Today’s post is contributed by Linda Civitillo, AVI-SPL VP of UCC Solutions. Linda was at InfoComm 2016, where she showed visitors to the AVI-SPL booth the collaboration power of the Microsoft Surface Hub.
If you were at InfoComm last week, you know that it was a massive, exciting show. From breathtaking canvas displays to huddle space solutions that are transforming the workplace, there was something to inspire everyone attending. As the leader at AVI-SPL for our Microsoft Surface Hub practice, I didn’t actually get to see much of anything outside of our booth, and that was just fine with me.
Why? The excitement and foot traffic at InfoComm in front of the 84” and 55” Surface Hub devices in our booth was non-stop. Both devices are now shipping and attendees were eager to interact with them.
After three very full days at the show, here’s what stood out to me about the opportunity organizations have with the Microsoft Surface Hub:
#1: Shoulder-to-Shoulder Productivity
The feature that immediately grabbed the attention of InfoComm attendees experiencing the Surface Hub was the OneNote whiteboard. There are a lot of interactive whiteboards on the market, but on this feature alone, attendees were blown away by the Surface Hub: the responsiveness of inking with the pen, the sensitivity of the input from pen to screen, and that there was no lag time between the flow of ideas and the ability to capture them on the display. Even more compelling was the ability to ink within and “grab” content from any Windows universal app to pull into the whiteboard session. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s connect some content from personal devices or dial-in that subject matter expert using Skype for Business. These scenarios are where the Surface Hub shines. On the 84” device, it is possible to have three people standing shoulder-to-shoulder working together drawing on the OneNote whiteboard and collaborating rapidly. I call this shoulder-to-shoulder productivity and it’s a vastly improved experience compared with sitting around a conference table with laptops when you’re working on something together.
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#2: The Surface Hub in the Lecture Hall
One of the use cases for the Surface Hub that was made even more intriguing to me after InfoComm was in Higher Education. Imagine a professor at the front of a lecture hall using Surface Hub as a platform to teach new concepts. This teacher now has the ability to bring learning to a new level as she interacts with related content pulled from digital source materials wherever they are, connects with other classrooms or experts remotely, and extends out the display format so that students can capture or contribute content from their personal devices. Wow.
#3: Next Generation of Collaboration Services
At InfoComm, we were also excited to announce the next generation of our Collaboration services. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are continuing to boost our Microsoft practice with advanced expertise in Microsoft Skype for Business deployments and Microsoft Exchange integration. AVI-SPL offers support to clients with Skype for Business rollouts, providing professional services to onboard users and devices like the Surface Hub with Skype, and fostering productive adoption of group collaboration tools to “…continue AVI-SPL’s pioneering of the AV/IT convergence, and remain at the forefront of today’s transforming workplace,” according to Dale Bottcher, our senior vice president of sales.
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