The Growth Potential of AV as a ServiceYou’ve likely heard about the growing popularity of “as-a-service” models. Software-as-a-service is perhaps the most well-known. But today, “as-a-service” has a much wider scope, and as a result, many businesses are seeing more and more systems available as a service, including those in the world of AV technology.  

What are the benefits?

Predictable Costs

First, these are largely products that used to require very high initial cost, an outlay on products that begin to immediately depreciate as soon as they’re purchased. The as-a-service model means businesses can save money upfront, especially for products that, within a few billing cycles, could be replaced by improved technology, higher quality models, or even different needs on the part of the company.

However, just as important is the huge burden often faced by companies who buy a system that they then have to train their employees to operate and maintain. In order to keep up, employees often become so dedicated to understanding the ins and outs of the system that they shirk other duties. They become slaves to users groups, schematics, and the intricacies of this big investment, which, we’ve already noted, becomes less valuable with each passing month.

The Agility of the As-A-Service Model for AV Systems

So, truly agile organizations instead bring in experts to operate these key systems as a service. Costs are controlled better with a leased product and service than an owned product. Think about hard to budget for occurrences like surprising and costly repairs … those are eliminated with “servicized” products. Your people don’t need to spend a lot of time working on developing and maintaining the specialized skills needed to run the system.

Professional AV systems are increasingly a part of this growing trend. Many managed service providers also offer post-installation services. The managed services approach to AV systems often includes everything from designing and installing the systems, to software, cloud, network, and system management services, as well as equipment leasing, upgrades, and maintenance.

These AV as a service agreements also often include remote monitoring, which can help those operating the AV systems collect data that they can then use to stay on top of potential system failures, and to increase efficiencies such as energy usage.

For Any Size Organization

The appeal of this approach means it’s being embraced by all number of organizations. For large organizations, such as universities, it’s an obvious win. The campus no longer has to employ AV specialists, and the vast systems of AV equipment are maintained and serviced with the utmost in efficiency. The benefits are even greater for multisite organizations, which can take advantage of scalable cloud monitoring.

Smaller organizations, too, can make use of the model simply to maximize productivity. The less staff have to worry about the AV systems, the more they can focus on the work that’s actually within their wheelhouse. And smaller companies can reduce staffing costs, by not requiring in-house AV and/or technology experts.

It’s hardly surprising that AV systems, like many other systems in today’s business climate, are increasingly beginning to lean toward a managed services model. The overall effect is measurable: AV systems are better designed for the space, they work better, experience less downtime, and the costs over time are both easier to predict and generally lower than a self-managed AV system.

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