Category Video Communications

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” >

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” >