InfoComm 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.