Date Archives October 2016

How to Increase Meeting Efficiency With Collaboration Technology

Think about how often you’ve been in a meeting that wasted your time. Now consider how often the technology — or lack thereof — was the problem. Time and again I’ve seen people become frustrated trying to use meeting-room devices that either don’t work, or aren’t intuitive, or don’t have the features people need. In this article, you’ll find out what you can do to improve meeting-room technology, including:

  • Going wireless
  • Group device sharing
  • Annotation capabilities

This is the fourth AVI-SPL article on meeting-room collaboration written in consultation with visual tech manufacturer Christie. The previous three in this series cover meeting rooms your employees wantmulti-site collaboration and AV quality.

Read “How to Increase Meeting Efficiency With the Right Collaboration Technology” >

How to Know if Your Company’s Ready for Microsoft Surface Hub

Is Your Company Ready for Microsoft Surface Hub?

Get Your Readiness Report.

Microsoft Surface Hub launched about six months ago. During that time, we have been gathering best practices on what makes a deployment successful and how you can get your company ready now. With a small amount of upfront planning, you can realize an even faster return on your investment in Surface Hub.

So, where do you start?

With our customers’ best practices in mind, we’ve developed a 5-minute quiz that you can help you determine if your company is ready for Microsoft Surface Hub. After you complete your quiz, your results will be tabulated, and your score will rank you in one of three Readiness Levels: Emerging, Prepared or Optimized. You’ll then receive a Readiness Report specifically for your Level.

Although you can put a Surface Hub in almost any room and users are likely to start using it based on the familiar Windows UI, some companies are truly optimized to take advantage of this next generation of collaboration device.

The quiz will assess your company readiness in 4 distinct areas and your report will show you what companies at the next level of readiness are doing so that you can learn from their experience. This isn’t a technical review. We have a great resource for that. You can download our Surface Hub Buyer’s Guide.

Instead, your readiness report will measure 4 key areas:

  1. Meeting Rooms. What A/V, telephony, and collaboration equipment in most of your company meeting rooms? How does your workplace design support collaboration?
  2. Collaboration Solutions. How do employees collaborate with their teams, with other departments, and with remote workers most often? How long to online meetings take to start? Are Microsoft technologies like Office 365 commonly used?
  3. Company Readiness. How actively does your company solicit employee feedback on collaboration tools? Do IT or facilities teams collect data or monitor active usage of meeting room devices?
  4. IT Solutions. How do IT teams manage A/V, collaboration devices and software today? Are data security and protection policies maintained on devices that are accessed in meeting rooms or customer meeting spaces?

Microsoft Surface Hub enables a whole new class of immersive collaboration experiences for your team. In 5 minutes, you can find out if you’re ready and how the Surface Hub can make an immediate impact in your organization.

Start Your Quiz

Frost & Sullivan Names AVI-SPL a 2016 Company of the Year

This past week AVI-SPL was named Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 North American Company of the Year for Managed Video Conferencing Services. Within that title is recognition of our efforts to provide enterprises around the world with simple-to-use video conferencing that can easily grow as their needs grow.

This excerpt from Frost & Sullivan’s official report about the win nicely summarizes the value we bring to the market:

AVI-SPL’s approach to technology implementation hinges on a strategy that is comprehensive, yet flexible enough and targeted at organizations that are looking for a measured and practical approach to video conferencing. AVI-SPL works closely with enterprises to understand and optimize their business operations and requirements. It has an established portfolio of managed services that is very much aligned with the predominant needs of enterprise users. Moreover, its cloud services span across public, private and hybrid collaboration solutions which gives organizations the flexibility to maintain existing investments while planning for next gen services.

The report refers to our Symphony Platform as our “cornerstone technology,” which has been continually developed so AVI-SPL can provide customizable room and device monitoring, as well as cloud-based scheduling and management for video conferences.

As the independent analysts in the report assert, we at AVI-SPL continue to invest in next-generation platforms and services for our clients, and in building a world-class workforce to implement and support them.

I encourage you to read the report and learn about the criteria by which we were judged and deemed to be a provider of best-in-class service.  Tell us how we can support your enterprise. >

The Meeting Rooms Your Employees Want

The meeting that wastes everybody’s time is a bane of the workplace and your colleagues. You want these sessions to be productive so you can knock tasks off the to-do list. The right technology can make it possible. In this brief article, learn about the features that can improve your meetings and collaboration sessions, including:

  • Simple connectivity between personal devices and meeting-room displays
  • Content sharing
  • Annotation capabilities

This is the third AVI-SPL article on meeting-room collaboration written in consultation with visual tech manufacturer Christie. The previous two in this series cover multi-site collaboration and AV quality.

Read “How to Create Meeting Rooms That Work the Way Your Employees Do” >

Collaborate and Share Content Between Multi-Site Teams

If content-sharing and collaboration for your colleagues isn’t as is easy at it should be, this resource is for you.

This AVI-SPL article, written with input from visual tech manufacturer Christie, looks at what you should expect from presentation solutions built for the enterprise. Whether your business is small or large, the features you want will likely be the same:

  • Device support
  • Security
  • Annotation capabilities
  • Wireless connection

Read this article on what to look for in a content-sharing and presentation solution >