Category Unified Communications

Midway Through ISE 2018

The first two days of the ISE 2018 expo in Amsterdam have seen AVI-SPL demonstrate its Unify ME Symphony managed service platform, and deliver talks on user-friendly technology, workplace collaboration, and the Internet of Things as a driver of AV technology. Over the next two days of the event, AVI-SPL will continue to demo Symphony while being a part of talks about collaboration and how the retail environment should be using technology to engage customers. If you’re at ISE and haven’t seen AVI-SPL yet, be sure to stop by booth 11-B130.

Schedule of events

Thurs, February 8

  • Managed services demos, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., AVI-SPL stand 11-B130
  • “What is the way forward for video communications and collaboration?” 11:30 a.m.-noon, AVI-SPL stand 11-B130

Friday, February 9

  • Managed services demos, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., AVI-SPL stand 11-B130
  • AV Magazine panel, “Reinvigorating the retail environment,” with AVI-SPL Managing Director EMEA James Shanks, 10:30 a.m., Commercial Solutions Theater

Since most reading this will not be at ISE 2018, I encourage you to contact an AVI-SPL rep at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com  and let them know about your collaboration or AV communication challenges.

 

AVI-SPL’s Schedule at Integrated Systems Europe 2018

Integrated Systems Europe, also known as ISE, is the world’s largest AV integration show. This year’s event will be Feb. 6-9 at the RAI Amsterdam. For businesses of all types, and IT and AV professionals, ISE is a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues while learning about the new technologies being showcased to improve the way organizations do business.

See AVI-SPL at booth 11-B130. AVI-SPL is one of the world’s best known providers of AV and collaboration solutions to organizations of all types around the world. Our teams from the U.K., Germany, UAE, and the U.S. will be at the exhibition to share our services and answer attendee questions.

Schedule of events

February 6

  • John Lockwood, AVI-SPL technical director, EMEA will present “Understanding the User Experience: What Makes Technology User Friendly?” The workshop will be in room D204, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Danny Rogers, AVI-SPL Vice President, Enterprise, will present “Why a Digital Collaboration Strategy Creates Value.” His talk will be in the Unified Communications theatre, 2 -2:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Execs reception: 4:30 p.m., AVI-SPL stand 11-B130.

And every day of the expo, AVI-SPL will host demos of its Unify ME Symphony managed services platform.

Use AVI-SPL code 912672 when you register for ISE 2018 and save on the €150 admission.

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How to Choose Your Team Collaboration Platform

Frost & Sullivan has just released a new tech paper to help you “Choose Your Team Collaboration Platform Wisely.” This paper compares team collaboration platforms, such as Cisco Spark, Microsoft Teams, and Slack. You’ll get an understanding of:

  • Market trends in unified communications
  • Considerations for evaluating team collaboration platforms
  • AVI-SPL’s value as a provider of collaboration solutions

Download ‘Choose Your Team Collaboration Platform Wisely” >

Workplace Transformation Starts With a Goal

This is the first in a series of posts about improving the workplace through collaboration technology.

As 2018 approaches, a lot of us will be thinking of positive changes and fresh starts. For businesses, that may include improving the way people create ideas, address challenges, and make the best of each other’s knowledge and talent. Over the course of the next few posts, I’ll be sharing resources that will inspire you to see that “that’s the way it’s always been done” isn’t a mandate that must be followed, and that it’s possible to break free of that inertia.

Throughout 2017, AVI-SPL hosted TechXchange events throughout North America, with the mission to hear from attendees about their workplace challenges, and to offer insight into positive trends that are changing how people work together. In that spirit, here are some steps you can take:

  • Assess the state of collaboration. Take an honest assessment of where your organization is with collaboration. Begin by asking employees about their work preferences and where they would like to see changes. Rather than implementing technologies or changing methods piecemeal, you will get a big picture of the kinds of changes you will want to make.
  • Uncover cultural challenges. Learn where the roadblocks to collaboration are within your organization. Outline what you want your collaboration culture to look like and create a plan that includes encouraging openness and rewarding collaborative behaviors.
  • Decide what metrics you will use. You will want to continually evaluate the value and effectiveness of your collaboration solution. To do so, the company needs to first identify and prioritize goals.

Each of these tips will bring up more questions, but for now you have an idea of the kind of questions and issues that need to be considered. Ask us anything if you want to dive deeper and go into specifics: sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.

In the next entry of this series, we’ll look at huddle spaces and why they are valuable to companies that want to improve the workplace experience.

Tips for Buying Collaboration Technology

The goal is to create better meeting experiences in your organization. And to do that, you need to know what type of video collaboration and unified communications technology are available, and what to look for in the partner you trust to implement and support those systems.  In the guide “Tips for Buying Collaboration Technology,” you’ll get helpful information about:

  • What you should expect out of your collaboration platform
  • How to justify collaboration technology to decision makers
  • Writing a collaboration technology RFP
  • How to get the right solution
  • The installation process

This guide was created under the guidance of Lou Chiorazzi, VP of unified communications for AVI-SPL. Lou also shared his knowledge in episode 30 of the My TechDecisions podcast. During the podcast, he emphasizes the importance of:

  • The experience companies want to create
  • Possibilities for environments like huddle spaces, boardrooms, and open office environments
  • How to get buy-in from key stakeholders

Download your copy of “Tips for Buying Collaboration Technology” >