Category Video Communications

The Ease and Benefits of Video Over IP

A recent Crestron video shows why sending your organization’s video signals over IP makes sense. It also shows how surprisingly easy it is.

  • No distance limitations — Using the Ethernet, you’re sending those video signals across buildings, campuses, and geographic distances. So that ambitious plan you have to distribute digital signage and IPTV isn’t quite as daunting as initially thought.
  • Use your existing network infrastructure — You don’t need a new, dedicated AV network to carry this data. Choosing that path will not save you money over the traditional copper or fiber solution. Plus, you want to be able to mix copper, fiber and network AV on the same platform.
  • Scalability —  You buy the encoder/decoder you need, drop it on the network, and add more units at any time. That’s what I mean by easy.  In today’s ecosystem of BYOD, that expandability is essential to keep everyone in a growing company connected and empowered to use their own devices.

With video over IP, you don’t need to buy a matrix switcher to share the same content on displays in different rooms. In my next post, I’ll look at some of the specific Crestron solutions that can create the system you need to send and receive video over the network anywhere, and we’ll define encoders and decoders. In the meantime, watch the Crestron video below that inspired this post.

Improve Collaborative Workflows and Business Outcomes

You know Frost & Sullivan as the experts in industry analysis and consulting. This September 29, they are bringing their knowledge and clout to an online forum.

Join Frost & Sullivan and AVI SPL on September 29 at 11 am EST for a complimentary eBroadcast, as you will be one of the first to hear new research around enhanced visibility and actionable analytics that improve the Quality of Experience (QoE) across your conferencing and collaboration environment.

Join us and learn:

  • Frost & Sullivan market data on tactical benefits of conferencing features
  • How to monitor your entire conferencing domain from a single dashboard
  • Ways to collect actionable data to assess your collaboration technology performance

Two AVI-SPL experts will be on hand to share their insights and industry knowledge:

  • Joe Laezza, SVP of UCC and Service Solutions
  • Tim Riek, SVP of Service Operations

Visit www.frost.com/collaborativeworkflows for more details on this event. Don’t miss out on a great chance to learn and improve collaboration in your company.

Why Pexip’s Video Conferencing Win Matters to IT

Last week, Frost & Sullivan announced Pexip as the winner of its 2016 award for Technology Innovation. The press release mentions “disruption,” which I read as a shorthand way of saying, “it’s doing what a lot of competitors and standard-bearers aren’t: giving businesses the collaboration benefits they want.”

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If you work in IT or you manage those who do, you know the value of being able to do more for the company without stressing staff or compromising network security. IT has been shifting more of its money to cloud services such as Pexip so that people can collaborate with their personal devices from anywhere — whether on the company campus or offsite.

Other benefits include:

  • Connect through video conferencing using each user’s preferred method (Microsoft Skype for Business, traditional video conferencing endpoint, WebRTC)
  • Easing the burden on IT to manage video collaboration
  • Pexip technology powers AVI-SPL’s Unify ME Virtual Meeting Room Service

The last of these points is my main reason for putting together this post: so that if you are a CIO or an IT manager or the head of a department, you are aware that AVI-SPL offers the kind of cloud-based collaboration services that enable your colleagues to work with one another from remote locations, and that can grow with your organization.

I encourage you to look over our Unify ME VMR page, as well as our Virtual Meeting Rooms powered by Cisco and Polycom.

If you want to request more information about this topic, fill out our VMR request form >

Create Your Connected Workplace

I’m excited to share a new resource that AVI-SPL has just launched, one that has been designed to not just give you information, but empower and motivate.

With our Connected Workspaces site, there are no more excuses for not getting the kind of workplace you and your coworkers need and deserve to work smarter.

In this site, we’ve included four main resources that are most valuable when used together:

  • Tech briefs tailored to job responsibility
  • Business case starter
  • Assessment quiz
  • Business case toolkit

Tech Briefs

IT managers, IT directors, CIOs, facilities managers — all need to take be proactive in order to improve the way people at their companies collaborate. We’re empowering you to take that lead with these short articles that acknowledge your concerns.

  • What different managers expect to get out of connected workspaces
  • Their challenges to improving the workplace
  • What they expect from vendors in this process

Business Case StarterBusiness_Case_Starter

This downloadable document is a great way to start the conversation among the colleagues and decision-makers in your organization. Choose the desired outcomes that are driving your need for a connected workplace. This tool does the rest, generating a shareable report.

 

Assessment quiz blogAssessment Quiz

Here’s your chance to let us know what a connected workplace means to you, the current state of your meeting rooms, and the benefits you expect for your workplace.

Business Case Toolkit

This three-piece toolkit simplifies the process of creating a business case for a digitally connected workplace.

  • Real-world examples and sample formulas for metrics
  • Gap analysis tool that compares your current workplace to its target
  • Definitions and descriptions you should understand

Plan your connected workplace >

Why You Should Listen to this Talk on Workplace Transformation

Combine changing demographics, what-I-want, when-I-want-it technology trends, and new ways of thinking about work, and you have the forces that are shaping what is being talked about as “workplace transformation.”

The term carries a considerable weight — its two words implicitly promising something better than the cubicle farms that are a shorthand for the worst of office culture.

The good news is that with a little determination, unity of focus, and technology, we don’t have to settle for that kind of culture. And even a passing familiarity with business trends will confirm that plenty of businesses have evolved.

For our recent webinar on workplace transformation, representatives from Cisco and AMX by Harman offered their thoughts on why work is changing and talked about the technologies their companies specialize in and what they do to create environments where we can collaborate with those in and outside of the office.

In less than an hour, you’ll learn about the video collaboration and networked AV technology that is making it possible to create workplaces that are responsive to your needs, and to the needs of your colleagues. Some of the topics our speakers address include:

  • Importance of video collaboration
  • What is meant by a connected workplace
  • Technology that engages visitors
  • Advantages of networked AV
  • Solutions by Cisco and AMX that make improvements possible

Review “Workplace Transformation With Cisco and AMX by Harman” >