Category AV in Meeting Spaces

AVI-SPL Acquires VideoLink to Expand Broadcast Solutions

Companies of all types that want to improve the communications throughout their worldwide offices have good news. That’s because AVI-SPL recently enhanced its ability to serve the growth in enterprise video with the acquisition of VideoLink, a video services provider. This joining of forces brings together VideoLink’s deep expertise in video production and content creation with AVI-SPL’s talents as a collaboration systems integrator and managed services provider. This means businesses have a single go-to resource for end-to-end video solutions.

For corporations and TV and broadcast facilities, VideoLink’s service offerings include:

  • ReadyCam (customized video production studio)
  • EnhancedIP (video transmission service)
  • Webcasts
  • Creative video strategy

Being able to help companies with creating their video content adds more value to our standing as a systems integrator of AV and collaboration solutions, and as a catalyst for the kind of workplace transformation that makes it easier to companies and employees to communicate internally and externally.

VideoLink’s resources page has dozens of videos about its products, customer testimonials, and tips for making quality company videos. I also recommend you read Commercial Integrator‘s coverage, and watch the interview with AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel and VideoLink CEO Richard Silton. You can also read AVI-SPL’s press release about this acquisition.

Choosing the Right Collaboration Tool

In this webinar, Henning Moe and Ryan Striemer of SMART Technologies help you learn how an interactive flat panel can be much more than simply a display with a touch feature. When combined with the right software and wrapped into a natural, intuitive user experience, it becomes a collaboration tool that can save time, unlock productivity and improve meeting results. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to make the meeting-room display a hub where people can connect from any device to explore ideas together and get work done. Covered topics include:

  • Results from collaboration research
  • What collaboration in the corporate setting looks like
  • Features to look for in an interactive display
  • Benefits of the SMART kapp IQ solution

Download the recording for “Choosing the Right Interactive Collaboration Tools” >

You can also download a pdf of the slide deck >

Presenters
Henning Moe, Channel Manager at SMART Technologies
Henning excels in helping organizations identify new revenue opportunities and maximize the potential of their customer and partner relationships. Prior to joining SMART, he held various roles in the technology industry where he was involved in every aspect of the business, from branding strategy and product development to cold calling new clients and forming new partnerships.

Ryan Striemer, Account Manager at SMART Technologies
Ryan joined SMART in 2013 and in his role works closely with organizations within the Midwest. He believes that understanding the business’ needs first is key in order to recognize the technology solution best suited for their organization.

Note: The video played early on in this webinar didn’t come through in the recording, so we’ve added it below.

Webinar Recording: Choosing the Right Technology for Your Corporate Meeting Spaces

During this webinar, Michelle Rydell of Epson shows what’s possible in the corporate meeting room or huddle space with Epson’s BrightLink Pro interactive whiteboard solution. She looks at its features, including annotation, content sharing, and the ability to integrate with Polycom video conferencing.

Brian Phillips of Polycom follows with an overview of solutions that make it easy to join video calls and share content from your mobile device. He looks at a variety of collaboration tools, including Polycom RealPresence Group, and audio technologies like NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence, content sharing. simplified meeting control systems, and native Skype for Business integration.

Watch and listen to the recording for “Choosing the Right Collaboration Technology for Your Corporate Meeting Spaces” >

Collaboration Tech for the Corporate Meeting Space

Join our webinar this Thursday, November 3, when two of the premier names in business solutions — Polycom and Epson — discuss the newest solutions for the corporate meeting space and how they help improve presenting and collaborating. You’ll learn about the benefits of Epson’s new line of laser projectors and Polycom’s RealPresence Group series of video endpoints.

Register for “Collaboration Tech for the Corporate Meeting Space” >

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