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Webinar Recording: Sound Masking 101

Add sound masking to your workplace, and you’ll create an environment that allows employees to be more productive while helping secure their sensitive conversations. During this AVI-SPL webinar with Biamp, you’ll hear about trends in office design and their impact on our speech privacy. You’ll also learn how to create a more comfortable office using the “ABCs” of acoustics.
 
David J. Wood, Biamp’s North-Central regional sales manager for building infrastructure solutions, covers:
  • The case for acoustic privacy
  • Speech privacy and why it matters
  • The fundamentals of sound masking
  • Q&A during the live event
Along the way, Wood will introduce Biamp’s next generation of sound-masking technologies, including QtPRO and DynasoundPRO. This informative event that will give you insight into the principles and solutions that should guide your efforts to create a workplace that improves productivity, reduces noise, and protects conversations during meetings.

Get the recording for “Sound Masking 101.”

Webinar With Bose: Ensure Productive Video Meetings With Quality Audio

As important as video conferencing is to the digital workforce, quality meeting room audio is still a must-have for productive meetings. Bose Professional is one of the foremost names in audio, and they bring their insight to this Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions webinar, which sponsored by AVI-SPL. You’ll learn how to choose the right audio solutions for your video conferencing experience.
 
On July 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, Darryl Bryans, product line manager, conferencing, for Bose Professional will help you:
  • Understand the challenges of creating positive audio experiences and how to overcome them
  • Know what factors to consider for your meeting room sound system
  • Encourage meeting collaboration with audio tools from Bose Professional

Register today for “How to Ensure Productive Video Meetings With Quality Audio” >

What Qualities Should You Look for in a Managed Services Provider?

User experience is the key to a successful meeting space investment.  It is only through managing  the user experience that today’s meeting rooms, both physical and virtual, will realize a return on their initial investment and ongoing operating expense.

If your collaboration service – regardless of which flavor you choose – is available always and everywhere, providing a consistent operating interface and a rich communication medium, it will be embraced by end users and highly utilized. Conversely, an unreliable, difficult, and limited meeting service will be bypassed in favor of other means of communication, often sacrificing productivity for convenience.

Delivering all the operational requirements of a meeting service is a challenge.  These include typical technology management processes such as:

  • Proactive Monitoring
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Incident and Change Management
  • Asset Management
  • Security and Patch Management
  • Service Level reporting

 

Adding to the challenge, both physical and virtual meeting spaces require ongoing user adoption services and event support, sometimes known as concierge services.  When evaluating the full set of requirements for a successful user experience within meeting spaces, organizations often look to service providers for a managed meeting service.

Many service providers can supply components of a managed meeting service, often with a focus on technology management.  Typical managed services are designed to address basic monitoring and incident management, indicating their legacy of technology infrastructure support.  A qualified meeting service provider should be able to demonstrate experience and success in three key areas:

 

Service Delivery Capability and Scope

When evaluating a service provider for meeting spaces, some significant questions need to be asked, including:

  • How many managed service centers does the provider have, and where? Do they match my organization’s locations and hours?
  • What is the range of certifications held by the managed service staff? Does the provider have any kind of continuing education plans or incentives?
  • What are the limits to the managed service? How many additional charges could apply per year?
  • Can it assist end users with meeting events? Do they add value with a variety of service capabilities?

Look for a service provider with multiple service centers, able to provide services around the world, at any time of day.  Their engineers should hold a diverse set of manufacturer certifications, to avoid technology lock-in.  Meeting support is time-critical, so service providers must be able to provide a direct line of support to end users as well as to IT departments.

 

Ability to Improve the User Experience

Your service provider should be able to provide advice and actions to monitor and improve the meeting experience. 

  • Their plan to measure the meeting experience of end users
  • Their experience in improving a meeting service
  • The metrics for success. Review examples of regular reporting done for other customers and test their knowledge of how they added value to the service improvement process.

 

Successfully Raising Meeting Technology Adoption and Utilization

If a service provider focuses exclusively on service availability and response/repair time metrics, they are missing a key value driver for organizations today – the adoption and utilization of meeting technology.  Service providers must be able to demonstrate their ability to help users adapt new meeting technologies, through training as well as ongoing support.

Tracking the utilization of meeting technology is only a beginning. A service provider should be able to demonstrate their track record for providing onboarding services for their customer’s new employees.  Monitoring usage and reaching out to users who are not utilizing the technology can help identify dissatisfied users or licenses that can be reclaimed for deployment elsewhere.

 

A service provider should also be able to show flexibility and creativity in this area.  Recently, AVI-SPL assisted a variety of clients in quickly moving to entirely work-from-home solutions.  For one such client, we were able to rapidly shift end users to a new meeting platform that supports their work-from-home efforts, conducting over 4,500 end user support sessions in the first four weeks of pandemic response, including concierge support for dozens of VIP calls during that timeframe.  By deploying end user support documentation links and conducting new user outreach sessions, AVI-SPL enabled the customer to increase their virtual meeting space utilization while reducing the number of support requests over the subsequent weeks – two key measures of a successful user experience management program.

 

Want to experience a better user experience through managed services?  Contact us today.

 

 

Today’s post comes from Mike Bakanas, service account manager for the northeastern region.  With a strong track record of experience providing technical services to a variety of organizations, Mike designs service solutions that unlock business value.

 

 

 

 

How Hand Sanitizer Drives Safety and Connectivity in the Workplace

As we return to the workplace, we are looking at new technologies that help us achieve the goal of keeping our employees healthy and safe while engaging those still working from home.  Achieving that goal is assisted by cleaning our hands and having accurate, up-to-date information to prevent the spread of rumors or panic.

Keeping our hands clean is one of the best things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We have all come to realize just how many items we touch in a day, so sanitizing common workspace high-touch elements is important.  Individual hand washing or hand sanitizer usage adds another layer of protection and safety to this goal.   Ditch the giant communal jug with a safer, touch-free option – one that can remind employees to use the sanitizer.

The Novatizer comes equipped with a 21.5” digital signage display, enabling you to broadcast your corporate message and important reminders to those in the office.  The device can be wall-mounted or placed on a floor stand for portability and can be wrapped to match your corporate brand. With policies changing faster than ever before, the Novatizer combines a valuable resource with the information your workforce needs. 

While hand sanitizer is among the most valuable resources of 2020, it’s possible that information is even more valuable.  With policies that can change faster than you can order a pizza, tools to distribute that information are critical.  Not that I have ever completely ignored any emails from HR, but let’s say that blast emails are… slightly less than perfect at getting information comprehended by most employee populations. 

With the Digital Notification Suite, you can combine the messaging on your digital signage with a closer-to-home (quite literally, for employees working remotely) delivery method.  DNS is a desktop solution that can keep remote-working staff aware of all company announcements, news, and other live information in real time.  With the ability to push messages out to specific users, teams, or the entire organization, DNS keeps employees on the same page.  Scheduled messaging enables you to keep employees engaged with company activities while emergency notifications can be used to widely broadcast crucial alerts.  This solution ties in with larger 22Miles digital signage solutions, making it easy to reach your office and work-from-home populations.

It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t turned out like anyone expected.  Rise to the challenge with some germ-killing information and stay healthy.