April 2014 - Advanced AV

Should Your Company Be Looking At Mobile Meetings?

Meetings are important for business. They can be used to planning strategy, selling to customers and educating employees; all of which are important to operating a successful organization.

On the other hand, anyone that has been in the business world long enough may just tell you those meetings can be a massive waste of time. This is often at least partially due to the logistics of meetings such as getting everyone in the office into a room for an extended period of time to stare at a slide deck and then discuss its meaning.

The meeting and the discussion that follows are often quite valuable, but when you take employees out of the field for extended periods of time what is being lost? Moreover, even if the meetings themselves are good (which is often an item for debate), have you ever thought about the time and energy being put into getting everyone in the same room at the same time?

Perhaps some of the time this level of in-person interaction is important, I would be willing to bet that much of the time it is not required and that a company could leverage technology to quickly mobilize the workforce to meet and then carry on with their work.

Are you aware of what is possible today for mobile employees?

In the past decade the proliferation of Internet has changed everything. High speed for both uploading and downloading have become lightning fast and widely available to just about anyone at a reasonable price.

On the mobile side 4G and LTE networks have given high-speed quality data for mobile devices riding the infrastructure designed for cell phones and smart devices. What this has also done is allowed for high-speed browsing, mobile work […]

By |April 30th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

Understanding What You Have: Guide To Maximizing New Technology Spaces

Any time a meeting space is updated, refreshed or renovated there is a great feeling of new that comes along with it.

Just walking into the room everything looks better. Usually the old tables and chairs are gone and a fresh coat of paint accompanies the new surroundings in a way that just permeates “New”

The technology however, that is another story. New technology doesn’t only make a room feel updated and refreshed, but it can bring the room to life. Make it a permanent residence of more productive communication and collaboration.  After all it is productivity more than “Wow factor” that drives technology purchases.

If there is one problem that we see more than any other when it comes to new technology deployments, it is the lack of training and understanding of how to use them.

I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve walked into a room just loaded with the best audiovisual technology that the market has to offer only to find our clients unable to successful use the installed system.

While you may be thinking we are talking about non-technical people, we aren’t.  We’re talking about some high level technology experts with all of the state of the art goodies that have no idea how to use them.

Often we hear complaints about fellow integrators and the spotty work they do or how their stuff never worked, but upon further review (and even though we wish it was the case), more often than not it is just a lack of training and education provided by the said integrator that is leaving the space essentially useless for the owner.

This brings an important point to light. New technology is cool, but it isn’t really helpful if the best […]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Rooms Solutions,Cloud Infrastructure: Smart Telepresence

For years the biggest challenge for making video scalable for enterprise has been the infrastructure.

Over the past 10-15 years the price of the room-based codec has dropped every year making a high definition room system cost about the same as the projector or flat-panel that went along with it. In short this opened up the door to video in every room.  With desktop video solutions being offered by companies like Cisco, Polycom and Lifesize, this has taken vide from the board room to the bedroom and everywhere in between, but regardless of how inexpensive these systems have become the real challenge to making them work for most businesses and organizations remains in the data center.

In short, how does an organization safely and easily connect all of these devices so they can talk to one another over the network. One thing is for sure; you can’t just leave them unsecured because these devices become easy targets for intruders.

The answer always has and always will be in the infrastructure. However, the second you add infrastructure to the equation you are talking big investment. Additionally with the rapid innovation in video bridging and infrastructure technology, the idea of making a large investment in a specialized appliance becomes more and more daunting for many companies. So what is the answer for companies that have video but need the infrastructure for simplifying dialing outside the firewall and keeping the assets secure?

The Solution May Just Be In The Cloud

Look up, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it is the cloud.

So everyone is talking about this whole cloud concept and if you are using Dropbox, Google apps or perhaps some enterprise CRM or ERP you too are experiencing cloud day in and […]

By |April 15th, 2014|Blog|2 Comments

Cloud: A Critical Part Of The Future Of System Integration

 Today’s post is by Michael Boettcher, CEO of Advanced AV. 

As a company that for what seems like an eternity has been installing hardware into technology driven spaces we have to some extent dreaded the rapid proliferation of technology that has driven new categories like Mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Software as a Service (Saas).

Although many of us use these technologies day in and day out (glancing at my iPAD), there is always a certain amount of discomfort that surfaces when a major change to the way we do business is introduced.

Perhaps you can consider a time or two when your business model has been changed due to some type of industry disruption. Maybe it is technology related or maybe in your industry it is something else. Some of the examples that come to mind are hybrid automobiles, computer aided graphics and online media as major business model shifts that have turned industries on their side.

For the audiovisual integration and collaboration industry our time is coming and as a business we have a couple of choices.  We can:

Let the change happen and hope that we can hang on doing things the way we always have.
See the change as an opportunity to provide greater service and newer technologies to our customers.

We Chose The Latter

It would actually be pretty odd for us to come out and write about this type of industry shift if we were going to go any other way, but I think any business leader can respect the process of exploring your options.

Last week I came across a photo on one of my LinkedIn pages that said the most dangerous phrase in business is “Because it is the way we have always done […]

By |April 8th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

Pushing Products or Solving Problems

One of the hardest things about being an AV integrator is the mere number of products that do the same thing.  I suppose that could be called out as a challenge in most tech industries, but in our industry there is no doubt that this is a problem.

With customers doing more research on their own than ever before and this aforementioned glut of similar products, we hear regularly from customers who are asking about a certain piece by name whether it be a projector model “X” or a video conferencing unit model “Y.”

As a reseller it is easy to get caught up in these requests and therefore find a price and quote our customers on every single product that they inquire about, but as an integrator it is important that we hold close to something more.

Perhaps best phrased as a question, are we pushing products or solving problems?
Why We Must Focus On Solving Business Problems
For a long time high tech presentation equipment was more of a nice to have than a need to have for businesses.  That is why for a long time there was a few “Tech” spaces with all the fancy toys and the rest of the organization was left to flip charts, easels and whiteboards.

Today we are connected 24/7/365 and that change which is being driven by our desire to have technology on demand is finally imposing its will on just about every business and institution on the planet.  Schools, government and business all seek to be more connected and collaborative.  The way we see it technology is a vehicle to solve a problem, not just another widget to make a space just that much cooler.

In the world of technology, it is […]

By |April 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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