AV Busting Your Budget? An Integrator Can Help
Have you ever started a home improvement project by uttering these famous last words: I bet I can do that myself? Only, you later discover after multiple trips to the hardware store, a string of unforeseen complications, and a lot of swearing that it would have been faster, easier and cheaper to hire a professional in the first place?
Now, have you ever been tempted to start an AV integration project the same way? Before you find yourself cursing at your video conferencing system, consider this. Just like you need the right skills and tools to install a new toilet, you need the right skills and tools for a truly successful AV integration and AV integrators have them. Involving them early in the process can help you avoid mistakes and missteps that will be time-consuming and costly to fix later. For example, according to industry standard expert AQAV, the cost of fixing poor quality AV can approach 20 percent of the total cost of the system, while monitoring and maintaining a good quality AV system only costs 2.5 percent of the total purchase price.
Start Saving with an AV Integrator
Here are three key ways that partnering with an AV integrator can help reduce the overall cost of your AV project.
- Integrators help you choose the right tech—and show you know how to use it. You know what functionality you need from your AV tools, and you might have even found what looks like the perfect solution. But is it the most cost effective one? AV integrators are familiar with the wide variety of solutions on the market and can likely find you something that delivers the same results for a lower cost. AV integrators can also provide training for your employees—including IT staff—so everyone knows how to use the technology in a way that maximizes your investment.
- Integrators improve purchasing partnerships. Your purchasing department is a key member of your integration team, but if they are kept in the dark until the very end of the process what they buy and what you need might not be the same thing. Integrators can act as a liaison to your purchasing team, helping to leverage technology you already have and making sure any new technology purchases are compatible and meet your needs. Integrators also have strong vendor relationships they can leverage to get you the best pricing on commercial grade hardware and software.
- Integrators can minimize unforeseen expenses. Just like multiple trips to the hardware store can add up, so too can going back to fix avoidable problems in your AV installation. Worldwide, the cost of lost work and rework caused by poor quality AV exceeds $15 billion. Full-service integrators like Level 3 provide a multi-disciplinary team that can help you through every phase of an AV project, including design, engineering, integration and aftermarket support, so you know your project is getting done right the first time. This is especially true of Level 3—as an AV 9000 certified integrator we adhere to the highest industry standards for every project.