When Failure Makes You Better

When Failure Makes You Better
    

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I’ve written a good bit in the last eighteen months about Blackboard (progress made on its Ultra versions of Learn and Collaborate), and last year’s Blackboard Analytics Symposium, focusing on best practices and schools like Indian River State College and Concordia University Wisconsin.  But I haven’t written about Blackbo

Storytelling and Video Solutions at ATD TechKnowledge 2018

Storytelling and Video Solutions at ATD TechKnowledge 2018
    

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Storytelling. We know it’s effective in educating – Ebbinghaus forgetting curve be dammed when there a good story behind the learning. And who better to learn about storytelling than from Pixar, the studio that creates perhaps some of the most entertaining and memorable animated films. Last week in San Jose, California, Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s Director of Photography and Lighting, discussed some of the challenges she and her colleagues face in making these great movies in the closing keynote of the ATD TechKnowledge trade show.

West Acquires NASDAQ Webcasting Unit

West Acquires NASDAQ Webcasting Unit
    

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West Corp. is doubling down on its commitment to webcasting.

West this week said it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the webcasting business operated by NASDAQ as part of a deal valued at $335 million.

The transaction, expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2018, will more than double West's revenues from managed webcast services, according to WR estimates, and will substantially expand the company's client roster for digital media services.

AI Really “More Profound” Than Electricity, Fire? Maybe So

AI Really “More Profound” Than Electricity, Fire? Maybe So
    

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Can the looming importance of artificial intelligence be overstated?

Apparently not, based on comments from Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an interview with MSNBC and Recode set to air on January 26. “AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on,” Pichai is quoted as saying in a promotional preview of his interview. “It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire.”

Microsoft BETT Announcements

Microsoft BETT Announcements
    

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Thanks Microsoft.  I thought you’d send me a Win10 convertible 2-in-1 today on my birthday, but instead you decided to make a little eensie-weensie announcement at BETT about everything you’re doing in education markets.  I’m going to put all those free birthday offers from Starbucks and the local taco shack on hold while I parse this announcement.  

Put succinctly, from the Microsoft press release:

Brightcove, KnowledgeVision Unveil Integration for Live Streaming

Brightcove, KnowledgeVision Unveil Integration for Live Streaming
    

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The integration strategies of streaming solution providers are taking a new path with this week's announcement of a partnership by Brightcove and KnowledgeVision Systems to develop a combined solution for producing live webcasts.

Reading the Tea Leaves on 2018 Enterprise Streaming Budgets

Reading the Tea Leaves on 2018 Enterprise Streaming Budgets
    

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Projecting spending trends in the world of enterprise streaming technologies is usually a straight-forward business.

When we conduct our end user surveys at Wainhouse Research, we ask executives whether their organization plans to boost its budget for streaming technology implementations in the year ahead. Typically, a high proportion of executives report that budgets are increasing on a year-over-year basis.

"Frontiers" Quantifies Business Streaming Effectiveness

"Frontiers" Quantifies Business Streaming Effectiveness
    

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When it comes to measuring the impact of streaming on business communications, seeing really is believing. At least that’s the takeaway from this month’s edition of the WR Blog’s “Frontiers of Business Streaming” video series. According to survey results from Wainhouse Research end-user surveys, the executives who use online video most frequently for business communications are those most likely to describe streaming as a “very effective” tool for business communications.

ClearOne Q3-2017

ClearOne Q3-2017
    

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ClearOne reported total revenues of $10.6M in Q3, up 4% sequentially but down 18% year over year. As seen in the table below, the company’s video business is growing sharply, and represented 25% of total revenues in Q3, but couldn’t make up for the decline in the company’s pro audio business which typically represents 75-80% of the revenue pie. The company’s video business includes its VCaaS service dubbed Spontania, a set of appliance-based and PC-based video conferencing solutions, and cameras.

Cisco Financial Results Q1-FY2018

Cisco Financial Results Q1-FY2018
    

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Cisco reported revenues of $12.1B for the quarter ending October 28, 2017, the company's first quarter for fiscal 2018.  On an annual basis, total revenues were down 2%.  Figures highlighted by the company included security revenues up 8%, although security is but 5% of the total revenue picture; services revenues of $3.05B, up 1% year over year to represent 32% of total revenues.

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