Category Webinars

Webinar Recording: Reimagining the Modern Workplace With Collaboration Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to allow employees to work from home and use collaboration technology to get work done. But the reimagining of the modern workplace was already underway, driven by the needs of employees and the capabilities of solutions like Microsoft Teams.

The goal of the reimagined workplace is to give employees areas – huddle rooms, meeting spaces, and boardrooms – that can easily connect with the remote workforce. That way, employees can determine whether to work in the office or at home depending on what they’re most comfortable with, while being equally efficient in both locations.

Technology is where it starts. In this AVI-SPL and Microsoft webinar, you’ll learn how to outfit different spaces in the office with the technology that creates a flexible workplace that empowers people to be productive and efficient. Experts from Microsoft and AVI-SPL will share their insights into:

  • Statistics on the rise of collaboration in the workplace and changes in the workforce
  • Why remote work integration is a crucial aspect of collaboration spaces in the office
  • The value Microsoft Teams and Surface Hub 2S brings to your collaboration efforts
  • How AVI-SPL delivers and supports the Microsoft experience in your meeting spaces

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Webinar Recording: How to Manage Your Classroom or Conference Room Technology

Whether you’re in a corporate conference room or a higher education classroom, it can be a challenge to manage different devices in one room as efficiently as possible while also maximizing the potential of the source and display content.

We’ll try to help you solve these challenges during this AVI-SPL/Harman webinar, “How to Manage Your Classroom or Conference Room Technology.”  Our host and panelists discuss:

  • The technology you need inside and outside the classroom to support remote work
  • The necessary ingredients to an exceptional video conferencing experience
  • How to tie together collaboration systems for a seamless experience that’s easy to manage
  • Use cases for different kinds of switches that transfer content

Stephen Bogart of Harman and Laurie Berg of AVI-SPL will walk you through technologies that aid in the conference room, including AMX Acendo Vibe, AMX DVX 4K60 presentation switcher, and AVI-SPL Symphony. The presenters also answer questions about the future of remote work and huddle rooms, and the difference between Symphony and other monitoring solutions.

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Webinar Recording: Choosing the Best Displays for Your Business Environment

Today’s display choices range from simple projection systems to the perceived complicated solutions such as Direct View LED (dvLED) and all things in between.  Download the recording for this AVI-SPL and LG webinar to learn how to choose the right digital displays your project/environment. 
 
Mitch Rosenberg, LG senior account manager, gives an overview of dvLED and also covers:
  • Comparing ultra narrow bezel LCD to Direct View LED
  • dvLED components
  • Benefits of using dvLED solutions
  • Creative uses of LG Direct View LED digital signage

In this short clip from the webinar, Rosenberg compares the ultra narrow bezel LCD to Direct View LED:

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Webinar Recording: Preparing Your Meeting Rooms for the Teams Experience

The growing popularity of Microsoft Teams is a testament to our need to collaborate efficiently in real and virtual spaces. Poorly designed rooms undermine the collaboration culture. The user experience has to be consistent across the spectrum of spaces, from huddle spaces to lecture theaters.

Sneak preview:

During this webinar, Chris Fitzsimmons, product marketing manager for Biamp, looks at ways you can bring the Microsoft Teams experience into a variety of meeting spaces. Download this recording and you’ll learn about:

  • The difference between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams Rooms 
  • AV best practices (with a focus on the importance of audio quality)
  • Microsoft-certified solutions from Biamp and how they improve the collaboration experience

Fitzsimmons also addresses audience questions on topics like network security and the features of Biamp solutions.

Here’s a short preview from this Biamp event that emphasizes the importance of audio to successful meetings:

Find out more of Fitzsimmons’ advice for creating an engaging collaboration experience in a variety of meeting spaces.

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7 Tips for Successful Workplace Meetings in 2020

A new year presents the motivation for resolutions that we hope will improve our lives. Since so much of our time is devoted to our careers, I’m going to focus on a strategy that can lead to a better workplace experience and business success in 2020.

During a 2019 AVI-SPL webinar, Lieven Bertier of Barco explained the ingredients to a perfect workplace meeting and how collaboration technology supports these meetings. Bertier is the director of go-to-market strategy and services for Barco’s meeting experience business.

He noted that Barco’s own research indicates millennials and Gen Z will make up 59% of the workforce this year (a figure not too far off from the 50% figure I found in this source). This matters because they are natural collaborators who embrace digital technology. As I frequently mention in this blog, companies that want to attract and keep the best talent need to give them the tools to succeed.

During the webinar, Bertier touched on stats and findings that illustrate the connection between meetings and meeting-room technology, including:  

  • 30% of organizations in 2020 will find their greatest competitive asset in their workforce’s ability to creatively use digital technologies.
  • 72% of employees say their companies need to invest in better meeting technology (most say it needs to be intuitive and plug-and-play).
  • Most millennials (78%) and everyone else (75%) want a fixed place for their meetings.

That last point should matter to anyone involved in business, because millennials are already the largest segment of the U.S. workforce. (As an aside, be skeptical about reports that claim millennials will make up 75% of the workforce in 2025. Recent research shows that’s an inflated number that keeps getting circulated without fact-checking.)

But of all the statistics that Bertier shared, the number that struck me and inspired this post is this one: 51% of employees attend meetings that they say are irrelevant to them

Let’s give this the context Bertier provided: The average meeting length in the U.S. is 48 minutes. So if you attend 10 meetings a week, that accounts for a full day of work each week. No one who cares about their career and responsibilities wants to be part of a day’s worth of being unproductive. Now consider that there are about 3 billion meetings in the U.S. every year and that the Fortune 500 wastes $75 million a year on meetings. As Bertier notes, it’s no wonder that nearly 60% of employees think meetings should be shorter.

Meetings Aren’t the Problem

The problem is poorly conceived meetings. Meetings should be where people formulate their strategy and tactics, brainstorm ideas, make decisions, work with one another, and make progress on their shared projects. Where time is at a premium, meetings can’t be interrupted by digressions, small talk, and technology that hinders rather than helps. With that in mind, here are Bertier’s list of seven tips for better meetings:

    1. Add the technology and rooms that will empower people to have better, more productive meetings.
      • So what does better technology look like? It’s simple and intuitive. That means it works at the touch of a button, is wireless, compatible with any device, and is easy to set up. 
    2. Reduce the number of meetings. Don’t mistake this for less collaboration. Empowered by meeting spaces with collaboration technology, you may find your employees getting together frequently in quick huddles to review plans of action, answer lingering questions, and map out strategies.
    3. Assign clear roles and responsibilities: A meeting that has a chairperson, note taker, facilitator, and timekeeper can keep it focused and productive.
    4. No interruptions or distractions. Most participants are offended by someone who uses a phone or computer during a meeting. This can be impractical to eliminate, since we rely on our personal devices to take notes and contribute to the discussion. It may be better to encourage attendees to use their devices only for purposes related to the task at hand.
    5. Use multimedia. 72% of survey respondents feel more engaged with multimedia presentations.
    6. Embrace huddle spaces. Huddle spaces with ready-to-use collaboration technology benefit those who want to work together in small groups and do so at a moment’s notice.
    7. Aim for the 17-minute meeting. In countries around the world, most employees want their meetings to be shorter. By setting a time limit on meetings, you encourage organizers and participants to focus on the agenda.

With these tips in mind, you have a good foundation from which to empower staff with the type of meetings that improve productivity, reduce stress, and create a collaborative environment that leads to better business outcomes. For help with putting these recommendations into action, work with a services provider who has deep experience in workplace collaboration. AVI-SPL has that experience, so reach out with your questions and requests.