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Letters from the Home Office Volume 14

When I was a little kid I thought the theory of relativity meant how time seems to move slower or faster relative to how interested you were in what you were doing. When you’re in a boring class, time moves slowly, but time moves fast when you’re on vacation.

This is similar to what Dr. Steve Taylor refers to as the Perceptual Theory of Time in his book Making Time. So, how about the fact that I thought of something when I was 7 that a Ph.D. thought of when he was in his thirties? Pretty impressive, huh? Then again, I also thought I could breathe underwater if I wore goggles so believe me, I won’t get too carried away. Read more ›

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Our New Way to Work research has shown that employees value flexible work terms (‘anywhere working’, flexible hours) more highly than a double-digit percentage pay raise. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then that flexibility is also the name of the game in the world of IT systems deployment.

Imagine you are an IT manager (or maybe you are an IT manager) – just when you get your premise-based applications humming along nicely, the vendor you work with is pushing “OK now, everyone and everything move to our public cloud”. That might be convenient for the vendor, but for the enterprise customer this leads to disruption, stranded investments and broken integrations. Additionally, a lack of flexibility in the migration approach really does not serve the customer’s interests in terms of deploying in the way that works for them. Read more ›

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If you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it again, you can just keep making it better

The unbroken line. The strengthening of applications through continuous improvement. The results of this careful planning can be seen in the intuitive and incremental learning required to access new capabilities. Sure, technology seems to be about disruption these days, but is it? Don’t businesses operate best through a continuous thread of improvements versus lurching from one promised brass ring to another?

Within the business communications world, today’s quick technology turns are laying bare deficiencies in vendor planning. Instead of the unbroken line, leading vendors are pulling their customers through a zigzagging maze of forklifts, bolt-ons and acquisitions as they breathlessly try to remain on top. This breakneck pace is exposing the weak underpinnings of their core strategies. Read more ›

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Circuit -Mobile

Hi, I am Subha. I currently work at Unify leading our Voice of the Customer/Partner programs. I am a user of Circuit, every hour of every day.

Now, here is a puzzle. Two companies decide to enter the team collaboration market space. They take very different approaches. Company A builds the application from the ground up. From initial ideation, conceptualization, user feedback and needs analysis to designing and building core functionalities, testing and continuous improvements, they do not skip a step. Company B takes the acquisition route; buys a popular and a predominantly consumer communications application at a hefty price and follows it up by acquiring a social collaboration platform; integrates bits and pieces of both the platforms and launches a service. The application is aggressively bundled with its cloud offering. Which do you think you’d rather use? Read more ›

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Posted in Circuit, Collaboration, Customer Service, Millennials, Mobile Working, New Way To Work, Products, Team Working, Unified Communications, Virtual Teams
Transformers – robots in disguise

I was asked to do a blog for Unify about transforming your infrastructure to modern collaboration, I was thinking how best to do this, when I thought about it I thought use myself as a good example. I think I have always been transforming how I work, where I work and the tools I use. I remember my first job in the 90’s at a now disappeared large UK company – GEC (General Electric Company). GEC was one of those monoliths of UK industry where the job for life was invented.

When I arrived on my first day I was sat down at a green terminal screen and told I would be sharing my analogue telephone with someone else. This was my first introduction to ‘digital workplace’ but it was mainly an analogue workplace – with a text based screen. Having come from University which had pretty decent computing equipment this was a real step backward, maybe this is how new employees coming into businesses now feel, they expect social media type, work anywhere capabilities, but are handed a PC login and told to use email and that something called the intranet has all the information they need. Read more ›

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“Did you email that information to me or say it in chat?”

“I think I said it on the conference call. Or maybe I texted it to you”.

Cue a never-ending quest to hunt down that vital statistic that everyone remembers learning, but no one knows where.

Sometimes you (or your employees) can be forgiven for wondering if it’s a case of “mo’ tools, mo’ problems”, in your communications strategy. People move from emails to their office phone to their mobiles and video conferencing but the conversation and collaboration don’t move with them.

As well as the great “where was that information, again?” hunt created when the various communication tools don’t work together, there’s other frustrations. Nobody likes an endless cycle of downloading this or that plug-in to get on a conference call. Equally loathed is remembering a different password for each communication app. Not only does it create extra workloads, but it can be daunting for older or less tech savvy employees. Read more ›

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