Posts tagged Microsoft Teams

Webinar: Preparing Your Meeting Rooms for the Teams Experience

Meetings are no longer about assigning tasks and sharing updates – they’re the physical and virtual spaces where people collaborate in real time on projects. The growing popularity of Microsoft Teams is a testament to our need to work efficiently and have a virtual hub of conversations, files, calls, and meetings that allows us to instantly pick up where we left off. But how do we successfully bring that desktop experience into the conference or huddle room?

Join us on Wed., March 25 at 2 p.m. ET to get a clear understanding of the considerations that go into preparing a shared space for Teams collaboration, with a particular emphasis on the audio aspect. In this webinar hosted by Commercial Integrator, experts from Biamp will cover important considerations that are unique to meeting rooms, including the quality of audio for local participants and for remote teams. They’ll also share some of Biamp’s new conference room solutions that are certified for meeting spaces equipped with Microsoft Teams.

This event is co-sponsored by AVI-SPL and will be moderated by Jonathan Blackwood, editorial director of Commercial Integrator and editor-in-chief for TechDecisions.

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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.

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Poly’s “Power of Many” Message for Businesses

Poly made noise in the AV and workplace collaboration industry this week as it became the new face of the combination of Plantronics and Polycom.

The company is supporting its first marketing campaign, “The Power of Many,” with some high-profile announcements that focus on product integration with technology from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Poly made these announcements while at Enterprise Connect in Orlando.

In the days that followed the rebranding as Poly, the company announced:

The Power of Many

Common to these products is their emphasis on bringing people together, which is the message of Poly’s “Power of Many” campaign. The “power of many” also describes the functions that are brought together in a solution. Systems that combine useful functions are what you might envision when you hear the term “unified communications” — the ability to review one’s calendar, join a meeting, and make video calls from one device.

Along with this versatility, the goal is simplicity, which is key to the user experience of solutions that combine multiple functions. You could say that’s the main appeal of a solution that includes Alexa, making it possible to manage meetings and room devices through voice.

Poly’s solution announcements this week indicate their focus on a positive user experience. Common to each of them:  These solutions integrate with systems that people are comfortable with and want to keep using in a way that isn’t needlessly complex. One phrase on the Poly website touts the ability to “concentrate on ideas in the air, not devices in the room.” When people use workplace collaboration solutions, they shouldn’t notice the technology to an extent that is disruptive. Rather, they should be able to give their attention to the collaboration that the technology is making possible.

As new solutions enable us to do more from more places, companies are wise to incorporate those solutions in the workplace to attract talented people who want to be able to collaborate in a variety of ways and do it on demand.

The solutions that are easiest to use will be the most attractive, as long as they have the capabilities that people expect. Those capabilities are with us in a variety of solution packages. The power of Poly’s message is in its focus on how its solutions make it easier for people to produce the products, ideas, services and innovations that keeps their businesses growing.