Category Video Communications

Bringing Your Business to the Cloud

Companies that thrive are those that can quickly adapt to change, and work as efficiently as new Frost Sullivan cloud papertechnology empowers them. In a time when IT departments are stretched to support audio, video, and web collaboration assets, the cloud has emerged as the smart way to do business. This stat, included in a new report, indicates the growth:

38 percent of businesses are deploying unified communications and collaboration applications in the cloud. Another 48 percent plan to make the move in the next one to three years.

In this Frost & Sullivan report, you’ll learn:

  • Why the cloud is so important to businesses
  • Specific areas where the cloud delivers benefits
  • Why cloud-based video conferencing is on the rise
  • How to choose the right provider of your solution

You’ll also discover the steps you need to take to ensure a successful migration to the cloud, and the specific ways in which AVI-SPL can support you in your mission.

Download “Collaboration Solutions in a Cloud-Centric World” >

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.”

Advice for Planning Better Workspaces

Tuesday morning was a good time to be at this week’s IFMA 2016. That’s because attendees at the annual event for facilities managers got to hear how factors like technology, real estate prices, and people’s expectations are affecting the look and functionality of the workplace.

AVI-SPL Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Dale Bottcher delivered a wealth of advice on how to go about improving the workplace so that it’s more suitable for collaboration: identifying all stakeholders, involving IT from the outset, and defining your goals, which should include:

  • Allow mobile workers to participate
  • Variety of bookable and non-bookable rooms
  • Fast start-up time for meetings
  • Onsite participants contribute from their personal devices

“We need to be prepared in the way that we plan space and facilities so that we have the flexibility to adapt,” Dale told attendees. He reminded them that work is a social activity, and that the workplace can be designed to give people a deeper sense of meaning and well being.

In the spirit of Dale’s presentation, I’m sharing with you our guide to the Internet of Things (IoT) for facilities managers. This paper explains IoT, why it has become prominent in discussions around business performance, and the steps you can take to deploy solutions that make it easier to monitor devices in meetings rooms, reserve rooms, and help with space planning.

Read “Facilities Manager’s Guide to IoT in Meeting Spaces” >

Impressed by the Business Tech

AVI-SPL’s annual sales conference is always a big highlight on my calendar because I get to see firsthand what we are doing throughout our organization to improve service to our customers so that companies, universities, and departments are better for working with us.

I also get to see our top partners showcase their latest products during our Partner Expo. This year I visited every booth — nearly 40, if memory serves — and it was a treat to see systems and devices that improve so much of the meeting experience. (I just considered correcting that last line to say “meeting room experience,” but with the technology I saw, the type you can fit in a backpack, meetings can happen anywhere we want them to.)

Donning a pair of headphones at Shure’s booth, I smiled like a little kid at the ability for sound patterns to be adjusted in a noisy environment so that our presenter’s voice was easily heard above the din. I stood before a massive video wall while a Bluescape representative used his tablet to create meeting rooms in the cloud, ones where people can annotate and add documents and media across 160 acres of workspace for real-time collaboration. If you’re an IT manager in need of connectors that won’t jiggle loose, Middle Atlantic was eager to demonstrate.

Tens of thousands of people will be able to see these and as-yet unannounced products at the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas this June. But you don’t have to visit an industry conference to learn about the amazing technologies available to improve the way you deliver messages, bring teams together, and engage visitors and staff alike. I work with people who have the expertise to understand the challenges your organization is facing and how to turn those into opportunities for success. I encourage you to reach out to us at 866-559-8197 or sales@avispl.com.

 

March 30 Webinar: Laser Vs. Lamp-based Projectors

Laser projection is more than just a well-hyped technology. There are solid business cases for why a laser projector is the right choice for many applications, and scenarios where lamp-based is a better bet. Experts from AVI-SPL and Sony tell you exactly why and when you need laser projection.

Tom LeBlanc, editor of Commercial Integrator, moderates a panel that includes the senior product manager for Sony’s professional display systems, and our VP of display technology.

Register for “Real-World Reasons to Choose Laser Over Lamp-Based Projectors” >