Category Unified Communications

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

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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” >

 

Webinar Recording: Polycom Solutions Work With Microsoft Teams

Randy Wintle, UC Architect for Polycom, looks at the partnership between Polycom and Microsoft and how it brings a positive, productive user experience to any meeting room.  Randy discusses:

  • Polycom support for Microsoft Teams
  • Polycom RealConnect and its ability to bridge VTC rooms and Microsoft meetings
  • Skype Room System, v2
  • Polycom MSR and its interoperability with the Skype Room System
  • Polycom devices for Surface Hub

Randy explains why Polycom should be used in your collaboration rooms by pointing to the way its solutions solve meeting-room challenges.

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Webinar Recording: Vaddio USB Conferencing and Epson BrightLink Pro

The webinar recording for “Software-Based Clients in UC Meeting Rooms” and “Your Whiteboard Reinvented” is available at the AVI-SPL website.

Darrin Thurston of Vaddio explains critical AV design elements in deploying software-based UC clients in meeting spaces ranging from huddle spaces to classrooms. This includes an overview of key considerations:

  • Design for UC soft clients (like Skype for Business and WebEx)
  • Choosing video and audio devices in the meeting room
  • Audio processing
  • Bandwidth availability and guidelines for supporting HD video
  • Room controls
  • Room design elements (including camera placement and shot selection, lighting conditions, and acoustics)

Michelle Rydell of Epson focuses on BrightLink Pro, which helps users annotate, capture, and share ideas in real time. You’ll learn about the advantages of the BrightLink in corporate settings:

  • Full-HD interactive display up to 100” – An extended whiteboard where BrightLink Pro projectors are placed side by side to achieve a large interactive area
  • Designed to enhance productivity – Bring your own device, connect a PC or video conference device, collaborate locally or with remote participants

Download the recording for “Software-Based Clients in UC Meeting Rooms” and “Your Whiteboard Reinvented” >