Like It or Not, the Future of Work is Changing
We all know how much the pandemic disrupted the nature of office work in the past twenty months. But even after the pandemic is history, work will never be the same as before. While the pandemic was indeed disruptive, technology is far more disruptive. The trends driving remote work have been there for years, enabled by ever-advancing technology. Powerful laptops and devices, always-on connectivity, super-fast broadband in the home, 4G and 5G cellular, cloud computing, and too many other technologies to mention have enabled information workers to work anytime, anywhere.
What about collaboration? Even people who had never done a videoconference before now know about Zoom. Cloud-based collaboration tools were already reducing the need for business travel before the pandemic, and now millions of workers are used to collaborating productively from the comfort of home with platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx.
So, is the office dead? Is the commercial office space market going off a cliff soon? No, but the office is being reimagined, whether it’s for Fortune 500 multinationals or commercial office space developers. Keep reading below for important trends and considerations your organization needs to contemplate for the new hybrid workplace models developing in Phoenix, AZ.
We are honored to announce that Level 3 Audiovisual is listed among SCN’s top 50 systems integrators for the 8th consecutive year. This year Level 3 Audiovisual is ranked #37 and we are incredibly thankful for our clients and partners that helped us achieve this recognition.
Each year Systems Contractor News (SCN) releases a list of the top integration firms and serves as an important indicator of the state of the commercial audiovisual industry. This year marks the 2nd year that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted this list due to an “incredibly unusual and unexpected” business climate.
Learn about 3 trends we expect to see as the digital workplace evolves
Although the stirrings of a digital revolution have been present for years, the COVID-19 crisis that rocked the globe in 2020 catalyzed an abrupt shift from in-person to remote work for organizations in Scottsdale, AZ, and across the U.S. And now that employees have gotten a taste of the work-from-home life, there’s no going back to the way work was performed before.
Organizations are beginning to accept that the digital workplace is here to stay. Successfully embracing the shift to digital means investing in the technologies that foster communications, collaboration, and innovation among remote and in-person employees. Technology manufacturers like Crestron are guiding the digital evolution with products like Crestron Flex and XiO Cloud that enable globally dispersed hybrid workforces to thrive.
Keep reading to learn more about where we see the digital workplace moving over the next few years.
Under a managed services contract, support is just a phone call away
The medical simulation lab in your university or training hospital is unlike any other system that makes up your AV infrastructure. It runs on a purpose-built computer with application-specific software, both of which require dedicated oversight and specialized training to manage properly.
Placing your simulation lab under a managed services contract with Level 3 Audiovisual takes the burden off your IT department for monitoring and managing your specialized system. For a fixed monthly price, 100% of your support needs will be handled by the Level 3 team as soon as issues arise. In many cases, our team even finds and resolves malfunctions before they create a noticeable problem in your lab.
Keep reading to learn how your healthcare simulation lab in Los Angeles, CA, or elsewhere in the U.S. will benefit from managed services.
Behind the Scenes, Digital Signage Has Many Components to Manage
Digital signage is an increasingly popular solution for a wide range of applications. For example, in restaurants, dynamic menus are displayed on digital signage, and pricing and availability can be changed quickly, especially useful in a moving supply environment. In offices, company announcements, promotions, social media posts, charitable drives, and important events can be put on digital signage to highlight information that may get crushed in the daily barrage of company emails and messaging. In building lobbies, digital signage can tell a story and build company brand images, and interactive versions can assist people in locating their destination in a building or campus.
Digital signage design may be as simple as one display and one solution and person to manage the content in Tempe, AZ. But for large organizations, the complexity of deployment requires a strategy and management process. Read on below for four critical considerations in digital signage design and deployment for your enterprise or organization.
Learn how Crestron Flex bridges the video conferencing gap in the hybrid workplace
Employees want their employers to invest more in hybrid workplace technology. That’s the key takeaway from a recent study by Barco ClickShare, which surveyed 1,750 employees worldwide to get their thoughts on returning to the office in a post-pandemic environment.
Video conferencing technology tops the list of priority investments. On average, 77% of respondents said they use video conferencing systems at least once a week, with 28% using them every day. That isn’t surprising, considering the hybrid workplace model depends on robust video conferencing to facilitate communications and collaboration between globally dispersed workforces.
As employees return to the office, large and small organizations in Phoenix, AZ, and across the globe are scrambling to figure out the best way to provide video conferencing in the office. Two systems have emerged: native conferencing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions.
A third option is rising to bridge the gap between native conferencing and BYOD to bring the ultimate video conferencing experience to meeting spaces. Crestron Flex is an all-in-one conferencing room system that combines the simplicity of native conferencing with the flexibility of BYOD modes.
Keep reading to learn more about native video conferencing, BYOD solutions, and why you can (and should) have both in your hybrid workplace.
You handle the meetings, and we’ll handle everything else
Over the past several months, we’ve talked a lot about one of the largest trends overtaking the commercial AV industry: a decisive shift from owning conference room equipment to using audio-visual systems as a service. AV as a service makes sense — these days, technology systems depreciate so rapidly that owning them is no longer worth the investment.
But to truly understand the value of purchasing conference room systems on a subscription-based model, you must know what you’re getting as part of the managed services contract. It’s not just hardware on a payment — it’s 100%, fully covered, end-to-end support. Under a managed services agreement, all ownership costs and responsibilities rest in the provider’s hands, not yours.
What you get is pure service for a fixed price. So, what does that look like in your Scottsdale, AZ, or global conference room managed by Level 3? Keep reading to find out.
How an AV Managed Services Partner Can Help
You might say that AV technology deployment has always been a few steps behind IT deployment. The reasons for this are varied, but some of it stems from the technology itself. Information technology hardware and software shifted from purely proprietary technology islands to more standardized, interoperable platforms earlier than audio-visual technology. In that process, standards and management systems grew up around IT to help manage scaled, rapid deployment of these systems.
For better or (mostly) worse, AV technology did not benefit from the same technology standardization until much later. AV equipment and systems, for the most part, have not benefitted from management standards and technology like SNMP, which helps monitor and manage large numbers of connected devices. As a result, large-scale AV deployments have always been more difficult to manage and support. While that’s changing, many other challenges have contributed to the difficulties in AV deployment, whether it’s in a Phoenix corporate campus or around the world. Let’s examine these in more detail below and explore how managed deployment services can help.