Category AVI-SPL in the News

Q&A With Ericka Shumpert, Winner of AVIXA Women’s Council Award

Ericka Shumpert leads AVI-SPL’s participation in events like trade shows and conferences, and organizes many of our own educational/networking public events. She’s also an active member in the AVIXA’s Women’s Council, which recognized Shumpert with its Ultimate Team Player award at InfoComm 2019. In the Q&A below, Shumpert talks about the win and the valuable mission of the Women’s Council.

Q: When did you join the AVIXA Women’s Council?

Shumpert: I’ve been a member for over two years, since it was known as the Women of InfoComm. I attended my first session at ISE [Integrated Systems Europe), and then Coleen Sterns Leith and I started the Tampa chapter, which we continue to co-chair.

Q: When did you find out you were being recognized for your contributions to the council?

Shumpert: I knew I had been nominated, but I didn’t know I won until the Women’s Council breakfast on Thursday, when they showed my photo on the presentation display.

Q: What were your first thoughts?

Shumpert: I was shocked and honored. It helps that people at AVI-SPL voted. We have a large group representing the Tampa chapter.

Q: Talk about the mission of the Women’s Council and how the Tampa group supports that.

Shumpert: The purpose is to empower women in the AV industry. At the Tampa chapter, we do this by hosting tech tours, networking events, and activities where we give back to the community through events like Dress for Success and a Metropolitan Ministries program called Inside the Box.  For our chapter’s events, Coleen and I handle all of the logistics like venue coordination and agenda creation.

Q: Do you think your win will affect your work on the council?

Shumpert: My attitude of being part of a team doesn’t change, because we accomplish more as a team than as individuals. 

Q: What about the council made you want to join?

Shumpert: I believe so strongly in the women’s council and things we’re trying to accomplish. We’re on a mission to increase awareness and education and help women in the industry. And that’s easy to do because of the team working together.

Q: What’s it like working with the Tampa chapter?

Shumpert: We learn from others’ experiences. Coleen is a great co-chair and has a very active role in AVIXA. Other women in the group, like Heather Callaway from APG Electric, are great mentors. Sherri Beck, AVI-SPL’s director of learning and development, is on the committee, so we’re growing the group and involving our manufacturing partners.

Q: On the topic of growth — how has the group changed or improved since you joined?

Shumpert: Our group has grown from 15 members to over 100. We recently surveyed our members and asked, “What do you need from us?” We want to reach their goals, like hosting tech tours and offering specific training. That shows the group is dedicated to what it’s intended to be – helping women in the industry. 

AVI-SPL Symphony a Finalist for SCN Award

AVI-SPL Symphony is a finalist for the SCN Installation Awards’ Most Innovative IoT Product. It is now up to you to vote for the winner.

Symphony is the managed services platform that automates the scheduling, launching, management, and experience of your meetings. It gives you global control of your AV and UC estate from a web-based portal. Symphony also provides custom reports that share valuable information like room usage, quality of experience and device status, all of which your team can use to determine ROI and meet business objectives.

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Winners will be announced at InfoComm 2019.

Manage Your Company’s AV and UC With Symphony as a Service

On the worldwide stage of ISE 2019, AVI-SPL announced the availability and value of its Symphony as a Service (SYaaS), which makes it easy for organizations to monitor, manage and improve their collaboration estate, and provide a better user experience of their AV and UC systems.

The Symphony managed services platform is the engine that drives AVI-SPL’s award-winning managed services for its clients around the world. With SYaaS, that platform is available on a subscription basis. AV and IT departments can be proactive about their collaboration spaces and devices as they launch and manage video calls, and keep track of the quality of experience during meetings. Through the service’s mobile-friendly, web-based dashboard, staff will have real-time insight into an organization’s AV devices, video systems, and conference infrastructure.

Symphony as a Service also provides analytics about room and device usage so that companies have the business intelligence to make informed decisions about future investment in meeting spaces and collaboration technology.

The announcement has been covered by industry magazines like rAVe, Tech Decisions, AV Magazine, AV Network, and Commercial Integrator, which shared this video it recorded at ISE 2019.  Here, AVI-SPL’s SVP of Services Tim Riek explains the value of SYaaS.

 

Creating the Future of Work

To see the future of work, it helps to have the insight of companies that have grown through years of changes. Bring together some of the most well known and successful businesses in a collaborative environment and ask, “How will people collaborate in the workplace of the future?”

That’s what AVI-SPL is doing with its Customer Advisory Board, which includes Fidelity, MasterCard, the Walt Disney Company and other high-profile corporations. You’ve seen the changes that have affected and improved upon workplace collaboration, like technology systems that allow remote teams to share and work on documents in real time. In the CAB fall retreat, members looked ahead to the technology systems that will become standard and the expectations they’ll help shape.

In her summary of the fall CAB retreat, SVP of Marketing Kelly Bousman highlights some of the group’s research-based talking points and assumptions:

  • People are changing jobs more often.
  • Connectivity and collaboration are a business priority.
  • People expect workplace flexibility. That flexibility includes using their preferred digital technology to work with online colleagues.

Bousman lists the issues (including worker and business demands) that CAB members think they’ll need to address today and years from now. Such challenges include:

  • Voice control of room devices.
  • Artificial Intelligence.
  • An infrastructure that meets the increasing demand for wireless and video collaboration technologies.

The article concludes by looking at the agreed-upon approaches for dealing with the future of work and its challenges. AVI-SPL’s Customer Advisory Board continues to reap benefits from thinking about the future of work. In sharing this, you too may be inspired to reach out to AVI-SPL and talk about getting your workplace ready for future success.

Read “How to See the Future of Work and Act on It” >

AVI-SPL Tops the SCN 50 for 2018

AVI-SPL leads the Systems Contractor News list of the top 50 AV systems integrators in North America. The rankings are determined by revenue, so being number one is a great honor because it reflects our efforts to help companies realize their business outcomes through technology solutions that create a better user experience. AVI-SPL has been at the top of the list every year since 2006, and we owe much of our success to the great manufacturers we partner with to create and deliver the solutions our clients need.

See the complete list of companies on the SCN 50 for 2018 >

Connect with AVI-SPL and let us know about your workplace collaboration projects and challenges.