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April 27 Webinar: Workplace Transformation

Still not sure what workplace transformation means or how it applies to your organization? Hear experts from Cisco and AMX discuss this timely topic Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. EST.

Cisco’s John Franklin will explain what’s changed in the workplace in terms of collaboration, workloads, and the technology that brings people together to work on projects. Bob Sharp of AMX will offer his insight into the control systems that streamline and automate meeting functions like room scheduling and setup. He’ll look at the value of the enterprise IT network in managing an array of workplace source devices and endpoints.

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Challenges to collaboration
  • Factors driving workplace change
  • Why you need to care about workplace challenges
  • Benefits of Cisco and AMX solutions in fostering positive change

Register for “Workplace Transformation with Cisco and AMX by Harman.”

Putting a Bow on InfoComm 2015

Polycom video conferencing at InfoComm 2015

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The final day of InfoComm 2015, for me (and likely thousands of others), was the chance to seek out the gems I may have missed — whether hidden or hiding in plain sight — and to appreciate every section of plush, soft booth carpet under aching feet. Back at home base, the AVI-SPL booth, a number of manufacturers made 11th-hour introductions, hoping their products would be used in some of the thousands of projects we deliver for our clients each year.

Microsoft Surface Hub demo at InfoCommI saw quite a bit from AVI-SPL partners on day 3: a demo of the Microsoft Surface Hub; brilliant images shifting on an LG video wall; Polycom and its desktop video conferencing systems; Chief projector mounts; Epson image mapping; Crestron scaling systems on massive video walls; a Draper screen boom.Draper screen boom at InfoComm 2015

As soon as the show closed at 4 p.m., the booths started packing up, the electronics disconnected, and the aisle carpets were lifted to make room for the forklifts and their drivers expertly maneuvering tight turns while lightly tapping on the horn.

Epson image mapping at InfoComm 2015Crestron display at InfoComm 2015Someone announced over the intercom that this year’s event set a new attendance record of 39,500. The consensus at our booth was that AVI-SPL also had a very successful show — success measured in the parade of people who showed up to watch our demos, play our trivia game, and ask how they can benefit from partnering with a systems integrator that has been number one on the SCN Top 50 list year after year.Chief projector mounts at InfoComm 2015

To everyone that stopped by to say hello and learn more about AVI-SPL and how we work to improve the way organizations do business, thank you.

AVI-SPL booth at InfoComm 2015

Day Two at InfoComm 2015

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My knees aren’t nearly as sore as they were yesterday. Maybe that’s because they got used to all the relentless walking. Maybe I just can’t feel them anymore. In any case, my second day at InfoComm 2015 was another fruitful one. It began pre-show with a look at Sennheiser’s wireless microphones, and continued with a tour of the Microsoft, Biamp, Tannoy, and Shure booths.

The visits to Biamp, Tannoy and Shure seemed particularly fruitful for the higher education IT manager taking our Guided Technology Tour. He engaged with the booth reps, asking them specific technology questions, and shared the AV challenges in his department.

The Microsoft stop gave me a first-hand look at the new Surface Hub, the digital whiteboard/remote collaboration device for which AVI-SPL is one of the few channel partners in the U.S. and U.K. See our Microsoft Surface Hub page to learn more about this valuable tool for education and corporations, and to place an order.

At 2 p.m., I attended a talk given by John Antanaitis, VP of product and solution marketing for Polycom. John gave a look at Polycom products like its RealPresence Web Suite and RealConnect. He also offered his thoughts on a topic covered yesterday in an InfoComm panel: the workplace of the future. During his discussion, Antanaitis gave offered his advice for organizations:

  • Drive business transformation so that an organization can thrive in the workplace of the future
  • Give the mobile worker as productive an experience as someone working onsite — a quality that Antanaitis called “equitable collaboration.”

While on the exhibition floor, I made sure to snap pics of some booths I thought were well designed or eye-catching. They included:

  • Panasonic’s projection mapping across a Tesla model S
  • Stampede’s Old West-themed booth
  • The 1950s malt shop created by Yamaha

Tesla car with Panasonic projectionStampede booth at InfoComm

Yamaha booth at InfoComm 2015

Making Sense of Unified Communications at InfoComm 2015

Joe Laezza speaks at InfoComm session on Unified Communications

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In my previous post, I touched on first-day impressions of InfoComm 2015, and the ideas that emerged from a session on “Workspaces for Tomorrow.”

Now I want to recap the IMCCA meeting that followed, “UC as a Service: Has the Cloud Changed Our Sweet Spot?” The lively Simon Dudley, who accurately calls himself a Chief Contrarian, led a group of panelists that included experts from Polycom, Starleaf, Cisco, AVI-SPL, Videxio, and Blue Jeans. The session started with Simon posing a simple but thorny question: “What is unified communications?”

One response described it as video, content, audio, instant messaging, and email all brought together, which felt a bit incomplete. Another definition put it in terms of actions rather than technology: talk, connect, share, and be able to look back at what was covered. The Blue Jeans panelist provided an answer that gave context to the others: UC provides the ability to shift from any form of communication to another.

Joe Laezza, AVI-SPL SVP of UCC and Service Solutions, followed that line of thinking by asserting that UC is not a technology, but rather an application.

Other highlights from the panel:

  • Small companies can have the same collaboration tools as those used by larger ones.
  • Solutions have to suit the means of communication. I took this to mean that unified communications systems must unify those devices people prefer to use when they connect and collaborate with one another.
  • The convenience afforded by a technology surpasses any other benefit a supplier may use to convince a customer.
  • The supplier of unified communications technology is often as important as the technology itself, as clients will need ongoing support for their systems.
  • Combinations of cloud and on-premise solutions will give end users the quality and convenience they want.
  • Context and content will become more important as collaborators have multi-site video sessions between their in-person meetings.
  • Cloud-hosted UC services will become more secure than those kept on-premise.
  • Three years from now, the UC market will be dominated by a small number of video-in-the-cloud carriers. This should be a good development, as the cloud, because it removes pressure off of IT departments, is putting business decisions in the hands of business people.

Check in later today for some thoughts on day 2 of InfoComm 2015

 

 

 

Tannoy Speakers Shown at ISE 2014

Tannoy QFlex line speaker arrayAVI-SPL has used Tannoy products in many projects for our clients — including Hakkasan in Dubai.  Tannoy’s commercial audio products were showcased at last week’s ISE 2014 and included:

Fill out our contact form or call AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 for help with designing and integrating the high-quality sound system that you want for your venue.