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Five Essential Features of Meeting Rooms

For team collaboration to work and yield benefits in your company, make sure you’ve got the must-have features that compel people to work with each other and do it effectively. Five essential features are explained in a new paper by AVI-SPL and HARMAN:

  • Content sharing
  • Group messaging
  • Recording
  • Annotation
  • Simple start

This guide also covers:

  • Important considerations when updating your conference rooms
  • Five ways to encourage video collaboration
  • How AMX Acendo Core and Modero G5 Control work with Zoom Rooms to simplify video meetings

At the end of this concise paper, you’ll find a chart you can fill in to assess your collaboration capabilities.

Get your copy of “How to Supercharge Video Meetings for Better Collaboration” >

 

Creating Better Workplace Meetings With Crestron Flex

In a fast-paced, productivity-focused workplace, time is at a premium for everyone. Meetings have to start fast, run as expected, and support the way participants want to collaborate. Less time worrying about how to use technology means more time to maximize productivity and create new ideas that benefit the business. 

Because not every meeting has the same number of people or same general purpose, smart workplaces will feature a variety of spaces: huddle rooms, open areas, personal desks, executive boardrooms, and traditional conference rooms designed for small, medium, and large groups. 

These spaces are typically aligned with purposes suited to their size: the quick brainstorming huddle, the strategic presentation, the training session, the group presentation. Though different in size and purpose, most share similar technology systems. The types of collaboration technology in these spaces often include preferred UCC platforms (think Microsoft Teams Rooms), wireless connectivity from BYOD, ready-to-go video conferencing, and interactive displays. 

Regardless of your particular industry — whether it’s higher education or any number of corporate sectors like energy, finance, legal and transportation —  you can make use of the variety of collaboration spaces for quick huddles, training sessions, and strategic-minded presentations. Common to these organizations is their reliance on speed and agility. To reach business outcomes and outdo the competition, they must give their talent the tools they need to quickly come up with ideas and strategies that they take to market. By establishing technology standards for each of these spaces, you create a consistent, a high-quality experience that encourages collaboration and optimizes your workforce’s effectiveness. 

Crestron solutions set the standard for collaboration across industries and applications. In particular, Crestron Flex is a pace setter for key activities like quick-start meetings, video conferencing, collaboration, and content sharing. There’s a Crestron Flex solution for any size and type of conference space – including private and custom spaces and rooms designed for groups of various sizes. Wherever they gather, even from remote locations, meeting attendees have the same easy ability to work together. 

Users can connect their personal devices into their Crestron Flex device and start working with one another from their preferred UC platform. Crestron Flex natively supports whichever popular platform you choose, so once you connect your laptop via USB, you’re ready to collaborate. 

I encourage you to look at the Crestron Flex series of products so you can get an idea of how they’ll play in your workplace. For companies like yours, you’ll have a meeting-room solution that’s affordable and supports the way your teams produce the outcomes that drive your success in the marketplace. These solutions include:

  • Crestron Flex B-Series Smart Soundbar
  • Crestron Flex C-Series Integrator Kits
  • Crestron Flex M-Series Tabletop AV Conferencing
  • Crestron Flex P-Series Desktop Phone

You can learn more about each of these solutions at the Crestron Flex page.

Want a demo of Crestron Flex so you can see firsthand what it can do? Contact us at AVI-SPL and we’ll answer your questions and show you how Crestron Flex transforms your meeting experience so you get the business outcomes that spark success.

 

 

 

 

Webinar: Preparing Your Meeting Rooms for the Teams Experience

Meetings are no longer about assigning tasks and sharing updates – they’re the physical and virtual spaces where people collaborate in real time on projects. The growing popularity of Microsoft Teams is a testament to our need to work efficiently and have a virtual hub of conversations, files, calls, and meetings that allows us to instantly pick up where we left off. But how do we successfully bring that desktop experience into the conference or huddle room?

Join us on Wed., March 25 at 2 p.m. ET to get a clear understanding of the considerations that go into preparing a shared space for Teams collaboration, with a particular emphasis on the audio aspect. In this webinar hosted by Commercial Integrator, experts from Biamp will cover important considerations that are unique to meeting rooms, including the quality of audio for local participants and for remote teams. They’ll also share some of Biamp’s new conference room solutions that are certified for meeting spaces equipped with Microsoft Teams.

This event is co-sponsored by AVI-SPL and will be moderated by Jonathan Blackwood, editorial director of Commercial Integrator and editor-in-chief for TechDecisions.

Register for “Preparing Your Meeting Rooms for the Teams Experience” >

See the Real-World Impact of AVI-SPL Symphony

We know that AVI-SPL Symphony improves your collaboration experience. Now we’re excited to share real-world statistics from one of our clients to demonstrate how large that improvement can be.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) relies heavily on distance education and online collaboration to overcome the challenges in delivering education across such a vast region. Our RMIT case study explained the positive impact that Symphony had on the user experience and the support staff.

Since that study, an audit of the Institute’s 2019 data found:Issues RMIT resolved with AVI-SPL Symphony

  • 580 auto-detected faults
  • 761 proactively resolved critical tickets
  • 30% fewer client-led tickets

These led to the following savings:

  • 380 teaching hours
  • 1,160 classes and events
  • 750 tech hoursTeaching and tech support hours RMIT saved with AVI-SPL Symphony

Overall, Symphony has helped nearly 32,000 students and faculty avoided a negative impact.  This impact avoidance increases end user confidence and adoption of the technology provided – thus increasing ROI of the environment. 

These results provide evidence of the improved user experience that attracts and keeps talented students and faculty engaged with each other and enhances the ability to reliably collaborate across locations. By ensuring that its collaboration technology is available and ready for use, RMIT has experienced overall adoption increases and collaboration satisfaction.

 

How to Work With Service Providers That Focus on the Employee Experience

For your digital workplace program to succeed, you need to choose your service providers wisely. A service provider with experience in creating the digital workplace will help guide you through each stage of your journey and provide benefits that reduce the implementation cost and ensure best practices are followed.

In this research paper by Gartner¹, we believe you’ll learn about the best practices for selecting and working with a service provider. You’ll gain valuable insight and advice, including:

  • The importance of a service provider who can address business and cultural issues
  • The three phases of a digital workplace transformation project and the role of your service provider in each one
  • Recommendations for working with service providers to address implementation plans, digital workplace roadmaps, and the user experience

The success of your digital workplace program largely depends on your service provider. With the right service provider, you’ll get the intended business outcomes and ROI of your workplace transformation.

Download your copy of “Deliver Digital Workplace Programs With Service Providers That Focus on Employee Experience” >

¹Gartner “Deliver Digital Workplace Programs With Service Providers That Focus on Employee Experience,” Rashmi Choudhary, Craig Roth, 7 January 2020

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.