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HP Skyroom - collaboration for this millenium

Peggy Dau - Monday, September 28, 2009

Hewlett-Packard is garnishing high praise for its new video conference softwareHP SkyRoom.  HP first announced the software in March 2009 but has demonstrated it at last week's DEMOfall'09.  The collaboration software is designed to enable dispersed teams communicate and share information and 3D images. 

This video collaboration solution incorporates features of HP's Halo telepresence solutions with its Remote Graphics Software.  This allows up to 4 users to see each other and make eye contact while viewing the prsenter's desktop with 2D or 3D igrpahics and full motion viewo.  The software also incorporates instant messaging softawre such as Microsoft Office Communicator or Jabber.

This solution acknowledges the increasing geographic dispersion of work teams and the growing concern regarding travel expenses to bring these teams togehter for face to face collaboration.  SkyRoom enables cost-effective alternative for enabling secure, online collaboration.  the software will be available on all HP Z Workstation platforms effective October 1, 2009, however it may also be purchased as an individual or floating licesne, with pricing starting at $149/single license.  For now, the software is only funtional with other HP Skyroom platforms and only within the  corporate network.

For further technical insights, Tim Wilson has written an excellent review at the Creative Cow.

It is promising to see HP leverage its Halo technology, HP Labs innovation and Workstation leadership to deliver a cost effective solution to enable spontaneous meetings with support for high-definition content which is so valuable for design engineers as well as post-production editors.  This solution takes desktop video conferencing to the next level!

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Welcome to MAD Perspectives

Peggy Dau - Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Day One at MAD Perspectives.

Or at least it's day one on the web!  The idea for MAD Perspectives was born in my mind in September 2008.  I was thinking about what I would do if I left corporate america.  I had been working for Hewlett-Packard for 23+years, at that time.  I had played a variety of roles , traveled the world and learned a lot about how to do business in an ethical, candid and honest manner.  I understood the challenges that large and small companies faced when considering new IT related projects.  I also had been steeped in all topics around digital media for the past 7-8 years.  Could there be a business here?

After doing some informal market testing with colleagues, business partners, industry analysts and friends, I decided to take the plunge.  After 24 fabulous years working for a company that remains an industry stalwart and the grand daddy of Silicon Valley, I happily departed to create a new consulting business.

You may ask, where did the name come from?

Well, check out the the page describing the birth of MAD Perspectives.  Briefly, it's the result of capturing the perspectives of valued friends.  There is power in capturing the mind share of many.  It is this ability to connect, collaborate and communicate that is the cornerstone of MAD Perspectives. 

While I was lucky enough to host a face to face dinner to facilitate the discussion, the business community is increasingly faced with wide spread, geographically dispersed employees.  How can they effectively collaborate to create greater value for their company?  Fortunately, digital media solutions continue to evolve to allow and enable employees, business partners, customer or consumers to share ideas, educate each other, dispel myths and more.  MAD Perspectives will leverage its knowlege of these solutions and the challenges companies face aligning such solutions with strategic and organziational goals to help companies adopt new models for their use of digital media!

Welcome to MAD Perspectives!  What's your perspective?