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How to Take Back Your Software Stack

by Jasmine Kim in Best Practices, Lifesize, Trends
reduce shadow IT A big assumption about shadow IT is that it’s just a harmless part of the discovery phase of technology, but that’s not always the case. The presence of rogue IT has become more prevalent in the modern workplace as things like free trials, freemium tools and BYOD trends have made it easy to circumvent even the strictest in-house tech policies. And as Shadow IT permeates our organizations, it…

[INFOGRAPHIC] Multiple Time Zone Online Meeting Planner

by Julian Fields in Streaming and Recording, Best Practices, Cloud, Features, Products, Travel
When your company is spread across the globe, or even just across the country, time zone constraints can be a real challenge. Significant time zone differences can severely impact corporate culture and employee collaboration. There’s never a good time for San Francisco, Austin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Sydney to meet. My 10:00 a.m. might be your 8:00 p.m. Heck, my Tuesday might be your Wednesda…

End Users Aren’t the Only Ones Who Value a Simple UI

by Jasmine Kim in Best Practices, Features, Lifesize, Meeting Room, People
74% of IT pros look for a simple user interface American industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, most recognized for his work on the Western Electric telephone, stated in 1955, “When the point of contact between the product and the people becomes a point of friction, then the designer has failed. On the other hand, if people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient or just plain happier by contact with the product…

How to Cut Down Enterprise Conferencing Chaos

by Jasmine Kim in Best Practices, Cloud, Lifesize, Meeting Room, People, Products, Trends
With cloud offerings, it’s really easy for anyone to log onto a website, put in your company credit card details and have a new service up and running in a matter of minutes. It’s also really easy to have six different departments in six different silos installing six different tools within six hours of one another. Maybe they’ll tell IT about it. Or maybe they’ll go rogue. Meanwhile, IT has…

Lifesize Admin Console Consultation

by Julian Fields in Streaming and Recording, Best Practices, Cloud, Features, Lifesize, Products, Tech Notes
We sat down with Senior Product Manager Robert Maloney to record a deep dive into the data and features available in the Lifesize Admin Console. Whether you’re a seasoned Lifesize veteran or a newbie in the middle of your free trial , you are sure to pick up some new information in this in-depth walkthrough of the Lifesize Admin Console. Rather than messing around with a demo account full of…

Florida Parks Agency Uses Lifesize for Scalable, Easy-To-Use Video Conferencing

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Cloud, CustomerCase Study, Lifesize
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship of air, water and land. Florida’s environmental priorities include developing a consistent and effective regulatory process, ensuring the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources and increasing access to Florida’s award-winning state parks. Lifesize®…

To Meet or Not to Meet

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Lifesize, Meeting Room, Miscellaneous
Before you open up your calendar to schedule your next meeting, consult the “ To Meet or Not to Meet ” chart for a little guidance on the best way to meet — or not to meet. This flowchart comes from a chapter in our guide,  How to Own Your Meetings . Download the guide for more information on effectively owning and running your meetings and shift your meeting culture into something a lot more…

How frequent is too frequent for productive meetings?

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Cloud, Lifesize, Trends
We cover a lot of meeting productivity tips in our downloadable guide on How to Own Your Meetings , but I think this one deserves some extra attention. The recurring meeting can be a wild card for productivity. Just what am I signing myself up for when I hit accept to your request for an hour of my week, every week, for the rest of my life? Email clients make it really easy to transform a…

Productivity Tips from the Meeting Experts at Lifesize

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Lifesize, People, Trends
We recently surveyed the Lifesize user base to learn more about the connection between video conferencing and productivity. Not surprisingly (at least to us), 98% of respondents agreed with the sentiment that improved communication and collaboration lead to improved productivity. By adding video conferencing to the meeting, relationships were marked as improved, the time required to complete…

How the Cloud Is Changing the Video Conferencing Equation

by Julian Fields in Best Practices, Cloud, Features, Lifesize
We recently partnered with Frost & Sullivan on a new white paper covering the trends shaping the video conferencing industry and the features to look for in a cloud video conferencing service. Their findings—the old hardware-centric approach to on-premise video conferencing is out, and agile cloud-based video conferencing is in. The analysts at Frost & Sullivan cite several collaboration…
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