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[October 30, 2012]

Morris Polich & Purdy Utilizes Polycom RealPresence Mobile Video

Oct 30, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Polycom, Inc., a provider of open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), announced that the law firm of Morris Polich & Purdy (MPP) is using Polycom RealPresence video solutions.

According to a release, these solutions facilitate face to face collaboration across five offices, with clients and contacts worldwide. Over the past five years, MPP has increased its number of offices from three to five, and the number of attorneys from 52 to 94.

MPP is using a variety of Polycom video solutions, including the secure Polycom RealPresence Mobile app, RealPresence Desktop software and group video systems, all powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform - a UC&C software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. With offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, MPP represents clients in every state as well as U.S. possessions. The firm also has a wealth of international affiliations.

One of the significant Polycom video-enabled processes at MPP is streamlined recruitment, a multi-step process which involves candidates, managers, recruiters and HR professionals in multiple locations, the Company said. The firm's expansion created a need to accelerate this process, but it was important to maintain as much personal interaction between managers and candidates as possible to help managers make the best personnel decisions.

"MPP needed a powerful video solution to connect and empower managers to communicate and collaborate throughout the hiring process," said George Brandon, partnership development leader at Morris, Polich & Purdy. "Although in-person interviewing is still very important, Polycom has enabled MPP to build innovation into our recruitment process. Not only are we minimizing travel and maximizing hard cost savings, MPP is increasing productivity by replacing some business trips with video." MPP employees have downloaded Polycom RealPresence Mobile software app for their smartphones and tablets, giving them greater flexibility to participate in meetings from anywhere at any time. Additionally, MPP is also using Polycom video collaboration software on their desktops and laptops for meetings. Employees also use Polycom video collaboration where appropriate to enhance client service, such as conducting meetings and other client work via video, to expedite cases and keep costs in check while maintaining person-to-person interaction.

"When a firm grows the way we have, it is necessary to be creative to support the needs of the business," said Brandon. "Polycom offers exceptional technology and a best in class user experience, which has enhanced the way we work. Using Polycom for secure meetings, we increase our understanding and cohesiveness through visual connections in a way that is far richer than a basic phone call. Before implementing Polycom solutions, we had spent $3,000 for a one-time, international video conference call with a client. Now, we can host such calls whenever we want without incurring any additional cost. Internally, our managing partner and other leaders in the firm can use Polycom's mobile app to chair meetings from their tablets when they travel. Polycom helps us connect people wherever they are needed." For large events, such as inter-office staff meetings, MPP uses Polycom HDX Series room solutions. Through deploying RealPresence Mobile software, the firm realizes increasing value from its room systems with more people overall participating in video conferences.

"The Polycom EagleEye Director is extremely valuable," said Brandon. "It's like having our own cameraman on every video conference. The experience becomes truly immersive and lifelike when the camera focuses and provides close-ups of each speaker using automated camera pan, tilt, and zoom." More information: ((Comments on this story may be sent to

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