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Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

Perfect Last Minute Shopping and Gifts for the Holiday Procrastinator

If you’re in the 1% of women and 2.4% of men who wait until Christmas Eve to buy their gifts, you’re in luck! We have picked out a few great gifts that don’t require you to wait in line at the local drugstore to scrounge or get called out by your family and friends for phoning it in. Here are …

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Fun Presentation Ideas for Festive Holiday Meetings

For those of us working through the last weeks of 2012, it’s tough not to gaze jealously at the empty cubicles or Out of Office messages of vacationing colleagues. Instead of bah-humbugging through your next presentation, here are 10 presentation ideas to add a little cheer to your holiday meetings. 1.       Decorate the conference room with holly and evergreens. Start …

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True or False: The Cloud Means I’m Losing Control – SMB Tech Myths Busted

In the free eBook Are You Afraid of the Cloud? , PGi and leading cloud service marketplace company AppDirect debunk one of five myths plaguing SMBs today: The cloud means I’m losing control of my IT. Download the free eBook for the entire story for more SMB tech myths busted. For many small businesses and midsize companies, the fear of …

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Best Recipes for Your Holiday Office Party

The holidays are coming up quickly, and for those of us lucky enough to celebrate the season in the office that means potluck time. Whether you’re an incredible baker or, like me, incredibly talented with a can opener, here are my family’s best recipes for your holiday office party. My mother’s Holiday Meatballs My mother, Pamela, swears by this crockpot …

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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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Three Workplace Trends That Change the Future of Conference Calls: Globalization, Online and Mobile BYOD

Like so many others, this market is experiencing exciting new changes brought on by the biggest workplace trends since the dawning of the personal computer: online, BYOD, mobile and globalization. Conference calls have been the lifeblood of business for over 20 years. In just the past five years, PGi — the global leader in web conferencing and collaboration technology — has hosted 1.2 …

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Top 5 Awesome Things I Plan to Do With My New iPhone 5 for Work and Play

The new iPhone 5 announcement was today, and I’m absolutely thrilled — which is a massive shock for this once device-agnostic mobile user. Take away my cable. Take away my Xbox. Never take away my iPhone. Here on the PGi Blog, I constantly talk about the fact that technology should exist to make our lives easier — not more complicated. …

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Screen Sharing Gets an App-Lift with iMeet Video Conferencing [Video]

With the recent 2.0 release of PGi video conferencing solution iMeet, I was incredibly curious to see if iMeet’s promise of simple, personal and mobile video conference meetings impacted the screen share experience. And I must admit, the new iMeet screen sharing experience is incredibly powerful. With iMeet 2.0, hosts can share their screens in high resolution with absolutely no …

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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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7 Ways to Rescue a Bad Meeting

Presentation Ideas, Meeting Management Tips from PGi, the Meetings Expert

We all have a love-hate relationship with meetings. Most of our meetings are so bad that “Ugh Meetings” is one of the most popular meeting trends on Twitter. Whether it’s that guy that never stops talking or just an inundation of invites on your Outlook calendar, meetings take up a huge portion of the 40-hour work week — an inconvenient, …

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CEO’s 7 Step Guide to Intrapreneurship and Creative Brainstorming

When I think intrapreneurship, I think Google. Google employees have invented the impossible, helped in part by the Google 20 percent time rule to foster innovation while working on their own projects. In corporate America? The land of the 60-hour work week? As we look at the innovations from status quo disruptors like Google, Facebook and Lockheed’s Skunk Works, more …

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Answering Your Top 5 Questions About the Facebook IPO and Facebook IPO Price

If you’re anything like me (read: not a Wall Street junkie), you’re scratching your head wondering why the Facebook IPO (NYSE: FB) and Facebook IPO price  are such a big deal. If anything, some of us are moderately concerned that Facebook’s big push into the public spotlight might negatively impact our own little profile pages in the world’s favorite social media …

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How to Go Green this Earth Day with Green Mobile Apps

Earth Day is upon us, loyal citizens of our great planet. We’d all love to learn how to go green, but with the stresses of our everyday lives and perceived hassle of greening our homes, cars and offices, we often slip back into old habits after the Earth Day hype dies down. Good news, all: There’s an app for that. …

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Video: PGi SVP Talks Cloud, SaaS and iMeet Video Conferencing at CeBIT

PGi SVP Collaboration Technology Services Peter Stewart reports live at CeBIT in Hamburg, Germany, about the most popular topics at¬†the world’s largest technology tradeshow, including cloud computing, software as a service, the future of online meetings in the German market and the¬†recently announced strategic alliance that establishes Deutsche Telekom as the exclusive German¬†reseller of PGi’s innovative video conferencing solution, iMeet. …

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PGi is a Proud Sponsor of Berts Big Adventure 2011

PGi was delighted to attend this year’s 10th year Anniversary send-off celebration for the amazing kids of Berts Big Adventure 2011. Each year, Bert’s Big Adventure provides a spectacular five-day journey to Walt Disney World, where children with chronic or terminal illnesses can connect with others facing similar issues, experience events that otherwise could not be afforded and enjoy the …

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The Zen of Social Media: The Balance Between the Warm and Fuzzies & Social Media Addiction

Hello, my name is Blakely and I’m a social media-aholic. And you might be, too. Have you ever felt that phantom smartphone vibration? Sleep with your phone next to the bed — just in case? Get nervous when your 140-character haiku brilliance doesn’t get retweeted? Or comment on a Facebook post while in the shower? You just might be hooked. …

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GlobalMeet Web Conferencing Makes Online Meetings Simple

Web conferencing is so much easier with GlobalMeet online meetings. Check out PGi‘s new video, showing how GlobalMeet innovates web conference call technology with: Effortless screen share Seamless audio integration Amazing mobile app No guest downloads Webcam video and more! [youtube=http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb2qAela5zA]

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SOPA: What’s Black Wednesday Really About?

If you’re one of the estimated 75 million people trying to visit Wikipedia.com today, try again tomorrow. U.S. House Bill 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has internet moguls like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Boing Boing, and the Twitter community up in arms — and blacked out. The bill, which seeks to police online copyright infringements, was introduced …

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Everybody Owns the Cloud: The Technology Power Shift

Twenty years ago, Microsoft was taking over the world, Oregon Trail was the coolest game ever and Googol was only a number. In those transformative days, consumers were getting a first taste of info tech — for work and play. Unless you were a geek genius or rich kid, the high price tag of hardware, software and support inhibited universal …

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Life is a Game: The Gamification of IT

Today, life really is all fun and games — even at work. With the gamification of the workplace and the consumerization of IT, this shift is apparent in homes, cars, schools, prisons, courthouses, workplaces, airports, shopping malls and more. The Apple iPhenomenon, mobile apps popularity and social media craze started a revolutionary movement all over the world: fun is required. …

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