NVIDIA Announce the Most Powerful System in the World

GTC 2016: Always attempting to better every past project, NVIDIA have announced the DGX-1; the most powerful machine in the world.

Branding it as “250 servers in-a-box” shows you simply what NVIDIA have done to increase power while reducing footprint.

With deep learning being a vital key project for NVIDIA, the DGX-1 will allow for fasting processing of deep learning in a small form factor box in comparison to similar past products from any company in the world. It features 8 of the new Tesla P100 GPUs which were also announced at the show.

NVIDIA Unveil Tesla P100 GPU

GTC 2016: As part of NVIDIA’s GPU Tech Conference, Jen-Hsun unveiled the latest product in the Tesla family with the P100. Branded as the most advanced hyperscale datacentre GPU, it features 150 billion transistors and is based on the latest Pascal architecture.

Built on a 16nm FinFET process and featuring HBM2, this product is the latest in a whole host of new technologies from NVIDIA and should be the start of what we’re going to see across other NVIDIA products.

With AI and deep learning now at the forefront of NVIDIA’s thinking, the Tesla P100 GPU has been created to assist with making AI and deep learning among other tasks as fast as physically possible.

Steve Wozniak Experience Mars Through VR

GTC 2016: As a special guest experience, NVIDIA enlisted Apple co-creator Steve Wozniak to take the helm in the Mars Rover.

As an person who has made it clear in the past of wanting to sign up for the one-way ticket to Mars, NVIDIA have made it possible to experience the same thing without leaving the comfort of your own couch. ‘Woz’ as part of the experience chucked a VR headset on and showed us how real the overall feel of being on Mars was.

Jen-Hsun and Wozniak joke about finally finding Matt Damon but you straight away get the feel as to how immersive the experience of Mars can be.

This was made possible from utilising the GeForce GTX Titan to give the best possible quality taking into consideration how realism is of the keypoint and this leads to IRAY VR technology.

IRAY VR utilises a pre-rendered source of light probes that is then rasterized and reconstructs the image based on what the eye expects to see as a completed composition.

NVIDIA Show Off Everest – VR Goes Further

GTC 2016: NVIDIA have started their keynote for GTC 2016 by explaining the benefits of VR outside of gaming. They did this by showing what was done when they took one of the world’s most valued treasures and attempted to recreate it; Mount Everest.

The geometry used reflects every aspect of the mountain through the ice and snow to the way that each individual flake separates and swirls around in the wind. This amounts to over 108 billion pixels being used to supply the very best experience for the user and this is just the start of VR outside of gaming to give the user an experience that is unparalleled.

Looking forward to other areas allows NVIDIA to focus on some of the worlds wonders and bringing it to the user as an experience that they would generally not be able to see in an average lifetime.

To see what the fuss is about, check out the video below.

What Can We Expect From NVIDIA GTC 2016

With NVIDIA’s GPU Tech Conference due to start in 2 days time, we give our thoughts as to what to expect.

Do you think we will see a new graphics card launching from NVIDIA at the event?

Check the video below for our thoughts and opinions.

Do you think a new Pascal based card is likely to be announced?

Mushkin Display Latest Memory Products @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’re here at the Mushkin suite in Las Vegas, and we’re very happy to see they’ve rolled out several new storage products for 2016. First up we have the Eco3, which features the Silicon Motion SM2256 controller, SATA 3.1 6Gb/s, and read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 515MB/s respectively with up to 87,000 IOPS. Additional features include SLC caching, Enhanced Data Protection Suite and a 3-year warranty.

The Eco3 is said to be exclusive to Newegg, at least for now, but the Triactor is virtually identical and will be available globally. No firm pricing at the moment, but expect it to be fiercely competitive.

The new 2TB reactor features the 2246 Silicon Motion controller and will launch in Q2.

The Striker, an enterprise focused SSD, is expect to launch late Q1. It will feature 565MB/s 88,000 IPS read and 550MB/s 92,000 IOPS write.

Pro camera users will be happy to see their new ICON compact flash cards, featuring 1066x speed with data transfers of 160MB/s and 256 and 512GB models being available in late Q1. Most interesting is that they’re expect to undercut the market prices of popular cards by a big margin, so keep an eye out for these.

Their latest prototype, two SM2246 controllers in RAID. The system will still handle this as a single drive, and performance will take a little bit of a hit, but when it comes to capacity for NAS setups, but expect a fantastic price per gigabyte option somewhere in Q2.

Dell Demos Wireless Monitor With Phone Charging @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Monitor technology has progressed at an exponential rate and the future looks very promising with OLED, and Quantum Dot displays around the corner. However, one of the more unusual developments is a 23-inch 1920×1080 wireless monitor by Dell which allows you to mirror your screen on any Android or Windows device via Miracast and Bluetooth. Not only that, the stand has an integrated wireless charging sensor which supports both QI and PMA standards. When testing this functionality on my own handset, it became apparent that the pad has no problems with unibody design handsets, or devices with a glossy back cover.

The monitor will go on sale March 31st with a retail price of $429.

ViewSonic Unleashes New Gaming Monitors @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ViewSonic isn’t the first name you would associate with premium gaming monitors as their focus tends to remain on the mainstream market. However, this year, the company is launching a total of 8 new displays which target various price points. The most interesting models are the XG2401, XG2700-4K and XG2703-GS. The XG2401 features a 24-inch, 1920×1080 TN panel with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology. Priced at $404, this is a great choice for competitive gaming at 1080P, although competition in this field is quite fierce.

In contrast to this, the XG2700-4K is targeted more towards single player gamers wanting a 27-inch 3840×2160 panel with 178-degree viewing angles and superior colours via an IPS panel. The compromise to this is a 60Hz refresh rate, although FreeSync should help in this regard. In terms of pricing, the monitor will go on sale in late January for $913.

Finally, ViewSonic’s flagship product contains a 2560×1440 resolution, IPS panel and whopping 165Hz refresh rate. Not only that, the monitor supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync which many perceive as technically superior to AMD’s alternative in certain usage scenarios. As expected, this high-end specification comes at a fairly eye-watering price of $1217 and scheduled for a March release. In an interview with ViewSonic’s technical lead, I asked about the possibility of any 21:9 monitors entering their product range. Sadly, this doesn’t seem likely for some time due to the focus on making 16:9 displays and catering to a wider audience.

What’s the maximum you would pay for a gaming monitor?

AMD Unveils New Wraith Stock CPU Cooler @ CES 2016

Over the years, many designs for stock coolers have come and gone, with some good and others bad. Since the launch of AMD’s Bulldozer chips back in 2011, AMD has stuck to pretty much the same stock cooler design. While it’s not terrible, it hasn’t been that great, with high temperatures and noisy operation. To remedy this, AMD is launching an all new cooler, dubbed the Wraith.

With the Wraith, AMD is keeping the basic design, probably for compatibility reasons. Basic operation pretty much is unchanged, with what appears to be copper heat pipes leading away from a copper baseplate. The heat pipes curl around to an aluminium fin array that is cooled by a fan. Much has also changed as well, with the Wraith noticeably taller and beefier than it’s predecessor with a larger fin array. The fan is also improved with better sound characteristics and a black shroud with a lighted AMD logo.

AMD brings themselves one step closer towards parity with Intel who has been steadily improving their own coolers as well. The release of the new stock cooler comes perfectly in time for AMD’s new Zen architecture on 14nm FinFET. Ironically, Zen and the new 14nm FinFET process will likely reduce the heat load put out.

Gigabyte Updates BRIX Line-Up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The Gigabyte BRIX series exemplifies how compact barebone systems can be and created a new small form factor which seemed impossible at the time. Recently, Gigabyte decided to update the range to add support for Intel’s latest 6th generation processors. More specifically, models come in a number of i3, i5 and i7 variants to give users the flexibility to purchase the SKU which suits their specific requirements. As expected, the many of BRIX units support for a 2.5″ SSD/HDD as well as a copious supply of USB connectors.

During CES this year, Gigabyte showcased the new BRIX units which feature Thunderbolt 3 connectivity which is available over USB 3.1 Type-C. This 40Gb/s connector can daisy chain up to 12 devices and supports Display 1.2 to cope with 4K setups. On another note, Thunderbolt 3’s Power Delivery 2.0 is so useful to quickly charge smartphones, tablets and other essential equipment.

Latest Polar Smart Watches @ CES 2016

Smart watches are everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got room for even more. While many smart watches are tailored to the consumer, the new series from Polar are targeted at professional athletes. The V800 is packed full of features, ideal for the triathlete, or multisport athelets, as it’ll help monitor running, cycling, swimming and much more.

The M400 still packs a lot of high-end features, but is more tailored to urban and trail runners, afterall, if you don’t do triathalons, the V800 is likely overkill for your needs.

The bike computers are pretty slick too, featuring clear displays, GPU, performance tracking, great battery life and more.

There’s no doubt that these will be popular units, as they’re stylish, light weight, feature heart rate monitors, profiles, free app and web services, have clear displays and are designed to withstand the elements in their respective catagories. We’ve no details on the prices, but given their focused nature, they’re not going to be cheap. They may however be essential to the pros.

QNAP Display TAS-268 Android Powered NAS @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’ve seen all kinds of NAS hit the market over the years, but the latest from QNAP, the TAS-268 Android, really stands out from the crowd. It’s no secret that operating a NAS can be a little daunting for the average consumer, but Android OS is something a lot more people are familiar and comfortable with using. The Android-powered NAS boots right up to the Android desktop, giving you access to the Play Store and all the apps that come with it, meaning you can tap into Netflix, Amazon Prime, Plex, and so much more right out of the box.

With 2 x 3.5″ bays giving you up to 12TB of storage, this could be ideal for those who need to backup all their data from smartphones, tablets, desktop systems and more, while also offering a full suite of multimedia features for the family entertainment system(s). Those wanting to dive into more advanced features will still find the amazing QTS interface too, giving you the choice of an Android multimedia station and standard NAS at the touch of a button. With HDMI output, four USB ports, Gigabit LAN and more, this is a great little unit.

The unit is tool-free, making it very user friendly and QNAP also said there will be a more affordable 1-Bay unit available soon too. Stay tuned for more information on this one in the coming weeks.

QNAP Demo Latest Braswell Power NAS Range @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The latest range of NAS from QNAP may look fairly similar to the current range, but they’re so much better than ever before! The new TS-253A comes equipped with an updated 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 4GB of DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 8GB). The new CPU setup not only means faster processing and performance in general, but it’ll also unlock the power needed for Ultra HD 4K and 2K video playback, ideal for those of you who use a HTPC, Plex, or the built-in media functions on the NAS its self.

To add to the multimedia performance, you’ll now also find a pair of HDMI ports, and two microphone sockets for Karaoke functions. Overall, a pretty fantastic setup, and don’t worry about storage, as there is also the 4-bay, 6-bay and 8-bay models featuring the same set of upgrades.

Finally, the NAS now features native Linux OS, so you can boot directly to the desktop OS or right into the NAS, giving you a whole host of extended functionality. We’ll have details on pricing for you shortly, look out for full reviews in the coming weeks.

 

AMD Displays The Benefits of HDR Colour @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Display resolutions, and the quality of panels used have progressed at a blistering pace. The advent of IPS 8-bit and even 10-bit screens for professional photo editing has made TN technology seem so outdated. While TN still has an quicker response time, IPS panels are starting to catch up and even come in high refresh models. Furthermore, the advent of quantum dot displays and OLED panels results in a more vivid, and vibrant image which almost defies belief. Today, AMD showcased the massive difference between a High Dynamic Range and SDR TV. Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to capture the Milo HDR demo and relay in quantitative terms how much better the HDR image is.

On the left, an LG 55EF9500 OLED TV was used, while the right picture is displayed on an LG 4600 LED TV. In simple terms, HDR produces enhanced luminance, and formulates a much sharper image. As a result, blacks are much darker, and there’s a greater contrast between colours. Hopefully you can see from this comparison shot, the enhanced detail and sharper focus.

Razer Core External GPU Enclosure Demoed by AMD @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Razer’s latest Stealth Blade ultrabook can be accompanied by an external graphics card enclosure which supports a maximum size of 5.98 in./152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in./44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in./310 mm. This is more than enough to accommodate the majority of GPUs available today including the unbelievably long Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X which measures 305mm. The installation procedure only takes a matter of seconds as the aluminium housing slides open without any effort and only requires a single screw to hold into position.

Even more fascinating, AMD GPUs are hot-swappable with a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-Type C cable. This is unlike anything I’ve seen before and a huge selling point. Please note, this is only possible due to AMD’s drivers and any NVIDIA GPUs will blue screen and require a hard reboot.

On another note, the device only requires a single PSU cable which powers the unit while charging the main laptop. This cuts down on clutter and makes the device a more portable proposition. Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, Chroma lighting, and four USB 3.0 ports. Overall, the Razer Core impressed me a great deal and the advent of hot swappable AMD GPUs is fantastic!

New EVGA Power Supplies on Show @ CES 2016

CES 2016: EVGA take their power supplies pretty seriously, so it’s no surprise that they rolled them all out to Las Vegas this year to show off in their suite. As you can see, we’ve got the latest 850 GQ, the Supernova 850 T2 and the Supernova 750 T2, perfect companions for any high-end gaming build.

Of course, that’s not all they do as this little mountain of PSUs demonstrates, as this is every PSU model they currently produce, from the low wattage affordable units, right up to their 1000W G2 and beyond. There’s a lot of great units here and there’s little doubt that we’ll see more additions to the range throughout this year. Lucky for our readers, we’re also expecting a shipment of these to test ourselves, and we’re really looking forward to showing you what they can do in the near future.

Have you ever owned an EVGA PSU?

We Checkout the Samsung Booth @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Samsung are one of the biggest tech companies in the world and after a quick walk around their colossal booth at CES 2016, it’s easy to see why.

First up, these stylish Samsung Level U headphones with their hybrid neckband mounting.

As well as a wide range of other headphones, we tested a few out and even in the noisy show floor, they sounded pretty fantastic.

The Gear S2 shown off in all its glory, with a huge range of custom straps, UI’s and more being shown off to demonstrate the watches versatility.

The popular Galaxy Gear was only on show in a few different configurations.

Gear VR, a more budget friendly virtual reality experience which works with the latest Samsung smartphones was also demonstrated. The tech is really cool, although given that it’s powered by Oculus tech, it was bound to be. Personally, I still don’t think it has what it takes to compete with the full fat Oculus or rival offerings such as Vive.

Some fantastic new Notebooks, super light, premium build quality and powerful processors. Nothing really new, just the usually hardware upgrades and price changes.

One of the real stars of the show were the world’s slimmest TV and quantum dot displays. There’s no real way to explain the picture quality, it’s certainly bigger, better and sharper than ever before, but this is crazy money territory and will be for a couple of years yet. Either way, it’s nice to see there’s still advancements being made beyond the current resolution boost.

Of course, if money was no object, you could invest in this monstrosity, just the thing you need for gaming in the living room, right?

Smart Wheel @ CES 2016

We’ve seen a lot of weird and wonderful things at this year’s CES 2016, but this one really made me wonder “why?” The smart wheel is a device that can help monitor how safe you drive, but I can’t help but think it’s a little redundant. The Smart Wheel straps to your wheel, and it doesn’t look especially attractive. It can monitor your hand position to tell you how safe your driving is, which is no bad thing, but I can’t help but wonder who’s actually going to buy this product?

I’m all for safety and learning tools, but I guess I can’t see the angle on this product. Would you have the Smart Wheel installed in your car, or do you think theirs a professional application for the device in today’s market? Let us know in the comments section below.

Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer Demoed @ CES 2016

CES 2016: 3D Printing is possibly the most exciting technological development in recent years and has the potential to change the world. This is a bold statement, but the option to scan any custom design and create a working 3D model is astonishing. Since 2013, Ultimaker have been a popular choice in the medical profession and small production lines due to the precision and reliability of their 3D printing hardware. Furthermore, the company has priced their 3D printers quite competitively which makes them a great value proposition. During CES 2016, the company showcased two new products; the Ultimaker2+ and the Ultimaker2 Extended+.

As the name suggests, the Extended+ is designed to print off larger items. Both units now feature interchangeable nozzles which can be easily changed in seconds. This makes maintenance extremely easy. Additionally, the products now have a more powerful gear feeder and enhanced print head cooling. In terms of pricing, the Ultimaker2+ retails for $2,499 while the Ultimaker2 Extended+ costs $3,030.

Wacom Smart Writer @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Ever feel like the touch screen on your iPad just isn’t accurate enough to write on, draw on, or to capture those inspirational moments? The Smart Writer from Wacon solves this. Draw or write what you need on normal paper, then when you’re done, just hit the transfer button and it’s instantly transferred to the app. Make a mistake? Not a problem! The app allows you to wind back the time line and even split the timeline into multiple files, load them in editing software, detect the text and move it to a doc, send to pdf and so much more.

I tested it out and the accuracy was simply amazing. This is going to be great for artist, people who like to score music, taking minutes in meetings and so much more.

The whol eunit is quite slim and comes in the form of a stylish carry case for your iPad, and best of all, it can be used with any normal pen!

If you need to recharge it, simply hook up a microUSB and you’re good to go.

Latest D-Link Devices on Show @ CES 2016

CES 2016: D-Link are one of the best-known networking brands on the market today, and that clearly shows with their product ranges on display at CES. The first thing to catch my eye was their new Smart Alarm Detector, the DCH-S165, not only does it keep you safe by detecting photoelectric and electrochemical issues, it’ll monitor sound, alert you via mobile, connect to other D-Link devices for data tracking and more! This is a cool thing to have in the home or office.

As always, some extreme looking routers, equipped with powerful transmitters, giving huge range, super fast connections and capable of handling a huge range of devices. Perfect for the modern connected home, or even a small business setup.

Going bigger? If your network demands the lowest pings, the fastest speeds and a lot of devices, then the AC5300 is the way to go. It certainly looks impressive, and as you can see below, it has the specifications to match its appearance.

Aside from a few storage devices, and their amazing routers, you’ll also find their new DCS-2630L, a wide view Wi-Fi camera that is perfect for home security. With sound and PIR motion, a microSD slot for local recording and more, this is a nice little camera, and the compact design means it’s going to be super easy to install and use.

Linksys Booth @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’re here at the Linksys booth, taking a look at their latest and greatest product ranges for 2016, and as you might have expected, there’s a range of powerful routers and switches on offer.

The EA7500 comes equipped with all the latest features you would expect, delivering powerful wi-fi with a triple set of transmitters, and a well ventilated design to ensure stable operation 24/7.

One this that really caught my attention is their new car charging solution. At the end of the day, it’s a power adaptor and some USB cables, but what really makes a difference is the build quality. Shielded and braided cables, durable connectors and more will ensure this one just keeps on going, and that could be an important investment for those who find their connectors wear out from excessive use on a daily basis.

All the usual bits and bobs are here too, from USB, HDMI and many other port types, so next time you struggle to connect one thing to another, Linksys certainly have you covered.

We’ll be taking a much closer look at these products in the near future, so stay tuned for updates and more details on all of it here at eTeknix.

3D Rudder VR Controller @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The VR market is no stranger to innovation, with new bits of tech cropping up almost daily! The new VR headsets are obviously on their way and coming to market early this year, but VR controllers are certainly booming now too. The latest is the 3D Rudder, which looks more like a set of bathroom scales, but is actually a very practical and easy to use game controller. The device works by placing both your feet on is while sitting down. You can then use it like an analogue stick, allowing you to lean and navigate your environment while keeping your hands free. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the information on price, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more. Is this something you could see yourself using for VR? Let us know in the comments section below.

Seiki Unveils New Displays @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Seiki is an upcoming brand which already produces a number of incredibly affordable televisions and has a significant user base in the UK. Their impressive growth stems from the emergence of absurdly cheap 4K TVs well before the likes of LG, Samsung and more catered towards the mainstream market. Back when 4K TVs could cost over £700, Seiki, unveiled budget models for only £300. Given this success story, Seiki is expanding into other markets, and releasing 4K connected TVs which vary in size between 40″ and 65″. Seiki have also implemented Bongiovi DPS technology to create fantastic audio reproduction which improves clarity, adds missing harmonics and enhances bass resonance.

The company is also moving into the 4K monitor arena with MVA panels which utilize a 3.5ms response time, vibrant colours and 178-degree viewing angles. This makes it a great choice for PC gamers seeking the 4K experience on a budget. In terms of screen size, the 4K monitors will come in 28″, 32″ and 40″ variants. These displays are very promising and after speaking to the rep at CES 2016, we should be receiving review samples of these monitors very soon.

When more information arises about the pricing, and availability, we will update the article.

Airmega Smart Connected Air Purifier @ CES 2016

CES 2016: There’s lots of cool tech on show this year, such as these fantastic looking Airmega air purifiers, which look like something out of Aperture Laboratories! With smart connected features that allow you to monitor air quality, control the air flow, monitor filter lifespan and more. Motion and light sensors will check when you’re sleeping and put the device to sleep, unless the air is in a bad way, then it will keep working, but you can manually control it too.

What’s special is the filters, which are said to last a year each, and can be bought for around $130 for both, this is hundred cheaper than the competition and could be a real cost saver for those living in environments with poor air quality.

We really like this product and can’t wait to see more from this company. The units look great, they’re going to be competitively priced, they’re super efficient and a superb addition to the home for anyone living in inner city areas or with allergies.

Facebook to Blame for Poor iPhone Battery Life

As an avid user of an iPhone 6 Plus, I’m sure that most will be aware of how great the battery life can be, but on the other hand, how downright bad it can also be. There are times when I find that even a whole day is pushing it for general use of my Apple device.

The iPhone 6S Plus is said to have some slight improvements and with the latest iteration of the operating system from the mobile mogul; iOS 9, one would hope that battery life would be greatly improved and while it was, there are certain aspects that hinder it at the same time, and a prime example of this would be the illustrious and popular Facebook app.

The news of this issue came to light by Matt Galligan on Twitter when he vented his anger at the issue.

https://twitter.com/mg/status/653239766780022785/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Feel free to check this yourself, as I did just that and can confirm that the app is indeed hogging a lot of my resources, and yes it’s worth noting that I am currently charging my iPhone as it comes towards 5pm.

A fix is apparently in the works according to Tech Crunch but when this will be rolled out is anyone’s guess.

An official statement to them reads:

“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.”

Until then, you will either have to put up with the terrible battery drain or delete the Facebook app for now until a fix is released, and for those wondering, Android is not affected.

Use Video to Make Internal Communications Fun

Do you know how many browser games your staff is playing? You may have key personnel so bored in that standing meeting that they’re doing an open-eyed lecture hall doze. Meetings are often looked upon as a necessary evil, but well run meetings can be therapeutic for stressed professionals, who are disengaged from their workplaces and coworkers in distressing numbers, according to a Gallup poll. That these workers comprise some of the most highly educated and experienced workers in the payroll should be a sign to put the common wisdom of human resources into the dumpster and rethink how employees engage with management and how they can feel more engaged and satisfied with their work and working environment.

Getting Rid of the Cube Farm Mentality

The first step in opening up the workplace and re-engaging staff is to rethinking the fallacy that more meetings are a good thing. Don’t think that people don’t value meetings, they do! However, when a Verizon whitepaper puts the average number of meetings a busy professional at 60 per month, there’s something wrong with that. Revising your meeting schedule is not going to go over well with some people in your organization is not going to go over well. There are managers and executives in any organization who call meetings just so that they can feel important, and from the feeling that sound and motion are indicative of progress. However, to carry the sound and motion analogy a little further, in the case of swimming, sound and motion can also be indicative of drowning as well as swimming, but the two activities are nothing alike.

Meetings need to serve a purpose that can’t otherwise be covered by an email blast, a phone call, or even a face-to-face in the break room over donuts and coffee. Meetings also need to take into account the disruptions to workflow caused by even a small meeting held by people who work in the same office, much less those who might be working in different time zones, reporting from a remote location where work is ongoing, or even on another continent. Getting your teams together wherever they with a cloud based app like BlueJeans that can cover a room or just a single person on their smartphone is a flexible, scalable way to make sure that everyone’s included. Team collaboration with BlueJeans is easy, and can be fun, especially when used by team members to communicate on a regular basis, share content in app, and even brainstorm face to face from anywhere. All this and no IT guy needed!

Face Time Needed

Giving your staff the face to face meeting time they need is one way to increase engagement and revive a sense of purpose and even enthusiasm from a creative process that has become less about creative and more about process. Businesses need to keep the new blood and wise heads engaged in a competitive business environment, with room for creativity, valuable input, and participation. While a lot of day-to-day operations can be handled with emails and phone calls, there are times when you need a face in front of you. A Gigaom study showed that 87 percent of videoconferencing feel more connected and involved with their teams, their projects, and the processes. For burned out employees, putting meetings in the hands of someone who knows how to run one can be a therapeutic experience, even if they’re not in the actual room.

In time, and with use, team members will find that using video for conferences, meetings, and symposiums feels natural, and is no more an interruption to their work flow than a trip to the coffee house on lunch hour. Talking to one another singly or in groups is easy when you don’t need Bill from IT to set up and manage every meeting, and cloud based video conferencing apps are secure enough to share even sensitive content. It’s the age of big data, and also the age of some very big data hacks, so be sure that you pick a secure application, as well as one that is easy to use.

It’s the 2000s

A lot of the so-called “classic management” is to blame for employee disengagement. Instead of being results focused, the HR process and policies have come to take center stage and in some cases brew a toxic environment where nobody’s happy. Classic management is not diverse, does not reward creativity, and can lock out some people who have tremendous abilities to offer any company. This outmoded, micromanaged, bottom-line style is stacked against your staff.  If, instead, you can think about HR as your talent office, and your staff as your talent pool, you might just find that you have some real star power hanging around the coffee pot some morning.