Over the summer, the FCC Board of Commissioners made major changes to the E-Rate program, which will affect all participating schools and libraries. The board released these changes (the 7th Order) on July 23, 2014, and the final rule was posted a few weeks later on August 19, 2014. While some of these changes will increase the availability of certain technologies, it’s important to know that funding for other services will be gradually phased out. The board’s changes mean that there will be more funding for broadband, WiFi, and Internet services and less funding for wireless phones, email, web pages, […]
What do all superheroes have in common? Awesome powers, secret identities—and cool communication devices! Here’s a rundown of your favorite superheroes’ communication devices and how Jive’s hosted solution offers similar superpowers through our advanced features.
Effortless Power vs. Powerless Effort Those of you who golf know that it’s one of the most difficult sports to master, requiring the highest level of mental strength. Why? Well, besides the many components in your swing that have to align perfectly just to make contact, there’s the fact that our minds are our worst enemy. Our ego wants to crush the ball, causing our mind to say, “I better swing as hard as I can.” In reality, this is actually counterproductive. What works is perfecting technique to the point at which your upper body and lower body work synergistically […]
It’s hard to escape at least some exposure to the phenomenon that is sweeping the world one ice-filled bucket at a time. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over a substantial piece of real estate in social media, news outlets, and late night talk shows. At this rate, it’s likely that every publicly recognizable figure will participate—if they haven’t already—in this challenge before we hit Labor Day. Some of these individuals include Tom Hiddleston, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, George W. Bush, and Tiger Woods. The challenge is also finding its way into our personal lives and workplace environments. In […]
With this week’s Procurement Connection Seminar and EXPO taking place in Austin, Texas, we at Jive have been thinking a lot about the elements that make or break a successful trade show exhibit. Businesses often blame their lack of trade show success on a handful of different things: “We didn’t provide a giveaway.” “We should have participated in a show sponsorship.” “Our booth wasn’t exciting enough.” “Our exhibit space was too small.” The list goes on and on, but more often than not, the real cause of an exhibitor’s lack of results (if their product has proven beneficial and successful) […]
Have you ever been given an assignment at work and had that “I have NO idea what to do” feeling? If you answered no, don’t worry. Your time will come. It’s so common in today’s fast-paced workplace, that whether you’re starting a new initiative, or you’re at your first job out of college, learning to positively channel that angst can turn a seemingly hopeless rat maze into something a whole lot simpler. In short, learning to work through such situations will make you a better employee and ultimately better able to excel at your job. I have the boon of […]
You have to engage tradeshow attendees with different methods, just as you have to interact with your coworkers differently. Let Jive teach you how!
For the small business, it’s a big decision. Stay with your old dial tone system because you know how to work it, or jump aboard the new-age train and get a Hosted VoIP provider with all the new phone system features. The statistics show that most are moving in the direction of the Cloud, but there’s still a big problem. Most companies with a new-age Hosted VoIP system aren’t really utilizing it to its full (or even half of its) potential. You end up with a Cadillac of a phone system that you’re trying to push up a […]
The idea of a “creative” accountant has long been frowned upon, and for good reason. In fact, I remember one of my accounting professors telling this joke: “When asked the question ‘What is 1 + 1?’ the wrong accounting candidate would lean forward and say, with a conspiratorial smile, “What do you want it to be?’” And yet, at Jive, an innovative mindset within the finance/accounting framework has been vital in bootstrapping our business to tens of millions in revenue, 30+ quarters of consecutive growth, and a 9-figure company valuation. Take for example the experience with one of our first […]
You’ve already heard that Jive makes businesses seem prominent and professional, saves them bucketloads of money on their phone bills, and has a near limitless feature set, but what is Jive’s most staggering advantage over other VoIP companies? What is Jive’s calling card (pun intended), its bread and butter, its mojo, its special sauce, its Holy Grail? Answer: Jive is easy. Let me explain. Scenario #1: You run a small insurance agency. You’re prospecting for new clients, hiring employees, trying to think of ways to grow your business, and you’re swamped with paperwork. Your agency is using old phones that […]