Integrating Visual Communications into the DNA of Your Organization… the July 14th VCIG Live!

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How to Integrate Visual Communications Into the DNA of Your Organization

Educating and Communicating with and for Visual Communications Leaders and Managers

This panel is designed to help our membership understand how to create and deploy visual communications plans and governance that become part of their day to day communications landscape

Dr. Rod Zent, Executive Director, Texas A&M Educational Broadcast Services, Tony Hockenberry Coordinator, Interactive Communications, TTVN Trans Texas Video Conferencing Network, and Andy Howard, Founder and Managing Director of Howard and Associates will address the issue of How to Integrate Visual Communications Into the DNA of Your Organization on July 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM EDT. The host for the panel is J D Vaughn, Advisory Council Chair for the VCI-Group.
Derek Abrams, CVE, VSG, a VCI-Group Board member and Manager of Managed Communications Services for Oregon State University, said, “over 38% of our members asked us to focus on the issue of governance and how to make certain that visual communications tools are adopted and deployed to the benefit of their organizations. This panel is designed to help our membership understand how to create and deploy visual communications plans and governance that become part of their day to day communications landscape; plans that actually support and accelerate the adoption and deployment of visual communications governance and technology. Two of our panelists have deployed technology, systems and governance throughout the state of Texas, and have grown a core TTVN network that consists of over 120 primary wide area network sites and more than 300 videoconference sites.”
The panel will also address governance in a corporate environment, something with which Mr. Howard has helped dozens of corporate end users. Too often organizations deploy visual communications with the mentality of “build it and they will come.” However, successful organizations start with a plan that addresses how their users will integrate visual communications into their daily work processes and how these products will be managed and by whom. These successful environments see utilization increase by orders of magnitude, thus ensuring a successful ROI.
In addition to the discussion about how and when to create and integrate policy along with communications technology, the panel will discuss the benefits of strong policy when deploying leading edge visual communications tools. “It is not enough to deploy the right hardware, software and networks,” continued Abrams, “we have found that the organizations that succeed in our environment, have a visual communications plan integrated into the fabric of their business practices and operations.”
The VCI-Group is the knowledge-sharing community that shapes the Visual Communications Industry. The VCI-Group is a community comprised of end-users and vendors focused on videoconferencing, telepresence, Unified Communications and/or collaboration technology. Membership consists of individuals from organizations that make visual communications purchasing decisions or recommendations and create implementation strategies, and/or support the technology.
The Visual Communications Industry Group (VCI-Group) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to working to influence the development of Industry-based standards for multimedia collaboration technologies and applications, to improve industry products and services, and to facilitate the exchange of information among its members.
One of the methods used by the VCI-Group to keep their constituency up-to-date and informed is to leverage the education and teaching tracks available from their members during monthly VCIG Live! Sessions, and their Annual Conference. Members and guests deliver regular VCI-Group Spotlight sessions to the VCI-Group end user membership throughout the year designed to address the key issues raised by the membership. Members, and new members, can sign up for the session at http://www.vci-group.org/events.
VCI-Group focuses on facilitating educational and peer networking in the conferencing and collaboration industry. In addition to providing access to education, training, learning programs and “hot-off-the-press” news and information, VCI-Group’s driving force is to keep the membership very well informed and connected to their network of member professionals.
The VCI-Group 2012 Annual Conference will be held in Monterey, California on October 22-24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

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