September 19, 2013
First, let me wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! The Adobe Connect roadshows for State and Local Governments was a HUGE success in 2013. Therefore, we are continuing the effort in the new year. We have 3 shows scheduled so far to kick off 2014. Below are the locations and the links to register for them.
Hope to see you there!
1. Salem, Oregon – Tuesday, Jan. 14th
2. Raleigh, NC – Tuesday, Jan. 28th
3. Nashville, TN – Thursday, Jan 30th
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September 4, 2013
Today, more and more agencies are looking to migrate in person events online. These range from one-hour events to those spanning multiple days. Many agencies have already succeeded in transitioning events online. In fact, both NASA and the U.S. Naval Safety & Environmental Training Center have made great strides in this area and found success in doing so.
Leveraging an online collaboration tool like Adobe Connect can make this transition smooth and successful.
- Adobe Connect meeting rooms are persistent. This allows meeting hosts and presenters to prepare poll questions, load presentations and more well in advance of the go-live date. This same room can be used for any necessary dry run session(s) to ensure everyone is comfortable with the flow and material well in advance.
- Adobe Connect layouts allow for a smooth transition of content throughout the live, online event whether you have a single speaker or multiple. In fact, creating a layout for every agenda topic and transition point is a great best practice. This reduces the need to quickly bring up and arrange a new PPT deck on the screen or draft a new poll question on the fly. Everything is arranged well in advance and the host can smoothly transition from the welcome lobby, to the introduction PPT, to poll questions, etc.
- The Adobe Connect Presenter Only Area is essential during large, online events for host and presenters to communicate and prepare material backstage (without impacting the live stage seen by all participants).
Please checkout the Adobe Connect Blog and Virtual Conference landing page for additional best practices and insight on how to migrate your next in person event online successfully.
August 28, 2013
*Originally posted in the Adobe Connect Blog
By now, most of you should be aware that we launched our latest version of Adobe Connect, Connect 9.1. First customers were upgraded to the new version on 8/17. It included some major changes to the way to schedule a seminar room.
The overwhelming feed-back we received so far from our customers is that those new changes do not work for them. As a result, we are course correcting and are adjusting the product based on the feed-back we received.
A few weeks ago, we announced that with the 9.1 upgrade, we will be more strictly enforcing the use of Seminar Rooms in accordance with the Terms of Service and EULAs, and requiring the usage of Seminar Rooms to be scheduled in advance.
As part of the enforcement workflows, a 30 minute buffer between seminar sessions was a planned requirement. Due to customer feedback we have changed the requirement as follows:
July 10, 2013
Adobe’s online collaboration and eLearning platform, Adobe Connect, is not solely used for webinars and telework efforts. It has also been used to help coordinate response efforts for emergency and planned events. The Homeland Security Information Network, HSIN, has remarked on their use of Adobe Connect in support of the Boston response and Kentucky Derby in the May edition of The HSIN Advocate. Here is a link to The HSIN Advocate and their recent use cases – http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSIN-7d10c4.
June 5, 2013
This is a great way to showcase how Federal agencies use Adobe Connect collaboration services to educate the public. Read below…
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May 27, 2013
A number of agencies I support have their own internal, Adobe Connect user group. I was privileged to recently be a guest speaker at an agency’s user group meeting and hear how one organization was leveraging the tool. Their thoughtful use of Adobe Connect technology to simulate their previous face-to-face summit blew me away, and I wanted to share it with all of you.
May 17, 2013
Bell Canada’s Private Cloud
Powers Adobe Connect
- outside of the reach of the US Patriot Act
I spent a few days working in the Bell Canada’s Private Cloud infrastructure, (Infrastructure as a Service from Bell Canada), setting up virtual machines, networks and firewalls. I setup the environment after meeting with some Canadian Government agencies where I quickly learned how important it would be to Adobe Connect available in the private cloud – all in Canada.
Now, the Canadian government will be able to test out this Adobe Connect deployment that is “all in Canada”. I’m pretty sure other governments around the world (and some individuals) will also be very interested in this new deployment option.
April 4, 2013
You know that feeling you have inside when you are prepping for a virtual meeting and need one last item configured, but you don’t know where to turn? Well, I’m here to tell you you are in good company. I’ve done it myself…**blushing**…and I should know better!
I wanted to create a blog with a list of resources you can go to when you are in a jam and need quick assistance. So, I have put this together below for your viewing pleasure. I would bookmark this blog so you can quickly access this in the future.
March 29, 2013
I engage with a variety of civilian agencies as they prepare to rollout their telework program. Everyone is looking for a tool to support their mobile worker and provide them with an interactive, rich environment that includes video, audio and desktop sharing among many other features. Multiple device and cross operating system support is also a requirement. You never know who you will need to collaborate with online!
March 24, 2013
The US Army in Afghanistan is using Adobe Connect to provide a place to meet 24/7/365 for the people and organizations involved in trying to keep the peace. This includes 20 or more base clusters and many NATO partners. The main room typically has 20 or more attendees in it at all times of the day – keeping in touch with what is going on. The main focus is sharing a map of current incidents and deployments. Breakout rooms are used when attendance in the main Connect meeting room begins to grow and various side conversations develop.
(The map gives all attendees on the team excellent situational awareness)