Our colleagues on the Adobe Connect team announced today that they’ve released a new XMPP multi-user chat pod for Adobe Connect 8 meetings.
This is a new meeting extension that lets Adobe Connect users participate in multi-user XMPP-based chat sessions – chatting directly with users participating in the chat using other tools like Jabber or Adium. This extends the collaborative possibilities of Adobe Connect into existing presence and IM systems, allowing text chats to integrate with, and escalate into, the richer Adobe Connect meeting environment.
There’s more detail available on the Adobe Connect blog, and you can download the extension directly from the Adobe Exchange here.
You can keep up-to-date on everything Adobe Connect by following our colleagues @AdobeConnect.
Hi – Bryan Muntzer here. I’m manager of Adobe solutions at Emergent, an Adobe partner. We’re a Public Sector IT Solutions Provider, with over 75 years of experience providing government customers with solutions to enhance their IT infrastructure. For the last four years, the Emergent – Adobe team has spent the majority of its time helping customers improve the way they collaborate – by demonstrating to them the capabilities and benefits of Adobe Connect.
Because the government world is unique in so many ways (when compared to the private sector), we decided to start a users group for individuals in government agencies using Adobe Connect today (and we know there are a lot of you out there…).
The Public Sector Adobe Connect Users Group was created so folks at government agencies can continue to collaborate, and discuss best practices—and any issues—around using Adobe Connect in a complex IT environment. Whether its dealing with Section 508 compliance, certification and accreditation, best practices around contracts and procurement, or any number of other creative use cases – this Users Group will allow you to stay current on what’s new with Adobe Connect, but importantly also discuss how you and your peers are using the solution today.
The Users Group features information about upcoming events, active discussions among members, and a variety of related resources. We encourage you to check out the site, become a member, and start engaging with your peers and us. We look forward to see and “talking” with you there.
We recently sat down with Arun Anantharaman, Adobe’s VP and GM of Adobe Connect, to get his perspective on Web conferencing and the Government market. This is the first segment of a three-part interview with Arun. In today’s video he discusses:
0:05 – His current role and background
0:50 – An overview of Adobe Connect
2:22 – The origins of the product
3:14 – Examples of Government usage of web conferencing
In parts two and three, which we’ll post yet this week, Arun covers:
Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) leadership held its first-ever virtual town hall meeting March 1 with Sailors, civilians and family members from across the command’s network of recruiting stations and districts throughout the United States.
Rear Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the 7,000-strong recruiting force, along with his wife, Martha, and Force Master Chief Christopher Penton, used Defense Connect Online and teleconferencing to connect with the nearly 350 Sailors, civilians and family members who participated in the discussion forum.
Apps.Gov was launched in September 2009 by U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra as a key element of President Obama’s initiative to lower the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government. The online procurement vehicle features pre-approved software that is compliant with various federal policies.
Adobe partner Carahsoft has been a key player in making innovative, cloud-based applications available to federal agencies via Apps.gov. In December, several applications were added including Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. For more information on techologies available from Carahsoft on apps.gov, visit their site.
Although I believe the media is creating unnecessary fear among the public over Swine Flu (and apparently I am not alone), the idea of a pandemic presents a good example of why telework should be part of any agency’s continuity of operations (COOP) planning. In the case of an emergency that affects public servants’ ability to get to the office, or safely work in the office, telework allows government workers to continue to serve the needs of the public from a remote location. But waiting for that emergency to materialize is not the best approach.
Cindy Auten of the Telework Exchange says it best – “One of the key strategies in having a business continuity plan and incorporating telework into it, is ensuring that you’re testing it often and you build telework as a part of your standard operating procedure — so it’s not a frantic, mad rush to the door to actually start your telework program at the last minute.”
Does your agency have a telework strategy? If so, is it part of day-to-day operations or is it a just-in-case strategy? We’d like to hear from you.
The day after his inauguration, President Obama issued a memo calling for an "unprecedented level of openness in Government." Many agencies are going through the process of identifying what open government and transparency mean to their operations. Others are already in execution mode – including the US Department of State.