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Planet comes first with Kinly’s green initiatives

Choosing the right partner for your technology needs is an undertaking that requires a lot of box-ticking – an experienced, proven track record often being high on the list of priorities. However, with the world’s limited resources now a prominent message in our daily lives, a company’s green and sustainability credentials can be just as much a decision maker as business relationships and marginal gains. Many businesses now operate a policy of working with suppliers who operate with a sustainability mindset – and Kinly is no different – but our commitment to reducing our own carbon footprint goes way beyond being selective in our business partners.

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How 'Bring Your Own Meeting' (BYOM) will impact meetings in 2021

The recent COVID-19 months have brought even more focus on workplace trends such as remote working and workplace flexibility. Digital technologies including video conferencing and collaboration tools have become a 'go-to' in facilitating business continuity amongst a remote workforce. With workplaces becoming more open to adopting different technologies, it’s important that productivity is supported and challenges are solved along the way. Today’s modern workplace is creating a need for more products and services that enable hybrid meeting environments, especially when the vast majority of meetings in 2021 and beyond will almost certainly always have at least one remote particpant. "By 2024, in-person meetings will drop from 60% of enterprise meetings to 25%, driven by remote work and changing workforce demographics" (Gartner) The rise of videoconferencing Over the years the workplace has transformed itself with new technology and trends; BYOD was once a ground-breaking concept, which is now very much the norm. The same goes for the rise of videoconferencing, a tool that many businesses have adapted to - in a way like never before - as workforces become more remote. The pandemic in particular has led a surge in the adoption of video conferencing tools, with workforces split up and relying on video communication to keep businesses running. Being able to bring teams together through the right solutions has been key but also being able to work together over video has been a critical step in the adoption curve. Now, the next workplace technology acronym is here to encourage businesses to adopt systems that meet the users needs. Today’s workforce wants to work with the technology and platforms of their choice; the tools which have enabled them to continue to work this year. Many workforces will avoid using equipment they aren’t familiar with or find difficult to use, instead opting for conferencing solutions that are easy and intuitive. This has paved the way for BYOM; 'Bring Your Own Meeting', which has been championed by Barco. What is BYOM? BYOM is a concept that allows users to host and join video meetings and share content using a preferred platform in an existing meeting room or space from their own device. Embracing BYOM is made possible by Barco ClickShare Conference (CX), which allows for wireless conferencing from any device using an existing meeting room USB camera such as Logitech MeetUp for instance. You have the ability to easily connect to the conferencing platfrom (Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Zoom, Google Meet + many more) and share content via your laptop, but importantly utilising the meeting room display and USB room camera for a richer experience. Transform a virtual desktop meeting for one into a sharing experience for many with a simple set-up process, due to a system that is compatible with the laptop device you may be using for work. Barco ClickShare Conference can facilitate a BYOM experience, in a range of diffrent meeting spaces within the workplace.

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How DFN was able to rapidly upscale its video conferencing services

The Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN) is the German national research and education network used for academic and research purposes. In 1984, it was founded by universities, non-university research institutions and research-oriented companies to stimulate computerized communication in Germany. In 2020, around 900 institutions in Germany are connected to DFN’s high-quality network.

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How video has kept us ALL in touch during COVID-19

Over the last few months, and in particular the last couple of weeks, it’s felt as though the world around us has changed massively - so many things are now operating so differently and life, at least for the near future, isn’t quite how we expected it to be. This is, of course, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic which means so many of us are in lockdown, confined to our homes away from much of our family and friends.

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