Talking Allowed: How Workplace Collaboration Is Better with Technology


Despite the fact that email is a part of daily life (it’s officially middle aged at 40+ years old), for many of us nothing beats the art of real human conversation. So it’s exciting to see how Intel vPro technology can transform the way we do business simply by giving many people what they want and need: the ability to have instant, natural discussions.

In the first of our Business Devices Webinar Series, we focused on the use of technology to increase workplace productivity. This concept, while not new, is now easily within reach thanks to ever more efficient conferencing solutions that include simple ways to connect, display, and collaborate. From wireless docking that makes incompatible wires and cumbersome dongles a thing of the past, to more secure, multifactor authentication on Wi-Fi for seamless login, to scalability across multiple devices and form factors, more robust communications solutions are suddenly possible.

Intel IT experts Corey Morris and Scott McWilliams shared how these improvements are transforming business across the enterprise. One great example of this productivity in action is at media and marketing services company Meredith Corporation. As the publisher of numerous magazines (including Better Homes & Garden and Martha Stewart Living), and owner of numerous local TV stations across the United States, Meredith needed to keep its 4,500 employees connected, especially in remote locations. Dan Danes, SCCM manager for Meredith, said Intel vPro technology helped boost the company’s IT infrastructure while also reducing worker downtime.

In the 30-minute interactive chat following the presentation, intrigued webinar attendees peppered the speakers with questions. Here are a few highlights from that conversation:

Q: Is this an enterprise-only [technology]? Or will a small business be able to leverage this?

A: Both enterprise and small business can support vPro.

Q: Is there also a vPro [tool] available like TeamViewer, in which the user can press a Help button, get a code over a firewall, and connect?

A: There is MeshCentral, which is similar, but TeamViewer and LogMeIn do not have vPro OOB [out-of-band] capabilities.

Q: How do I get started? How do I contact a vPro expert?

A: Visit for vPro tips and tricks. Contact a vpro expert at

These interactive chats, an ongoing feature of our four-part webinar series, also offer an opportunity for each participant to win a cool prize just for asking a question. Congratulations to our first webinar winners: James Davis scored a new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and Joe Petzold is receiving SMS Audio BioSport smart earbuds with an integrated heart monitor.

Sound interesting? We hope you’ll join us for the second webinar, which will further explore how companies can reduce the total cost of ownership of a PC refresh via remote IT management. If you’ve already registered for the Business Devices Webinar Series, click on the link in the email reminder that you’ll receive a day or two before the event, and tune in October 15 at 10 a.m. PDT. If you want to register, you can do it here.

In the meantime, you can watch the Boost Business Productivity webinar here. Learn how you can boost your business productivity and get great offers at‌.

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