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BroadVision Selected by CIO Review as One of the 20 Most Promising Collaboration Technology Solution Providers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 — BroadVision, Inc. (Nasdaq:BVSN), a leading provider of business collaboration and engagement solutions, today announced that CIO Review has included BroadVision in its 20 Most Promising Collaboration Technology Solution Providers. The selection is based on BroadVision’s intuitive enterprise solutions that make communication and collaboration services in the workplace faster, easier and more engaging.

“Over the past 25 years, thanks to our amazing clients and partners, BroadVision has been able to lead the market in providing world-class collaboration tools and services,” said Pehong Chen, President and CEO of BroadVision. “BroadVision is extremely honored to be recognized by CIO Review’s collection of industry experts and influencers.”

CIO Review chooses their annual list of award recipients by a select group of industry experts and members of their editorial board to recognize and promote technology influencers. Through consultations and proposals with business leaders, CIO Review’s editors make their selections on a variety of areas important to tech business.

View the CIO Review article by clicking this link.

About BroadVision

Driving innovation since 1993, BroadVision (NASDAQ:BVSN) provides e-business solutions that enable the enterprise and its employees, partners, and customers to stay actively engaged, socially connected, and universally organized to achieve greater business results. BroadVision® solutions—including Vmoso for unified business collaboration and engagement, and Clearvale for enterprise social networking—are available globally in the cloud via the Web and mobile applications. Visit BroadVision.com for more details.

About Vmoso

Vmoso is a cloud application for conducting virtual enterprise communication, mobile workgroup collaboration, and social business engagement. It unifies five workplace activities in one platform: email, instant messaging, content sharing, workflow, and social networking. It empowers users and their extended organizations to communicate and collaborate whenever, wherever and on whatever device they choose; allowing for greater productivity in less time and at much lower cost.

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Ty Levine
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Dr. Pehong Chen to Participate at hub:raum Cloud Bootcamp 2015

November 16, 2015 REDWOOD CITY, CA  — Dr. Pehong Chen, Chairman, President and CEO of BroadVision, Inc. (Nasdaq: BVSN), a leading provider of business collaboration and engagement solutions, will be a Keynote speaker at T-Systems and hub:raum’s Cloud Bootcamp 2015. The event will take place at the hub:raum Campus in Berlin, Germany on November 25, 2015 and will focus on cloud solutions targeting Mittelstand (SME) customers, cloud services that enable digital transformation, and cloud-based IoT platforms.

Dr. Chen will present the opening keynote “Reflections of a Renewed Startup Company.” The talk will focus on BroadVision’s experience as a mature, 22-year old enterprise software company and its renewal as a “startup” to create a brand new and exciting solution set.  The story will include a lot of do’s and don’ts from this fascinating journey.

“BroadVision is thrilled to present at Cloud Bootcamp and participate in this event,” said Dr. Chen. “I look forward to sharing our insights and hearing from the young entrepreneurs in attendance along with our friends, customers, and partners from T-Systems.”

Dr. Chen founded BroadVision in 1993. In 1999 Business Week named him one of the original e.biz 25 Master of the Web Universe as one of the 25 most influential e-business leaders in the world. He has been a pioneer in driving innovative solutions to deliver business value in areas such as one-to-one personalization, knowledge management, e-commerce, e-banking, enterprise social networking, and unified communication & collaboration. With the recent release of Vmoso, Dr. Chen has incorporated his professional philosophy around communication and collaboration into a robust, enterprise-grade platform for business.

About BroadVision

Driving innovation since 1993, BroadVision (NASDAQ: BVSN) provides e-business solutions that enable the enterprise and its employees, partners, and customers to stay actively engaged, socially connected, and universally organized to achieve greater business results. BroadVision® solutions—including Vmoso for unified business collaboration and engagement, and Clearvale for enterprise social networking—are available globally in the cloud via the Web and mobile applications. Visit BroadVision.comfor more details.

About Vmoso

Vmoso is a cloud application for conducting virtual enterprise communication, mobile workgroup collaboration, and social business engagement. It unifies five workplace activities in one platform: email, instant messaging, content sharing, workflow, and social networking. It empowers users and their extended organizations to communicate and collaborate whenever, wherever and on whatever device they choose; allowing for greater productivity in less time and at much lower cost.

Visit BroadVision.com/Vmoso for more details.

BroadVision and its case-sensitive permutations are trademarks or registered trademarks of BroadVision, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

For more information about Dr. Chen’s keynote contact: Ty J. Levine VP of Marketing and Business Development, BroadVision, Inc. 408.390.6866 ty.levine@broadvision.com

 

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Construction Communication: A Vital Tool of the Trade

Construction work requires a large team of professionals, each with their own talents and goals, working together to achieve a common goal. These teams vary widely in their personalities, strengths and weaknesses, communication styles, temperaments, and sometimes even linguistic backgrounds.

Yet as diverse as a team of professionals working on construction might be, strong communication is essential for getting the job done right, on time, in budget, and to the client’s satisfaction. How can you build strong, solid communications among construction managers, architects, interior designers, electrical and plumbing contractors, landscapers, and a host of other professionals?

Establishing and Adhering to a Chain of Command

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It’s important that information flows properly through the chain of command, so that mangers and supervisors can coordinate the efforts of the labor force. Bending or breaking the chain of command can damage quality, run the project over budget, or cost too much time.

Communications regarding construction instructions can bounce around a bit. Sometimes, word comes directly from the client and makes its way downward through the ranks. Other times, the orders come laterally, from an architect or the construction manager. Occasionally, word has to make it bottom up, from the workers doing the actual labor who find a problem or potential problem and have to communicate it up the chain of command.

Building Trust and Teamwork Among Various Team Members

There are problems inherent in construction communications. First, too many orders get placed between the client or construction manager and an architect or engineer over a cup of coffee — never making its way through the proper channels. Then, when things don’t get done as agreed upon, it looks as if the orders were forgotten or ignored. The key to solving these types of communications issues is to invest in and properly use the right communication and collaboration tool.

In today’s construction environment, a communication tool needs to be able to combine all of the various means of communications — email, instant messaging, document sharing, workflow, social networking, etc. — into a single system. Furthermore, it needs to be accessible via any device at any time, so that the interior designer on her desktop in New York can communicate with the engineer on his tablet in San Francisco and both can pass along the necessary information to the construction manager using a laptop on the job site in Omaha. A tool like this works across platforms (desktop, laptop, smartphone, etc.), across zip codes, and across communications vehicles (email, IM, social, etc.)

Assuring Client Satisfaction With Quality Work, Timely Delivery, and Adherence to Budget Restrictions

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Clients don’t typically mind spending money, but they do mind wasting money. Good communications keep everyone on the same page so that the end product is something the client is happy to pay for.

With the right tool in place, team members at all stages and areas of the project can effectively communicate in order to recognize and address potential problems, plan for perfection down to the tiniest detail, and stay on time and within budget for the project. Better yet, a sleek modern communication and collaboration tool will allow workers to eliminate unnecessary and/or redundant information to streamline communications. For example, there is no reason to bother the master electrician with communications about the design between the interior designer and landscaper. Team members will be able to pull and respond to communications that are relevant to them and their work, while pushing or ignoring information that is irrelevant to their part of the job.

To see how a modern construction communication tool can serve your needs, request a demo of the BroadVision Vmoso app today. This app is ideal for communications and collaboration among construction crews, managers, engineers, designers, and the happy client.

7 Common Communication Traits of Great Teams

What separates the mediocre teams from the spectacular teams — the ones who lead their companies to explosive growth, tremendous profits, and extraordinary levels of productivity? Believe it or not, it’s as simple as good communication. Here are the communication traits that make for super teamwork and how your team can achieve the same results.

1. Great Teams Embrace Their Differences

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Team diversity means a diverse set of skills, which means that the team has multiple strengths and talents to benefit from.

Teams that don’t get much done are the ones who say things like, “Sue is just too quiet,” or “James is so unorganized.” The great teams understand that different traits, skills and talents present in different forms. For example, Sue is likely a deep thinker, and if her team learns to give her time and space, she’s likely to produce some incredible insights. James is probably a creative person, and if given a chance, can develop some out-of-the-box solutions that others never considered. Embrace differences, because those represent different strengths that will add to the power of your team.

2. Great Teams Share Goals and Aspirations

Would your team express their goals as, “I hope I … ” or as, “We hope we …”? If the answer is the former, your team probably won’t go very far. As it turns out, your tee-ball coach was right, there is no “I” in team. The best teams share their goals and work together for common success. The teams that don’t can’t expect to see success as a group at all, and are lucky if any individual members are able to make a mark for themselves. A whole team of great thinkers and collaborators is always better than one.

3. Great Teams Leverage Their Tools Wisely

Do your team members all have separate to-do lists, calendars, and contact lists? Or, does your team share these tools? Teams that do great things are those who coordinate, consolidate, and approach their tasks and challenges as a unified group. Empower your team with a flexible tool that is built for communication and collaboration, and one that makes it easy to share schedules, priorities, lists and works in progress.

4. Great Teams Show One Another Respect

Respect does not mean team members always agree. It doesn’t mean they never argue or that they approve of everything the other people do. What respect means is that even when they don’t agree, they do so respectfully. There is no name calling, nothing said behind someone’s back, and nothing done that anyone regrets. Great teams are respectful even when they aren’t in agreement over how to proceed.

5. Great Teams Take Risks but Do It With Smarts

Taking risks is necessary to break away from the norm and become something fantastic. P.T. Barnum did something out of the ordinary. So did Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, Steve Jobs, and Larry Page. But excellent teams take smart risks, not irresponsible ones. Recklessness almost never produces great results.

6. Great Teams Adapt to Changes Quickly and Easily

Change is going to happen. The difference between the great teams and the not-so-great teams is that the great ones embrace change, adapt to it, and use it to their advantage. The others resist change, complain about it, and make sure to showcase their disdain for the “new way” by lowering their productivity, decreasing their efficiency, and blaming the poor results on the instruments of the change. Which group do you want to be a part of?

7. Great Communicating Teams Hold Themselves and Each Other Accountable

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Great teams take ownership of their issues, both as individuals and as a group. They face their successes and failures together.

Teams that don’t achieve consistent results make excuses for why they aren’t as successful as they should be. Their manager isn’t supportive. They don’t have the right tools. The air conditioning is too high, and there is never any fresh coffee in the break room! The great teams know that success (or the lack of) rests squarely on their shoulders. They take ownership and responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions, and they hold the other team members (respectfully) accountable, as well.

Teach your team to be great. Hire the right workers, give them the right tools, provide them with the best training, and demand their very best. It’s what all great team leaders expect.

What “Cheers” Can Teach Us About Improving Workplace Culture

The 1980s smash sitcom “Cheers” introduced us to a Boston bar filled with unique and interesting characters. No two were alike, and the collection of individuals was greater than each one alone. Although the show struggled in its first season, “Cheers” lasted eleven seasons and became one of the great sitcoms in television history. So, what does an eighties TV show set in a bar have to do with the modern workplace?

The show’s creators set out to develop a comedy around a group of colleagues and customers who related to each other like a family. Effective teams, organizations and entire companies work best when everyone is focused and collaborating together. Cohesion is important, whether in a comedy setting or in a work environment. But, perhaps even more importantly, a team that works effectively together is not a homogeneous, ordered group where everyone thinks and acts the same way. On the contrary, the key to an effective workplace culture is variety.

What Cheers Can Teach Us About Improving Workplace Culture

What was once a formal culture based on hierarchy and structure, the modern workplace has evolved into an environment that is flexible and collaborative. The synchronous workplace, where people arrived at the same time, ate lunch at the same time and in the same place, and worked in one location, has become asynchronous. Workers come and go throughout the day, work in remote locations and juggle multiple tasks. The characters on “Cheers” exemplify this notion, with their lively entrances, sarcastic-yet-supportive relationships, all-hands-on-deck attitudes, and loyalties to one another—loyalties that were perhaps never more apparent than when we watched them band together during challenges posed by the characters from the hated rival bar.

Marcus Buckingham, a leading expert on high-performing teams and organizational performance, has led discussions about the modern workplace. Buckingham advocates a focus on individuals’ strengths as key to improving workplace culture. A high-performing team is not a collection of similarities; rather, it is comprised of individuals with different strengths complimenting each other. “Cheers’” odd-couple bar patrons Norm and Cliff were perfect complimentary characters, just like waitresses Carla (the argumentative cynic) and Diane (the academic optimist). Sam, the bar owner, was the lovable leader—arrogant for sure, but not so full of himself that he overshadowed the others. “Cheers,” like a superior sports team or an efficient organization, was a collection of colorful personalities and diverse talents. It can be argued that any team, department or organization should reflect the same.

In order to be successful, companies must encourage and nurture organizational dynamics that focus on building collaboration into the organization’s DNA. Executive leadership is not a nice-to-have bonus, but a must-have requirement.  Business leaders should mandate hiring and building teams that reflect a variety of skills, backgrounds, knowledge and personalities. But, leaders must also break down silos if employees can’t do so themselves. Differing points of views, when shared openly, do not bog down workflow; instead, they enhance the discussion and ultimately lead to better decision-making.

Today, leading companies have embraced collaboration and effective communication throughout their organization. This is one area that sets market leaders apart. These are the companies where everyone wants to work, regardless of the type of product or service being offered. What these companies have that others don’t is an organization that makes people want to do their best work. And, thanks to improved collaboration and a lack of silos, they are places where it’s possible that every colleague knows everyone else’s name.

Are there other television shows that embody the ideal workplace? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

How Enterprise Collaboration Tools Help Governments Work More Efficiently

That government should learn from and behave more like the private sector is a common refrain from many advocating for a smaller and more efficient public sector. While there are many areas where governments must lead and act as public entities (police and the military immediately come to mind), adopting tools, technologies and processes used in the private sector will improve how nearly all government employees work. For-profit companies have already begun migrating to enterprise-grade communication and collaboration tools to enhance knowledge workers’ daily activities.  Government agencies—large and small, local and federal—need to take the same step to work more efficiently.

A safe and secure collaboration solution will provide agencies with a platform for stakeholders to collaborate throughout the entire organization, connecting internal and external audiences to each other and to the agency. Information is contained in a single source of truth, more people are informed and engaged in the process, and faster decision-making occurs. Time is saved, work gets done more quickly, and information becomes knowledge which is more easily transferred to new agency personnel.

For some agencies, their primary mission is called into action when a crisis occurs, but their work involves months or years of ongoing preparedness, engagement with other agencies throughout the government, and side-by-side teamwork with hundreds of local and regional offices. Email, the current form of business communication used by most agencies, is static and non-collaborative. People and teams are siloed, pushing information out when it’s completed. However, organizations of all sizes, including government agencies, should encourage and promote a culture focused on high-touch engagement and collaboration in order to work more efficiently. An earlier and wider inclusion of people into discussions, policy and program development connects decision-makers with stakeholders and thought leaders.  More information is exchanged, which creates perpetual growth and learning opportunities.

Agencies must communicate internally and externally with peers, other government organizations and the public. Information that is streamlined and organized, into a single source of truth, is distributed more easily and the most current versions of files are always discoverable. Using an enterprise collaboration tool, built with communication, workflow, document organization and security at the forefront, will allow government workers to conduct business more efficiently. Increased efficiency will save time and money—two challenges constantly plaguing government agencies of all sizes.

A strong argument can be made for the early adoption of mobile-centric enterprise collaboration tools by the public sector. Government agencies make mission-critical decisions more often than in the private sector. When more perspectives are shared and more subject matter experts participate in the process, better and faster decisions are made. Traditional tools like email will not accomplish this goal. Using consumer chat and instant messaging tools are also not an option for data security reasons. However, when briefing legislators, engaging peer agencies, or meeting with staff at the local and regional level, many government workers are not confined to offices or cubicles. As a result, they need secure mobile tools as much or more than a knowledge worker in a private sector organization. Being able to seamlessly move between desktop to mobile applications is a critical requirement.

Vmoso, BroadVision’s leading mobile-centric communication and collaboration platform, focuses on these challenges and more. Meetings are a thorn in the side of the private sector, but government agencies have even stricter attendance requirements, making them mandatory yet more difficult to schedule.  Vmoso allows for virtual collaboration, reducing the need for some physical meetings. Discussions and information from meetings that do occur are transformed into actionable knowledge within secure Vmoso tasks, posts and chats. Vmoso saves time and money—less travel, greater engagement and more productivity. It is a secure and cost-effective solution.

Vmoso also replaces the black hole of information buried in emails. Government work is ongoing and agencies are constantly devising, revising and improving upon previous work.  Email information is static and often fails to reach outside a specific group. Vmoso helps circulate ideas and conversations from one team which may be valued throughout the agency or by peer agencies facing similar challenges, while also protecting sensitive information from leaving confidential groups. Email also has some security flaws and has proven time and again that it is the wrong tool for sharing confidential data.

Vmoso is the solution that provides persistent value, works naturally within your organization structure, encourages collaboration, and even serves as a project management tool for internal and external communication. Vmoso saves time and money and creates operational efficiencies that reduce costs and government overhead.

Check out the latest Vmoso video that shows how Vmoso can help government organizations work more efficiently and securely from anywhere, anytime, and on nearly any device.

 

What Separates the Best Collaboration Software from the Rest?

As remote teams and diverse workforces become more commonplace, a host of collaboration software has sprung up to help these workers communicate, collaborate, and get things done. Some of the software is free, others are paid. Some is elaborate and comes with a steep learning curve, others are so intuitive that the average user can be productive in minutes. What are the best features to look for when selecting collaboration software for your teams?

Look for a Tool That Allows for Both Formal and Informal Collaboration

Some business communications are formal by nature. Others call for a more relaxed, laid-back style of communicating. Your software should enable both.

Some communications need to be formal and structured, such as emails to respected clients or proposals to a new business lead. But other communications need to be less formal and structured, such as a casual chit-chat about what items to stock in the third floor break room or whether to print the new brochures on glossy or matte paper. The best tool will support both formal and informal communications so that workers can collaborate and share documents and files on the appropriate level for the task at hand.

Look for a Tool That Can Manage Long-Term Project Collaboration

Ongoing projects bring their own set of communications challenges. The best software will allow workers to consolidate all of the communications, documentation and files regarding a particular project so that it can be reviewed, referenced, and followed over time as the project draws on. This also empowers the team with transparency, visibility, accountability, and a handy audit trail, if needed.

Look for a Tool That Allows for Real-Time Communications

For many communications, email or another “get to it when you can” form of communicating is fine. Other times, it’s essential to get an answer or input immediately. The best collaboration software has chat and/or instant messaging features so that workers can get real-time information fast when needed.

Look for a Tool That is Cloud-Based

On-premises software is simply not a good choice for collaborative endeavors, for several reasons. First, it’s too expensive. Additionally, it’s difficult to install, troublesome to set up, must be continually updated, may not support a variety of mobile devices, and isn’t accessible to workers outside the office. Choosing a cloud-based tool eliminates all of these issues. Most importantly, the right cloud-based tool can be used to securely communicate and collaborate with those outside the organization, even if they do not have the same software or compatible software.

Look for a Tool That Supports Personal Relationships

Strong relationships make working together easier and usually produces a better outcome. The best collaboration software helps foster great relationships among your workers and their external contacts such as customers and vendors.

All work and no play makes Jack and Jill very dull employees. Communications software that supports interpersonal relationships is the very opposite of a time-waster. Strong personal relationships among team members, coworkers, employees and customers, employees and business partners, and other stakeholders helps get work done better and faster. Look for a tool that will help power personal relationships so that everyone has a vested interest in working together to achieve success.

Read about how the Vmoso communication and collaboration tool can meet all of these needs within your organization or watch the video to learn more about this new way of working.