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5 Ways to Protect Your Technology Investment

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5 Ways to Protect Your Technology Investment

Have you ever purchased a new piece of personal technology—a smartphone or a laptop, for example—only to find out a few days or weeks later that a new and improved version is about to drop? In the fast-paced world of personal devices, buying the latest and greatest doesn’t mean that your investment will stay that way for long. It can be frustrating to learn you spent top dollar for something that will be obsolete in a year or two.

In the world of enterprise solutions, technology upgrades require huge investments and technology buyers are responsible for protecting a company’s bottom line by spending money responsibly—not to mention being accountable to a whole lot of users. The last thing you want to do is fall into the trap of spending a lot of money on a system or technology that won’t meet the organization’s needs in the long-term. You can “future-proof” your investments—and avoid unforeseen and unnecessary upgrade costs down the road—by assessing legacy systems and existing solutions, outlining strategic goals and objectives, and researching technology solutions that can meet your current and future needs.

Maximize your tech investments with “future-proofed” AV solutions.

Preparing for Tomorrow, Today

No one has a crystal ball—you can’t make a perfect prediction about your company’s future—but you can make technology investments flexible enough to weather potential technology disruptions and innovations. Here are five things to consider before you make a large-scale AV technology investment.

See future proofed AV integration in action in this video about a health industry boardroom technology refresh. 

  1. Make solutions scalable. A scalable solution means it will be easier and more affordable to expand to additional rooms or accommodate new users. For example, you might start a conference room design with only microphones on the conference table. But at some point, as your team grows, you’ll need microphones that can also pick up people who aren’t sitting around the table. If you don’t plan for growth from the beginning, you might not be able to accommodate it when it comes. A scalable solution grows with you instead of you outgrowing it.
  2. Ensure hardware interoperability. The key is to minimize the expense of your upgrade path. Will your AV solution be able to connect to additional devices you might add down the road, such as microphones or enhanced screens? You need a system that meets your needs, but excessive and unnecessary customization can make it difficult and expensive to add components in the future.
  3. Confirm cloud compatibility. The best, safest investment is a standards-based AV system that will support whatever cloud-based collaborations your company uses, including Skype, Zoom or WebEx.
  4. Consider future needs. A technology roadmap that identifies strategic objectives, defines functional needs and priorities and outlines what you will need to stay competitive in the next three to five years, can help you make IT investments with confidence today and minimize upgrade costs down the road.
  5. Develop a maintenance plan. Any AV solution you invest in will have related maintenance costs, but developing a plan for patches, fixes and preventative maintenance will help maximize the life of your systems and avoid choosing a solution that will become prohibitively expensive to maintain as time goes on.

Feeling overwhelmed? Learn how an AV engineer can help you make the right technology investments.

The Value of Future-Proofing

Today’s fast-paced, technology-driven marketplace favors leaders over followers, and the importance of wise, future proofed technology investments across all industries is not lost on IT decision makers. According to the 2016 Trends vs. Technologies Report from Capita Tech Systems in partnership with Cisco, 86% of IT decision makers agree that keeping up with technology trends gives their business a competitive advantage. Soliciting outside expertise can increase that advantage even further by helping you realize the short and long-term benefits that come from well-informed IT and AV investments.

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Audiovisual Design & Consulting Services

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Audiovisual Design & Consulting Services

There are as many different professional AV solutions as there are uses for them. With such a wide array of audio visual solutions available today, and as that number increases with the ongoing evolution of technology, audiovisual design and consulting services provide expert interpretation of needs and selection of AV solutions that fit the application and budget of a client.

How can professional AV solutions save me money?

Tracking and understanding the ever-increasing array of audio and video technology offerings is a full-time occupation. There are countless consumer-level solutions that are meant to be used in the home, and then there are professional AV solutions that are designed and built for robust and reliable use in enterprise applications. Many consumer products cannot withstand commercial use in an office, retail, hospitality, or healthcare application, and will require replacement after they fail. In these cases, it’s best to select professional AV equipment that is built for long hours of use and has been designed with proper inputs and outputs for enterprise audiovisual connections and commercial display standards.

To ensure that you invest in an AV system that works for you now and in the future, it’s advisable to work with an AV designer who can deliver a reliable professional-grade audio visual solution that is customized to work specifically for your application.

What is audiovisual consulting?

A professional AV systems designer provides audiovisual consulting services to help determine which audio and video technologies will best match a client’s specific application. Through a detailed needs analysis and thoughtful discussion about communications and presentation goals, an AV system design is developed to achieve those objectives.

Audio video consulting takes into account any current use of AV systems, and provides design analysis for upgrading existing technologies or providing new AV solutions to meet evolving demands. This AV systems design process helps to ensure ease of use, efficient operation, and the optimal selection of professional-grade audio visual equipment that will provide reliable results.

After an audiovisual consultant has produced an AV system design for a client, that technology specification is then put out for bid. In this “design/bid/build” scenario, project bids are submitted by professional AV integrators, and one firm is selected to install the equipment.

How is the Design-Build process different from an audiovisual consultant?

Where audiovisual consulting is focused on providing enough detail for a contractor to bid on the installation of the project, design-build allows for the technology consultants and installation team to be under one roof. The design-build process interprets technology needs, produces designs, refines those designs until budget and function are agreed upon and then allows the installation team to integrate the technologies into a client’s facility.

Design-build services are provided by professional audio visual solutions integrators who have the expertise of engineers, programmers, project managers, installers and a service department within the same organization. They initiate the design process and follow through with technical installation procedures to complete the project and activate a solution for use.

In any of these AV design and consulting scenarios, an AV integrator may offer ongoing service and support of systems after the design and integration phases are complete. As the client becomes familiar with the system and use of the audio visual technology evolves, the AV designer can integrate and maintain new upgrades.

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