Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 .

Want some tips on being more productive in your business?

You’ll want to check out the latest ebook from Evernote Productivity Ambassador, Joshua Zerkel. The ebook Evernote @ Work, The Ultimate Guide to Implementing Evernote in Your Business has a number of tips on using Evernote to be more efficient. ÜberConference is one of the Evernote integrations mentioned in the book, and is highlighted as a tip for  keeping your meetings on track. ÜberConference’s integrationstarted as a way to automatically saves call summaries in Evernote, and last week added a new feature for sharing Evernote notes in meetings.

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 .

This week, UberConference, Zendesk and Esna announced that they’re joining the Cloud Alliance. Other notable members include Insightly (CRM for Google Apps), Smartsheet (Apps-integrated project management), Yesware (Gmail productivity for sales) and LucidChart. The resellers in the UberConference Google Apps reseller program can connect you with the Cloud Alliance partners.

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“We’re thrilled to add Zendesk, Esna and UberConference to the Cloud Alliance,” said David Politis, Chairman of the Alliance and CEO of founding member, BetterCloud. “These companies are three of the most dynamic players in this space and we’re confident their contributions to the Alliance will help to further our agenda of advocating for Google Apps specifically and cloud technology in general.”

Google Apps has 5 million businesses as customers, including 66% of the Top 50 startups, and 72 of the Top 100 Universities.

The Google Apps software marketplace has exploded recently. Although there are hundreds of apps in the Google Apps store, a select group of trusted independent software vendors formed the Cloud Alliance, to serve the unique needs of I.T. administrators and Google Apps end-users.

In addition to key whitepapers on Google Apps administration and product demos, the Cloud Alliance website contains webinar replays and the First Annual Benchmark Report For Google Apps. It’s a must-have for any company that’s gone Google, or is even considering it.

Want to receive updates from the Cloud Alliance to learn how you can better meet the needs of your Google Apps users? Click here.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 .

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UberConference is proud to be offered as a part of Sprint’s Google Apps for Work package. Now, Sprint business customers can optimize their Google Apps experience with robust conferencing features offered by UberConference. This builds on Sprint’s mobile-centric solution of Google Apps for Work, which is part of the as-a-service portfolio, OfficeFuelTM from Sprint Business.

“Sprint is committed to building a comprehensive mobile-centric Google Apps for Work offer and adding UberConference to our portfolio of value-added services helps us achieve that goal,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of business solution commercialization, Sprint Business. “Businesses will benefit from our combination of aggressive wireless pricing plans and robust cloud-based collaboration tools that help businesses remove obstacles for their employees and encourage them to work better together.”

Sprint offers a robust package in their Google Apps for Work suite. In addition to the great conferencing features offered by UberConference, Sprint for Business users get Carefree Cloud to help companies roll out these new products seamlessly within their company. Sprint for Business customers get 24/7 admins and end user support for both Google Apps for Work and UberConference.

In addition to their strong mobile assistance program, Sprint includes single sign-on and domain services. We look forward to hearing how the tools offered by UberConference and Sprint help make your meetings more productive.

Be sure to let us know how you’re using @UberConference in conjunction with @Sprint!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 .

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. ” — Aristotle, “The Politics”

When you sit down and think about it, many of the greatest accomplishments of the human race are collaborative efforts.  The cathedrals of medieval France.  MGM musicals like “Singing in the Rain” or “Royal Wedding”.  Democracy.  The Renaissance.  A Double Double Cheeseburger with Fries from In ‘N Out Burger.

These are things that could only have been created by a group effort, human beings working together.

Why?  Because we are, as Aristotle observed more than 2,300 years ago, social animals.  We live a common life together.

So if we live a common life together and are, at heart, social animals, why do so many teleconferences not work?  What, exactly, causes them to be disappointing failures?  I think I can confidently state that it is not because we are either beasts nor gods.

What causes many teleconferences to fail is a combination of insufficient technology and basic human politeness.  There are what I call “the pain points of teleconferencing.”   And they are solvable problems.

1. Set an agenda.  Stick to it.

Unless the teleconference is between NFL owners, nobody gets to talk about the Super Bowl.

Before your next teleconference, send out an agenda to everyone.  These are items we will be discussing, and this is the order in which we’ll be discussing them.  People are busy, and while your teleconference may in fact be the most important part of their work day, it is not the only part of their work day.  Nothing kills a teleconference quicker than desultory talk about the weather, the latest flu outbreak or last night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”  We all have other things to do today besides chit chat right now.  Stay on point, stick to the agenda, finish the call.

2. People are going to arrive late.  Deal with it.

It’s just going to happen: people are going to show up late.  They’ll have a million good reasons.  We don’t need to hear them.  We also don’t need to recap what’s been discussed already.

Think of it this way: somebody shows up late to Mass.  The priest doesn’t stop the proceedings, introduce everyone, and then recap what’s happened so far.  No.  If you show up late, you check where in the liturgy (agenda) we are, listen in and catch up on your own.

There’s no reason a teleconference can’t operate that way either.

3. Use technology that works.

Teleconferencing technology should do the following:

— allow automatic sharing of documents during the call

— visual identification of who is speaking and participating

— late entrants can join without interrupting — or stopping — the call

If your teleconferencing system can’t do these things, your calls are going to be less effective, more painful for the callers, and, ultimately, less collaborative.

We’re human beings.  We’re social animals.  We’re working on a problem together.  Any technology you are using that disrupts collaborative work is anti-social and goes counter to who we are in our essence.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 .

Today we announced that UberConference will showcase its packaged app in the Google I/O Developer Sandbox on May 16 & 17. Google I/Ois an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google’s product teams and partners. The UberConference team has been invited to demonstrate its implementation of WebRTC in packaged apps and connect with I/O attendees developer-to-developer to answer questions and exchange ideas. Packaged apps’ cross platform capabilities will allowUberConference to run smoothly on Chromebooks, Windows and Mac, requiring code only to be written once.imageOur implementation of WebRTC in packaged apps delivers a more seamless and powerful WebRTC experience to our users. Once installed, the user never has to click ‘allow’ again to enable a WebRTC connection to UberConference. Another benefit stems from packaged apps’ native-app-like capabilities. As an example, if you have a conference call starting, we can notify you on your desktop whether or not you have the browser open, and you can see or join the conference directly from the app.If you are going to be at Google I/O, make sure to stop by and see us.

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