Latest headlines: Lee Distad on interoperability in installs, Mark Coxon on collaboration workflows and news from Savant, BenQ and Extron.
January 12, 2022 | Volume: 19 | Issue: 1
Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope you’ve had a great start to your new year and had a relaxing holiday season. Let’s get to some columns!
Our first column is part 2 in a series on interoperability by Lee Distad. In part 1, Lee discussed how the puzzle of interoperability during home installations often falls on the end user. This time around, we’re given tools that can help the AV pro minimize stress on end users and enhance the interoperability of devices. The first rule of thumb? Limit the brands you use to keep things simple!
Another column for this week comes from Mark Coxon and discusses a truth about collaboration —it doesn’t just happen through screen sharing and a quick Zoom call. Because our offices have moved into our homes since the pandemic began, it has been easy to lose track of what makes a truly collaborative workspace. Our reliance on UCC solutions is only a piece of the puzzle, so how can we enable people to work in ways they already prefer and recreate the collaborative times of past physical office spaces? Learn some ways to boost collaboration in your resimercial spaces in this new series.
That should be it for this week, AVtweeps. I hope you have a great rest of your week filled with all things audiovisual. See ya!
All the assembly, testing and shakedown of a system is where the proof lies, both when doing “research” as well as testing a client’s systems prior to finishing. Test early and test often. Because if a device is going to fail, either because it’s defective or because it doesn’t play well with others, it typically happens right away. And it’s always easier and cheaper to fix a problem in your office than at the client’s place.
Our emphasis on screen sharing and UCC tools is important, but it is a very small part of the picture. As integrators, we often go after this low-hanging fruit, sell appliances we like and then leave it to our clients to determine how these new tools best fit into their workflows. In some cases, we may even expect our clients to alter their workflows to use the new tools, which is a recipe for low adoption and unrealized ROI. So, if meetings continue outside of their calendared times, tasks are progressive and continuous and data extends beyond digital borders, how can we up our collaboration game to better accommodate the way people work already?