Category Unified Communications

What to Look for at InfoComm 2015

InfoComm show logoInfoComm 2015 is upon us — the exhibition runs from June 17-19 — and this year’s show brings the annual anticipation over what new trends we can expect to hear about and the new products for organizations.

Joseph Laezza, AVI-SPL SVP UCC and Service Solutions, offers his insight as to what this year’s show may reveal.

At InfoComm this year, I would expect to see and hear a lot about the following trends:

1. Workplace transformation – This is one of the hottest topics in the audio-visual and collaboration space industry as it relates to technologies, solutions, and integration. With dispersed workforces becoming mainstream, the millennial generation entering the workplace, and mobile technologies dominating the workplace demand, most businesses of all sizes are endeavoring upon the transformation of their workplace and collaboration solutions. There is a significant amount of technology refresh, and AV and collaboration evaluation among the business communities underway as a result.

2. Collaboration solutions for the new workplace – As with the trends and movement toward the next level of mobile workforce and workplace transformation, the technologies and solutions are rapidly changing. Software-based solutions and cloud deployments will dominate the trends here.

3. 4K UHD curved commercial displays and monitors – The new generation of Ultra HD displays are making their way into the commercial space and will take advantage of the trends in workplace transformation.

Companies to keep an eye on:

1. Microsoft – This year at InfoComm, Microsoft Skype for Business, and other collaboration solutions and technologies will be on heavy display. They will not only be demonstrating the “new Lync” now branded “Skype for business” heavily, but they will also be unveiling their new surface technologies for the collaboration space called “Surface Hub,” a large, 4k, all-in-one display.

2. Cisco and Polycom – Expect to see a common theme supporting the workplace transformation trends and technologies and solutions that are more interoperable and mobile than they’ve been in the past.

3. Acano and PexIP – Their new software-based infrastructure technologies are powering the collaboration solutions in the new generation of workplace.

4. Sony and Samsung – They will likely place HUGE ultra HD displays in the front of their showcases as usual, but this year I would expect to start seeing the consumer-like technologies such as the curved UHD display in their commercial-grade forms.

 

If you will be at this year’s InfoComm, be sure to attend the Wed., June 17 session “UC as a Service: Has the Cloud Changed Our Sweet Spot?” Joseph Laezza will be among the experts discussing the pros and cons of Collaboration as a Service options. Read the synopsis and register here.

See InfoComm 2015 With AVI-SPL

Next week, tens of thousands of people will descend upon the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for InfoComm 2015. While there, they’ll see the latest audiovisual and video communication systems meant to improve the way organizations of all types run their operations.

The company I work for, AVI-SPL, will be there too, demonstrating and explaining our ability to take those products and turn them into solutions for unified communications, digital signage, integrated AV, advanced visualization, control room spaces and video collaboration.

To help guide visitors seeking to learn about AVI-SPL and why we are the integrator and end-to-end solutions provider trusted by thousands of companies, we’ve created our own InfoComm show page. At this page, we have the schedule of speaking engagements featuring our experts; the schedule of our guided technology tour of booths for Microsoft, Crestron and more; and a form for getting in touch with us.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Tips for Improving Workplace Collaboration

The business term “unified communications” describes its goal: to bring together communication technologies like voice, video and chat in order to streamline the way organizations operate, and to save costs.

In this Q&A, AVI-SPL’s Lou Chiorazzi, VP UC&C Solutions Engineering, explains what companies can do to make sure they get the unified communications system that is right for them. He also discusses:

  • Questions companies should ask of their integrator
  • How to coordinate and implement a solution
  • The key to a successful implementation
  • Sustainability consideration

Download the Q&A: “Communicating and Collaborating in the Workplace” >

AVI-SPL Brings Its Systems Integration Expertise to ISE 2015

AVI-SPL is in Amsterdam this week, February 10-12, for ISE 2015, the largest AV industry trade show in the world. See us at stand 9-B119. Even if you won’t be there, follow us at www.twitter.com/avisplinfo, and visit us at our dedicated show website, www.avispl.com/ise2015.

Beware the Integrator Who Sells on Price

In the January 2015 issue of Systems Contractor News, AVI-SPL’s Felix Robinson guides readers through the evolution of IT and AV integration, and how that advancement has affected integrators like AVI-SPL and those organizations that rely on video collaboration systems. Robinson notes that even as collaboration devices become treated as commodity-based products, and network advancements move systems to the cloud, the need for quality design, engineering and integration remains. Read the article.

When you’re looking for guidance on your AV or video communication needs, turn to the experts at AVI-SPL. Contact us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197.