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Nerd Alert: Science Fiction Stories That Are Now Reality

Pocket-sized computers of immense power. Augmented reality heads-up displays. Graphical interfaces manipulated purely by touch. Just a few short years ago, these ideas were the purview of science fiction stories, impossible visions of a hyper-technological future. Today? These ideas are visions of Thursday. It can be easy to forget, when we’re completely immersed in technology on a daily basis, just …

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The Benefits and Challenges of Producing Cloud Software

One of the reasons that PGi has been in business for over twenty years is our adaptability. We pioneer technological innovation and bring those technologies to bear to provide industry-leading collaboration solutions to our customers all over the globe. Today, PGi has shifted its collaboration infrastructure into the cloud, providing GlobalMeet®, iMeet® and GlobalMeet Audio through web-based cloud software applications. …

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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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PGi Helps You and Your Base Cross the Communications Chasm

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. Many businesses today are faced with the arduous task of crossing a communications chasm. On one side, you have the technologies of yesterday: email, faxes and deskphones, …

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Reinventing your Relationship with Technology

Whether you consider it true love or strictly platonic, you have a deep relationship with technology. We all do. We’re literally surrounded by it; it’s in our pockets, our cars, at our desks and at virtually every shop, restaurant or other establishment we visit. Our day-to-day professional and personal lives are conducted in and out of various apps, devices, software …

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Trade Casual Fridays for Virtual Fridays

If you work in a traditional office, then you probably appreciate Casual Fridays as much as I do, the day when we can shed our slacks and suits for jeans and short sleeves. It’s a welcome reprieve to kick off the weekend and often leads to a more relaxed and fun atmosphere at the office. However, with the rise of …

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Ready Player One and the Immersive Tech of the Future

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Over the summer, I read the fantastic novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a story of a recession-ridden future where the Internet and gaming culture have completely taken over the world’s consciousness. Nearly every aspect of society in Cline’s novel—school, shopping, work, gaming, socializing—takes place in a massive, virtual simulation dubbed the “OASIS.” The novel touched on two of …

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New iOS 7 Features for Easier Collaboration

With the usual amount of fanfare, Apple released its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on September 18th. iOS 7 represents the most drastic overhaul for the iPhone® and iPad® to date; the entire OS has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. iOS 7 features hundreds of new features and a completely redesigned aesthetic. While I may be an …

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The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship: Trends to Watch

Entrepreneurship is very near and dear to my heart. While my title and responsibilities may have changed over the years, I still picture myself as the young kid paving driveways at sixteen, passionate about having a business of my own. I’ve said many times over the years that the entrepreneurial spirit can be summed up in two words: risk and …

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Nine Ways to Work More Securely

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The security of your computer and data are crucial for you and the success of your company. Lost or stolen information can reveal company secrets or expose your confidential or personal information. The more you do to keep your computer secure, the safer your information will be. Use these nine tips to learn ways you can work more securely, help …

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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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How Social Media is Transforming the Role of HR Recruiters

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Social media has changed the way people work and think. You can gain access to multiple social media sites via a computer, mobile phone and even a tablet. One tweet or status update can potentially notify thousands of individuals in a matter of seconds. When change occurs, you will usually find those who accept it with open arms, while others …

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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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Nerd Alert: The Promise and Peril of Wearable Computing

I’m currently somewhat obsessed with the idea of wearable computing. It still feels like such a futuristic, sci-fi concept, and yet every week it seems there’s a new announcement of a company throwing their hat into the wearable ring. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Google Glass is still rolling along in its Explorer program and new apps are …

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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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Wearable Technology is the Future

I’m extremely excited about the latest trend in gear and gadgets: wearable technology. While there’s certainly a science-fiction aspect to it, smartphones and tablets have made access to technology and information so ubiquitous that the next logical step is to integrate it into our lives in a more user-friendly, unobtrusive way.. There’s a wonderful analogy in the video embedded below …

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Federal government making strides in telework and virtual meetings

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If telecommuting is your goal, consider a job with the government. Over the past few years, the federal government has made tremendous strides in allowing its employees to work from home. For instance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently granted employees permission to telecommute up to five days a week and implemented flexible work hours to allow employees other …

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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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The Power of STEM in the Workplace

In PGi’s latest infographic, “The Case for Systematic Change,” we shared some startling numbers about the current STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) job market. While applicants outnumber non-STEM positions 3.6 to 1, the opposite is true for STEM positions: they outnumber applicants nearly 2 to 1! This disparity is due to a lack of emphasis on STEM fields in education, …

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