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The Crossroads of Gen Y and Business Tech

The Millennial generation, of which I am a member, is the largest percentage of any one generation in the workplace today. Gen Y has a very different set of interests, personality traits and ambitions than previous generations: we’re mobile, social and technologically savvy, and we expect our business environments to facilitate these traits. It’s not merely an issue of making …

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The Evolution of Video Collaboration Technology

We are surrounded by video technology every single day. Today’s Internet experience is completely inundated with video. We stream the latest news online, catch up on sports highlights, watch our favorite shows and movies and yes, even catch the occasional cat video on YouTube. Apps like Vine and Instagram have given anyone with a smartphone the ability to quickly capture, …

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Nerd Alert: Productivity Apps I Can’t Live Without

I rely on apps for pretty much everything these days. They tell me when my bills are due, they bring me breaking news, they keep me up to date on sports scores and they keep me productive and efficient in both my personal and professional lives. The wealth of information available to us through the internet is staggering, and apps …

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How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team. When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I …

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is everything. It is my never-ending goal, in all of my endeavors, to pursue a culture and a true mindset of innovation, and growing that culture is paramount to PGi’s success. In fact, just recently we created an entire group dedicated solely to pursuing innovative ideas and nurturing the pioneering minds of all of our associates. Throughout my career, …

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PGi and Partners: Driven to Perform

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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. In my 15+ years working here at PGi, I’ve watched our business grow and change, adapting to evolutions in the marketplace, technology and more. Throughout those …

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Building a mobile app? Ask yourself these 5 questions

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It’s a question we hear often from business owners: “Do we need a mobile app?” And for those aware of the recent explosion in mobile app usage, the tempting answer is ‘yes’. There are over 1 billion smartphone users in the world, and in just three years that number is expected to double. But is increased mobile usage a big …

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Welcome to Workation Nation

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With Labor Day weekend fast approaching here in the US, workers across the country are trying to squeeze in that last trip to the beach or weekend with friends to recoup and recharge for the rest of the year. Time off is essential for work-life balance and, quite frankly, our sanity; I’m insistent on my team making the most of …

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The App Revolution: The Impact of Mobility on Product Development

Whether it’s in PGi’s product designs or our internal technology and productivity, mobility is top of mind for me as I know it is for other CTOs and CIOs around the globe. My teams are constantly on-the-go, and smartphones and tablets are a ubiquitous part of our everyday personal and professional lives. By 2015, there will be an estimated 1.3 …

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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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The 5 Best Apps for Virtual Collaboration

Virtual collaboration is an everyday part of the modern workday. Employees are more frequently working from home, working with geographically distributed teams and using their mobile devices for business, meaning that effective teams have to be able to collaborate in-person and online. Check out five of the best apps to empower your team’s virtual collaboration: GlobalMeet® For virtual and remote …

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iMeet Productivity Hacks to Add a Little Awesome to Your Meetings

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I love iMeet®. Now I know what you’re thinking—“Josh, you have to say that.” But it’s true! I literally use it every single day and it makes my work life better. The ease of entry, the fun personalization options and the killer iPad® and smartphone apps improve my meetings immeasurably. And …

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The Impact of Hate and Late in Meetings

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When done well, meetings can be the most productive and collaborative part of the work day, bringing bright minds in your company together to tackle problems and projects as a team. However, in today’s world of technology-driven meetings that usually accommodate both in-person and remote participants, it can be common for meetings to be plagued by technical difficulties or late …

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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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Bad Presentations in Your Meetings: What is the Impact of Boredom in Your PowerPoint?

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PowerPoint slides have become a common presentation tool used in the business world. Unfortunately, the phrase “death by PowerPoint” has also become a familiar phrase. With attention spans quickly decreasing, audience members are getting bored even faster than before. Once your audience is bored it’s hard to get them back. The key is to keep them engaged from start to …

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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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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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Work is Not a Place: 7 Tips for Seeking Freedom From Your Cubicle

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Most U.S. employees have the day off for Independence Day, and with this holiday comes fireworks, summer heat and picnics. However, seeking freedom in our lives is a much greater charge and challenge, and one that has grown increasingly complex. The freedom to work anywhere—regardless of device or location—and share ideas globally, productively and creatively, is a core vision that …

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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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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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