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Bring enterprise class features to YouTube videos

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Despite being a transformational video content hosting platform, YouTube has certain limitations in enterprise applications. Enterprises typically have a large amount of valuable video content on YouTube. The full value of such content is often not realized due to limitations of YouTube in providing enterprise level video capabilities such as speech search, highlight browsing, and engagement analytics. kPoint’s new YouTube streaming feature addresses all these limitations efficiently and makes your YouTube channel an engaging, secure and searchable video library.


 

kPoint Video Central – taking your video experience to the next level

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At kPoint, we realise how important it is to make videos accessible for everyone. Over the last five years, we have gained significant insights into the needs of customers who have a lot of video content and are looking at ways to make this content easily and efficiently available.

That is why we are excited to announce kPoint Video Central, our cloud-based video storage and streaming platform that lets users view videos anywhere, on any device, and on any kind of network. So if you have a lot of video assets that need that extra zing, the new kPoint Video Central will do that for you.

The new kPoint Video Central has been built to enable you to host your videos, publish it with corporate security, search through it, share it, embed it, promote it, and look at viewership analytics. It has been built to not only impress you, but wow your viewers as well.

The player
The player isn’t just an outer box that streams your video. It delivers your message. And since the player is tasked with this important job, we’ve built one that has a refreshing look and feel, and with more options to customise and drive engagement.

Heavier videos, faster uploads
We realise that even a ten-minute HD video file can be as heavy as 1 GB. And that you need to not only upload it on kPoint, but upload it faster. So now you can upload multiple videos of up to 5GB with a single drag and drop. The videos will be pushed to kPoint through the nearest CDN, enabling much faster uploads.

OCR based search
Converting images of text within your videos into regular indexable text can be very tedious. kPoint Video Central looks for textual elements within your video and makes them automatically searchable and indexable. You can then edit the text to create important highlights or transitions within your video. All this without having to download any external OCR applications. The power of OCR based search opens up tremendous possibilities for your video content, especially webinar recordings.

Automated spoken word search
In addition to fast and accurate search, we have added the spoken word search feature for conversion of English speech into text. The text then becomes automatically searchable and indexable, adding a new dimension to your video.

3rd party streaming of public content
YouTube, despite its strong content, has a few shortcomings from a business video perspective. Pop-up ads and lack of detailed analytics, for example. The challenge was to make the enormous amount of content on YouTube interactive and actionable. So we’ve gone ahead and combined YouTube’s content with our streaming capabilities. All you need to do is to provide the YouTube url on kPoint, and enjoy the convenience of YouTube content with the power of kPoint’s interactive widgets and analytics.

We realise how video interaction can help forge valuable relationships for you. Which is why the new kPoint Video Central provides you these features and additions that your video not only needs, but deserves.

To know more about kPoint Video Central, click here.

Get a hands on experience of the new kPoint Video Central. Click here.

Manish Sapariya
Vice President, Technical Operations, kPoint Technologies, Manish is a founding engineer at kPoint and is responsible for all technical operations including product QA, releases, cloud operations, product support, and product analytics on kPoint’s public as well as private cloud installations. Manish is a passionate testing evangelist and a hands-on leader and community developer.
 
 

kPoint Technologies releases Point of Presence, a media caching solution for smoother video viewing

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kPoint Technologies has announced the release of Point of Presence (PoP), a media caching solution for video. The innovative caching solution greatly improves viewer experience by providing rapid video loading, uninterrupted video streaming and highest possible screen resolution. kPoint PoP reduces bandwidth consumption and server load by eliminating re-delivery of video content to the network.

kPoint Technologies today announced the release of Point of Presence (PoP), its innovative video caching solution for both viewers and creators. Video content requested by viewers is cached locally by PoP to be available for future requests by other enterprise users. Similarly, PoP reverse caches videos created by users and subsequently pushes them to the kPoint CDN for asynchronous distribution.

kPoint PoP improves viewer experience by providing rapid video loading and uninterrupted video streaming. Apart from greatly improved user experience, PoP offers significant savings on bandwidth usage costs as well as through its innovative pay-per-user licensing model.

Following the release, Shridhar Shukla, Managing Director of kPoint, said, “At kPoint we are constantly innovating to improve our customers’ video experience. We identified an opportunity to introduce proxy cache technology into the video delivery chain and optimize corporate network load. We have successfully deployed kPoint PoP extensively across our enterprise installations and are now delighted to announce its availability as a standard enterprise feature. ”

Virtual Reality and Video were in the spotlight at Learning Technologies 2016

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In its 17th year, the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition continues to grow and dazzle. The event earlier in February 2016 had more exhibitors, more attendees, and most importantly more technology on display. And for the team at kPoint, Learning Technologies 2016 was a reinforcement of our belief in video being the lead technology driver in the evolution of learning in the workplace.
Here are some of my observations and takeouts from attending LT2016 as an exhibitor and delegate.

The learning industry is flourishing
Things got really busy at Learning Technologies this year, not only in terms of visitors, but exhibitors as well. With more than 7,500 visitors and 250 exhibitors, and exhibition halls packed with the latest in learning innovation and practise, LT2016 provided buzzing atmosphere for the learning community. It was interesting to see how technologies, regardless of sector, have become integrally intertwined with learning. Learning Management Systems is a mature category. No wonder that new and seasoned businesses are jostling with each other for attention. Looks like the need to manage learning is only growing day by day.

In fact, one of the key products on display at the Learning Technologies event was a new-generation LMS developed by Create eLearning. Their LMS is a hybrid platform that caters to coaching, mentoring, online and face-to-face training and learning. Create eLearning also presented a seminar where they explained the merits of the video selfie as a training and learning delivery mechanism. Exciting developments in the LMS space there!

Virtual Reality is exciting and visible on the horizon
The primary purpose of disruptive technology is to break status quo. In the last couple of decades, the ubiquity of computers and mobile phones brought us e-learning and m-learning. I believe that the next big wave of technological advance that will disrupt the learning industry is wearable technology. One of the forms through which wearable technology is delivering immersive learning is virtual reality. Virtual reality creates a parallel “reality” through a completely simulated world.

For me, the highlight of LT2016 was the way The Economist used virtual reality to reconstruct the historical sites and artefacts from Iraq’s Mosul Museum, which was destroyed during the current strife in Iraq. It was amazing to see how they have used crowd-sourced imagery to digitally reconstruct the heritage structure. Truly a great example of technology driving innovative storytelling. I am sure that with the right learning outcomes, this technology will be available at more affordable costs, making it a powerful tool for delivering learning.

Video is now mainstream
The explosion of smart mobile device ownership has resulted in massive growth in time spent consuming videos. With more than one billion active users, and close to 400 hours of video content being uploaded every minute, YouTube has become a prime example of the effectiveness of video for learning. The learning industry has already started adapting to this shift in the medium of content delivery by learners.

I was elated to see more than five organizations working with video participating at the event. There were video content production companies, and video technology companies. Apart from kPoint, the two other video technology companies were Ubicast and Refract. They discussed how they are creating their own processes to deliver video content with new levels of flexibility and application. It was good to see the exciting work they are doing in the video learning space.

It was most encouraging to see learning enthusiasts vouching for video as one of the prominent trends in learning. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations, the technology showcase and the insights from Learning Technologies. The big takeaway for me was that video dominates the intersection of technology and learning content and kPoint is right up there with the biggest and best in videofying learning in the enterprise.

Shridhar Shukla
Co-Founder and MD, kPoint Technologies, consumed by a passion to create breakthrough products. Formerly COO at Persistent Systems. PhD, North Carolina State.
 
 

Learning Technologies 2016

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3 – 4 February, 2016

Come February 2016 and leading thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in workplace learning will get together at Learning Technologies, the world’s leading showcase of organisational learning and the technology used to support learning at work.

With more than 7,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, 250 exhibitors, two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice and Europe’s leading L&D conference, it provided a unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning.

We have a date with the world’s leading players in learning technologies at Stand K20, Olympia, London, 3rd and 4th February 2016. You can also catch our session on interactive and searchable video learning technologies at Theatre 8, on the 4th of February, between 14.45 and 15.15 hours.

If you want to make an appointment with us, email us at sales@kPoint.com or talk to us at
+44 74522 95830.

Venue:

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Opening Times:

Wednesday 3 Feb 2016
09:30 – 17.00
Thursday 4 Feb 2016
09:30 – 17:00

Website:

www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

Thinking fast and talking smart – viewed fast and smart

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Disclaimer: The video is proprietary content of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is being streamed from YouTube. For more such insightful videos, please visit the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ YouTube channel.

Visual communication (read videos) and spontaneous public speaking are two of my areas of interest. The first one as my professional career and the second one as a student of the art. So, I thought I would use what I do for a living to tell you about some of the best practices I came across for the art I admire.

The thought of doing this came to me because I recently viewed this hour-long YouTube video by Matt Abrahams a lecturer teaching strategic communication at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. It’s simply fascinating. I strongly recommend you view it end to end too, if you have the time. All you need to do is click on the play button on this page.

However, if the length of the video tempts you to file it away, please don’t! I thought the work I do for a living could be used to bring the talk to you in a way that saves you time. I have always wanted to highlight portions of long videos and place my own comments on the highlights so I could bring out the nuances of the video clips out from my perspective. That’s what I have done here. So, as you read my comments, click on the links to jump to the portions of this hour-long video that I really find important. I would like to add a disclaimer here that the video is proprietary content of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is being streamed directly from YouTube.

So, read on … oops … re(ad)view on :-).

“Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of many years.”
When Matt asks the audience to have a look at the statement above and spot the number of times the letter “F” appears in it, I could find only three. And when he reveals that most of us missed the “F” appearing in “of”, I was astonished. Quite a brilliant way to engage the audience, while driving home the point that a vast majority were not effective enough to get it right.

The same holds true when we are speaking in public, particularly when we are required to speak spontaneously. We are just not effective enough. And overcoming this shortcoming through cognitive techniques is the crux of Matt Abrahams’ presentation.

Matt reveals that in the real world, spontaneous speaking is far more predominant than planned speaking. But in order to be an effective communicator, whether it is planned or spontaneous, you need to first control your anxiety. To learn how to do that, check out Matt’s remedy for putting your anxiety under control.

The fear of spontaneous speaking is universal, but it is certainly one that can be managed. Matt provides an interesting insight on overcoming anxiety symptoms when he asks you to simply greet your anxiety and understand that feeling nervous is perfectly normal.

Another very useful technique Matt shares for making your speech effective is to use conversational language. A good place to start is by asking questions.

Most of us, when we present, are worried about impending consequences. Matt explains that if you can bring yourself into the present moment, rather than being worried about future consequences, you can actually be less nervous. Here’s what Matt has to say about becoming present oriented.

For me, one of the great insights of Matt’s presentation was that most people see spontaneous speaking as some kind of a threat, making them more withdrawn. The key is to look at spontaneous speaking as an opportunity. Watch Matt describe how to see spontaneous speaking as an opportunity.

Practicing the techniques discussed in this video will definitely help you respond more ably to spontaneous speaking situations. And if you do not have an hour to watch it, make your viewing experience faster and more efficient by using the in-video links kPoint makes possible. If you like video, you may write to Matt. And if you like the links, write to me.

Avijit Senmazumder
avijit.senmazumder@kPoint.com
Chief Product Architect, kPoint Technologies, has architect-ed the media backbone for rapid video creation and delivery at kPoint. Avijit has a B. Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT Warangal and M. S. in Computer Science from UC, Santa Barbara.

 

IBM SmartCamp 2015 – A video recap

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2015 ended with a bang for us with our superb run at IBM GEP’s SmartCamp 2015. This video blog is a small recap of moments from the event that made us proud. Go through the blog to also experience our cool text integrated with video feature and see how it makes the text interact with video seamlessly. Look out for distinct highlights in the text that will navigate you to points of interest within the video.

Technology, despite being the industry of choice in today’s über-competitive business, isn’t without its problems. While the cloud is making it easier for startups like ours looking to compete with larger established companies to set up operations, the challenges of dealing with the constant change in consumer technology and raising capital persist. I feel that this is where an initiative like IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP) comes as a lifeline for startups to take advantage of mentoring opportunities, learn from thought leaders, and to connect with the venture community.

IBM GEP’s endeavour to foster innovations, culminating in the Pan India B2B Startup challenge, IBM GEP SmartCamp, is indeed laudable. It is a matter of great pride for kPoint to have won the Mumbai Regional finals and to have had the opportunity to present at the all India finals.

Our journey began with the SmartCamp Pune edition where judges Shrikant Sunderajan, Partner at Helion ventures, Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director-Asia Pacific at IBM Smart Commerce, Aruna Schwartz, Founder of Stelae Technologies and Anoop Mathur, Founder of CIO Angel Network gave kPoint a resounding thumbs up to present at the SmartCamp Mumbai Regional Finals. Thank you, Judges, for your support.

More success followed at the Mumbai Regional Finals where we emerged winners out of the fifteen startups that qualified. I would want to thank judges Sanjay Mehta of CIO Angel Network at IAN, Pradeep Tagare, Director of Intel Capital India, Anil Joshi, Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures, Sandy Carter, General Manager at IBM, Vivek Malhotra, Director at IBM Cloud – India-South Asia, Dr. Srikanth Sundarajan of Helion Ventures, Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director at IBM Industry Cloud Solutions, Asia Pacific, Ravi Kiran, Co-founder of VentureNursery, Raj Pai, Managing Director at GEF Advisors India, Rema Subramanian, Co-founder and Managing Director at Ankur Capital and Padmaja Ruparel, President at Indian Angel Network (IAN) for reposing their faith on kPoint. Special mention goes to IBM’s Twitter handle whose updates gave audiences the most impeccable live feeds.

Moving to the Grand Finale in Bangalore, it was exciting to see startups battling it out for the top spot. The passion and enthusiasm I witnessed was infectious. Competing with startups like Parablu, QuickoTechnosoft Labs, Flutura Business Solutions, Medibox Technologies, LightMetrics, Snapshopr, XLPAT TT Consultants, ShepHertz Technologies, SirionLabs, SilverPush, Qustn Technologies, Staqu Technologies,  WoNoBo, TakeMyShipment, Smartcloud Infotech, AllizHealth, and Aureas Analyticswas a delightful experience. My heartiest congratulations to the winners of the SmartCamp Grand Finale- SirionLabs, Flutura Business Solutions and ShepHertz Technologies, for their well-deserved victory. Thank you, guys for easing our pain at not winning the finals. To have competed with all of you is rewarding enough. Our technological future is certainly in some very able hands.

I would also like to thank adjudicators of the Grand Finale – V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Reservoir Ventures, Sanjay Anandaram, Partner, Seedfund Ventures, Ravi Gururaj, Chairman & Co-Founder, Frictionless Ventures, Piyush Gupta, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Board Advisor and Dulles Krishnan, Executive Director, IBM Industry Cloud Solutions, Asia Pacific for their wholehearted support all throughout. Yours was one job I wouldn’t envy.

The icing on the cake for us, however, has been Sandy Carter’s message for the Mumbai winners, including a special mention of kPoint. Thank you Sandy Carter for your inspiring compliments. It is indeed a vote of confidence in the direction we have taken to build our business in uncharted territory.

Shridhar Shukla
Co-Founder and MD, kPoint Technologies, consumed by a passion to create breakthrough products. Formerly COO at Persistent Systems. PhD, North Carolina State.
 
 

kPoint wins Gold at the Brandon Hall Awards

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kPoint, the technology solution that facilitates easy creation and consumption of learning content, has won Gold in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category at the prestigious Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards 2015.

The kPoint platform is a comprehensive technology solution for the creation of learning videos, their secure distribution and social sharing, versatile viewing options for learners, and analytics for learning program managers.

The Brandon Hall Group Awards are the definitive set of awards for the learning industry worldwide. A panel of senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon value proposition, product innovation, unique differentiators and measurable results. kPoint’s win in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category places it amongst the most visionary and innovative developers of learning technology solutions that move organizations forward in scaling the impact of learning.

Following the win, Shridhar Shukla, Managing Director of kPoint Technologies, said, “This is a great achievement for kPoint and an endorsement of how we have simplified the adoption of video for learning. However, the most satisfying aspect of the award, is that it gives due recognition to our effort in making an impact on learning in large organizations through the efficient reuse and re-purposing of learning content. We are proud to provide such an effective solution for organizations of all sizes to easily create and consume learning content on a massive scale.”

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

(www.brandonhall.com

About kPoint

kPoint is a technology company focused on enabling and enhancing the use of video in business. Video is a value-multiplier for business processes that are communication or collaboration dependent. kPoint is being deployed successfully to improve programmatic and collaborative learning in over 50 medium to large sized corporations. More than 300,000 kPoint users have watched kPoint videos over 2 million times and consume over 15,000 hours of learning video every month.

Consume kPoint videos on the go with the new kPoint mobile app

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Mobile device use has today grown to a point where they have become an indispensable part of our lives. Expectedly, similar adaptations are also taking place in the modern enterprise. Mobile devices are altering the way employees access applications, modify documents, interact and collaborate with colleagues, and progressively, watch business videos. As a result, enterprises are increasingly enabling employees to access office networks and tools on their own mobile devices. It is at this junction that kPoint is making it easier than ever for employees to create, watch and share business videos. Yes, we are proud to announce the release of the kPoint mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

What’s new with kPoint’s latest mobile app?

Search within videos

Instead of playing your videos from the very beginning, you can now search for specific content within your videos, jump to that exact point within the video and play it from the point of interest. Save precious bandwidth in the process.

Offline viewing

Download any video in your library to your mobile device and watch it anytime — watch it even when not connected to the Internet. Now you can catch up on training materials from anywhere!

Security

The video experience on mobile has been also customized to ensure enterprise-level security. The video only plays on the device on which it was downloaded, so data cannot travel from device to device. The availability of the videos is time-specific, minimizing data misuse.

Notifications

You can receive notifications from your subscribed channels whenever a new video is added to your channel, or when your own video is ready to be published. You will also receive information on your regular activity feeds and suggested videos.

Video Analytics

Process owners can monitor the consumption of videos based on user-level analytics. Even if the viewing takes place offline, usage data can be captured. Viewership data for offline videos are not lost but captured once the device connects back to the kPoint application.

The kPoint mobile app takes the power of enhanced video from the desktop to wherever you are working – shop floor, in the market, at home or at airports. Now you can carry your entire video library in your pocket, wherever you go.

The new kPoint Mobile app is available now on      
Download it today!

 

Pratik Pradhan

Software Architect, kPoint Technologies, is an MTech in Information & Communication Technology. Pratik has vast experience in software design and development and is passionate about mobile app design and development
 
 

Enterprise Video – A Future Business Driver

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Enterprise communication the world over is seeing a tipping point, with organizations changing the way they interact internally and externally. The ‘Digital Evolution’ is creating disruptive opportunities for enterprises to enhance interactions among customers, suppliers, stakeholders, and employees. And video has become the enabler which is bringing about this change. With the enterprise video space getting more and more innovative and crucial to the communication space, it was time kPoint took the lead in expounding how enterprise video will drive future business.

A conference for discussing “Enterprise Video: A Future Business Driver” was organized by kPoint at The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon on the 18th of September, 2015. The objective of the event was to demonstrate how kPoint’s enterprise video platform is helping organizations capture attention, create interest and deliver a consistent message to a global audience.

The Evangelists


kPoint Co-Founder and Managing Director, Shridhar Shukla talked briefly about kPoint’s values and mission as an organization. He also discussed how organizations have applied kPoint video to their communication outreach and derived amazing results.


Manoj Chugh, President, Enterprise Business, Tech Mahindra, delivered the Keynote discussing ‘digital disruptions’ in the enterprise software space.


Sudhanshu Padhi, Learning and Development Manager, Hero MotoCorp highlighted the benefits of easy of video content creation and distribution through kPoint.


Vikrant Bhatnagar, Director – Capability Management, Tata Communications showcased a kPoint video explaining the ease of video content creation using kPoint.


Sunil Godse, Chief Customer Officer at kPoint Technologies discussed kPoint’s multiple use cases inside customer organizations and benefits derived such as rapid content roll-out and cost savings.

The event generated considerable buzz among the participants. Participating organizations are now judiciously evaluating how they can use kPoint to augment their communication practices.