Category Video Conferencing

Coronavirus Highlights Value of Remote Work

With the recent news of the coronavirus dominating world headlines, this is a good opportunity to evaluate your company’s emergency plans. We’ve already seen the effects of the virus, also known as COVID-19, on the global markets. On Thurs, Feb. 27, the Dow fell almost 1,200 points, its highest one-day point drop in history. Much of that is being attributed to the effect of the virus on supply and demand. As a result, some of the largest companies in the world are restricting their employees’ business travel while also allocating more resources for virtual work

At around the 3:40 mark of this TechCrunch podcast, the speakers discuss Zoom and its ascent in price from the low $70s just a month ago to reaching over $120 in early trading on Friday, Feb. 28. That notable rise is occurring as video conferencing has become not just attractive but necessary. The TechCrunch discussion notes a number of major conferences – including Facebook’s F8 – that have been cancelled out of caution against the coronavirus.

Whether the cause is a virus, natural disaster, or some other disruptive event: How you will handle interruptions and minimize a negative impact to your business?

Uninterrupted Workforce Collaboration

Branch office locations need to function even if a main office is closed, and employees need a reliable, agile collaboration environment to enable them to work from home without missing a step.  AVI-SPL’s digital workplace solutions can ensure your workplace has the collaboration tools to handle any challenge and keep your talent and operations connected even amidst a crisis like the one we’re currently facing. 

By deploying a solution such as Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex Teams, your workforce can continue to communicate regardless of distance or time zone.  These platforms also provide video conferencing to enhance the collaboration experience.  Popular cloud-based solutions like Zoom and Pexip can be easily integrated with these collaboration platforms.

A Better User Experience of Collaboration Technology

Some offices may have to close because of an event like the coronavirus.  But that circumstance only underscores the need to support those offices that are still open for business. AVI-SPL Symphony enables you to keep your operations functioning and your workforce productive – even when some of them can’t be at the office.

You can remotely monitor and control all collaboration technology from any of your locations. By leveraging Symphony, either as a managed service or Symphony as a Service, organizations can manage their meeting scheduling and launching. They can also monitor their meeting health status while it’s in progress by monitoring connection status and giving staff the information they need to provide in-meeting support without being in the room. You will know what rooms and devices are ready for use and can make fixes before the participants are impacted.

Be Prepared – And Reap the Benefits at the Same Time

Digital workplace collaboration can’t just be part of a contingency plan in the face of rare – we hope — emergencies. This is the way we work today, and it’s a big reason why companies can so easily expand into locations and markets and attract the talent that drives their success.

How can you ensure that your investment in collaboration is having the desired impact? The key is having the data. AVI-SPL Symphony provides tactical and strategic business intelligence through analytics as customized insight through Build Your Own Reports. You can then make informed decisions about room construction/repurposing, technology refreshes, and addressing issues like technology adoption.

Not only will you gain more insight into your environment, but AVI-SPL digital workplace solution deployments will help your organization save time and money.  In 2018, Forrester Consulting’s “Total Economic Impact of AVI-SPL’s Digital Workplace Solutions” found a meeting productivity increase worth $11.9M over three years for a large enterprise organization, and savings of 122,500 hours per year due to meetings that start on time.  In an uncertain economic environment, these savings will help your organization maintain its agility to meet the ever-changing climate.   

While we all hope that no emergencies ever impact our offices, events like the coronavirus bring into sharp relief the value of collaboration technology. Build your digital workplace, and your company will have more than a set of just-in-case tools; it will be equipped to compete in today’s business environment by empowering your people to share the ideas and create the value that leads to growth.

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 Wins 2018 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Managed Video Conference Service Growth

Frost & Sullivan recently named AVI-SPL the winner of its 2018 Global Managed Video Conference Service Growth Excellence Leadership Award.

This award recognizes AVI-SPL’s leadership in supporting the way people communicate and collaborate within the workplace. The variety of meeting spaces — huddle rooms, collaboration spaces, boardrooms, training areas — and the technology within them require flexible managed video conferencing services.

Within the award report, Frost & Sullivan looks at AVI-SPL’s ability to grow its video conference services by providing support that includes:

  • Professional services like evaluation, design and deployment that meet business outcomes
  • Managed services (onsite or from global service operations centers) that monitor and manage the AV and UC environment
  • Customer care like global help desk assistance that focuses on exceeding expectations by measuring customer satisfaction

The paper also looks at AVI-SPL Symphony, the managed services platform that Frost & Sullivan nicely summarizes:

Considered the centerpiece of AVI-SPL’s services go-to-market strategy, AVI-SPL Symphony allows businesses to automate the back-end processes required to schedule, monitor, manage, and analyze the global video conferencing and AV assets from a single platform. The AVI-SPL Symphony end user management application is designed as an easy to use, browser-based and mobile-friendly dashboard representing the customer’s window to the organization’s total meeting environment.

Frost & Sullivan explains the criteria that led to this award, including AVI-SPL’s growth strategy, which provides companies with simple, reliable collaboration systems and the business insight of Big Data and analytics.

Read the Frost & Sullivan “2018 Global Managed Video Conference Service Growth Excellence Leadership Award” >

Using Collaboration Tools to Retain Customers

In its most recent contribution to No Jitter, AVI-SPL offers its insight into ways that collaboration solutions can improve the customer experience.

This article establishes the importance of the customer experience, and how companies are doing when it comes to meeting that goal. It then looks at the ways collaboration and related technology connect people quickly with the information they need. Such technology addressed includes:

  • Interactive displays
  • Video conferencing
  • Virtual reality

The post concludes by emphasizing the importance of managed services and their support of seamless, intuitive customer experiences.

Read “Using Collaboration Technology to Retain Customers” >

Thanks for Attending the AVI-SPL TechXchange Events

This fall, AVI-SPL hosted five TechXchange events at locations in the U.S. and Canada. Our fall lineup visited Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Calgary, and Denver. At each venue, guests learned from experts how space, design, technology, and people are coming together to define new and better work experiences. Each TechXchange was an all-day event, and included talks, a Q&A panel, and an expo featuring the latest AV and collaboration products from vendors like Biamp, Crestron, HARMAN, Milestone, Scansource, and many others.

We’ll be hosting a new slate of events in 2019. When our schedule is finalized, we’ll post it at the AVI-SPL events page.