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Planning For Tech Environments

by Dan Newman on November 4th, 2014

Planning For Tech Environments

Today’s office environment is a dynamic playground for modern business professionals. While there have been a lot of changes in the way people work, the shift in attitude is leading to the ever-evolving nature of modern workplace culture. Obviously, planning for workspace technology can’t go on in the same way as before. Trends such as remote work, open offices, BYOD, and cloud-based collaboration are causing AV designers and integrators to rethink the way they plan the implementation of technology in the workspace. Also, present work environments expose businesses to security risks and network complexity issues that AV integrators should aim to mitigate.

In order to stay innovative, keep ahead of the curve, and come up with the best solutions, it’s crucial for AV integrators to understand how people meet and collaborate in today’s workplace. Additionally, there is a growing need for them to keep themselves updated on the latest trends. So what factors are driving the current tech demands in workplaces? Let’s find out.

Open office culture

As more businesses are adopting an open office plan, they need to make better use of space.  These offices require a more collaborative working environment along with closed-up and informal meeting spaces to balance the “openness”- popularly known as “huddle rooms.” Considering the fact that there are fewer demands for conference rooms compared to small huddle spaces, AV designers and integrators must be aware of how technology needs differ from one space to another.

Cloud-based systems                  

More businesses are moving their processes to cloud, which has resulted in lesser infrastructure costs and relatively fewer hardware requirements. What AV integrators need to consider here is how they can offer their clients a seamless convergence with cloud systems along with the ease to go back and forth whenever needed.

Remote working 

As more organizations are warming up to the concept of remote work, a need for stronger collaboration has emerged. AV integrators need to provide relevant products and services that meet the requirements of this broader work environment.

Need for scalability

Scalability as it relates to today’s business, is a growing necessity, which makes it important for businesses to adopt a robust, flexible, and scalable technology infrastructure.  Tech revamps are essential to keep pace with the changing technology. But, a smart AV solution can be a great way to ensure that an organization is able to upgrade to the latest technology without having to go through major infrastructure overhauls in the future. This not only saves a lot of hassle, but also cuts down the risk of cost overages.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

BYOD is one of the newest trends to hit the workplace in recent years. Employees are bringing their personal devices to the office in order to create seamless workflow across all devices an individual uses from any location. However, authentication and security issues might plague organizations that adopt this trend. It’s important to develop proper AV solutions to target these problem areas, which will lead not only to increased productivity, but also to a happier workforce.

Today, when workspaces are increasingly moving from the physical to the virtual, planning for tech environments require knowledge and practical know-how of mobile technology, cloud services and remote assistance. AV integrators with a these sets of expertise will not only stay at the top of the game but they will also be better positioned as ideal audio visual supports for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Summit Integrated Systems, we aspire to work with our clients to drive technology solutions that solve complex business problems. If your company is looking for a partner to provide the leading solutions in audio, video, collaboration, and presentation technology, we would love to connect to see how we may be able to help. 

Summit Integrated System serves the audiovisual and video communication needs of corporate, education, government and a wide variety of other organizations throughout Texas as well as the United States. 

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