Webinar: UCC Gets Personal

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By Sophie Gustafson
Exertis Almo

In a recent webinar, “UCC Gets Personal,” rAVe’s Gary Kayye and special guest, Dana Corey, discuss the ever-changing trends and future of unified communication and collaboration. With the effects of the pandemic producing permanent change for corporate and educational spaces, Kayye and Corey take a close look at the technological possibilities within these environments.

While some corporate spaces are working towards a full return to pre-pandemic capacity, many hybrid offices are undergoing revocation in terms of their strategies and structure. As many traditional rooms are transitioning to co-working spaces, these open-concept floor plans also require updated technology to keep up with the contemporary work style.

The question is: At what pace are we returning?

Since many in-person workspaces are creating open meeting room concepts, the modern layout poses a challenge for the AV industry. Along with the need for more sophisticated audio, control of ambient noise, auto-tracking video, and more, these spaces require additional technology in place to accommodate remote participants.

“This is the reason why our industry is going to provide magic,” explained Kayye. “We have the ability to not only solve the acoustic issues of an environment like [the open office], but also the audio baffling and pickup issues.”

Given the AV challenges of contemporary workspaces, Kayye acknowledges the importance of exploring all possibilities when configuring audio and video technology into a hybrid workspace or classroom.

“As an integrator, make sure you’ve talked to your audio platform providers and understand what their options are — there is not a one-size-fits-all [solution].”

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Along with the shift from cubicles to co-working environments, Kayye and Corey discuss the endless possibilities of home offices for remote employees. By simplifying one’s setup with multi-use technology that includes collaboration platforms and doubles as a monitor, users can minimize clutter and mess in their work-from-home areas. Additionally, devices with built-in communication platforms reduce the need for IT assistance, as setup and maintenance is far more user-friendly. While many employees may be apprehensive about trying new platforms and devices in the office, learning these skills at home allows for a more productive in-office experience if and when they return in person.

Throughout this webinar, Kayye and Corey take a look at a trend that began right before the pandemic: “Bring Your Own Meeting” (BYOM). As a similar concept to the popular “Bring Your Own Device” format, BYOM allows users to host meetings entirely from their own devices in their own spaces. Not only does this concept work seamlessly in home offices and secluded spaces, but it also caters to the concept of open rooms, as participants can join from anywhere.

To access the full webinar, click here.