When will size matter?

When will size matter?

by Darren Pitt on August 6, 2014

Carrying on from my theme around the new trends where seeing within what is recognised as the key requirement within the office environment, being the small to medium meeting space. It is clear the end users don’t believe that in many instances the audio visual facilities within their organisations deliver the user experience or quality they are seeking. This is clear as the BYOD culture is now not just confined to the smart phone / tablet.

Having been speaking with many of my clients and having seen a few interesting instances myself over the last week that support this, it would seem that more and more users are prepared to invest a little in technology themselves to get the job done right.

One thing I saw that grabbed my attention was a group of people working in a meeting room watching a presentation, nothing new there. However, the audio was being catered for by a £20 blue tooth speaker in the middle of the table. After the meeting I approached the participants as they left the room and enquired as to why they were using such a device. The person that had organised the meeting and was the main presenter said that he was never sure what facilities he would find in a meeting room and how easy they would be to use as many of the rooms differed in his organisation. So to ensure he could do what was needed he simply brought his own devices such as the speaker mentioned as well as a small webcam in case he need to do video on the fly. When I asked if these devices performed as needed, he said yes they were more then adequate for the task and worked well. He knew how to use them, they were quick and easy to use and the quality was perfect for what he need.

Whilst this approach seemed to be one of creativity and that had clearly gained this person credibility with his collogues for his ingenuity, why does it seem so hard to provide audio visual systems that are scalable across an entire enterprises meeting estate? The answer is it’s not, it’s just that on the whole, the audio visual industry doesn’t want it to be so, smoke and mirrors, black boxes, switchers and interfaces and complex make money. However, I would argue, that this is a false economy, if audio visual were more cost efficient an organisation would have a more ubiquitous approach and that rather than catering for a few specific rooms, you’d be catering for the many.

Want to know how you can cater for the changing meeting landscape, then get in touch…….

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