right choice of the hypervisor that will exactly respond to your needs.

Make a check list of the important research that you will need to do, satisfy yourself that you have:

  • Understood the      difference between hosted and bare-metal virtualization hypervisor types
  • Investigate and      research which one is right for you
  • Does your hoster      offer the virtualization hypervisor as a commodity?
  • How secure is      your hypervisor, are you going to be vulnerable and at risk. What is the      scale of this security risk?

Initial objectives

Make a clear checklist that includes:

  • Makes sure your      virtualization hypervisor is 100% compatible with the hardware platform      that you have available.
  • Insist on      excellent performance, simple management and an ability to be integrated      into your virtual infrastructure.
  • What about high      availability? You will need to consider which are the best industry      leading and price performing load balancers or application delivery      controllers (ADCs) available in the market today, these are vitally important      to deliver your project and keep your servers up and running.
  • Reliability
  • Scalability
  • Last but by no      means not least cost, not only of deployment but also the cost of keeping      these hypervisors running should never be underestimated.

Choices for performance

If it is high performance that you need and advanced resource control you should take into account that your best option for virtualization is going to be a bare metal hypervisor. The reason for this is that the bare metal hypervisors use the smallest amount of resource overhead while at the same time giving you the advantage of being able to prioritize or restrict virtual machine (VM) usage and guarantee VM resource allocation.

On the other hand hosted hypervisors normally have limited or even no resource control. This means that VMs need to compete with each other to grab resources. Another limiting factor is that hosted hypervisors unlike their bare metal cousins frequently have heavy resource overhead penalties. This is particularly the case when tools, operating system services and applications are also running on the guest system.

Comparing the costs

In order to calculate the correct costs for the hypervisor you are considering using the first thing that you should keep in mind at all times is that hosted hypervisors will come in at considerably reduced prices compared with bare metal hypervisor. Typically you should be looking at spending only a few hundred dollars or even should get free hypervisors from your provider. Bare metal hypervisors are going to cost you a great deal more particularly if you want to choose a system that can scale up so that you can implement advanced features. Dig under the surface of the prices that you are being offered for bare metal hypervisors, they may initially seem low cost or even free, but should you want to use management utilities and advanced features you could be facing a bill for thousands of dollars.

Advantages of hosted hypervisors

Running on Windows or Linux hosted hypervisors offer greater hardware compatibility than bare metal virtualization hypervisors, this is because servers are designed with support of these operating systems in mind. Bare metal virtualization hypervisor device drivers for ESXi, EXE and VM-Ware do exist but you will find that the choice of hardware platforms is more limited. Microsoft Hyper V offers an advantage because it will work with any windows driver that may be compatible with your hardware platform.

Question of ease of use

One of the great advantages of hosted virtualization hypervisors is that they are easy to install, straightforward to use and do not require specialist skills to maintain. The fact that a specialist is not needed in your IT team to maintain these servers has obvious economic benefits. Installation of the majority of hosted hypervisors is similar to that of a windows application and therefore can be considered intuitive. On the other hand bare-metal virtualization hypervisors are normally quite straight forward to install but things start getting tricky when it is time to configure the hypervisor. Thanks to the amount of freedom that you have during the configuration it is all too often easy to make a mistake and your hypervisor will not work at all or will not work correctly. It is essential that you really do know what you’re doing when it comes to installing bare metal virtualization hypervisors.

The most reliable hypervisors

Considering the question of reliability as a rule bare metal hypervisors will generally offer you a better solution compared with hosted virtualization hypervisors. The main reason for this is that the bare metal virtualization hypervisor is normally subject to far more stringent tests and QA procedures that their hosted counterparts. This is not just to satisfy the manufacturers that their hypervisors are superior but to deal with an operational requirement. The fact is that bare metal hypervisors are targeted at data centers that cannot allow for any bugs or other performance issues. A second important consideration is that with no host operating system residing on the bare metal hypervisor there is one less element to worry about failing in the hypervisor.

A cause of hypervisor failures can be the hardware drivers and this failure can affect both hosted as well as bare metal hypervisors. Once again there is a difference between the hosted and bare metal hypervisor testing. Hosted drivers are normally subject to a standard testing cycle before deployment whereas a number of bare metal hardware drivers for example ESXi, ESX and VMware require rigorous testing before the hardware driver is considered to merit a hardware certificate.

Plan for high availability

You effectively have two choices of where to place your high availability, either in the virtualization hypervisors themselves or to deploy load balancers, both virtual or hardware appliances that offer this functionality. High availability ensures business continuation even in the event that a virtualized hypervisor fails. vMotion from VMware is considered to one of the best high availability solutions as it comes packed with features fault tolerance is also included. Microsoft Hyper-V has improved its high availability options recently but is considered by some to be a less integrated solution compared with VMware. XenServer from Citrix needs to rely on other third party products to be set up in high availability mode. Hosted virtualization hypervisors don’t normally come with high availability options, for this reason you should consider using dedicated virtual or physical load balancers to deal with any VM failures that may occur.

Management options for virtualization hypervisors

Essentially you will find a better set of management and automation tools for bare metal virtualization hypervisors. Consoles can be centralized to provide a single dashboard that makes it easier to monitor a larger number of VMs and hosts. A second advantage for the bare metal option is the large number of 3rd party automation and management tools that are available too. Hosted hypervisors need to be individually managed and this limitation makes management that much more time consuming and laborious when you have large infrastructures.

A question of scale

When considering scalability bare metal hypervisors win every time over hosted hypervisors. A bare metal hypervisor is designed to scale to extreme upper limits. Study VMware’s vSphere 5 if you want to understand the potential power that can be available to you. Individual VMs with as much as 1TB of memory powered by up to 32 virtual CPUs address even the largest performance requirements. You will understand that you can activate one, two or more hundreds of VMs on a single physical server by simply having purchased enough hardware capacity. Hosted hypervisors don’t offer such power options. Check out VMware’s capacities that can be run on a single hosted hypervisor and you will immediately understand the greater limitations.

– See more at: http://www.loadbalancerblog.com/blog/2013/12/how-choose-right-hypervisor-nine-factors-evaluate#sthash.Of88FtWw.dpuf

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Are Face to Face meetings still necessary?

We all know that meetings play an integral role in the business world, and most if not all businesses wouldn’t be able to function without them. But the amount of time and money we as an economy spend on pointless face-to-face meetings is staggering and unnecessary.

We strive for businesses to wake up and realise that much of this resource not only in money but in time can be spent better elsewhere. We are all about low-cost and reliability with our service and as a result we want to help businesses get the job done, because let’s face it; we all know there is more to life than work.

Face-to-face meetings, not only cost money that  they don’t need to, but they also put people under immense amounts of stress due to time pressures and stopping people from getting on with their day job, due to pointless travel.

In a survey we conducted in late 2012, we discovered that British business people lose 26 days each year sitting in unnecessary face-to-face meetings. Over 9,000 meetings and a staggering three years in a Brits working lifetime! Wow!

So now we all feel thoroughly shell shocked that we spend so much of our time in meetings, sitting on our bums and getting no younger, We try and help businesses discover the real cost of their meetings and to help support the argument that less face-to-face meetings need to happen and more technological collaboration can replace it. Because well when you’re on a conference call you can stand up and move a bit – maybe add some years back onto your life!

We are not one sided though, we are aware that face-to-face meetings do have to happen. There is a need to meet up and collaborate in one room and some things just can’t be discussed unless you are physically in the same place. But wouldn’t it be great if only these essential meetings were saved for face-to-face and others were on conference calls or video conferences. No travel time and quicker snappier conversations could be had, allowing you to simply get on with your day job!

Work out how much money and time you could save by having a video or conference by giving us a call

Have you introduced more virtual meetings into your business? How have they helped you?

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The Surveyor Idle Timer: It’s like freshly-baked garlic butter breadsticks

When organizations think about their PC power management strategy, the ability to put systems into sleep mode only when they are not in use (idle) is always high on the list of requirements. Why? Any impact to end users, even incidental, is unacceptable. With the Surveyor Idle Timer, PCs are actively tracked for actual usage to ensure they go to sleep without impacting end users. Doesn’t Microsoft Windows do that already? Windows does a decent job of putting a PC to sleep when it’s idle; just like eating at the Olive Garden does a decent job of satiating hunger – waiting in excess of 2 hours (after being told the wait is 30 minutes) for mediocre (at best) Italian food at a chain restaurant. Food puns aside, for the masses of consumers that use Windows at home, the out of the box capabilities are good enough. Basically, Windows only looks for physical keyboard and mouse use to determine when a system is idle. For many organizations, this is simply not enough, especially when considering the off-hours maintenance IT administrators need to perform, or remote user interaction with systems that doesn’t involve physical keyboard or mouse activity. Furthermore, there are many applications and services that actually instruct Windows to “reset” the Windows idle timer and prevent systems from going to sleep when they are not in use. •Screensavers •Windows Media Player •Accessing shared network resources •Antivirus applications •Network card driver configurations •All-in-one printers •Custom line-of-business applications All of these scenarios cause PC insomnia. Cure PC Insomnia with Surveyor The Surveyor Idle Timer ensures a PC goes to sleep after a configured time as scheduled in a Surveyor power policy. The Surveyor Idle Timer goes beyond the out of the box capabilities of Windows; in addition to monitoring user activity from keyboard and mouse usage, Surveyor also monitors CPU, disk, and network activity. Because the Surveyor Idle Timer functions on its own as part of an ultra-lightweight, low resource agent on managed PCs, Surveyor can guarantee that a system will actually go to sleep when it is not in use. This is a major differentiating factor between Verdiem and some of our competitors who promote their agentless capabilities; agentless solutions have absolutely no way to programmatically ensure a system enters a sleep state when not in use, and rely solely on the Windows idle timer to determine when a PC is inactive. How does this impact overnight maintenance? Most IT departments “own the night” – meaning they can perform routine maintenance, patching, and software distribution after hours while no user is physically interacting with the system. One of the key values of Surveyor is the toolset provided to IT administrators to ensure systems are awake and network aware during critical maintenance periods. The Surveyor Idle Timer is part of the overall solution to ensure a system completes its intended maintenance, whether it’s a scheduled antivirus scan, disk defragmentation, software installation, or security patch. Once that maintenance item completes, the Surveyor Idle Timer allows the system to go back to sleep, conserving as much energy as possible without impacting end users the following morning. Keeping remote users productive Since the Windows idle timer only monitors physical keyboard and mouse activity, naturally if a user remotely accesses their system using something like RDP, the system will go to sleep after the specified power policy timeout passes. This is a challenge when implementing power policies for PCs that will be remotely accessed. The Surveyor Idle Timer monitors for remote user activity and can prevent a system from going to sleep during remote use. Coupled with Wake for Remote Access, Surveyor 6 provides a comprehensive solution to help IT effectively manage power of remotely-accessed PCs. In order to cure insomnia, and conversely ensure PCs go to sleep only when they are idle, an advanced power management solution is needed. The Surveyor Idle Timer is just one component of the Surveyor 6 IT energy management solution that enables organizations to reduce energy costs.

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Get Energized with Print and Power Analytics

Ask a typical Managed Print Services (MPS) provider to describe their business in 2013, and one word you will hear frequently is “exhausting.” Similarly, ask a typical enterprise customer to describe their experience with the services they get from their MPS providers and you might hear the word “tired.” “Exhausting” and “tired” each bring to mind their own images, and neither is particularly good. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but it occurs to me that a dose of “energy” needs to be injected into this market to cure the fatigue that ails it.

MPS Exhaustion

While some MPS providers are doing well servicing a healthy and thriving client base, many others are combating an increasingly commoditized and competitive market. The IT services marketplace is experiencing unprecedented convergence. MPS is particularly vulnerable to the broader IT offerings from full service Value Added Resellers (VARs) and MSPs, which are increasingly adding print management to their portfolios. Guarding the flanks from these mainstream IT service providers is a challenge, and in order to remain relevant, MPS providers are being forced to rethink the scope of their services and the way they deliver them.

Tired Enterprise Customers

If MPS providers are exhausted from defending against competitive pressures and reinventing their services, enterprise customers seem to be growing tired as well. Savvy IT customers no longer wish to treat print as a separate subset of IT and are growing weary of the often unsubstantiated promises of savings that have been made by their MPS providers in the past. They are increasingly seeking the ease of management and the economies of scale that come from IT vendors who provide service coverage for a wide array of IT devices. As a consequence, the days of managing print as an isolated part of IT seem to be waning, and MPS providers must find ways to expand beyond print if they are to remain relevant and profitable in this rapidly evolving IT marketplace.

Re-Energize with Verdiem

Verdiem has just the boost of energy that MPS providers and customers alike have been seeking, and can help bridge the transition from old school “managed print” to reinvented “managed services.”  Verdiem is the market leader in IT energy management and has been helping enterprises save energy and drive cost out of their IT environments for well over a decade. The savings are highly demonstrable and entirely driven by allowing IT to centrally manage power profiles for PCs, Macs, and a variety of network gear, saving $20 – $50 per system in yearly energy costs.

And now Verdiem is going beyond IT energy management to directly serve the evolving needs of the print market. Our new product – Verdiem Print & Power Analyzer – delivers business intelligence that is critical to better understanding both the composition of the print fleet and the way people interact with their print environment. The solution tracks end user print, finds all locally connected and networked printers, and provides prescriptive guidance that drives additional yearly savings of $20 – $60 per user by ensuring that the people who print and the devices they print to are operating at optimal levels.

That makes for a potential savings of $100+ per employee every year. The savings across the organization will add up quickly and have a material impact on the bottom line. It’s a win-win across the board for partners and customers

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Video Conference Scheduling Software Now Easier to Use

Video Conference Scheduling Software Now Easier to Use

 

My VRM is now available from Sourcenet http://www.sourcenet.uk.com/vendors/myvrm/

Anyone who doubted the continued growth in video conferencing at the start of 2013 surely will look back on that prediction with serious regret. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) decision in September to invest in Polycom’s video conferencing hardware made it clear that even governmental organizations recognize the significant cost-savings, increased productivity and convenience that video conferencing offers.

However, video conferencing for all businesses and institutions, big and small, presents a host of challenges associated with the management of this new technology. To confront these challenges, NATO and Polycom partnered with myVRM, a leader in software scheduling solutions that was up to the task of integrating the needs of 28 member nations.

myVRM could provide the security and reliability that the organization responsible for the defense of half of the northern hemisphere demands. Video conferencing is supposed to be a business tool, but without the right assistance, even the best tool becomes a hindrance. Mark Escobar, a senior vice president at NATO, stated, “Combined with the (myVRM) scheduling system, the Polycom collaboration environment allows NATO to focus on the work at hand and not on the technology needed to do it.” myVRM is currently helping NATO and is positioned to help other businesses in a number of ways.

Ease of Use 

If video conferencing is going to play an ever larger part in our business environment it will be essential that the scheduling process be easy and accessible. myVRM’s scheduling platform is accessible by the myVRM Web portal, but also integrates with Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook and Google. Multiple platforms must also include the ability to schedule and participate in conferences from multiple types of devices. Laptops and desktops are a given, but iPads and tablets are also easily integrated into the myVRM scheduling solution.

 

Portability 

The best scheduling software in the future will not just be reliable and easy to use from a laptop, desktop or tablet. myVRM believes that to be the best scheduling option, their software will have to be 100% portable and accessible at a moment’s notice. At myVRM, the future is here now. The myVRM multi-platform access to their scheduling software now includes all Android and iPhone smart devices. Opening up a laptop in an airport or connecting to a hotel network can take more time than scheduling the actual meeting. The business professional with five free minutes before a flight or at the close of the meeting can open the myVRM application from any Android or iPhone device and in a matter of minutes plan a meeting.

myVRM is leading a “meeting scheduling revolution” for managing all of your organizations in-person or audio/video/virtual meetings. Deployable, scalable and easily integrated into existing legacy systems of any size or industry, myVRM is an innovative, end-to-end solution to schedule, launch, monitor, manage and report on all of your business meetings.

About the Author: 

Videoconferencing has always held an important place in the world of Larry Roher, CEO of myVRM. He sees the potential that people do not have to travel to be face to face. In his past, Larry has always tied technology and futures with existing technology. He has built several businesses, and each of them has been the building blocks for his work in the scheduling environment.

Larry launched myVRM, the Versatile Resource Manager, a Web-based, multi-level access solution at InfoComm 2006. myVRM schedules multipoint communications, tracks meetings and launches calls to the endpoints, while providing complete resource management, catering and housekeeping. Larry has been awarded a patent for his work on Multi Point Communications and has two additional patents pending in the technology industry.

Larry leads a team that features experience and talent in the world of collaborative conferencing. In this area of Web-enabled applications, they have devised customized solutions that not only work for the basic purposes for which they were designed, but have been flexible enough to meet the needs of organizations as they expand and contract. At the same they establish a certification method to document

its client’s green initiatives of reduced carbon footprints. The latter has brought global attention of a now energy-minded society.

Larry served in various duties at Stony Brook University. In 1979, Larry was appointed Adjunct Professor by Dr. John Marburger III, president, Stony Brook University. After graduating from Stony Brook University, Larry became the youngest director of operations in the history of the SUNY Auxiliary Service industry. As the director of operations, Larry was responsible for running various businesses, including food and beverage service, recreation, and other ancillary campus services, reaching annual revenues of more than $10 million. Larry was the original sponsor of the Annual Stony Brook Golf Outing, which presently sponsors Academic and Alumni Association scholarships

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Video as a Service (VaaS)

Video as a Service (VaaS)

VaaS – so much more than just video conferencing

Video as a Service is a fully managed visual communication solution complete with high capacity low latency connectivity from Sourcenet’s High Definition next–generation network. It includes installation, set up and a range of support services.

Sourcenet’s VaaS provides much more than just the physical equipment needed to make a video call. It’s a fully managed service to ensure that your move to video meetings brings all the business benefits without the IT headaches. From virtual receptionists to greet people as they join the meetings, to the option of specialist technical support team on standby to ensure your important meetings run smoothly, Sourcenet has you covered. We can provide internal marketing and training packages, so you can understand and manage usage to get the most benefit from the solution and determine the ROI to your business.

We offer a wide choice of high definition video conferencing equipment, from fully immersive systems to room based, desk based and PC clients. And thanks to Sourcenet’s High Definition next generation network, video services can be delivered with razor sharp images to any of the high definition video conferencing equipment we install, set up and manage for you. This also means that we can manage the entire service for you, from video equipment and support to the network on which it runs, allowing you to enjoy benefits such as outstanding visual communication, secure scalability, simplicity and resilience.

Having all these benefits from one sole supplier is a self say to why Sourcenet makes one of the strongest competitors on the market. And in addition, through Video as a Service you can benefit from a wide range of support services:

Sourcenet’s VaaS Concierge services

Sourcenet’s virtual meeting reception desk receives bookings for reception services. There are also a range of services to support complex or priority meetings that are offered as pay as you go, or can be part of a package with a fixed monthly price.

Meeting Host – Meeting assistance

Sourcenet’s Meeting Host service includes access to one of Sourcenet’s dedicated support specialists at the start of a video conference meeting to ensure the meeting runs smoothly. When combined with Sourcenet’s user training, carried out by our dedicated training team, the Meeting Host service actively helps users adapt to a new meeting process and leads to successful productive meetings.

Benefits include:

  • Help in booking video meetings.
  • Guidance in starting up all the sites which will be included in the video conference meeting.
  • Assistance when the meeting starts, top tips and instructions;
  • Use of the remote control and system functions, for example how to connect a PC or switch the microphone off.
  • Lighting and positioning of participants in the video room for optimum image.

Meeting Monitor – proactive technical meeting support

For priority meetings or ones connecting a large number of sites, the Meeting Monitor service can be used to provide specialist technical support to monitor the entire meeting remotely and ensure that all sites are connected all the time. With this service a dedicated Meeting Monitor will watch over the meeting from our Video Network Operation Centre to proactively manage it. A dedicated hotline number to your Meeting Monitor can also be provided.

Meeting Secretary – Support to Minute Meetings

Our Meeting Secretary service is available to record your meeting. A summary of the meeting is provided along with the actions from the meeting. The summary and actions are e-mailed to the meeting leader within three days. Meeting recordings can be viewed live or after the event, on demand. (Sourcenet will sign a confidentiality agreement for this service if required.)

Video Recording & Archiving

  • Up to 2 hours recording.
  • Storage 30 days with clickable link.
  • Up to 10 simultaneous viewers.

Meeting Connection – interoperability connections to external parties

Meeting Connection is a connection service for meetings with external contacts, customers, suppliers, or partners. Meeting Connection helps to set up these calls when you’re not sure about the receiver’s system and connection facilities.

Combine all these solutions and you will be able to enjoy fully managed Video as a Service, from the High Definition network to the actual setting up of a meeting. Experts will guide you along the way to ensure a proper setup, training and implementation. This is what we call Video as a Service!

Why Sourcenet?

To bring real benefits to your business, video conferencing has to be high quality. And high definition video needs a high definition network to deliver it.

Sourcenet combines the expertise of Europe’s largest visual communication provider, and the experience of Europe’s largest and most advanced digital network operator, to bring benefits to customers across the globe. A qualified partner for the two largest vendors, Cisco and Polycom, Sourcenet provides customer benefits in four key areas:

  • Outstanding visual communication quality based on the latest high end systems from multiple vendors

and Sourcenet’s state of the art international network, combined with the best expertise to ensure your system is optimized for quality and reliability

  • All our video services are supported with end to end SLA’s and specialist IT teams.
  • Secure scalability – Grow your video community with integration of external IP and ISDN users via secure gateways and support for PC video clients including Microsoft Lync.
  • Resilience – Sourcenet VaaS is a resilient service hosted in secure data centres. This protects against common single point of failure issues that are often present in dedicated solutions.
  • Simplicity – Fully managed service including integration of your corporate address book – just click to select a name and call.

Sourcenet enhances video service with:

  • Provision of a full end-to-end solution from consultancy, installation to ongoing service.
  • Managed professional services.
  • Hosted video conference sessions.
  • Remote management and control.
  • Reporting and monitoring services.
  • Round the clock support from a Cisco, Polycom and Microsoft qualified partner.
  • Video coach user support for increased utilisation and improved ROI.

 

Sourcenet offers three VaaS solutions for customers:

  • Internet based video conferencing connecting across the public internet.
  • Premium high quality video conferencing connecting across a secure Sourcenet Private Network.
  • A hybrid solution designed for use with any existing customer video conferencing infrastructure such as conference bridge equipment.

For the Internet based and premium solutions, all video conference bridging equipment is hosted by Sourcenet within its secure cloud and delivered as a service. Sourcenet ensures the latest software and security upgrades are proactively updated.

The Premium solution offers enhanced capability using a dedicated video network to assure high definition premium quality in point-to-point and multi-point calls. The entire solution is administered by Sourcenet, with statistics, on demand upgrades, phonebooks and support included. The hybrid solution is a very flexible solution designed to accommodate a wide range of bespoke customer requirements. It makes it possible to fully integrate Unified Communications (UC) with Video Conferencing (VC). Microsoft OCS and Lync clients for example can be bridged together with a range of different vendor video conference systems.

Sourcenet provides the following elements for managed video end-points.

  • Upgrade end-points automatically with new software.
  • Upgrade the central telephone directory when changes are made.
  • Facility for proactive support as information about faults seen directly by Sourcenet.
  • Detailed statistical reports (use, system list, ROI, CO2 discharge etc).

The end-point services are in addition to the Sourcenet provided elements for the Video Infrastructure service:

  • Upgrade the system automatically with new software.
  • Upgrade settings when changes are made.
  • Facility for proactive support as information about faults seen by Sourcenet directly.
  • Continual function checking.

With Sourcenet’s Video as a Service we can take over operation of hardware at customer sites as well as management of cloud based video bridging.

Prices are quoted per system and related cloud hosted video services such as the core multi-point bridging capability.

 

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