Virtual Office Featured Articles
- Things to Know for Those Planning a More Mobile Workforce
People working from home out of virtual offices, or just plain home offices, are on the rise with each passing year. Just since 2005, the number has nearly doubled, up 80 percent to encompass 3.3 million employees. Throw in part-time home workers and it encompasses fully 20 percent of the United States workforce. Those planning to join in the fray and take advantage of the numerous benefits should be aware of a few things.
- Telecommuting Now Prevalent Among 37 Percent of US Workers, Gallup Finds
I may not be part of the one percent, but apparently I'm part of the thirty-seven percent. That's the percentage of workers who now telecommute all or some of the time: 37 percent, according to a recent Gallup poll. This is a big change from the 1990s, when only 9 percent of workers telecommuted. It is even a relatively big jump from 10 years ago, when 30 percent worked outside of the office all or some of the time.
- Small Businesses Using Tech Advances for Telecommuting and Other Tricks
Small business optimism is high, and a fair measure of that positivity comes from technology innovation that serves as a business equalizer.
- Zettabox Adds a Messenger Service to Its Cloud Storage Platform
On Wednesday, Zettabox launched a messenger service as an addition to its cloud storage and team sharing platform.
- Fonality Wants Businesses to Work Smarter This Holiday Season
Private branch exchange infrastructure and unified communications software provider Fonality says it wants everyone to have a happy holiday season this year. It notes, however, that many of the enterprise dedicated could find themselves burning the midnight oil instead of spending time with family or just getting out of the office.
- Why You Should Consider Eliminating the Physical Office
The scene: it's cold and blowing outside and the car has a slight layer of ice on the windshield. The rush hour traffic adds time to your commute and the available lunch stops around the office aren't appetizing enough to brave the frigid winds. Sounds like a great time to get to the office, doesn't it? But, what if your office was actually just down the stairs and your car didn't have to actually move?
- Mobile Enterprise Technology Means Big Change for Business & Investors Alike
As little as 10 years ago, the idea of the mobile enterprise was still largely unheard of. Sure, there were telecommuters, but these were often "other people" at "other companies," heard of but seldom actually seen. With the rise of cloud technology, the mobile workforce got started in earnest, able to access information and keep connected like never before. Today, the mobile enterprise technology is driving fresh change, and businesses-and investors-alike are eager to keep up.
- Implement a Work-From-Home Program in Small, Measured Steps
Why do some companies appear to succeed with telecommuting, but others see no benefits and discontinue their work-from-home programs? Many companies have experimented with telecommuting, and not all of their efforts have been successful. Famously, in 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer eliminated the company's longstanding work-from-home program. She cited the need for tech workers to collaborate and said she believes that working face-to-face cannot be replaced by technology, particularly when it comes to innovation. The move didn't earn her a lot of admiration from workers in the tech world, but it did set a precedent for at least one company: a week after Mayer's decision, Best Buy also eliminated its work from home policy.
- Working From Home Obvious Choice for Employees Who Value Productivity
For years I was editor at a magazine with management that didn't trust its employees. A central theme was ensuring that we, as workers, did not waste company time when management was not looking.
- The "Everywhere" Office in the Palm of Your Hands
With mobile tech, companies now have the perfect opportunity to integrate their learning and development strategy more seamlessly into everyday life.
- Slash Business Costs, Not Productivity
According to Gallup, Americans have steadily viewed the outlook for the economy more negatively than they have viewed current economic conditions. Regardless, "it's not how much money you make, it's how much you keep" is a good adage to stick to when running a business. Managing costs is key to having a healthy cash flow and a profitable company. Given that, how can businesses slash costs without compromising their productivity?
- Technology Evolution Brings More Telecommuting
Flexibility when it comes to where employees work is on the rise, thanks to the changing technology landscape. The normal 9-5 daily grind is slowly being replaced by more telecommuting options, as employers are relying more on tools, such as Web conferencing and online collaboration solutions to allow workforces to work from home, or just about anywhere there's an Internet connection.
- RingCentral Enters Collaboration Market with Glip Integration
RingCentral announced recently that it had successfully integrated Glip with its RingCentral Office solution. It will allow users to perform many collaborative tasks previously handled by separate apps from a single app on a mobile or desktop device.
- Setting Up Your Virtual Office Requires Discipline and Good Habits
I've worked from home, at least in some capacity, for the better part of the past 15 years. Right now I work exclusively from home and on the road for my two jobs, but I've also done a combination of some days in an office and some days at home over the years. What I have learned is that I am capable of being extremely productive working out of a "virtual office," but it requires discipline and good habits to be successful.
- A Quick Guide to Comms for Entrepreneurs
For entrepreneurs just starting out in business, they may have an idea, and skills, and maybe even seed money. But the operational side of things can be a logistics nightmare for small one- or two-person startups, which really, just want to focus on innovation.
- Telecommuting Must Be Intelligently Implemented
Modern technology and new employee management techniques have led to a rise in telecommuting, in which an employee is able to work at home for at least part of their time. This strategy has been cited as beneficial primarily due to the apparent improvements to employees' work/life balance, which in turn leads to higher job performance and satisfaction. However, it's important to keep in mind that telecommuting operations can be finicky and must be implemented deliberately and strategically in order to have a reasonable level of effectiveness.
- Keys for Business & Telecommuting
We may not all be digital nomads yet, able to work from anywhere and set our own hours. But we're getting there.
- Don't Leave Telecommuters in the Cold
The New Jersey Institute of Technology's online MBA program recently released an infographic with some interesting stats on telecommuting trends.
- Hybrid Device Market to Achieve 20 Percent CAGR Through 2022
According to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), personal device popularity has increased the demand for detachable hybrid devices, with the market expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.4 percent from 2105 to 2022.
- How to Achieve the Future of Work Now
When it comes to success in your business, you will need to adopt many of the leading new technological inventions in order to stay ahead of the game. It isn't just a matter of purchasing a handful of new gadgets. It's the future of work.
- Signs SMB's Have Outgrown Software Solutions
For small to medium-sized businesses it's vital for management to understand when it's time to "move on." Perhaps the firm has outgrown an existing office space, or a product does not have a real market niche and should be quickly adjusted or removed. It's this sense of timing that is crucial for a thriving business. An area of business that can often be outgrown, but is frequently overlooked is the company's software solutions. Some companies might cobble together various solutions over time and might not understand when they need to do a complete re-architecture. Maintaining these resources is a drain on resources and productivity.
- 6 Tips for Working Remotely Around Family and Friends
Even if your breaks are just 5 or 10 minutes every few hours, spending those breaks with those who are around you will prevent them from bothering you in the middle of quality work flow or an important call. When you work from home, your family and friends who are around will want to see you (and that's a good thing). Just make sure you control what the timing of that is so you can actually get your work done.
- Impiger Mobile Helps SMBs Harness Mobile for Productivity
Impiger provides the tools to help SMBs do better without having to start at the beginning. Come hear their interview with TMCnet CEO Rich Tehrani in this episode of On the Road.
- New Telinta Mobile Service Lowers Costs of Global Roaming
Telinta, a company known for its cloud-based VoIP switching software, recently announced the launch of a new mobile service that will combine its TeliSIM mobile virtual network operator code with its TeliGlobe mobile softphone code.
- Cloud-Based Videoconferencing Offers Security and Value
Videoconferencing's origins are somewhat humble, starting out as the exciting stuff of science fiction before becoming part of many corporations' repertoire. As the technology advanced, we went from dedicated videoconferencing rooms to platforms that could be run from a desktop, and though it still has plenty of value today, a new report from CloudTweaks shows how videoconferencing has advanced, and what may be set to come down the line.
- Have Virtual Employees? Don't Forget to Engage Them
Working remotely is a perk that is more common these days as businesses ditch the brick and mortar offices to save on overhead costs. In addition to saving on having a physical space to conduct business, research has backed up the notion that offering remote capabilities are desirable; workers without workplace flexibility would be willing to make substantial trade-offs to have access to telecommuting and/or flex hour programs; they are more satisfied and productive in the workplace when they have flexibility and control. While there is a lot of good that comes with offering a remote work benefit, how can managers keep their employees engaged?
- Successful Telecommuting Policies Hinge on Effective Communication
In today's mobile, digital world, the office has become borderless. And as such, more enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are embracing telecommuting for their employees, to boost satisfaction and productivity. But workers must be integrated from a communications and cultural perspective into the organization in order to fully reap the benefits.
- Technology Makes Working from Home Feasible and Beneficial to Both Workers and Employees
Working from home, once a much sought-after employment model that only a lucky few were able to take advantage of, is becoming more commonplace today. According to U.S. census data from 2010, employers are becoming more open to the model. In 2010, there were 13.4 million people who worked at least one day at home per week, representing a 4.2 million-person increase since 1997.
- ITEXPO 2015 Microsoft Keynote Explores Future Innovation in the Workplace
Before yesterday's grand opening of the exhibition hall on day two of ITEXPO 2015, Paco Contreras, Director of WW Product Marketing of Microsoft, delivered the day's final keynote.
- LiveCube Reengages Industry Event Participation
The events space is in flux, due partially to the fact that every business professional now hangs by their phone. This reliance on one's phone, and the ever-present need to check in with social networks, can be a challenge for a live event where the point is face-to-face networking and idea sharing. Smartphones isolate.
- Phone.com and Callinize Come Together to Improve CRMs
Consumers today have a wide range of options when it comes to interacting with businesses, and each touch point is an opportunity for companies to gather information that could help in improving the organization. Bringing the resources of each interaction together is now made possible with CRM, but even that can get complicated because of the many different platforms available in the marketplace. A new partnership between Phone.com and Callinize will offer a solution that will help organizations manage their business relationships and the data that is associated with those interactions.
- The Mobile Workforce is Shaking Up Technology
Sometimes a movement comes along that drives fundamental changes in technology, and mobile workers are rapidly proving-if such haven't already proven-to be one of these great movements. Indeed, technology itself is changing to suit the needs of the mobile workforce, and a new report suggests there three main ways that's taking place.
- Four Tools to Get Your Business Rolling
Pity the startup when it comes to time. There's so much to do, and so little manpower; the life of most startups is constant triage. Since time is in such short supply, it becomes important to lay a good business foundation and do it quickly; there's no time to be fiddling with accounting software when a business is honing its unique sales proposition and building out its offerings to customers.
- Is Your Virtual Office Destined to Fail?
Do you work in a physical office that houses a number of other professionals and a branded sign on the door or the side of the building? It sounds like a funny question, but the reality today is the virtual office is nearly as common as the physical office. Technology has eliminated many of the geographical boundaries that kept us in one place, but has this approach to managing a business always been successful?
- peoplefone Partners with Veeting Rooms to Deliver Web Conferencing Solution
peoplefone AG is a Swiss company considered to be one of the pioneers in Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. The company developed its own VoIP platform, peoplefone, which is an open system, compatible with all VoIP PBXs and SIP devices, whose technology is independent of the Internet provider.
- Broadview Improves OfficeSuite Management with Upgrade of Dashboard Tool
Broadview announced recently the release of version 2.0 of its MyOfficeSuite portal for managing OfficeSuite services. The update includes support for mobile users and added support for browsers.
- Getting Telecommuting Done Right
The largest segment of workers wants it, it makes economic sense, and technology has made it any easy move. Despite all these votes in favor of telecommuting, there's still the human element to contend with-and that makes telecommuting a trickier proposition.
- Small Businesses Can Use Telecommuting to Their Advantage
Millennials make up a third of the entire working population in the U.S. now, according to Pew research based on recent U.S. Census data. There now are more millennial workers than baby boomers. This can be an advantage for small businesses, because young workers value mobility and small businesses are in a better position to offer it.
- MetTel Expands Offering with iMeet All-in-one Web, Video and Audio Conferencing
The processing power of smartphones is growing at such a rate, chipmaker ARM told Wired the projection date of when we can go phone-only: 2016. For many individuals there is no need to wait until that time, because smartphones can currently perform almost all of the tasks our PCs can. This has given companies a very powerful tool to get more productivity out of their employees no matter where they are. And the current ecosystem of the workplace now requires collaboration tools to bring everyone together seamlessly on their mobile devices.
- VCXC Acknowledges Communications Industry's Role in Facilitating Global Peace
The latest wave of advocacy for global peace is coming from a somewhat unexpected place: the communications industry. Whether or not you're familiar with the Oprah Winfrey Network's Belief Series and the Belief Team, the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC) has taken to heart its energies with the recent announcement of a Belief Campaign. VCXC is an organization dedicated to encouraging the widespread (and eventually exclusive) adoption of IP-based communications.
- In the Wake of the Cloud: A 360 Degree View of the Cloud's Impact
The cloud has vastly changed the workplace environment, from streamlining management operations to improving productivity and collaboration for employees. When looking at business agility, cloud technologies have improved the pace and efficiency at which employees function and have provided a centralized management system for businesses to store company information. Whether it's internal processes such as human resources (HR) or client facing cloud services, commonly seen in the medical field with patient records accessible through cloud-based portals, these solutions are improving the way businesses are run.
- RHUB TurboMeeting Clears Two Million User Milestone
It's always an exciting time when a milestone is reached, or recently passed. It's a confirmation of achievement, of reaching a critical point that proves a product or service is valuable, well-received, and likely to continue providing value to its users. Recently, Collaborations Technologies offered up some word of its own about a new milestone crossed for the RHUB TurboMeeting system: over 2,000,000 users worldwide who now turn to the solution.
- Global Enterprise Mobility Market Growing Big Time
The name of the game in the business world these days is staying connected, but that doesn't mean a businessman needs to make sure he is in the office at all times. Mobility is the other name of the game and there are more than a few recent reports that underline that sentiment. The most recent report actually believes that the Global Enterprise Mobility Market is set to explode from its $6.6 billion mark in 2014 to a massive $11.2 billion by the end of 2022. That is a CAGR of 6.83 percent.
- Phone.com Places in Inc. 5000 for Fourth Consecutive Year
In the interest of encouraging economic development and especially innovation among private companies, the Inc. 5000 annually recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the country. Rankings are determined by the contenders' percentage of revenue growth over a four year period; 2015 rankings are based on a comparison of growth from 2011 to 2014.
- Enterprise Mobility is the Next Big Challenge for Corporate IT Departments
Ten years ago, "mobility" meant something different than it does today. It meant that employees on the road occasionally used their cell phones to connect with customers and the office, via phone calls or text messages. Mobile devices - mostly feature phones - were simply a stand-in for desk phones and hard-wired desktop computers.
- Young Workers Expect Telecommute Options
As a mobile worker who rarely works in an office and long has struggled against telecommute prejudice, I'm happy to report that the next generation of employees will be much like me: mobile and unapologetically so.
- Telecommuting on the Rise: Is VoIP a Key Factor?
The results from Gallup's annual Work and Education poll are in, and it looks like telecommuting is on the up and up. Thanks to modern telecommunications technology, workers are having an easier time doing their jobs from their respective homes.
- Fonality Wants Companies to be Ready for Emergencies During National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the goal is to bring awareness to the potential disasters that can affect communities across the country. While the event is designed for calamities in the physical world, our dependence on technology also demands the same type of awareness to many of the dangers we face in the digital world.
- Sprint Rolls Switch Into Mobile Workplace Bundle, Marking Switch's First Carrier Win
Switch, the company that brought the world UberConference, today announced Sprint as its first carrier customer. The telco will add Switch's cloud-based business phone/unified communications offering to its mobile workplace solution.
- Tricks to the Successful Virtual Office
When I first filled a sales role, workplace mobility was in play, although the term hadn't really taken hold. We each had cell phones in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) kind of way. (We were BYOD before it was cool!) And we used laptops to track our activities, send emails and prepare proposals. There was the potential for the virtual office, but we weren't quite there, yet.
- HR Needs to Support Young, Mobile Workforce
Human Resources professionals are going to need more advanced communication and collaboration tools, according to the Converged Technology Group, a Managed Services Provider based in Islandia, New York.
- Hotel Operators: Travelers Want Data Access More Than Breakfast
Admittedly, there's not much summer left in the summer travel season, but with the fall color tours about to kick up, the slower tourist seasons making prime opportunities for deal-seeking travelers, and of course the upcoming Flight of the Snowbirds (in which retirees from northern climes head south for the winter) mean there will be plenty of opportunities afoot.
- Six Telephone Etiquette Mistakes in 2015
Phone use has changed quite a bit since the days of Alexander Graham Bell and the introduction of the telephone. And while it may no longer be a faux pas to invite someone to a party over the phone, like it was back when telephones first were invented, there still are many phone etiquette issues that most of us have yet to pick up. Etiquette is a moving target, like fashion, and things have been changing quite a bit recently now that we have VoIP, cell phones and the virtual office.
- Virtual Offices Can Take Advantage of Free Apps to Facilitate Collaboration
In today's business climate, where the cloud, mobility and BYOD are shaping communications and operating apps and services, flexibility and cost savings are essential. While companies may have a reliable phone system or UC solution in place in their brick-and-mortar facilities, remote workers and the virtual office are equally important.
- Say Goodbye to Your Commute with These Six Jobs
The average American spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic. This is valuable time you could be spending with your family, reading a book, or actually doing, you know, work. At 38 hours per commuter each year, the cost of all of this wasted time and fuel comes out to $121 billion annually.
- Survey: Internet Connectivity Most Important When Choosing Office Space
A survey by WiredScore has shown that Internet connectivity is one of the most important factors for employees when choosing office space.
- Phone.com to Offer Yealink T2 Series IP Phones
Phone.com offers its cloud-based phone service platform to more than 25,000 customers. Many of those customers are small businesses and entrepreneurs, and those same firms and individuals will now have access to a number of Yealink IP phones that Phone.com just added to its portfolio.
- The Virtual Office: Evolution and Implementation
In today's progressive technological environment, businesses operate globally and around the clock. In order to stay competitive, many have adopted cloud technologies that increase accessibility, visibility and accountability to support virtual offices. This allows businesses to expand and attract the best talent, regardless of location.
- Pie Gets a $1.2 Million Filling of Funding for Enterprise Chat
A Singapore-based start-up with a delicious name has snagged $1.2 million in series A funding, which it intends to use to democratize enterprise chat tools.
- Wheelings & Dealings: Fuze Acquires LiveMinutes
Fuze, a cloud videoconferencing provider, has announced that it has acquired online workspace company LiveMinutes.
- 3 Green Project Management Tools to Increase Company Productivity
Not only are paper documents a pain to file, but they're also wasteful on the environment. In fact, according to the EPA, we use 69 million tons of paper and paperboard every year. Most of that paper is consumed by businesses that use their fair share of paper for managing projects. Additionally, Americans take more than 405 million business trips each year - accounting for 16 percent of all long distance travel.
- DocAuto Introduces ePredict 2.0
No person is an island, and that's especially true in the modern office. DocAuto has announced the release of version 2.0 of its ePredict email tagging solution for WorkSite.
- The Best Performing Employees Prefer to Work From Home
Telecommuting has a strange reputation. Some swear by it, convinced that it's the next great thing in business to allow access to not only a better-performing workforce, but access to all those great workers from all parts of the globe. Others are convinced it's a convenient excuse to slack off at work. A new study from the Harvard Business Review suggests that those who think it's a shirking tool may need to reconsider.
- Cloud Technology Can Make or Break a Virtual Office
All offices need certain things to function; a quality Internet connection, certain kinds of hardware, even a note of peace and quiet for concentration. But a virtual office needs all of these and just a little more; perhaps the most important thing to make a virtual office function is cloud-based technology. The proper use of such technology, meanwhile, can make a virtual office into a superstar operation.
- 4NB VideoOffice Taking Off in Japan
Japan has been known as an early adopter when it comes to some technologies, and videoconferencing seems to be no exception, with 4NB's VideoOffice allowing meetings over mobile devices.
- Study: Over Half of UK Businesses Need to Re-evaluate Their Videoconferencing Hardware
Most organizations want to integrate the latest technology to make their organizations more efficient, but certain issues can stop them from doing so. The problem can be related to lack of resources or even awareness of what is available in the market place. Research by Blue Jeans Network, a cloud-based videoconferencing solutions provider, has revealed more than half, or 56 percent of those surveyed, have videoconferencing hardware that is outdated and not fit for purpose.
- 4 Ways the Cloud Helps Engage Millennials at Work
What motivates today's knowledge worker? Recently at the Avaya Engages Silicon Valley event, I had the chance to hear Daniel Pink, author of the New York Times bestselling book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. He argues that it takes more than just money to motivate today's workers. It takes AMP, short for Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, the "building blocks for the new way of doing things," he said.
- A More Virtual Office: MegaPath's Latest Add-on
MegaPath Cloud Services has announced several new features for its UC service to enable better connections between MegaPath users and their customers, partners and colleagues. These three new features are indicative of the company's newfound focus on the cloud and managed services segments.
- Not Just In Schools: Telecommuting Takes Down the Snow Day
Recently, we saw how technology was working to make school snow days a thing of the past. Now businesses are getting in on the act.
- VoIP Pioneer Still Passionate Two Decades Later
Perhaps the most widely discussed technology today is voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). Using the Internet to make phone calls allows businesses to slash telecom costs and collaborate more easily; as such, the technology has been widely adopted over the past several years.
- Survey Finds Desk Phones Becoming Obsolete in Small Business World
A new report by AccessDirect claims that small businesses are making the desk phone a business tool of the past. The small business provider of virtual phone systems, including those that use solutions like Voice over LTE (VoLTE) claims that while there are fewer and fewer desk phones to be found in small business headquarters, the need for voicemail is still alive and well.
- Study Reveals Enterprise Struggling with Evolving Cyber Risks
The cyber risks businesses face today come from many different sources, including heavily financed criminal organizations and rogue governments. Using top of the line hardware and sophisticated software, they are able to eventually crack even the most fortified systems in the world. Enterprises are therefore extremely anxious when it comes to choosing the right solution, because at the end of the day there is no such thing as the right solution.
- Rise of the Machines at Work: The Ava 500 & Others Join the Work Force
Who out there hasn't at one time stared wistfully at the date and wondered, where are our flying cars? Where are our jet packs, holodecks and replicators? Why aren't we flying through space, seeking out new life and new civilizations? Perhaps most often, we wonder, where are the robots that were going to do all our drudge work? While we've made some progress on this front with things like the Roomba, we're also starting to see robots at work. Not just the giant industrial models that are so often seen as a way to make human workers redundant, but smaller, simpler models that help users be in more than one place at once like the recently unveiled Ava 500.
- Columbus Unveils Virtual Desktop Solution Options in New Regions
Virtual desktops have caught the fancy of both employees and employers in the last few years because they enable users to access their workstation operating systems and application from anywhere, from any connected device. This provides various benefits to both the employees and management and hence, an increasing number of companies have been adopting this practice.
- European Businesses Not Embracing Collaboration Tools and Tactics
The most prominent consideration, technological capability, is becoming increasingly important for companies, especially those that manufacture and deal with high-tech goods and services do not have a monopoly on knowledge. David Loseby, the chief procurement officer for transport group Arriva, says "nobody has all the wisdom that is necessary to make high-tech products." As products and technologies become more complex, collaboration becomes more important than ever.
- HappyDesk Changes the Shared Space Industry
The concept of shared space has been around for some time providing individuals and small companies a fully furnished facility with all the bells and whistles without having to sign a long term lease. Depending on the organization, these spaces can be leased on an hourly basis with certain minimums. HappyDesk Sharing-Space-as-a-Service (Saas) software was created to bring the companies in the shared space industry and coordinate their resources to make them more efficient and provide better service for their customers. The company announced it has introduced enterprise-grade software to change how shared space is sold, accessed and serviced.
- Late Meeting Costing Executives 5 1/2 Days Annually
A recent survey conducted by LogMeIn, Inc., and Ovum has revealed the growth in the number of meetings taking place and the effect it is having on everyone in the organization.
- Citrix's Future Workplace
Today, workplaces are about flexibility and convenience as people prefer to work from the place they want using a device of their choice. This flexibility is one of the three findings that Citrix believes will change the future of workplaces.
- eFax Announces 'Going Green' Campaign Results
Companies the world over are going green to save the environment, and now research is providing a look at its unexpected benefits. eFax, a leading online fax company, recently posted the results of its 2014 "Going Green" campaign in which it solicited its customers' views on how implementing green policies helped their businesses.
- Collaboration Tools: Making Remote Workers Even Better
While there were many for a long time that believed that telecommuting could never really take off, the naysayers appear to have lost out, as the telecommuting-now more commonly referred to as "remote working"--field is making some big strides. While it's had its share of setbacks, particularly at places like Yahoo, remote working is still a major part of the field, and new information released from Esna.com around this shows not only how powerful remote workers can be today, but also what happens when said workers get the right collaboration tools involved.
- Elo Touch Solutions Announces Elo @ The Office
Elo Touch Solutions, a global provider of touch screen components, monitors, and all-in-one computers, announced recently its new Elo @ The Office unified communications (UC) application. Users may have previously seen Elo touch screens used as kiosks at various businesses or restaurants, but now Elo is specifically targeting businesses and hopes to improve guest interaction within office lobbies and improve employee collaboration during office meetings of all sorts.
- HeyWire Business Unveils the Self-Serve App: Business Messenger
HeyWire Business, the major enterprise mobile messaging company, recently introduced the Business Messenger, the only self-serve app that successfully meets the messaging needs of today's business professionals.
- Cisco Powered by Android?
Cisco, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment, has launched video conferencing systems powered by Android said to offer enterprises an affordable way to give employees the ability to make high-quality video calls.
- Gallup: Staying Connected After Hours Means Higher Stress
Keeping connected to the office outside of normal working hours has been seen as something of a double-edged sword. While there are many who point to it as a cause of higher stress, there are also many who sing the praises of being able to work at abnormal hours so as to fit in other parts of life that can often be only accomplished during business hours, from keeping an appointment to meeting a repairman at home. But a new study from Gallup suggests that those who keep up with the job after work may indeed be hit by higher stress than those who don't.
- Employees Happy to Check Back in with Work, Study Finds
Not that those who spend less time working outside of normal business hours take a dim view to workout outside of the office, either. Both groups generally think the ability to work outside of the office via mobile devices is a positive trend, according to the Gallup poll; roughly 79 percent of the full-time workers who were employed by an employer said that they were at least somewhat upbeat about using mobile devices to stay connected to work after normal business hours.
- Grandstream and Digium's Gigabit VoIP Phones are Now Available from VoIP Supply
VoIP Supply has a vast collection of Gigabit VoIP phones for home offices, small and medium sized businesses, and large scale enterprise applications. Recently, the new gigabit VoIP phones from Grandstream and Digium have now joined this wide selection of VoIP Supply.
- Fonality Wins Unified Communications Excellence Award
Fonality, a provider of business phone systems and integrated communications solutions, was recently named the winner of TMC's 2013 Unified Communications Excellence Award presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. The company also announced that it plans to provide eAgent integration and paper fax machine support for the solution.
- Building a Sound Menu for the Virtual Office IVR
Employing a live person to answer your phones is a nice touch, but does it help drive revenue or simply add more cost to your bottom line? If your call volume exceeds that of the average business environment, it's likely that one person wouldn't be able to keep pace and callers would experience the opposite of what you intended.
- DSP Group's DVF99 VoIP Platform Now Interoperable with Grandstream's IP Phones
DSP Group, a provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, recently announced that its DVF99 VoIP Platform has been selected by Grandstream, a manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, for integration with its new IP phone models, namely the GXP2140 and GXP2160. The Grandstream IP phones will now be powered by DSP Group's DVF99 dual-ARM processor, delivering HD-quality voice, high-quality acoustics, support for as many as six phone lines, Bluetooth connectivity, PoE and Gigabit Ethernet.
- PGi Survey Confirms Telecommuting Benefits for Knowledge Workers and Their Employers
Telecommuting and remote working is known to have a host of benefits for both employees and their employers alike. With the number of mobile devices rising drastically and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement gaining considerable traction over the past few years, telecommuting is serious business and organizations are implementing a variety of technologies and policies to harness the productivity gains and cost efficiencies it can offer.
- WD Debuts 2-Bay 'Prosumer' Personal Cloud Storage System
WD , a Western Digital company, has unveiled My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system that belongs to company's "prosumer" personal cloud solutions category, designed for professionals that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
- Call Forwarding Can Drive Sales
With the Internet connecting consumers with companies all over the world, it is now harder than ever to have a truly differentiated product or service. What is winning and keeping customers today is a good customer experience, one that is both efficient and creates positive associations with the customer.
- Telecommuting is Here to Stay
An interesting article put out earlier this month by The Atlantic argues that telecommuting not only is going up, but that it is inevitable due to the increasingly complex nature of our work lives.
It isn't so much that people are working from home to save on a commute or live in the country, it is that telecommuting helps high-performing workers perform better and more consistently.
- AudioCodes Launches Cloud-based Enterprise Mobility Solution
With the rapid proliferation of smartphones, today's enterprise worker is becoming more and more mobile. This trend is compelling companies to embrace mobility across the enterprise in order to cater to the needs of employees' personal and professional lives. Organizations are thus looking to bring your own device (BYOD) and virtual office technologies to help them generate additional gains in productivity and customer satisfaction.
- Attracting Top Talent with Virtual Office Technology
Virtual office technology has opened many doors in regards to mobile productivity and remote working. A virtualized business is located nowhere and everywhere at the same time, reaching a wider customer base without having to invest in physical infrastructure.
- Zula Joins Frost & Sullivan's Global Growth, Innovation and Leadership Community
Zula, a unified communications and collaboration mobile platform, has been accepted into Frost & Sullivan's Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Community and Global Congress.
- Venn Conferencing Looks to Make It Safer, Easier to Hold Virtual Meetings
Believe it or not, both online video conferencing and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) teleconferencing can be potentially hazardous to the companies that use them. If no care is taken, sensitive information can be intercepted by eavesdroppers. Venn Conferencing, however, may have just the way to make online intrusion much less of a problem when it comes to voice and video conferencing.
- Myths of the Virtual Office
We all want to be the remote worker, taking advantage of no commute, working in our pajamas and fitting in tasks between PTA and soccer games. Virtual office technology can make it a reality, but is it as beneficial for the organization as it is for the employee? A look at a few of the myths associated with the remote worker can help you develop a better opinion.
- How VoIP Enables the Virtual Office
Parts of the country are currently being hit with a massive snowstorm, forcing a number of companies and schools to shut down operations. Many of the schools will have to use a planned snow day or make up for the time at the end of the year. For the commercial operation, however, a lost day is never recovered - it's simply lost sales, lost productivity and lost time.
- Phone.com a Finalist for Customer Service Department of the Year Stevie Award
Phone.com, the passionate and professional cloud communications company that focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurs, has been named a finalist in the eighth annual Stevie Awards for Customer Service Department of the Year in the telecommunications category. The Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs, which include the prestigious International Business Awards and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
Phone.com Transforms Small Businesses Using VoIP and the Cloud: TMC podcast with Joel Maloff, vice president of Channel Development at Phone.com, about how to transform SMBs using VoIP and the cloud.
Changing the User Experience with HD Voice: There's lots of buzz about high definition voice, but what does it all really mean? TMCnet spoke with Alon Cohen, chief technology officer for Phone.com, a hosted IP-PBX and virtual office provider, about HD Voice and how and why it enhances the user experience. The podcast also features two examples showcasing the audio quality difference when using HD voice.
"I like that my pet sitters can call a client from the business number through their mobile phones."
"We don't have a physical office. Phone.com makes it easy for our company to have one number no matter where in the world we happen to be."
"Ability to have a unified phone system despite all employees working from separate home offices. Call handling rules allow each of us to always be reachable."