As we discussed in our previous article, there are a number of ways an organization can develop the concept for their technology project. They can leverage experienced in-house staff, lean on an architect or design professional who is engaged in the project for support, or work with a technology consultant or design build integrator. Regardless of what path was taken to develop the concept, when it comes down to developing a design, all three parties must be involved. A successful design requires consideration of a number of factors including:
When I was in college in the late 80’s, I worked for a large office supply retailer. We sold a sizeable number of welcome and menu boards, the kind where you stuck letters and numbers to a framed board with grooves that aligned them and held them in place. Our customers used them to provide a personal touch to guests visiting their office. We also sold large corkboards and magnet boards that were used to post information internally about upcoming company events, activities, and goals. My how times have changed, or have they?
Recently, Sharp Electronics announced they would be leaving the consumer flat panel display market. Their reason: the consumer television market is saturated with competition and there is no longer any room for them to generate a profit. Sharp’s solution to this dilemma is to exit the market and license their brand to Chinese manufacturer Hisense. For many years, Sharp has been at the top of the television market. This change has been coming for several years; it is but one example of a market that continues to be in flux.
Integrators and custom table manufacturers worked together for a Corporation Executive Boardroom install.
During the course of my tenure in the audio visual industry, I have interviewed a number of project managers and worked for a number of companies who claimed they “managed the entire project lifecycle from concept to completion.” In all honesty, I too have claimed to be a master of this skill. The problem with this statement is that in most cases, the only individual(s) truly involved in a project throughout its entire lifecycle is the client. Key players will join and leave the team along the way, but only the client is there from beginning through the end and beyond.
Video Conferencing is not just for the conference room anymore. Recent technological advances that have enabled video conferencing on smartphones, tablets and other BYOD platforms, combined with innovative new technologies that interface with these devices, have resulted in the proliferation of video in many applications that, until recently, were confined to audio-only interactions.
Today, more than ever before, users expect their spaces to be both extremely functional and highly interactive. Whether in public spaces, boardrooms, or classrooms, a key component to effectively creating functionality and interactivity lies within the creative design and skilled integration of audio visual (AV) technology. From lobby-based video walls to enterprise-wide digital signage systems, from academic and corporate huddle rooms with the latest in wireless collaboration technology to boardrooms with 4K quality video-conferencing, AV technology has become as important to the user experience as network connectivity and furniture selection.