Inzite Newsletter: December 2020

Newsletter Dec 17, 2020

Hello from Inzite,

As we near the end of 2020, it feels like a good time to reflect on what has been a challenging year for so many people.

For the vast majority of businesses, COVID-19 has presented significant challenges. Inzite is certainly not immune, but the pandemic has also created big opportunities for us as a company.

Digital transformation has been on the radar for years, but the crisis has brought the need for action into sharp focus. Now organisations the world over are seeking to formalise and scale their video calling capabilities, and Inzite is well positioned to help.

Our culture here at Inzite is customer-centric. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the challenges facing our customers across sectors – from higher education and to financial services, and building functionality to address those pain points. We hope this will enable us to build on the positive momentum we have generated and tap into the structural opportunities caused by the pandemic next year and beyond.  

I’m excited about 2021, and hopeful that the world will stabilize somewhat in months ahead. The New Year will inevitably bring fresh opportunities – and challenges – but I believe that we are well positioned to thrive in the post-COVID landscape.

From everyone here at Inzite, we wish you a restorative and peaceful Christmas, and a very happy New Year.

Best regards,

Darren Hill

Founder & CEO, Inzite

The latest from Inzite

The importance of security when building software solutions

Exciting news – Inzite has been accepted onto G-Cloud, the UK government directory for services that can be marketed into the public sector.

This is a great honour and we’re looking forward to working with G-Cloud to get Inzite products into the hands of public sector organisations and workers who need them.

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The virtualisation of events and what to do about it

Events are a huge part of business and indeed, life.

Since the unwelcome arrival of COVID-19, business meetings, conferences, sports and even social gatherings have gone online, transforming the way people live. The virtualisation of physical events has been an important trend for some time, but the pandemic has accelerated adoption. Video calling has stepped into the breach, with profound implications for events going forward.

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The future of the UK’s international student community

A growing number of students from all over the world are choosing to attend UK universities, which are recognised globally for their excellence. Combine that quality with a culturally diverse environment, skilled academic staff and the chance to live in an iconic city, and you see why hundreds of thousands of international students want to study in the UK.  

But COVID-19 is causing great uncertainty for UK higher education.

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The Best of the Rest

A Brief History of Video Conferencing

2020 has accelerated changes in how we communicate in the workplace, and with each other. A big part of that shift has been the mass adoption of video conferencing technology. Video conferencing is not new technology, despite incredible gains in both availability and use in the general public in recent years. So where did it all begin? This post on AllWork gives us the backstory.

Online learning has created challenges that universities and students must overcome

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, higher education institutions have done what they do best, sharing knowledge to digitally transform university life. But online learning has created challenges that universities and students must overcome. Further Education News gives a thoughtful overview of the subject.

The pandemic was great for Zoom. What happens when there’s a vaccine?

If 2020 was the year Zoom rode the pandemic to skyrocketing success, 2021 could be the year the videoconferencing company comes back down to Earth. Zoom started trading on the stock market in April 2019. One year later, the world was in lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic, and Zoom went from being a niche business software popular among tech companies to the way people did just about everything. What comes next for the company and the sector?

No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says ‘In-Person Telecast Will Happen’

As this piece in Variety explores, there will be no “virtual” Oscars. “The Oscars in-person telecast will happen”, a rep from the Academy and ABC tells Variety exclusively. This year, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences moved their annual telecast back two months to April 25, 2021, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is this what higher education will look like in 5 years?

In 2025, higher education will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning, according to a new Ipsos survey for the World Economic Forum. As a second wave of COVID-19 saw cases resurging across the globe in October, more than 27,500 adults in 29 countries were asked how they saw higher education being conducted in their country, five years from now. Here are the fascinating results.

Americans Got Tired of Looking Bad on Video Calls

The pandemic’s at-home workers are discovering what internet influencers have long known: If you want to be taken seriously, get good lighting. Or if you can’t get good lighting, at least make sure you’ve got your bookcase and houseplants in order! This piece in The Atlantic gives you all you need to know about looking good on camera.

Something to think about

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”

~ Chinese Proverb

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Darren Hill

Darren is the founder and CEO of Inzite. Darren founded Inzite in 2014 with a vision to improve online personal interaction for businesses and independent advisors.