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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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My Smartphone Wish List for the Future

Not too long ago, cellphones were only used to make phone calls—they weren’t really good at anything else. Things have drastically changed over the years. With the smartphone of today, you can text, shop online, lock your car doors and even have face-to-face conversations with people around the world. Even though smartphones have remained innovative, users still want more. Every smartphone …

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Working with Millennials: Appealing to the Next Generation of Leaders

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In the 20+ years I’ve spent creating, growing and nurturing PGi, I’ve seen workers come and go, technology ebb and change and the workplace itself evolve into something that would be wholly unrecognizable to my parents. Progressive offices are bright and open, creating collaborative environments with fewer walls and fewer hierarchies. Workers set their own schedules. Meetings happen anytime, anywhere …

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It’s All Economics: How Consumers Fall in Love with Products

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We live in a world today dictated by the brand, where consumers have unprecedented access to the products and companies they use and previously unheard-of freedom to vocalize their opinions. The explosion of social media has given rise to true brand engagement; what was once a one-way conversation of brands using their bullhorns to sell products has become a dialogue …

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Busting the Top 4 Myths About Web Conferencing

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As 20 year veterans of the meetings and collaboration industry, PGi has access to a wealth of surveys and research data on user usage habits and overall perceptions of mission-critical business technologies like audio conferencing and web conferencing. We’ve found that, as with any technology, the ever-advancing nature of web conferencing tools has given rise to lot of myths and …

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Nerd Alert: 10 Places I Go for Tech News

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I am quite happily the resident nerd on my team here at PGi. I’m a gamer, I obsessively keep up with the latest apps and gadgets, and yes, I’m even the go-to guy for light tech support (have you tried turning it off and back on again?). Recently, I’ve been asked by my team members and other coworkers about what …

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What Kind of People Work in Coworking Spaces?

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As I sit in my local coworking space in London, I watch as the modern, card-operated door slides open to welcome members new and old into the beautiful Victorian building known now as The Hub Kings Cross. But what of the 6,000 or so independent workers in The Hub network with access to over 20 coworking spaces around the world …

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Balancing Reliability and Innovation in Enterprise Applications

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Innovation is the driving force behind PGi’s online collaboration tools, but how do you balance the drive to innovate with the demand for reliability? The constant advance of technology has impacted the needs of consumers and corporations in dramatic ways. For any company to stay successful and competitive, they have to intelligently apply these new technologies and innovations to provide …

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Are You Ready for the Workplace of the Future?

How do you define the future of work, and what does the workplace of the future look like? In a word: freedom. The workplace of the future sheds the idea of private, assigned spaces in favor of openness, collaboration and flexibility. Knowledge workers thrive on teamwork and spontaneous ideation, and if companies hope to attract and retain top talent, they …

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The Key to Productive Meetings is the Way You End It

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. In fact, 11 million formal meetings take place daily in the United States—that’s three billion meetings per year. It’s hard to imagine how anyone can get their work done when they’re involved in so many meetings. Most people don’t like meetings because often times they’re long, boring, unproductive and ultimately a …

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Balance Isn’t Always 50/50: Making Constant Adjustment in Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is constantly shifting and evolving. In his recent TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how our life patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Striving for a life well-lived means we are constantly adjusting, performing what Thurmon describes as the “quick switch” rather than multi-tasking. As technology constantly evolves to our needs, both real and anticipated, …

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How Mobile Devices are Impacting Business Environments

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With the ubiquity of mobile devices—smartphones, tablets and even phablets—in the workplace today, it’s hard to imagine getting work done without them. Our smartphones still provide our phone calls and text messages but also bring us our email, manage our calendars, keep track of our notes and even connect us to our meetings. Our tablets bring all the power of …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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Defining Innovation and Pursuing STEM Education: Collaborative Conversations with Nikki Santoro

In Part Two of this special two-part edition of Collaborative Conversations, PGi VP of Innovation Nikki Santoro discusses product development, her own personal definition of “innovation” and the importance of STEM education in today’s technology-focused society. When developing new products, what features or characteristics really drive you? What kinds of features do you look for in products you use personally? …

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The Challenges of Product Management: Nikki Santoro on Collaborative Conversations

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One of the most common words thrown around by companies today, regardless of industry, is innovation. Every company wants to be seen as the innovator, the forward-thinker, the one tackling problems in new, unique and creative ways. But if everyone is saying it, how do the true innovators go out and prove it? In this special two-part edition of Collaborative …

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The Investor Relations Social Media Revolution

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For years now, I’ve been a big proponent of utilizing social media as part of an effective investor relations strategy. The speed and efficacy of a service like Twitter is unmatched for quickly disseminating information, adding an additional layer of engagement alongside earnings calls or interacting with the public through Q&A. Services like StockTwits, founded by my long-time friend Howard …

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Impressions from PGi Industry Analyst Week

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PGi recently had the privilege of having technology analysts from several different analyst firms down to the PGi offices to meet with a handful of our executives, marketers and product developers. After the analysts left our office, I took some time to reflect on the events that had taken place and the invaluable information our organization had gained. I realized …

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BYOD or Bust Part 2: The Risks and Rewards for your IT Department

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Previously, I wrote about how the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement can empower your sales teams with a level of technical familiarity, mobility and flexibility that can significantly speed up time to close. While the benefits of BYOD are clear for your organization’s employees, allowing your workforce to bring their own smartphones, laptops and tablets into your company’s network …

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Putting the Cloud to Work with the Cloud Service Brokerage Model

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Cloud computing has been the go-to technology buzzword for some time now, and with good reason; in the third annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey, 75% of businesses surveyed are using the cloud in some capacity. The explosion of the cloud for businesses has taken the form of a variety of “as a Service” offerings, including Software as a Service …

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