Telehealth and its applications in the healthcare industry have been in existence for the last decade; and despite its obvious value and benefits, telehealth has not reached widespread adoption as was expected.


healothcare-diagnostic-desktop.jpgA study by Tractica, places telehealth video consultation sessions at just 19.7 million in 2014. The same study predicts that telehealth video consultation is poised for strong and stable growth based on key technology enablers such as better video conferencing technologies, increased penetration of connected devices, and broadband adoption. Telehealth video consultations are projected to grow eight-fold to 158.4 million per year by 2020 thanks to expansion in healthcare use cases, deployments, and adoption.



Pratyasha.jpgA guest post by Pratyasha Malakar, PR Specialist, Polycom India


Victory is sweet! Especially, if your efforts to drive business value gets recognised at a global platform like the Frost & Sullivan Awards a second year running. Polycom were again named the 'Video Conferencing Equipment Vendor of the Year’ at the 2016 Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards. 



Old-school or new age: Is technology a distraction in education?

by Polycom Employee Mei Lin Low (MeiLin_Low) ‎05-31-2016 10:50 AM - edited ‎05-31-2016 10:53 AM (1,070 Views)

I recently read with interest about a top school in Australia banning laptops in classrooms, citing the reason that technology was distracting and diverts from old-school methods and quality teaching. Although I can understand where this line of thinking stems from and hesitate to completely dismiss this notion, I believe it’s also vital that we understand the purpose and absolute relevance of technology in education. So let’s consider both sides of the argument. 




Pride of the huddle room, Polycom RealPresence Trio wins Red Dot Design Award!

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎05-26-2016 09:30 AM - edited ‎05-26-2016 09:33 AM (712 Views)

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If you think this pictured collaboration solution pictured may look familiar - then you're absolutely right. Polycom® RealPresence Trio™, transforms Polycom's iconic three-point conference phone, one of the most popular appliances in the history of business meetings! 


Today, we are delighted to share the news that this first smart hub for group collaboration was awarded with the Red Dot, the international distinction for high design quality. Find out how RealPresence Trio is not only about style - but is rapidly transforming huddle rooms into collaboration hubs. 




Superhero Mondays: Oak Lawn Marketing stays a step ahead of competitors

by Polycom Employee LukeSabatini on ‎05-23-2016 09:59 AM - last edited on ‎05-24-2016 08:49 AM by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) (375 Views)

In a competitive retail market, Oak Lawn Marketing, a leading branding and media company connecting customers through its consumer brand, Shop Japan, is always looking for a competitive edge.  Oak Lawn Marketing's vision of "Enriching Lifestyles Worldwide" applies not only to customers, product partners and shareholders (NTT Docomo Group), but to also their employees and society as a whole.




Viet UC Seafood, a leading shrimp farming company in Vietnam paves the way for their industry as they leverage collaboration technology to improve manufacturing processes. It is a big deal when we think of the sheer geographical expanse of the company's farms, the factories, the dispersed manufacturing and technical teams – just managing schedules to meet can be such a time-consuming exercise, not to mention sharing information among the teams!


Read on to see how video collaboration not just transformed the company's workflows, but also brought about significant savings. 




Ready your huddle spaces for Office 365 online meetings

by Polycom Employee LukeSabatini on ‎05-16-2016 03:18 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2016 03:24 PM by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) (376 Views)

How we connect and collaborate is changing. It's now about collaborating and working in real time with voice, video and content sharing–as a team. Don’t miss Polycom’s latest webinar ‘Ready your huddle spaces for Office 365 online meetings’ and learn how Polycom and Microsoft's industry leading collaboration solutions can help future proof these spaces.



What you need to know about Polycom RealPresence Clariti

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎05-13-2016 07:42 AM - edited ‎05-13-2016 08:45 AM (1,188 Views)

Roger.jpgCloud-first collaboration infrastructure software, flexible pricing and deployment options, and cloud-bursting service are all terms that come to mind when we talk about Polycom’s Polycom® RealPresence ClaritiTM  solution.


But what do these all mean for our customers and how will RealPresence Clariti address their collaboration challenges?  Roger Farnsworth, Polycom’s Senior Director, Infrastructure and Services Solutions Marketing was recently in Asia Pacific and helped us learn more.  





Brennon Kwok.jpgA guest post from Brennon Kwok, Polycom Asia Pacific’s regional UC Solution Architect for Microsoft and recognised by Microsoft as a Lync MVP:


When asked by CIOs to explain what’s key when assessing their future technology needs, it’s no surprise that Microsoft and its unified communications (UC) solutions are always integral to the conversation. On a recent visit to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), I hosted a series of design clinics for partners and customers wanting to understand how they can be more effective at deploying 21st century collaboration technologies in a Microsoft-enabled Workplace of the Future. 




The new age demand for work environments

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎05-03-2016 02:54 PM - edited ‎05-03-2016 02:58 PM (594 Views)

MiwahVanPic - resized.jpgIn this guest blog, Miwah Van, Managing Director of consulting firm Unvorsum discusses the relationships between employee needs, workspace design and technology in enabling organisational collaboration. 


Advancements in technology are enabling us to work and live in a way that has never been possible before. A person is now able to turn their car into a taxi service with the likes of Uber, provide their professional skills to anyone, anywhere, at anytime on Freelancer, and if you ever fancied opening your own hotel - you now can with AirBnB.  Technology is providing individuals with an ever expanding range of options in how they work and earn a living - never before has there been so much ability for an individual to have a global presence nor the option to leverage underutilised personal resources to generate additional income.




Tony Simonsen.jpgTony Simonsen is Polycom's Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. In this Q&A he discusses his first 100 days in the job, the evolution of Polycom's channel partners, and the trends driving the workplace of the future in ANZ. 


What have you learnt in your first 100 days in this role?
What I’ve found is that we’ve got a really good team of people in ANZ and globally, who are focused on a common set of objectives. There is a real spirit of embracing collaboration in everything we do here and truly enabling the Workplace of the Future.





Workplace Collaboration in ANZ – the key to our future economy and business performance

by Polycom Employee Kat Chia ‎03-24-2016 08:16 AM - edited ‎03-24-2016 08:25 AM (1,427 Views)

Following the Federal Government’s pledge to invest almost AUD$1.1 billion in the next four years to fund Australia’s ‘ideas boom’ and promote innovation, there has never been a more important time for ANZ businesses to evaluate and invest in the right workplace collaboration strategies. As Australia’s collaborative economy grows, business operators must develop new ways to bring together skills, expertise and knowledge of a diverse workforce, or risk being left behind.



Register now! Microsoft Conferencing in the Cloud webinar

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎03-21-2016 12:58 PM - edited ‎03-21-2016 01:02 PM (657 Views)

original.jpgA guest post by Niko Walraven, Director, Voice and UC Solutions Asia Pacific:

At our next webinar on Wednesday, March 23 you will hear the latest Microsoft and Polycom joint announcements that expand the reach of Office 365 and Skype for Business. Join me and my colleague Brennon Kwok as we take you through Polycom + Microsoft's winning partnership and how we can enhance your conferencing in the cloud experience. Register now to book your place at this session!






Polycom & Microsoft’s growing partnership: What it really means for customers

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎03-15-2016 11:14 AM - edited ‎03-30-2016 08:46 AM (3,921 Views)

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A guest post from Brennon Kwok, Polycom Asia Pacific’s regional UC Solution Architect for Microsoft and recognised by Microsoft as a Lync MVP:


Last week at Enterprise Connect 2016, Polycom and Microsoft made joint announcements which have had profound impact across the entire UC industry. Never before has two companies partnered together so closely to bring about a whole new level of innovation and technology for meeting room spaces and collaboration focused built purposefully for the cloud. While there are already several great blog posts on the announcements such as the one from Network World by Zeus Kerravala, this blog focuses on what those announcements really mean for customers in                                   practical terms.


What will collaboration look like in 2016?

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎02-02-2016 04:40 PM - edited ‎02-02-2016 04:42 PM (1,688 Views)

large.jpgBy Geoff Thomas
President, Polycom Asia Pacific 

In recent times, we’ve seen some incredible collaboration innovations come to life and the nature of work rapidly change. What has been very clear is that significant advancements in ‘anywhere, anytime’ collaboration, and the evolution of workplaces and workspaces are being seen globally. Today’s customers not only have greater freedom and flexibility of choice for their collaboration needs, but open environments have replaced traditional meeting rooms with hot desks and shared spaces. 




It’s a wrap! Innovation Roadshow 2016 in Singapore concludes

by Polycom Employee Weileng Tan (Weileng_Tan) ‎02-01-2016 02:55 PM - edited ‎02-01-2016 04:04 PM (987 Views)

To say it’s been a busy but absolutely rewarding few days would be an understatement! In a unique event held over the last two days in Singapore, a packed audience at the Innovation Roadshow 2016 has been gaining expert insights into shaping the workplace of the future. From fostering team collaboration and designing workspaces of the future, to creating universal communications with Office 365 and Skype for Business, the presentations and the energy of the audience was truly inspiring. As the roadshow heads to Bangalore, here’s a wrap up of the event in Singapore before we pass the baton…




Polycom® RealPresence Clariti™: the first visual collaboration infrastructure as a service

by Polycom Employee prateekkathpal ‎01-19-2016 03:28 PM - edited ‎01-19-2016 03:32 PM (1,254 Views)

Polycom last week announced Polycom® RealPresence ClaritiTM, simple, powerful, and cloud-ready visual communication infrastructure software priced on a simple model based on concurrent users that offers all the necessary software components for video collaboration. Hybrid cloud burst is an optional service for RealPresence Clariti that enables customers to dynamically expand their concurrent user capacity on-demand and as needed using Polycom’s cloud-based infrastructure.




Innovation Roadshow 2016: Your role in shaping the workplace of the future

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎01-13-2016 11:44 AM - edited ‎01-25-2016 04:08 PM (1,338 Views)

The Workplace of the Future is not a place; it’s a state of mind. It’s how you integrate collaborative technology into the DNA of your businesses to boost innovation, hone your competitive edge and drive topline and bottom line performance today and into the future. Why does collaboration matter and how does it bring real benefits and efficiencies to business? In a unique event to be held in Singapore on January 29, Bangalore on February 4 and Sydney on February 9, industry experts will provide key insights on delivering a collaborative workplace, and share best practice and lessons learned to help you shape the workplace of the future.




Prevention and Wellness: The new health culture

by Polycom Employee RonHealthcare on ‎01-12-2016 09:06 AM - last edited on ‎01-12-2016 09:09 AM by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) (1,120 Views)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – An old adage that we are starting to see health care systems and individuals around the world embody. Instead of merely treating sick people, we are all focusing more on innovative ways to integrate prevention and wellness into all aspects of people's lives, both to reduce chronic issues and hospital readmission and to address health practitioner shortages.  




Future of Banking - the withering branch?

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎12-16-2015 10:24 AM - edited ‎12-16-2015 10:26 AM (2,562 Views)

In this guest post, Ray McGroarty, Polycom’s EMEA Director Industry Solutions and Market Development, discusses how collaboration technology can bridge the gap in delivering tailored financial services to customers from anywhere and everywhere.


ray.jpgBank branches are slowly fading away, but demand for services they provide to communities across the country remains. It will be the delivery of those services that will change the most. Despite the advent of new technologies, such as mobile, cashless commerce and the like, bank branches were still said to be thriving in 2012.





Business Secrets of CEOs

by Polycom Employee Mei Lin Low (MeiLin_Low) on ‎12-09-2015 12:10 PM (1,255 Views)

If you’ve seen one of the more recent videos from Polycom, entitled The Secret, you would have had a glimpse into the slick, seamless world of a high-powered executive as he powers through meetings in New York, Paris and Sao Paulo, all within the same day, yet managing to leave the office before dark. What you see in the video is a demonstration that executives can indeed “have it all”.




Governments around the world today are faced with more types of emergencies and situations to deal with than even before - natural disasters, health hazards, social unrest, border control and acts of terrorism. Public Safety and Security agencies along with Fire and Health departments’ emergency and tactical response teams have been tasked to provide an ever-widening array of services, while simultaneously reducing operating costs and improving cross-agency collaboration. To respond to these requirements, they have invested in technologies such as video conferencing and streaming to address such challenges. 




Polycom@25: how we celebrated in APAC

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎11-06-2015 01:28 PM - edited ‎11-06-2015 01:45 PM (1,210 Views)

Profile.jpgA guest post from Luke Sabatini, Polycom's Asia Pacific Corporate Communications Coordinator 

In a global first for Polycom – we celebrated around the world with a 25 hour long video call to celebrate our silver jubilee (25 years).  On the same day, Polycom unveiled
innovative collaboration solutions
at an exclusive customer event in New York focused on advancing the workplace of the future globally. Polycom’s President and Chief Executive Officer , Peter Leav was quoted as saying, “Today, we are taking a quantum leap in achieving our vision of unleashing the power of human collaboration”. This is how we celebrated in Asia Pacific. (#Polycom25)


Watch the webcast replay: Polycom’s new solutions unveiled

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎10-14-2015 03:08 PM - edited ‎10-14-2015 03:45 PM (1,126 Views)

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Last week, Polycom unveiled several new collaboration solutions that will transform the workplace as we know it today. In a live event in New York and delivered via webcast around the world, the company announced breakthrough collaboration experiences that place people at the centre of collaboration.


If you missed this live event, now's your chance to catch up! 








Chua I-Pin.jpgChua I-Pin was appointed Managing Director, Polycom South East Asia in May 2015. In this Q&A, we discuss the key drivers of collaboration technology, vital considerations for customers investing in video, and what the workplace of the future has in store for the region.

What have you learnt in your first 100 days in this role?
What inspires me the most is that our technology applies far beyond meeting rooms. We have come so far in applying collaboration technology in the most innovative ways to enable transformations in workspace, experience and workflow in multiple verticals such as education, healthcare, and manufacturing.



Meet the Expert: Shirish Joshi, Director, APAC Channel Sales

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎09-07-2015 12:01 PM - edited ‎09-09-2015 02:27 PM (2,331 Views)

Shirish Joshi - Blog.jpgBased in Singapore, Shirish Joshi is an experienced channel leader, who brings over 20 years’ industry experience in managing partner ecosystems in the region. In this Q&A we discuss Polycom's partner relationships and how the channel will play a pivotal role in enabling the workplace of the future. 

What has been most important to you in this role?

In my role and focus area of channel sales, a couple of things are top of mind for me.

Being able to influence and work closely with the field to add value and relevance to partners and customers. This sometimes means going back to basics and addressing key criteria: do we have the right coverage in market? Do we have the right channel partner landscape to protect and grow our businesses in each country? Have we established a robust cadence of business planning and reviews with our focus set of partners? 




The path to enterprise excellence is paved with great communication and collaboration

by Polycom Employee Dani Boekel (Dani_Boekel) ‎09-02-2015 01:21 PM - edited ‎09-02-2015 01:22 PM (2,539 Views)

Most international organisations with high standards understand that delivering an exceptional experience for all customers is key. As CIO of Hawkins Group, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned construction and _MG_6928_small - Copy.jpginfrastructure company, Hannes Van Zyl has had plenty of experience with raising the customer satisfaction bar.

The strategy: implement the latest industry innovations and best of breed IT solutions. This commitment to excellence has led Hawkins Group to serve a variety of international customers and concurrently manage large-scale projects across continents. In this guest post, Hannes shares his key strategies for ensuring a satisfied customer.  




Brennon Kwok.jpgA guest post from Brennon Kwok, Polycom Asia Pacific’s regional UC Solution Architect for Microsoft and recognised by Microsoft as a Lync MVP:


Since the release of Skype for Business in May earlier this year, the premier UC platform from Microsoft has seen ever increasing adoption and usage in enterprises both large and small.  Many companies already on Lync 2013 are already in the midst of upgrading to Skype for Business while others who have no existing UC infrastructure are eager and planning to adopt the platform in the very near future.



James Ware - crop.jpgA guest post by James Ware, Senior Manager, Alliances & Cloud Services

‘We are in the (enter business type here) business; we are not in the business of running data centres.’ 

Sound familiar? This is a statement that we are hearing with increasing frequency from customers. Evidence would point to Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) customers being early adopters of technology, and cloud service adoption is no different. We lead the way, with many in the ANZ market rapidly adopting a cloud-first strategy. While there are plenty of organisations that still run infrastructure on their own hardware and manage their own data centres, we’re continuing to see an upward trend (that hockey stick effect) of organisations that have decided to outsource to cloud service providers in order to better focus on their core business.




At our recent ‘Are you ready for Skype for Business’ webinar, our experts fielded several questions from the attendees which covered integration within existing UC environments, impact on current telephony, video and content sharing solutions, and how you can protect your current collaboration infrastructure investments. In this blog post, we feature some of the most frequently asked questions at the webinar. Read on to find out the answers…




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