Monday, March 16, 2015

ProtonMedia to Sponsor 5th Annual Medical Device Clinical Training & Education Conference

We're headed down to Charlotte, NC in two weeks as one of the sponsors for the 5th Annual Medical Device Clinical Training & Education Conference. The two day event provides executives with a unique opportunity for collaborating with peers who share the same role of medical device professional training.

The conference agenda focuses on adult learning theories and the increasing use of technologies, like ProtoSphere virtual classrooms, which are being used to put them into practice. Presenters from sixteen different organizations will be leading the discussions. Notable topics will include; blended learning approaches to training program design, the application of virtual worlds for clinical training, the use of gamification to gather user data analytics in clinical education, and converting training success into a quantifiable increase in revenue.

Our team will be there to provide attendees with a hands-on experience of ProtoSphere and show applicable examples of how some customers are using the technology to enhance their medical device training programs.

The conference is on March 30th and 31st, and is being held at the The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

We hope to see some of you there!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Frost & Sullivan Analysis of the Global Web Conferencing Market Released this Week

New research was released earlier this week from Frost & Sullivan showing the growth and expansion of the Global Web Conferencing Market.

As ProtonMedia's own customer feedback would corroborate, the research findings show that “vanilla” web conferencing solutions are inadequate and organizations are recognizing the need to deploy more comprehensive productivity tools, especially when it comes to using those tools to deliver engaging learning content.

The analysis that resonated most with us was this comment by Frost & Sullivan Unified Communications & Collaboration Industry Director Roopam Jain. He said, "The convergence of synchronous and asynchronous tools is leading to the emergence of all-in-one virtual workspaces that offer always-on messaging, instant voice, video, Web multipoint meetings, and content sharing in a team-centric space. Built on the premise of the continuity of collaboration even after the meeting has concluded, these virtual workspaces are expected to become a central repository for contacts, meetings, and content, making collaboration solutions stickier."

Throw in some avatars and if that's not a better description of ProtoSphere, I don't know what is. ;-)

You can read more about the analysis here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Red & White Ball

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) of Eastern Pennsylvania is hosting its 2nd Annual Red & White Ball on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Westin Hotel Philadelphia. The Red & White Ball is a festive, elegant black-tie gala that will feature an incredible silent auction, entertainment by EBE’s LOVE and is expected to attract 500 attendees from the Eastern Pennsylvania region. Funds raised will be used towards their mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

ProtonMedia is proud to help sponsor the event and is inviting all of its local customers and contacts to consider attending.

You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets directly from the website:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Eastern PA Chapter

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Afternoon Exploring a Career in 3D Design

Earlier this month we had the privilege of hosting 17-year-old Josh Vickery through a community-based job sampling at our corporate offices in Lansdale, PA.

Vickery, a student at Commonwealth Connections Academy cyber school, met with myself and members of our art team, Jim Seaver and Sara Christy, to discuss a career in 3D game design and development. We spent some time showing him what it's like to be a 3D artist/designer and gave him an opportunity to get a hands on experience with ProtoSphere.

The afternoon was part of a career exploration program run by All About Abilities, a company which serves youth with special needs throughout Bucks County, PA.

Vickery, who is autistic, wants to be a game developer. He’s built one game so far, his own version of Pong, and wants to enter the workforce in a career of his interest.

Mike Kelly, who runs All About Abilities, said the job exploration program is about "fighting the stereotype that those with special needs should be bagging groceries or sorting utensils." An advocate for individuals with special needs, Kelly believes they can do so much more.

We here at ProtonMedia all want to wish Josh the best of luck.

Joshua Vickery (2nd from right) at the ProtonMedia offices

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

Microsoft made some headlines yesterday by taking the covers off of a somewhat anticipated move that was started a few years ago when they first acquired Skype. Microsft Lync will now come to be known as Skype for Business.

The new versions of the Skype for Business client, Skype for Business on-premises server and Skype for Business online service that is part of Office 365 will become available in the first half of 2015.

Microsoft is bringing together the best of Skype and Lync without losing any of the features, security and manageability that customers care about. In fact, API elements built into the platform that allow developers like ourselves to build apps and additional functionality on top of Skype for Business are remaining in tact. 

Microsoft is predicting that the familiar user experience that hundreds of millions of Skype users engage with every month will bolster the further adoption of unified communications within the enterprise market. 

According to some photos appearing on their blog post, along with the rebranding of the name, Microsoft is changing the user interface elements of the older Lync client software so that it looks more like Skype. Although pretty, this won't really affect ProtoSphere 4.0 users next year, as our new version will be relying on the UC Web APIs that are completely under the hood.

The updated Lync client UI now has the look of Skype
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