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What Facilities Managers Need to Know About the Collaborative Workplace

At the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference in Baltimore, one of AVI-SPL’s own will be on hand to deliver a presentation called “Managing the Collaborative Workplace.”

Rebecca Meier, AVI-SPL channel development manager, North America, will look at the workplace trends that facilities managers should be aware of, and offer advice on how to work with companies that are creating collaborative spaces. On the agenda:

  • Learn about collaborative workplace trends so they can anticipate challenges to their responsibilities in managing their facilities
  • Learn why the cloud is the strongest trend in the collaborative work system, and about cloud management resources supporting that system
  • Gain insight into working with consultants and integrators and aligning them with their company’s interests
  • Understand why it’s important to collect and analyze workplace data to manage digital business in the workplace

Rebecca’s presentation will start at 10 am, Thurs., March 9 in room 341 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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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.

AVI-SPL Grows With Acquisition of Anderson AV

On November 30, AVI-SPL officially announced it acquired Anderson AV, a systems integrator with over 20 years of experience providing businesses with top-tier service. This event brings together the industry’s first and 17th largest revenue generators. As a result, AVI-SPL strengthens its ability to serve areas with high demand for digital workplace transformation. And it gives Anderson AV customers the benefit of our global delivery capabilities and award-winning managed services platform.

We welcomed 160 employees and six offices across California, Texas, and North Carolina into the AVI-SPL family.  To find out more about this major industry event, read our press release.

AVI-SPL Leads SCN Top 50 for 2016

It’s a tradition we’re happy to celebrate year after year: once again, AVI-SPL has made the top of the Systems Contractor News Top 50 Systems Integrators.

Revenue over $605 million puts us at number one, but that revenue doesn’t come without the trust of our customers and the efforts of our manufacturer partners. Thanks to all who made this a great 2016, and we look forward to helping more businesses, institutions, and agencies that want to improve the way they work and communicate.

Connect with us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197, and let’s create your digitally connected workplace.

Can Microsoft Surface Hub Deliver ROI in Its First Year?

Earlier in 2016, Microsoft commissioned Forrester to study the “Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Surface Hub.”

The study found that organizations could achieve a 138% ROI in Year 1 compared to “traditional meeting spaces with non-touch displays or whiteboards”. Their ROI analysis considered the cost not only of the device, but included the training, implementation and maintenance costs as well. The returns were measured in team productivity gains and increased sales when the Surface Hub was used to make sales presentations to customers.

This is a promising ROI result for a new class of collaboration devices, so the question is: “how can I achieve similar ROI with my investment in Surface Hub?”

Forrester found that five areas of benefit were common for Surface Hub early adopters:

  1. Optimizing meeting time management
  2. Delivering improved remote meeting participation
  3. Supporting ad hoc collaboration
  4. Reducing meeting room equipment complexity and cost
  5. Closing more sales with compelling presentations with clients

One of the most compelling findings was the pre- and post-meeting productivity improvements. Simply, the time it takes to start a meeting, share content and connect remote participants and the time it takes to complete post-meet tasks (content sharing, as an example) is reduced for every meeting where a Surface Hub is used.

Line A8 in the table below from the report shows a 75% time savings in pre- and post-meeting tasks which gives all team members more time back to engage in work-related tasks.

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One significant way to achieve ROI more quickly is to create a smart plan for how you’ll use the device before you ever make a purchase; during your evaluation phase.

To support you in this effort, we have been gathering best practices on what makes an implementation successful and how you can get your company ready now. Take our 5-minute Readiness quiz and receive a Surface Hub readiness report that provides you with advice to be successful from the very beginning.

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.

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