Cisco Telepresence EX Series
The Cisco TelePresence™ System EX Series transforms the workplace by combining work, communications, and collaboration - all on the desktop with just the touch of a finger. Colleagues can instantly work together whether they are separated by a hallway, a street, or several time zones. As part of the EX Series, the Cisco TelePresence System EX90 (EX90) and Cisco TelePresence System EX60 (EX60) support vivid, lifelike 1080p30 video, natural collaboration, and the simplicity of a touch screen interface for a complete solution that helps ensure conversations are more productive.
The Cisco TelePresence System EX Series is an all-in-one tool that streamlines the desktop so you can fluidly move from individual work on your laptop to a quick video call with a colleague, to problem-solving over shared spreadsheets. The EX90 is designed for the team leader or manager for immediate presence with customers, partners, and employees. With the EX60, you can share the power of telepresence throughout the organization, designed especially for the knowledge worker or individual contributor.
The Cisco TelePresence System EX60 is part of the broad portfolio of Cisco TelePresence systems offering immersive, multipurpose, and personal endpoints to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes. Cisco TelePresence technology powers the new way of working where everyone, everywhere can be more productive through face-to-face collaboration.
The Cisco TelePresence EX Series offers the new Cisco TelePresence EX60 and ever popular Cisco TelePresence EX90. This family of personal telepresence for the desktop lets you and your colleagues instantly collaborate face-to-face, whether you're separated by a hallway, a street, or several time zones. Access the features you need right from your desktop, with the touch of a finger.
The EX Series includes the Cisco TelePresence touch-screen interface, so you can make and manage telepresence calls with a simple glide of the finger. New enhancements bring even greater usability and simplicity to connecting and sharing content over telepresence.
The Cisco TelePresence EX Series offers a full high-definition 24-inch or 21.5-inch screen. You can use it as both a PC monitor and a telepresence system, giving you more flexibility at your desk.
Other features include:
No matter what your role, the Cisco TelePresence EX Series will become an integral part of your workflow. It helps to enable faster decision making, enhances relationships, and improves efficiency.
Connect face-to-face whenever you need to, at a moment's notice, with Cisco TelePresence EX Series.
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With the USA currently facing Arctic conditions after a snow wall plunged New York State into a state of emergency, forecasters now warn that the UK’s big winter freeze for 2014 is just around the corner. “Capable of crippling Britain”, blizzards, arctic gales and freezing temperatures have become more common in the last decade, with forecasts now prompting local authorities, airports & businesses to be prepared for major disruption in the coming weeks and months.
This comes as very bad news to many business owners who recognise the major negative effect that bad weather & natural occurrences (e.g. the Icelandic Volcano Eruption) have have on their profits over the past few years, however many are still very reliant upon their workforce commuting into the office on a daily basis, and regularly travelling to meetings to conduct everyday business.
It is not unusual to hear how snowy and icy conditions have led to flight cancellations or the closure of major airports. Anyone who has travelled in the heavy snow knows that motorways move painfully slow due to the added danger & reduced visibility brought by the conditions. Businesses close, staff are stranded, customers are frustrated, and smart competitors who implemented solutions to combat the effects after the last time bad weather struck, now take full advantage of your downtime.
However, extreme weather should be no reason for your business to close down.
Innovative technologies are used daily in organisations to provide employees with flexibility, and solutions that keep the ever growing remote workforce & dispersed global teams connected can easily be leveraged for business continuity when severe weather strikes. Allowing employees to work remotely through tools such as video conferencing and remote collaboration facilities provides businesses with a safety net that protects both your business and employees from the extremes. Businesses can stay open, employees can work from home. Meetings can continue as planned, whilst still providing a safe working environment for everyone involved.
If you are already using Video Conferencing within your business, great – though it’s really important to ensure that this is more than just boardroom & meeting space technology in the offices. It’s likely that your employees will need a desktop, laptop, or mobile conferencing solution that is still professional, secure & reliable so that they can work from home, but also communicate with anyone inside the business network who has been able to reach the office too.
In addition, for some organisations with solutions in place such as the virtualised Pexip infrastructure, guests, customers & clients can easily be connected with you face-to-face just by sending an email with a link – WebRTC is perfect to keep yourself connected with customers who haven’t access to professional software.
If you are new to video conferencing, it would be smart to try out a cloud based video solution such as the Lifesize Cloud or VideoCentric’s VideoCloud Pro service, that can be low cost and implemented almost immediately, ready for whenever the weather hits. These solutions can start small – there are small business cloud services for up to 10 and 25 people – and grow if & when you recognise how the technology can be beneficial to your business, even in the warm & friendly summer months!
Are you a business who has been effected by poor weather conditions in the UK over the past few years? Have you implemented any solutions to help your business stay running, even when your competitors are not?
If you’d like to get prepared before the weather comes, try out the Lifesize Cloud video conferencing solution for free today, which can provide your whole organisation with simple, HD, professional video conferencing & collaboration facilities for the desktop, mobile & meeting room (or wherever you choose to work) . If you’d like to talk to us about robust business continuity solutions from Cisco, Pexip or Polycom, or discuss the options available that are most suitable for your business needs, contact us today!
Since 30th June 2014, every employee within the UK has been given the right to request the ability to work flexibly, with employers being required to explore the reasons for the request and decide on whether this move will provide benefits for the organisation.
The rise in people working from home has steadily increased over the last 16 years, from 1.3million in 1998 to 4.2 million in 2014, with more than a third working as an employee of an organisation, and the rest as self employed or as part of a family business. This number of homeworkers is on the increase, and is expected to continue to rise, especially now this right to request flexible work means more employers will be made aware of the possibilities, benefits and positive aspects of flexible working, from the ground up.
People are realising that work should not be defined by where you are, but by what you do. It is easier than ever to be able to carry out your job from any place you choose, and this is keeping staff happier, therefore more constructive & more engaged with the task at hand. The rise in flexible working is also contributed to by:
However many organisations are worried that homeworkers will not be supervised and therefore are less likely to complete their jobs, and are not thought of as much of an important member of the team as office based workers are. Employees will not feel or be included in team discussions, personal development can be stalled, and many may not put themselves forwards for opportunities when they arise.
Although many organisations may share the concerns that staff may not be suitably managed, communicated with, or feel part of the team if they are not office based, these concerns are found to be largely cultural – changing the traditional attitude and stigma attached to flexible workers is much more difficult than actually providing for a flexible workforce. The fact that organisations have historically measured performance in terms of time & hours, rather than outputs and outcomes is one of the leading factors of businesses struggling to manage the flexible working requests.
However, there are many forward thinking organisations who have rolled out solutions to effectively manage & monitor staff, and ensure that every employee is a fully functioning and important part of the team, whether they are working from the office, at home or on-the-road. A key example of how an efficient & cost effective solution has been rolled out is within Ernst & Young:
Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm in London, supports both formal and informal flexible working hours, and has rolled out a number of programmes that allows them to grow successfully through flexible working. They have recognised a direct link between their business performance and people engagement due to flexibility in the organisation.
“Flexibility isn’t about working less or working more, but about having greater control over how to get your work done more effectively”
By identifying the desired behaviours required to be an effective flexible worker and how to manage flexible teams, Ernst & Young have put a number of tools in place – new policies, training & online information pools – to help employees make the most out of flexible working.
Workspaces have been adapted, and new technologies such as video conferencing, IM and collaboration tools are ensuring everyone is connected together, ensuring face-to-face discussions can take place between every team member, more efficient team work can take place without the need for hours of travel to the same location, and team members are happier & more comfortable in their roles.
And the figures add up too – Ernst & Young have saved £500k this financial year through reduced travel, and saved £3.6 million in reduced real estate costs. They have also anticipated up to a 4% productivity increase throughout the organisation due to these changes.
“In my business, it would be ridiculous to have a nine to five environment because, commercially, that’s not how it works. You need people who are capable of taking a phone call from the Americans at 9:00 p.m., or able to take a call from the Australians at 6:00 a.m. And that requires a degree of flexibility — on both sides.”
Now, for Ernst & Young, flexible working has allows for creating higher performing teams who are able to provide a better service to customers and clients, and has greatly improved the bottom line by significantly reducing travel costs, real estate, and, through improved technology use, reduced recruitment & increased productivity. You can read the full Ernst & Young Customer Story here.
Are you an organisation looking at the possibilities of flexible working for your employees? What are you concerns relating to a flexible workforce? Or are you a flexible worker who’s business has adapted to the new flexible working legislations? For more discussions, join our “UK Homeworkers & Remote working professionals” group on LinkedIn, or discuss your thoughts with us here!
VideoCentric's VideoCloud is the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud based video services available today, launched to provide organisations with everything they need to implement visual communications across the workforce, without the need for infrastructure.
Designed and developed in the UK's most extensive interoperability testing suite, the VideoCloud enables you to choose one or many video cloud services, as and when required, and bolt them together to create a tailor made cloud that exactly meets your organisations visual communication and collaboration needs.
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