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Future of Work: VR Conferencing, Business Avatars and Virtual Professionalism

virtual reality

If you stay up to date with business and technology news, you undoubtedly know about the rise of virtual reality (VR) technology. Though the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR commercials boast the captivating promise of VR in the entertainment and gaming space, VR technology also holds massive potential for the corporate world. The possible uses for VR in the …

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Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

Artificial Intelligence

Over the last several decades, technology has changed tremendously. I can’t tell you how many times my father has told me about a computer science class he took in college where the computer required punch cards to function (sorry to date you Dad!). Fast-forward and we have artificial intelligence at the palm of our hands, hands-free texting in our cars …

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Paper v. Pixels: Can Reading on a Screen Impact Your Ability to Learn?

reading on a screen

Renowned media theorist Marshall Mcluhan famously quipped, “the medium is the message,” suggesting that the medium through which content is delivered communicates just as much – if not more – than the content itself. How content is delivered significantly affects how we perceive that content, and a preeminent example of this point is the great debate between print media and virtual media. …

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Technology Trends That Will Change the Corporate Work Place

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That we exist in an age of remarkable technological progress is obvious. Just how quickly technology is shaping and re-defining our everyday reality, though, can be hard to observe on a micro-level. Technology is actively reshaping how we live and —  more significantly — how we work, both individually and as a team. Technology is aggressively changing the work place …

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Wearables in the Workplace

Wearable technology is here, but we’re still early in the life cycle. If you’re like me and already wearing an Android smartwatch, Apple Watch, Pebble or Fitbit, you’re still comfortably in the realm of “early adopter.” Wearables haven’t yet achieved their iPhone moment, when this new category of device reaches mass adoption and begins to invade the workplace. However, the …

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In Defense of Innovation Labs

A video caught my attention the other day on the subject of innovation labs. In it, two Fast Company editors have a back-and-forth debate about whether these types of Labs are actual valuable additions to an organization or, as the counterargument goes, carefully constructed marketing ploys designed to give the illusion of forward-thinking without actually producing anything of value. This …

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Top Virtual Reality Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

“The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.”  ― Jaron Lanier The first time I became familiar with Jaron’s name was reading a SPIN magazine special issue on “The Future” as a teenager back in 1995. I remember reading wide eyed about the limitless potential that the digital revolution held for my generation, a future where virtual …

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Infographic: 2016 Workplace Tech Trends

During a quick pulse survey, PGi surveyed its small and medium-sized business customer base to find out what type of technology they really wanted at work. In order to fully understand and analyze tech trends in the 2016 workplace, PGi asked these front-line employees to provide honest feedback, and there were a few surprises. From the more than 200 respondents, …

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How to Ensure Employees Are Using the Technology You’re Giving Them

Companies introduce new technologies to their employee base with the best of intentions. Before every deployment of a new tool, the unsung heroes of the IT department go through a lengthy purchasing decision with several vendors vying for their business, finally settling on a solution and deftly managing the installation process. This process can take weeks if not months to …

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2016 IT Budget Predictions – A Cloud on the Horizon

Let’s talk everyone’s favorite subject: budgets. In order to start getting a picture of what IT budgets might look like in the coming year, we polled a wide variety of IT leaders across various industries and verticals. What stood out in their responses wasn’t so much the differences as it was the similarities: the move to the cloud is still …

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3 Technology Trends Driving Modern Workstyles

People work differently. The things that motivate you and drive your productivity may do nothing for your colleagues. And especially given the influx of teleworkers and the rise of geographically dispersed teams, your colleague could just as likely be sitting across the globe as across the office, creating even more workstyle diversity. And that’s okay. The technology that drives our …

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6 Collaboration Trends Shaping the Future of IT

future of IT

Collaboration-centric strategies are now at the heart of modern IT departments, breaking down formerly rigidly defined siloes and creating responsive, communicative teams through methodologies like agile development. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans for it far in advance, remaining flexible enough to respond in real time rather than being purely reactive. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and approvals, …

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10 Tech Tools of Terror

10 Tech Tools of Terror

The average American adult now checks their phone 150 times per day. There will be 26 billion autonomous Internet-connected devices by 2020. Technology is now so intertwined with our daily lives and so ubiquitous in our society, it’s hard to believe that just eight years ago the first iPhone was released or that just 18 years ago the first social …

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5 Future of Work Trends and Challenges Businesses Must Conquer

Work Trends

Businesses are already more mobile, flexible, digital and agile than ever before. What’s next for the future of work? 5 Future of Work Trends and Challenges from PGi Here are five ways work is quickly changing and the challenges that lie ahead: Asynchronous Collaboration: Near-time collaboration is increasingly important to connect virtual teams, build digital workplaces and increase agility. However, businesses …

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6 Predictions on the Future of IT From PGi at Gartner Catalyst

The Future of IT

Collaboration has been a powerful force behind the evolution of IT. What was once a siloed, rigid organization, is now an interdependent, responsive team thanks to collaboration-centric strategies like agility and scrum processes. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans room for it far in advance and remains flexible enough to respond in real time. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and …

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How to Build Effective Virtual Teams

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In a recent survey, PGi found that 79% of respondents had the ability to telework at least one day a week. This is a huge victory for flexible work advocates everywhere, but it also means that we’re seeing an increased number of either fully or partially remote teams. The added challenges and barriers facing virtual teams mean that managers have …

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Marketing Technologies to Complement Your Demand Gen Strategy

marketing technology

Marketing is now moving and evolving so quickly that no team can be successful without the right technology. But with so many new tools available, how do you choose the marketing technologies most worth your time and budget? During PGi’s recent sales and marketing alignment webinar, Ask the Experts with SiriusDecisions: 4 Pillars of Building Sales & Marketing Alignment, my …

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3 Reasons Why SaaS is King

3 Reasons Why SaaS is King

Instead of having to buy, build and maintain costly technology infrastructure, companies are increasingly turning to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models of software. SaaS solutions, such as PGi’s iMeet portfolio of UC&C products, offer companies instant access to cloud-based tools that are available anywhere on any device. They are much easier to test and deploy and can significantly lower the burdens on …

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What You Should Know About Generation Z

Generation Z

We can all think of someone—an aunt, uncle, parent, grandparent, coworker, weird kiosk guy in the mall, whomever— that tries just a little too hard to stay hip with the times… Ahhhh, Phil Dunphy: The prime example of someone who, despite his endearing personality, is unfortunately just a few steps behind. This clip from Modern Family flawlessly depicts the way …

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The Wearables Are Coming

The wearables are coming

The Apple Watch is upon us, and with it comes more mainstream attention on the wearable device market than ever before. Of course, other companies struck this iron first, such as Pebble and Google. Several of our developers have been wearing Android watches for months now that went largely unnoticed outside of our own technical circles. Until Apple announced its …

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