Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do you have the tools to be mobile?

If you're a card-carrying member of the mobile device generation, you can probably attest that your mobility is crucial to staying productive. Pick your poison. iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad, netbook, Bluetooth, what have you. Without your mobile device, you feel virtually handicapped (literally).

So it's surprising to see that many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are not providing their employees with the tools they need to be more mobile. A recent survey by Citrix Online finds 54 percent of SMB employees have become more mobile in their work habits over the past five years. But 60 percent of those surveyed reported that their employer does not provide mobile tools and resources to increase productivity.

The disconnect suggests "that small business owners are slow to recognize the impact mobility has on company productivity," according to a SmallBizTechnology.com article covering the research. It goes on to list several mobile technologies that should be considered when supporting mobile and remote working strategies.

One technology that caught my eye was virtual collaboration, and I'll direct you to my comment to read why. Give the article a look-see, and let us know what you think about the technologies it presents. Where's your organization at with regards to remote working? What differences do you see between SMBs and large enterprises when it comes to mobility and remote working?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Robert Scoble's ProtoSphere coverage is a Technically Philly must read

You could probably tell how excited I was about my video interview with Robert Scoble by my post last week. Well it looks like I'm not the only one holding it in high regard. The interview caught the eyes of the folks at Technically Philly, who featured it as a must read in their Startup Roundup series. Cool dudes, thanks for highlighting us.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New ProtoSphere overview video

With all of the features and functionality we've been adding to ProtoSphere this year, it's time we created a new overview video. The video below covers all the bases, including ProtoSphere's document sharing functionality, data visualization features, Microsoft SharePoint and Lync support, and more. Feel free to share with colleagues and friends. And for more in-depth coverage of our latest ProtoSphere capabilities, hit our ProtoSphere 1.5 feature peeks and features list.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Robert Scoble dubs ProtoSphere "interesting" and "very cool"

There's probably no single blogger more influential in technology than Robert Scoble. Best known for his blog, Scobleizer, Scoble began gaining notoriety as a technology evangelist for Microsoft in the early 2000s. He's also the mastermind behind building43, a popular content and social networking website for Rackspace.

I was honored when Scoble agreed to take a demo of ProtoSphere recently. I was doubly honored when he featured our meeting on his YouTube channel last week. Here's a shot of his channel when the video hit:


And here's his video of our meeting:



Scoble is one of the toughest tech skeptics there is. He's had his nose to the ground of technology since at least the early 90s, when he was an active participant in CompuServe, supporting early versions of Visual Basic.

Scoble has seen it all, but he only features what he feels is worthy of review. In fact, Scoble was excited enough about ProtoSphere that he tweeted the video of our meeting to not only his Twitter followers ...

"Video @ProtonMedia brings a Second-Life approach to enterprises http://t.co/7zuTUHV Very cool 3D world used by big companies."


... but also to Tim O'Reilly, who, for the uninitiated, coined the term "Web 2.0" and is regarded as one of top computer book authors and publishers in the world.

"Yo @timoreilly check out how @ProtonMedia uses data in a 3D world: youtube.com/watch?v=CmUCmd… Cool part is at about 23'rd minute in this video."


I'd encourage you to watch Scoble's video coverage of our meeting to see what he found interesting about ProtoSphere and why he deemed it worthy to feature on his YouTube channel. He called ProtoSphere "very cool" several times throughout our meeting, and wrapped up our conversation with, "I'm glad you brought this to my house and showed it to me, because this is really, most people don't think enterprise software can be sexy and interesting, and this is quite interesting."

I hope this doesn't sound too self-serving or promotional. But I've invested many years of my life in the strong belief that we are doing something innovative with ProtoSphere. To be able to present to someone who really does see it all everyday, and who has a great perspective on recognizing what technologies provide business value, versus which ones are just the shiny new thing ... honestly, it just gets me really excited, and makes me feel gratified and thankful.

So thanks for the kudos, Robert, and thank you again for taking the time to demo ProtoSphere. It was a pleasure!

Also folks, if you'd like to read through our interview, here's the complete transcript. Feel free to download and share.

ProtoSphere 1.5 released: First portable 3-D world for business collaboration

As you probably know, we've been holding a beta program for ProtoSphere 1.5 over the past several weeks.
Our development team has been making final tweaks to the code, and now we're ready to pull the covers off. ProtoSphere 1.5 is now live and available for general release.

We're sticking to our roots with this version: helping you create a high-performance workplace. And that means making smart use of time and resources. So we've updated ProtoSphere with nine new features to help you stop one of the most time-consuming and often-unproductive things we do -- meet.

Meetings can be drudgery. And how often have you had a meeting, for say an hour, and nothing really gets accomplished??

With ProtoSphere 1.5, you can go beyond meetings and actually start working. This is thanks to one of our biggest new features, and one that I'm really excited about: Portable application support, making ProtoSphere the first portable 3-D world for business collaboration.

ProtoSphere's portable app support lets you run the platform anywhere, anytime without installation. Just plug in any USB flash drive with the ProtoSphere app on it and you’re ready to start working. This helps you reduce or even eliminate travel and associated costs, and start collaborating virtually in almost no time at all. With ProtoSphere now available as a portable app, you can literally have the whole world in your hands. ;)

There's much more to our new release, however, which we've documented in our press release below, our features list, and our feature peek videos. You can also try ProtoSphere out first hand by downloading our demo version. If you're an existing demo user, ProtoSphere will automatically update the next time you log in.

So give it gander, and let me know how we did! And as always, if you have any questions or would like a personal demonstration of ProtoSphere, feel free to ping us.



ProtonMedia Releases ProtoSphere 1.5: First Portable 3-D World for Business Collaboration

Now Companies Can Stop Meeting and Start Working with World’s First Portable App for 3-D Virtual Collaboration

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today ProtonMedia released ProtoSphere 1.5, a major update of the company’s market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace. The new release gives enterprise teams nine major new features to collaborate more effectively while reducing or even eliminating travel and associated costs, including the first-ever ProtoSphere portable app.

“There’s a lot of interest in virtual meetings today,” says Ron Burns, CEO of ProtonMedia. “But ProtoSphere 1.5 goes beyond meetings to actual business collaboration between cross-functional teams. That’s why we’re the #1 virtual workplace in the life sciences industry. We bake in the tools and technologies that let enterprise teams work securely and meet regulatory and compliance requirements that life sciences and other global organizations are subject to. And with our new 1.5 release of ProtoSphere, collaborating virtually anytime, anywhere couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is plug a USB flash drive with the new ProtoSphere portable app on it into any PC, and you’ll be beamed into your event in no time. No installation. No IT tweaking. No traveling. Just plug in and put your team to work.”

ProtoSphere provides an arsenal of business-focused meeting, collaboration, and social communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making, meet human capital management needs, raise productivity, and improve workplace performance overall. Here’s what’s new in ProtoSphere 1.5:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 support coming to ProtoSphere

You might have heard today's news from Microsoft, in which it announced the release candidate of Microsoft Lync, its new unified communications platform. Lync is the new name for its products formerly known as Communications Server, Communications Online, and Communicator.

As a long-time Microsoft partner, we've been working closely with the company to integrate support capabilities for its technology into ProtoSphere. As you probably recall, ProtoSphere supports SharePoint, and it's also built on the Microsoft stack.

Today we announced a new addition to that list: Lync. We've been working on developing support for Lync throughout this year through our participation in Microsoft’s UC Developer Platform Technology Adoption Program (TAP). We'll be introducing support for Lync in an upcoming version of ProtoSphere.

Our press release announcing our news is below. Obviously, many more details are to come. But this is all I can say for now, else I get in hot water with the PR powers that be. ;-) When we're able to tell you more, you can be sure that you'll hear it all first on our blog. Patience, Daniel-san!!



Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Support to be Introduced in ProtonMedia’s ProtoSphere

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia today announced that its ProtoSphere virtual immersive environment for the high-performance workplace will support the new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (formerly known as Microsoft Office Communication Server). By incorporating ProtoSphere into their Microsoft Lync environments, large enterprises can extend their Microsoft unified-communications investment, while enabling faster and more robust deployment of ProtoSphere for enterprise learning and collaboration applications.

ProtonMedia began development on the integration of ProtoSphere and Lync Server 2010 earlier this year, via its participation in Microsoft’s UC Developer Platform Technology Adoption Program (TAP). Microsoft Lync Server 2010 support will be introduced in a future release of ProtoSphere.

ABOUT PROTONMEDIA

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere's virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner "Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace" for 2010. Its customers include some of the world's most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at http://protonmedia.com/trial-download/. For more information, visit www.ProtonMedia.com.

Contacts

Gregory FCA
Jessica Attanasio, 610-228-2112
Jessica@GregoryFCA.com

Thursday, September 2, 2010

ProtoSphere 1.5 Feature Peek: Free camera control for faster 360-degree room views

With our ProtoSphere 1.5 public beta period coming to a close this week, I wanted to give you a preview of another feature we're including in our upcoming GA release.

We've added a "free camera control," which gives you a quicker way to look around the room. In previous versions, you could just use your left and right arrow keys to look around the room. Now you can also right-click anywhere in the room and drag your mouse to look left, right, up, and down. It's a fast way to see what and who is around you in a full 360 degrees.

To exit this mode, just walk, run, move left or right, engage one of the other view modes (first person, third person, or mirror), or hit the ESC key on your keyboard.

Along these same lines, we've also updated the control you have with the V keyboard shortcut. Previously, you could hit your V key to toggle between first- and third-person views, and the M key to flip to mirror view. Now you can toggle between all three views with your V key, which simplifies the user experience. The M keyboard shortcut has been removed.
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