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Make Meetings an Experience with Crestron Smart Room Control Make Meetings an Experience with Crestron Smart Room Control

Effortlessly command your meeting spaces with integrated room control

Meetings are a fact of life in the modern-day workplace. Still, all too often, the primary functions of office meetings are overshadowed by technical issues and disruptions that break the flow of collaborative efforts. Smart meeting room control systems like Creston Flex can help eliminate process inefficiencies and improve the meeting room experience by centralizing control of vital room systems and functions. 

Room control with Flex combines fast and effective command over a room’s AV systems with nuanced control over dimmable lights, window shades, and climate devices to create a comfortable and productive environment.

Impress clients and investors, keep employees engaged and on-task, and host more efficient meetings with smart meeting room control from Crestron. Keep reading to learn more about Flex room control for your business spaces in Phoenix, AZ, and worldwide. 

What Does a Managed Service Provider Do for You? What Does a Managed Service Provider Do for You?

Breaking Down the Value Proposition for Managed Services

Is hiring a managed service provider (MSP) just a euphemism for outsourcing? Outsourcing has a bit of a negative connotation, but it shouldn’t. Hiring a managed service provider to help with technology infrastructure is a business decision that must make sense strategically and financially. It is not solely about potential cost-saving through outsourcing but has everything to do with finding a better way to keep up with and manage an organization’s technology needs.

Managed services are much more than simple outsourcing. Managed service providers serve as technology partners to help organizations plan, manage, deploy, and support essential technology infrastructure. Let's explore these aspects in more detail below and how they can help your organization, whether in Tempe, Arizona or across the country.

Use Workplace Analytics to Help Manage Your Meeting Rooms Use Workplace Analytics to Help Manage Your Meeting Rooms

Do you know if your audio-visual systems are being used effectively?

It seems only fitting to begin a post about analytics by dropping some data for you to digest. According to market research from Density.io, global average meeting room utilization is only 30%. Furthermore, when meetings are in session, only 40% of seats are filled on average. And while most meeting rooms can hold at least six people or more, the average meeting size is less than four people.

Yikes. Considering the financial investment (we’re talking in the billions) to design, build, and maintain conference rooms and meeting spaces with expensive audio-visual systems, the above statistics are disheartening. That’s right: failing to utilize your business’s meeting spaces and technology systems properly can have a significant impact on your bottom line.

You can create more effective meeting environments by equipping your workplace with analytics solutions that track and document how your spaces and systems are used. Keep reading to learn more about the effect that meeting room data can have on your Scottsdale, AZ, or global business. 

Crestron XiO Cloud: The Management Solution for the Digital Workplace Crestron XiO Cloud: The Management Solution for the Digital Workplace

Deploy, manage, monitor, and scale thousands of workplace devices remotely from an IoT-based platform

As the modern workplace moves into the cloud, workplace management needs to follow. Crestron’s XiO Cloud is an IoT-based solution designed for the needs of digital and hybrid workplaces. XiO Cloud allows organizations to configure, manage, and troubleshoot all supported Crestron devices in a centralized, secure cloud location. It’s built on Microsoft® Azure®, Microsoft’s safe and reliable public cloud computing platform. 

Are you curious to find out how Crestron XiO Cloud can help your Tempe, AZ, or global organization manage workplace technology more efficiently? Then keep reading to learn more about XiO services. 

Leverage AV Technology to Create a More Engaging Hybrid Workplace Leverage AV Technology to Create a More Engaging Hybrid Workplace

Design Motivating Environments to Encourage Spending Time in the Office

As we all know, the global pandemic created a new normal for millions of office-based workers around the world. Work moved from the office to the home, and communication and collaboration moved to digital mediums on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Now, with vaccines rising and the most dangerous health threats receding, employers are looking to bring workforces back to the office.

But guess what? Many don’t want to return. The increased flexibility of working from home has its appeal – no commutes and every day is casual Friday. No matter how gourmet the coffee and food are at the office, what they have at home is more convenient. And the ability to pick up a child from school, get out for a refreshing walk or workout at a break in the day, or be home for a service call gives workers a sense of flexibility and empowerment. A variety of surveys have made it clear – more than half of information workers don’t want to return to the office full-time. And many of today’s most successful companies like Facebook and Microsoft have already announced that they will allow some employees to continue working remotely permanently, creating a new hybrid work model that is anything but well understood at the moment.

Yet, with the new reality of coping with a hybrid model, only 13% of organizations are planning to reduce their physical space footprint, while over 50% of workers want to work at least part of the time remotely. So the new challenge is: how do you use your office space to create an engaging hybrid workplace environment that gets people in the office? And one that doesn’t exclude those working remotely? Let’s explore the implications for your physical locations in Phoenix, AZ and around the world.

4 Considerations for Meeting Room Design in the Hybrid Workplace 4 Considerations for Meeting Room Design in the Hybrid Workplace

The one-size-fits-all conference room is no longer sufficient for mixed workforces

The modern workplace is undergoing a profound paradigm shift in 2021. Full-time in-office work is no longer the norm; instead, the new hybrid workplace includes an eclectic mix of full-time remote employees, full-time in-office employees, and part-time remote and in-office workers. 

In the wake of these shifts, organizations must rethink one of the most foundational components of the modern office: meeting rooms. How does meeting room design need to pivot to meet the needs of globally dispersed workforces? Below, we outline four considerations your organization should keep top of mind to design effective and productive meeting spaces for your office locations in Scottsdale, AZ, and throughout the world. 

How Crestron UC Collaboration Tools Support the New Digital Workplace How Crestron UC Collaboration Tools Support the New Digital Workplace

Learn how Crestron UC products and services help organizations thrive in workplaces that are no longer tied to a physical location

The COVID-19 crisis in 2020 catalyzed a massive shift toward remote work on a scale unheard of until now. December 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 24% of the workforce (35.5 million people) were working from home at that time. 

Multiple surveys taken throughout 2020 have revealed that many employees would like to continue working from home when the pandemic is over. A Pew Research Center survey from December 2020 reported that 54% of people whose jobs can be performed at home would want to work from home all or most of the time after the coronavirus outbreak ends. 

And enterprise organizations have discovered — somewhat to their surprise — that remote work hasn’t hindered employee productivity or motivation, as many feared it would. As we move into a future that looks likely to embrace and expand more remote work opportunities, the looming question for businesses concerns long-term sustainability: how do we ensure that people can work together when they’re not together in person? 

No longer is the workplace tied to a physical location, a cubicle, and a desktop computer that hasn’t been updated in several years. Instead, the workplace is in the cloud, it’s in the Zoom app on smartphones across America, it’s in shared Google docs, and it’s in laptops across America. 

Unified communication (UC) collaboration tools are the bridge that makes the digital workplace possible. UC products and services integrate and deliver multiple communication channels and collaborative tools in a single platform. These platforms are cloud-delivered to facilitate a “work from anywhere” dynamic for hybrid workforces with in-person and remote employees.

Crestron Electronics is one of the manufacturers at the forefront of facilitating communications, collaboration, and productivity in the hybrid workplace. Room systems like Crestron Flex and cloud-based management tools like Crestron XiO Cloud are designed to help commercial organizations of all sizes adapt to the changing landscape of work. 

Keep reading to learn how UC products and services like Flex and XiO Cloud provide value to the digital workplace in Phoenix, AZ, and globally. 

4 Considerations for Getting Your Med Sim Lab Back Up and Running 4 Considerations for Getting Your Med Sim Lab Back Up and Running

Simulation labs are operating under new guidelines in the COVID-19 era

When the coronavirus pandemic swept through the U.S. at the start of 2020, it forced the partial or complete closure of medical simulation training labs for healthcare students. Now, over a year later, COVID-19 is still ravaging the world and delaying the return to work, school, public events, and other activities. 

Unfortunately, the longer students remain out of the lab, the more their education suffers. Healthcare simulation is a vital tool for teaching our future medical professionals valuable clinical, communication, decision-making, and teamwork skills. With that thought in mind, many simulation labs in Los Angeles, CA, and across the U.S. are considering reopening. 

However, before doing so, your lab needs to set guidelines and policies in place to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and instructors. If you’re ready to get your sim lab back up and running, keep reading to learn four considerations for your reopening strategy. 

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