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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.

 

Why You Need Actionable Business Intelligence to Develop Your Workplace Strategy

When you’re developing a workplace technology strategy these days, you have a million aspects to consider:

  • Is the technology accessible to the entire workforce across generational, geographic, and cultural boundaries?
  • Is it easy to use, intuitive, and sophisticated – but not intimidating?
  • Does it provide instant, usable data (not just a flood for the sake of data)?

You have a variety of methods available to figure out this strategy: Survey your population and hope you asked the right questions and that it gets completed accurately; stake out your conference rooms and record what goes on for a month; find a consultant who may or may not be versed in your particular needs.AVI-SPL Symphony Analytics screenshot

Business technology investments are too important to just throw up your hands and settle for a solution that may not meet the needs of your team.  We’ve designed AVI-SPL Symphony to provide the type of data that you need, the actionable business intelligence that will make a real difference in how you design, deploy, and manage your collaboration environment.

Actionable business intelligence – what Symphony provides – enables evidence-based decision making that translates into effective communication, collaboration, and unlocks real business value.  It’s not a single report or a bunch of statistics: It’s a daily observance of what works, what doesn’t, and what engages your workforce. This long-term data allows you to track the changes in employee behavior with experimental equipment, see which manufacturer’s equipment is preferred (and which causes the most trouble), and determine the load that collaboration is placing on your larger network.

Employee preferences depend a lot on your workforce composition – age, gender, and location, among other factors.  Often, the preferences in one locality don’t extend to others, leaving you with the possibility of supporting multiple types of equipment or standardizing on technology that leaves some users out.  With Symphony’s analytics you can find those few items everyone agrees on and utilize them as the basis for building a collaboration solution that meets end user preferences and provides you with standards for the corporate environment.

Root cause analysis is invaluable for a variety of different applications for both your IT team and your AV team.  Are jitter or poor performance caused by network issues or bad design choices?  Is the network functioning, but your AV or UCC are configured incorrectly?  Is your network great, but suboptimal equipment choices in your AV are causing a poor user experience?  Without finding the real cause of any issue or set of issues, countless hours and dollars can be spent without improving the quality.  Actionable business intelligence ensures that you can narrow in on the root cause of an issue, spending less time and resources spinning your wheels.

Symphony isn’t just a tool in your toolbox – it is a complete solution to the challenge of excellent user experiences with collaboration technologies.  Actionable business intelligence gleaned from the deployment of Symphony on your networks will enable you to spend less time and effort while still receiving a better end user experience. 

Contact us for a demo today. You can also demo these features at ISE 2020 at AVI-SPL booth 11-C155.

Create Your Ideal Workplace With AVI-SPL

In this video, you’ll see why AVI-SPL is the company you can trust to deliver a workplace strategy that meets positive business outcomes that are measurable. We do it through AV and collaboration technology solutions and services we integrate into your environment. The result is a better user experience, which means better engagement with the projects that lead to your success.

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Find Your Path to Workplace Transformation in the AVI-SPL Concept Catalog

If you’ve been wondering, “What are the steps I should be taking to improve my organization’s collaboration experience,” AVI-SPL’s Concept Catalog has the guidance you need to confidently approach a challenging workplace transformation project. In this new edition, we give you our advice for:

  • Setting your project scope and expectations
  • Creating your digital workplace committee
  • Defining your business goals
  • Mapping your technology solutions to the desired user experience
  • Identifying measurable objectives

You’ll find two case studies that show how organizations like yours are benefiting from workplace transformation guided by AVI-SPL. You can also read those case studies on our website: RMIT University and Business Development Bank of Canada. In the RMIT case study, discover how their students, faculty, and IT leadership saw the benefits of our Symphony user experience management application as soon as it went live. 

Our new catalog includes an overview of Symphony, which gives you a single-pane view of your AV and UC estate and delivers the analytics you need to wisely invest in collaboration rooms and solutions. 

We couldn’t put this issue together without our manufacturer partners, and our advertising section showcases the latest solutions from companies like Biamp, Cisco, Crestron, Harman, and many others. Their products are designed to enhance your workplace experience, so look them over at your leisure. If you find something that interests you or if you have any questions, connect with us at contact@avispl.com.

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The Four S’s Are Your Keys to Collaboration Success

You want your workplace to be more than a building where people are obliged to meet for at least eight hours a day. It should be a home where teams can share and build upon ideas that help your company grow. To create the spaces that inspire your workers, AVI-SPL follows the “four S’s”: simple, standardized, scalable and serviceable. Each of these guidelines work together to form the workspaces that help meet your organization’s desired outcomes. Below, we look at what each of these principles means, why they matter, and how they work together.

Simple, Standardized, Scalable, and Serviceable

Simple — Are you going to use a conference room where the technology is an obstacle course of complexity, unreliability, and frustration? If you’re inclined to use a collaboration space, you want to work with colleagues on a project, not wonder why you can’t get the interactive display to sync to your device.

To apply simplicity to a space doesn’t mean you’ve limited its capabilities. Rather, you’ve removed the complex barriers to using and benefiting from those capabilities. This is usually the meaning when you hear someone describe a technology system as “frictionless.” Starting a meeting is streamlined, so that you can quickly start the display, audio, video, presentation, and get the purpose of the meeting underway.

Standardized — Regardless of where you’re working from, the technology experience needs to be the same among similar rooms in all locations. An employee that knows how to use a collaboration room in his or her home office should be able to do the same in another regional office. Applying standards and best practices makes the experience simple for the end user. Some of our clients have room standards that AVI-SPL must deliver reliably and in a way that allows their organizations to grow.

If you’ve yet to settle upon standards, AVI-SPL can help develop and provide them through its Rapid Rooms and Smart Spaces. These are collaboration spaces of various types that have been preconfigured with essential collaboration tools for various group sizes.

Your regional requirements may mean substituting one solution for another based on product availability. AVI-SPL lets customers know how their budgets may fluctuate based on those regional preferences. Because we are aware of differences within the same company, our designers, programmers and integrators ensure that your room functionality is consistent across locations.

Scalable — A scalable set of solutions are easily repeatable from office to office. By keeping room solutions simple and standardized, we can quickly deploy your rooms so that your regional locations stay connected. As your company grows and adds more collaboration spaces and solutions, so does AVI-SPL’s support of those solutions and your user experience through our managed services.

Serviceable — AVI-SPL considers serviceability as a design element when developing standards for your rooms and technology systems. That’s because spaces that are easy to use should also be easy to support. We assess the network topology where the solutions are being deployed so that the IT stakeholders can deliver and support the solutions on a consistent basis.

Serviceability means IT and/or  your managed services provider can proactively resolve issues and acquire the analytics that provide business insights, like how often your collaboration spaces are being used, the quality of the experience, and the number of service tickets that were generated in a particular time frame. From the data analysis of those standardized rooms, your organization continues to adjust its standards and conference rooms, and improve the user experience.

We find that customers are demanding actionable business intelligence about their collaboration solutions. They want to know if their technology systems are delivering ROI by improving productivity and if they need to reconfigure their collaboration spaces. AVI-SPL’s Symphony managed services platform provides the analytics to let you know whether your systems are delivering their intended value.

Work With the Experts in the Collaborative Workplace Experience

By following the four S’s, AVI-SPL creates meaningful spaces and better workplace experiences. Contact AVI-SPL and let us know where we can help improve the business outcomes for your organization.