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When there's no structure to your daily tasks, productivity will suffer

I’ve been in the workforce for some time now. During that time, I’ve been part of a number of different organizations and have done a number of different jobs. Some of them I loved, and some of them… well, let’s not go there, shall we? That said, the jobs, good or bad, all had one common thread that ran through them – a lack of clear communication with respect to daily tasks and objectives.

Listen Technologies Make Translation Convenient and Easy!


There are over 7,000 languages in the world. Right now.

There is a mindboggling number of languages in the world. At last count, there are over 7,100 living languages, where we define “living language” as a language that has at least one speaker in the world for whom it is the mother tongue.

Exact Touchscreen Furniture Fully Optimizes Touchscreen Solutions!


The one drawback of most collaboration solutions...

Readers of this blog know that I’m a BIG sucker for big-screen televisions and interactive collaboration solutions that feel like they popped straight out of a science fiction movie. That said, as much as I love those systems, I’ve always found that these upright solutions are lacking in one element. Namely, to take full advantage of the workspace, you’re going to have to:

Vpod Remote Expert Solutions: Setting Up Remote Storefronts ANYWHERE

Vpod Remote Expert Solution

The government can connect with faraway citizens. But are they the only ones?

A little while ago, I wrote about the CISCO REGS – a videoconferencing solution jointly crafted by Cisco and VPOD that was designed to bring governments closer to their citizens. It was a combination of Cisco’s TelePresence software with VPOD’s Cube cabins.  The thing is, while deploying the REGS is a lofty (and obviously worthwhile) goal in itself, the simple fact of the matter is that the REGS is but one possible application out of many for VPOD’s Remote Expert Solutions.

SMART Boards and how gestures make everone's learning more engaging

SMART Interactive Whiteboard 8000 series

Why are some ideas harder to grasp than others?

Before I started working in marketing, I had a whole other career where I spent time teaching (which meant I spent a lot of time in the educational system). In that other career, the one complaint that I most heard from students was this:  “I don’t understand why we’re learning this.” Frankly, I’ve been guilty of making this statement as well (when I was a student). Many times. From grade school to grad school. 

The Future is Now! Pt.2: The Vpod Vgreet!

Vpod Vgreet Colloboration Solution

The Age of Very Personalized Messaging – in public

Anyone who talks to me for even a second knows that I love science fiction. There’s a good reason for it – in science fiction we find worlds that do not yet exist, but which could. Worlds filled with fantastical technological wonders: robots with genuinely human characteristics, instantaneous travel to any place and to any time, and intensely personalized messaging to everyone.

SMART Room Systems: A Smart Use of Unbound Workspace

Messy desk full of paper

Drowning in paper...

The image on top is a picture of what one of my workstations looks like. 

CBCI Video Services Makes Long-Distance Interviews Easy!

Long distance videoconferencing interview

We’ve been interviewing people from afar!

Recently, we interviewed a number of candidates in our bid to fill some vacant positions. Fortunately for us, our company – CBCI Telecom – is an open-minded, forward-thinking company (it’s one of the attributes that contributed to our becoming one of Canada’s Top 50 Small and Medium-Sized Employers) – we know that the talent pool from which we can draw is absolutely global in scope. Having this mindset gives us both the motivation and the opportunity to recruit from a much bigger group of potential employees. There is one caveat to all this, however: Distance. What happens when our short-listed candidates live far, far away? Too far away to make an in-person interview cost-effective?

Cisco BE6000: Collaboration Solution Built for Medium-sized Firms

Cisco BE6000 Medium sized Business Collaboration Solution

Your business is outgrowing your installed technology – what do you do?

If you’ve been successfully running your own medium-sized business for a while, then you’re likely to be experiencing at least one of the following issues with your IT assets:

Cisco's REGS Pods Bring Citizens Closer to Their Governments

Cisco REGS Cabin

The government does a lot for us.

We live in a cynical age. And with this cynicism, it’s very easy to lose sight of the good that government can do. But we need to remember that most public servants get into government positions because they have good intentions, and that they actually achieve a lot for us. Daily life simply wouldn’t be running so smoothly otherwise.

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