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Conferencing Zone Week in Review: Revolabs, West United Communications, HealthITSecurity, More

April 16, 2016

The conferencing industry was front and center this past week, and we have some of the stories that made news.

Up top, Revolabs (a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corp), announced that it has achieved a 5-Star rating in a new Partner Program Guide. This annual guide from CRN is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel.

“The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs,” CRN said in a statement. Identifying the right vendor with the right technologies and the right channel approach can mean the difference between successful adoption of a new technology or business model and an awkward, unnecessarily difficult integration. Go HERE to see how Revolabs did it.

Webcasting will be an essential part of how we interact, at least according to West United Communications. According to its recent survey, 54 percent of employees use video conferencing on a regular basis, and 70 percent of those use free services, like Facebook or Skype. Some 23 percent use paid enterprise services. Video casting is good for a myriad of business functions; it can bring geographically dispersed teams together, help managers train remote employees, or allow sales professionals to close a deal in New York while they’re in Japan. Even marketers can benefit from video. Since popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter allow users to share interesting links, using the aforementioned Live feature drastically increases your chances of exposure. Also, people are more likely to share an interesting video they came across rather than an article. More details can be found HERE.

As communication options expand for everyone, so too do the chances for security breaches. One area where this can be a huge problem is in healthcare. HealthITSecurity, an online site that deals with such issues, took a deeper dive into the rise of healthcare being addressed by the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Once patient contact moves out of the realm of a secure environment, not everyone’s privacy can be assured. Are you at risk? Go HERE to see more, and be sure to go HERE to daily updates as they’re posted.