Many organizations are realizing the benefits of having staff work remotely, including reduced office expenses, along with the ability to hire the best employees from a large talent pool. Time normally spent by workers commuting is often given back to the company in working hours, making the remote worker more productive; in fact, 53 percent of telecommuters work more than 40 hours per week. Work–life balance improvements for remote employees encourage greater output levels and company loyalty, especially important for the fastest-growing group in the workforce, the Millennials. Statistics show that 3.3 million full-time U.S. professionals, not including unpaid volunteers and self-employed workers, utilize their home as their primary place of work. In addition, telecommuting programs can help businesses save about $2,000 per year per employee and reduce employee turnover by 50 percent. Despite these benefits, how worthwhile is it for corporations to invest in remote collaboration? The answer is: It depends.

Is Investing in Remote Collaboration Worthwhile?

Despite many benefits, how worthwhile is it for corporations to invest in remote collaboration? The answer is: It depends.
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Collaboration is transforming businesses at an astounding rate, allowing people to communicate and solve problems regardless of time or space. Effective collaboration makes companies profitable and productive, and the challenge of providing the appropriate tools to employees is an ongoing issue. In 2016, collaboration tools that made headlines included enterprise social media and wearable technology, but what are the expected remote collaboration trends for 2017? Let’s take a look at what is expected:

Seven Expected Remote Collaboration Trends in 2017

What are the expected remote collaboration trends for 2017? Let’s take a look at what is expected.
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Video-conferencing (VC) technology has been evolving over the last few years, and advancements for 2016 are the greatest so far.  According to the analysis firm Ovum, revenue from the VC market has grown at an accelerated rate in the past four years, at a compounded annual growth rate of 5.79 percent. This year, VC will become pivotal, a platform that totally eliminates geographical boundaries and creates meetings and conversations with virtual team members that are as realistic as possible. According to recent research, progress is inevitable, because VC is not limited to video screens or passive VC hardware, leaving room for a plethora of new technology in 2016 and beyond.

The Six Most Pivotal Video-Conferencing Technology Changes in 2016

Let's explore the six most pivotal video conferencing technology trends for 2016 and beyond.
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Recently, Facebook at Work was released as a business-friendly version of the website's mobile application. The app is available for download from the iOS App Store and will soon support Android devices as well. Facebook hopes that this new application will give users the ability to easily and effectively collaborate using a familiar interface.

Will Facebook Be a UCC Technologies Competitor?

Here we'll explore if Facebook will be a UCC technologies competitor.
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Today’s modern workplace is continually becoming more collaborative, visual, and environmental. There are a considerable number of trends driving today’s workplace collaboration that depend on employees being connected using digital collaboration technologies and an expanding work domain. The converging momentum of mobility, cloud services, and globalization have culminated in workplaces without borders. Work used to be going into an office from 9 to 5, but is now accomplished anywhere, anytime, using any device. “Work” is not just a physical place, but is now global and mobile. With increasing global proliferation, organizations are becoming adept at acquiring and using technology without necessarily involving IT resources. Global pressures are forcing businesses to become more agile and cost-conscious, and each adopted technology should be based on the business outcome it will empower, making today’s workplace extremely business-process-focused. Here are five trends of the workplace of 2016:

Five Trends Driving Workplace Collaboration in 2016

Here are five trends driving workplace collaboration in 2016.
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According to recent research, more than one in three American workers today fall into the classification of Millennials, adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015, and are now the largest segment of the American workforce. As a result of the growth in this segment, Millennials have had a major impact on the way corporations work, especially in the area of collaboration. Millennials have used digital technology their entire lives, with access to widespread Internet and cellular coverage and ever more powerful devices.  

How Millenials Are Changing the Face of Workplace Collaboration

How are Millennials changing workplace collaboration, and what can VARs do in order to support their efforts?
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Over the coming weeks, industry expert Simon Dudley will be interviewing a range of interesting guests within the Unified Communications space in our new podcast series.

Introducing the Ingram Micro UCC Show

Listen to the first episode of our new unified communications and collaboration podcast.
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U.S.-based Teo Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), unified communications (UC), and call/contact center technologies, has entered into an agreement with Ingram Micro to serve as a certified distribution partner for Ingram Micro’s hybrid, premises-based, and cloud-based solutions that serve the commercial, government, defense, and intelligence markets, small through large. Both cloud-based and premises-based offers are built from the ground up using a single code in order to ensure continuity. Teo provides enterprise-level technology and simplified ease of use, offering channel partners a vertical focus for any size business. Highlights of the Teo solutions follow:

Teo Technologies Joins the Ingram Micro Distribution Family

U.S.-based Teo Technologies has entered into an agreement with Ingram Micro to serve as a certified distribution partner.
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The enterprise unified communications and collaboration (UCC) market provides organizations with integrated, real-time toolsets including voice, messaging, fax, audio/video/Web conferencing, instant messaging (IM), presence, and enterprise social media. The market is rapidly growing, with a net expected value of $61.9 billion in 2018. But what is driving the rising demand for UCC? According to experts, many factors are, from the proliferation of mobile devices to the desire to reduce travel in these uncertain times. Regardless of the reason, value-added resellers (VARs) have a great opportunity to make sales to enterprises that have identified a need for UCC technologies. Here are some of the drivers:

Four Factors That Are Driving Current Demand for UCC Technologies

VARs have a great opportunity to make sales to enterprises that have identified a need for UCC technologies. Here are some of the drivers.
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Enterprises are always looking for new ways to collaborate and communicate, whether in the office or on the move. Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) tools are evolving rapidly, as are mobility offers, and the two are becoming more entwined as each year passes.

What's New for UCC and Mobility?

We take a look at some of the things happening with UCC and mobility in 2016.
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Unified Communication and Collaboration Through Ingram Micro

Are you a reseller/solution provider looking to take advantage of UCC? You can leverage the collaborative nature of these solutions to help your SMB and enterprise customers improve their employee productivity. How? Ingram Micro offers a suite of UCC-dedicated solutions—and the value-added services to support them—to enable you to meet a variety of end-user UCC requirements. And if you're already deploying mobile, cloud and virtualization solutions to your customer base, you can leverage Ingram Micro's relationships with leading UCC vendors to grow your business further.


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