Category Unified Communications

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” >

 

How to Decide Which UCC Team to Join: Cisco or Microsoft

You want to create a reliable strategy for improving your company’s unified communications and collaboration (UCC) experience. The better the collaboration among team members, the better the outcomes for the organization. 

The AVI-SPL Customer Advisory Board (CAB) includes large enterprises (including Fortune 500 companies) that met over three months in 2019 to discuss UCC platforms and their process of determining which ones are right for their operations.

Now you can draw on their experience and insight through this overview of their discussion of UCC platforms and their related challenges and opportunities.

UCC solutions like Cisco Webex Teams and Microsoft Teams can power a collaborative workplace, connect team members for meaningful collaboration in meeting spaces, and link offices around the world. In this article by AVI-SPL SVP of Marketing Kelly Bousman, you’ll learn:

  • How to assess your current collaboration state (with a chart to serve as your guide)
  • How to determine user preferences for your current UCC tools
  • Why companies like Cisco and Microsoft are developing their UCC capabilities
  • How Fortune 500 companies assess and compare the benefits of UCC solutions
  • The challenges that come with multi-vendor systems

With this information in mind, you can do what the CAB members have done or are doing — determine the benefits of improvements to their UCC capabilities and the ways to achieve those benefits. You’ll have the information to build a case for the UCC platform (or combination of platforms) that delivers the business impact you need.

Read “Deciding Which UCC Team to Join – Cisco or Microsoft” > 

How Small Collaboration Spaces Deliver Big Results at Work

Sometimes you just need a quick get-together to organize a plan of attack. At other times, you’ll want to gather a few people to work on a project. Or you may need to consult right now with colleagues who are at another location.

What solves the challenges in each of these scenarios? The value of having a small collaboration space where core members of a team can share ideas, work on documents in real time, and connect with colleagues and clients at remote locations. In “Small Spaces, Big Outcomes,” find out why small spaces like huddle rooms have become popular and will continue to be an essential part of the workplace. This guide also explores other benefits of small collaboration spaces, including:

  • Better use of your real estate (large meeting spaces are rarely used to capacity).
  • Attracting and keeping the employees that drive your business success.
  • Efficient use of technology. Equipping a series of small spaces with unified communications technology leads to better collaboration than experienced in large conference rooms.

Technology for Your Small Collaboration Spaces

This guide includes a look at specific Poly technology solutions and their benefits to your workplace collaboration efforts. You’ll get concise explanations of the benefits and features of:

  • Polycom Studio
  • Polycom + HP SRS Bundle
  • CCX Business Media Phones for Microsoft Teams
  • Polycom Trio

You’ll also learn about the advantages you can gain when integrating Polycom room solutions with Alexa for Business.

If you have any questions about what you’ve read, or you’d like to read more content that will help you make an informed decision about improving your workplace with collaboration and AV solutions, we’re here to help. Visit the  AVI-SPL Resources page for more content (you can narrow your results by focusing on technology type, the content format, and vendor partner). 

You can also connect with AVI-SPL via web form by going to the AVI-SPL contact page. Prefer talking to someone? Reach out to AVI-SPL at 866-708-5034.

Get your copy of “Small Spaces, Big Outcomes: Trade Office Spaces for Engaging Collaboration Environments”  >

AVI-SPL Case Study: Supporting Daily Collaboration at Truepoint

For Truepoint’s new headquarters in Cincinnati, AVI-SPL created collaboration spaces that meet the company’s need for seamless interaction among team members and foster a personalized experience between clients and advisors. In this case study on the project, you’ll discover:

  • The kind of collaboration experience Truepoint wanted to create
  • The process of finding the right workplace technology
  • How AVI-SPL turned a “jumble of equipment” across two floors into a streamlined set of solutions

Read the Truepoint case study >

Do you have similar challenges at your company? AVI-SPL can help. Bring us your questions and goals, or call 866-708-5034.

Five Best Practices for Adopting UC and Video

Unified communications and video collaboration tools improve the user experience when they align with business goals AND are used throughout an organization.

But getting people to use these solutions can be a challenge.

AVI-SPL’s Customer Advisory Board, which includes Fortune 500 companies and large enterprises, shared the value of UC and video in their organizations and how they increase user adoption so that the company and its staff reap those benefits. Their advice and recommendations are summarized in a LinkedIn post by AVI-SPL SVP of Marketing Kelly Bousman.

In Kelly’s article, you’ll learn:

  • Why adoption matters and how to measure it
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) that reflect how often video for collaboration is used in meeting rooms
  • Five best practices for increasing video adoption

Read “Five Best Practices for IT Leaders to Increase Video Adoption” >