Meeting and collaboration
Sometimes the impact of new technology in the workplace has subtle but profound implications that we’re slow to appreciate. Just take the rise of video conferencing. On average, according to Futuresource Consulting, 18 per cent of meetings now include a participant who joins remotely. The most obvious effect is the rise in homeworking which has resulted from conferencing technology. But have you noticed how collaboration has changed in your organisation?
Teamwork used to be very hierarchical, with one person typically leading the conversation. Now, many organisations are finding themselves taking a more collegiate, team-based approach. That shouldn’t be surprising, since it’s never been easier for anyone to contribute ideas and content to a discussion, thanks to the range of collaboration technologies on the market.
As a result, businesses are giving more thought to their collaboration spaces and the most appropriate technology for each one – or, at least, they should be.
For example, one of the chief bugbears of video conferencing and collaboration is complex set-up and the lack of support for users on different platforms and networks. This is especially problematic given the trend for remote working. One of the key ways of providing a seamless meeting experience is to use display technologies with embedded computing – for example, whiteboard functionality, web browser, PDF reader and Office viewer. This ensures simple, intuitive plug-and-play functionality, with no scrambling to get systems working at the beginning of the meeting.
At NEC we’ve taken this a step further with our OPS Slot-in approach, which enables organisations to select various compute modules; users can add a range of Windows 10 Professional Slot-in PCs for various specific functionalities delivered through a familiar user interface. This also means that businesses aren’t forced to use particular software, and don’t need to conduct an expensive rip-and-replace for their collaboration systems.
The goal of all communications technologies should be for them to be as “invisible” as possible, ensuring that participants can simply turn on their device and start sharing seamlessly. That’s why businesses should consider display technologies that incorporate specialised conferencing services like Cisco WebEx Room Series, which provides a huge range of functions for better meetings, from active speaker tracking to shared content resources to usage analytics.
MultiSync® C751Q SST display with PD03MHA trolley and Reactiv STAGE interactive presentation software
Huddle Space with MultiSync® C431 display and collaboration soundbar at ISE 2019
All these functionalities contribute to better meetings, but it’s equally important to choose the right form factor for different types of meeting rooms.
From small huddle spaces for more informal meetings to boardrooms and think tanks that require large format displays for maximum creative impact, it’s crucial to choose the right display with the right mix of functions and screen size.
During ISE 2019 it was great to hear from so many businesses who are passionate about creating the perfect collaboration spaces for their employees.
We hope we inspired visitors to our stand to think about how the latest technologies can enable them to conduct meetings in natural daylight, or free from distracting projector noise. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution – so why not make 2019 the year of brilliant collaboration within your business.
Next time we’ll discuss the unique requirements of ‘Large Venues’. Technology is often used for emotive purposes, creating an immersive back drop or contributing to an inspirational atmosphere. Your audience has high expectations and we want you to exceed them!
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