Friday, September 30, 2011

New benchmark report compares 33 virtual environments

You might be surprised to learn that there are 33 virtual environments out there. The fact that there are shows this is a vibrant and competitive market, with technologies that can have many possible use cases.

But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well one researcher who's done that is Sami Ahma-aho from the Business, Innovation, Technology (BIT) Research Centre at Aalto University in Finland.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

TMCnet says ProtonMedia is 'shaking things up with innovative collaborative tools'

Not long after TMCnet's editors posted the interview between its founder, Rich Tehrani, and myself, TMCnet contributor Mae Kowalke penned an article about ProtonMedia's approach to collaborative learning and training.

She pulled out some of the points from my interview with Rich that struck her, writing that we're "shaking things up with innovative collaborative tools to help make meetings and corporate trainings more productive and more fun."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Talking with TMCnet's Rich Tehrani about the virtual room for the conference call

I got the opportunity to meet Rich Tehrani last week at TMC's ITEXPO West 2011. Rich is one of the biggest pioneers, evangelists, and influencers in the IP communications industry. He founded TMC (Technology Marketing Corporation), which grew into TMCnet and the ITEXPO. Rich also owns the registered trademark for the term "Internet telephony."

At the ITEXPO, Rich and I got to talking about ProtonMedia's approach to using VoIP in ProtoSphere. Rich thought to interview me as part of TMCnet's coverage of the show. Here we are, talking about how ProtoSphere is the virtual room for the conference call, the role Microsoft Lync plays in our product road map, and my vision for ProtoSphere being used in the enterprise.

ProtoSphere 1.5.4 is here in a Flash

ProtoSphere 1.5.4 is now out for general release. The major new functions we've added are video and Flash-content support, as well as Mac support. So companies can now train in ProtoSphere using videos, Flash-based courseware, and other interactive learning modules.

We've been teeing you up for the new features with the feature peek videos we've been rolling out on our blog. Now when you give our ProtoSphere trial demo a whirl, you'll be able to experience them all in living color.

For all the details on what's new in ProtoSphere 1.5.4., read over the press release we issued announcing it. Next time you fire up ProtoSphere, test out the new features and let us know what you think!

New ProtoSphere v.1.5.4 Now Supports Video and Flash Content

Five new features extend ProtoSphere’s lead as the virtual collaboration environment for learning and training

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia today released ProtoSphere Standard Edition v.1.5.4 with new video and Flash content support. Now large enterprises can train in ProtoSphere using videos, Flash-based courseware, and other interactive learning modules. In total, ProtoSphere v.1.5.4 includes five new features to help companies streamline their learning and training activities, accelerate knowledge transfer, and improve knowledge retention. They include:

Video conferencing: 2 years later, same results

I follow the video conferencing industry closely, so when I saw the headline "Why Video Conferencing Sucks" in my news reader, I had to click over. What I found was an opinion piece by TechNewsWorld columnist Rob Enderle.

He wrote about how video conferencing is still failing to meet business users' expectations in this heavily saturated market -- not only from a technology and cost perspective, but also a human perspective.

"The big problem that no one seems to want to address is that we generally don't like conversing for long looking someone else in the eye," Rob writes. This, he says, is a major reason "why people generally need to be forced to use these systems."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Polycom's Steve Pattison is our newest Executive Advisory Board member

Polycom's Steve Pattison
One of the things we strive for in the composition of our Executive Advisory Board is industry diversity. Even though we're the only virtual collaboration environment built on the Microsoft stack, we haven't looked for board members who live just in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Rather, our focus has been on unified communications and life sciences. We've sought out executives with a broad array of experiences and customer inputs, including IBM's Cindy Skirvin, Microsoft’s Sam Batterman and now, Polycom's Steve Pattison.

Steve is the newest member of our board, and will be helping to counsel and guide our management team on a range of business initiatives, including industry partnerships, business development, and corporate strategy.

So if you take a look at the composition of our board now, you'll see leaders in business analytics and innovation, life sciences technologies, networking, and UC. The result is one of the reasons why the unified communications and collaboration experience in ProtoSphere is so outstanding.

We announced Steve's joining in a press release today, which has more details on his background and how he'll be supporting us.

Welcome aboard, Steve!

Polycom’s Steve Pattison Joins ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board

Pattison will advise ProtonMedia’s leaders on the company’s business development and strategic direction of its ProtoSphere technology

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment, today announced that Steve Pattison has joined the company’s Executive Advisory Board. Pattison is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Polycom.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Texas bound next week for ITEXPO West 2011

The unofficial start of fall means the show and event circuit is kicking into high gear. My September is filling up with conferences and meetings here in PA and around the country.

And a new one I'll be hitting next week is ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.

If you're not familiar with ITEXPO West, it's one of the largest and longest-running communications and technology conferences in the U.S.

Thousands of attendees come every year to learn about and discuss the latest trends, issues, and technologies in telecom, wireless, mobile, and unified communications.
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