So, the holiday season is behind us and we finally get to stop deleting emails, clearing out spam boxes and take the time to look up and appreciate the winter sky as opposed to looking up and dodging a drone dropped package (that last part is a look into the future, I’d suppose). I hope all of you had as great a time as I did duct-taping your laptop to your walls to display the holiday greeting cards you received. And in keeping with the holiday theme, answer the following question:
I am a veteran of the mailing industry and see everyone walking around me with their face buried in some type of device reading emails, paying bills and placing orders. Some of my friends say mail is dead. I’ve been told that if you see it in Mailing Systems Technology magazine it is true. So please tell me the truth, is there a place for mail in the digital world?
MCC’s Integrated Solutions Division provides your organization with the options to get rid of all that paper! With Cabinet SAFE, document management has never been easier. This technology helps increase efficiency, tighten security, save actual office space and reduce your carbon footprint. It’s time to look to the Cloud for paperless document management. Are you…
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#1 – No change in the basic user experience
If your employees are rooted in the pre-Internet world, they’ve been using desk phones for a long time, and probably the same one for most of it. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the desk phone to be the longest-serving tool in use for communication or getting work done. Perhaps the fax machine has been there longer, but there’s probably just one of those in the office. In terms of what’s on the desk, PCs turn over every few years, but desk phones last pretty much forever. Many employees are using their mobile phones more than anything on their desk, but these turn over even faster than PCs.
Your desk phones likely have a very high level of familiarity, and even though they’re all identical, each employee has a personal attachment to “their” phone. Unless it’s broken down or becomes a hazard to use, they won’t see a reason to change. If their job entails a lot of phone usage, it will be important to know that the basic user experience will stay the same when VoIP comes.
As digital technologies continue to evolve and become more widely accessible, it is no longer difficult to lead a life using less paper. Electronic bill statements, mobile apps, the advent of tablets and digital kiosks have simplified and streamlined everyday basic transactions that once involved high paper consumption. But is it possible for businesses to go paperless, too?
Habits die hard and people don’t like change, but it’s no secret that paper-based organizations are struggling to keep up with the new digital age. Manually processing business transactions is inefficient, time consuming and costly. But luckily, with the prevalence of cloud computing, digital signature applications, document management and business automation solutions, creating a paperless business environment is easily within reach. Everything from accounting, human resource requests, contract management, file storage and more, can be simplified by going digital. Consider the following six benefits any business can obtain from embracing electronic processing.
Cisco, a well-known provider of high end video conferencing systems, gives us advice on interior design considerations for a video install.
When considering the interior design of the video conferencing workspace, the primary goals should be to make the room as comfortable as possible, putting less emphasis on the technology. Specific colors are recommended for backgrounds and walls to enable better recognition of the participants without straining the capabilities of the video cameras. Recommended colors are soft, textured wall coverings, but smooth painted walls will work fi the colors are muted earth tone and the lighting is adjusted to suit. When considering furniture and walls be aware of color and physical characteristics that may make your video or audio input have to work harder. Immersive telepresence rooms provide total control of the lighting, furniture, walls and floor and one will then have more freedom to opt for other solutions regarding choice of material and colors, cf. the use of blue tinted lighting in the immersive room shown above.
IN THE “OLD DAYS,” when it came time to put a projection system in a conference room standard practice was to simply install a matte white screen and hope the users would remember to close the window treatments or turn down the lights.
That practice is on the wane now as a variety of projection screen surfaces that reject ambient light are readily available, but it hasn’t gone away completely, as Gary Jefferies discovered when he was called in to revamp the AV in a conference room. What Jefferies, the CEO and Owner of SYNC Technology Integration of Fishers, Indiana, found was a 10-year-old installation featuring a Draper Matt White screen and a Dell DLP projector.
“The clients were mainly concerned about bringing the room more into today’s technology, but were heavily concerned about a brighter image as well as more of a wide screen format,” according to Jefferies. “They did not like the fact that they had to completely turn off all lights and close all shades to even begin to make out an image.”