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Meeting phases are complex: Different stages of meetings
(introductions, information sharing, content creation, key point
discussion, conclusions and outcomes) all have different dynamics
and best practices. Technology needs to support layers of engagement
simultaneously to keep conversation flowing, and has to be fluid and
flexible enough to support alternate meeting styles such as presentation versus brainstorming.
Remote collaborators need a seat at the table: IT is essential in
these spaces and the underlying AV hardware and software needs
to give them equal access to control and contribute dynamically
Technology needs to be easy: Spending 15 minutes at the beginning of a meeting just to get everyone's technology up and running
is a familiar and entirely unwelcome occurrence. Finding adapters,
switching cables, or suffering through serial presentations kills conversation, distracts attention and destroys productivity.
Concurrent streaming capabilities accelerate workflows:
When multiple collaborators can connect to an AV room system all
at the same time, providing opportunities for sharing and comparing work products and editing documents simultaneously, sessions
flow without interruption.
Consider the analog with the digital: While most knowledge
workers are attending meetings with laptops (so power sources and
wireless access points are essential), and ultimately all the meeting
artifacts need to be digital, sometimes the best tools for collaboration
and ideation are analog. So alongside large display screens for a shared
pixel workspace, save a surface for old-fashioned whiteboards.
Clearly, the old model of one presenter/one screen/one cable
connector is over. To unleash real productivity means empowering
everyone at the table (whether they are in the room or not) to see the
same thing at the same time in the same way.
Collaborators need to be able to connect, contribute and control
The open office space
concept is moving into an
Brookfield Residential p.58
The Seton Calgary Retail
Center project will be a
community focal point.
JRM Construction Management
Hensel Phelps Gateway Center
R.D. Olson Construction
Snavely Group - National Interstate Insurance Co. Headquarters
RMC Constructors Inc.
The Witness Group
William A. Randolph Inc. - Trailhead Mixed Use Development
Ganter Interiors Inc.
Hourigan|Clayco - 600 Canal
Forte Specialty Contractors
the meeting environment seamlessly and
simultaneously. When technology empowers a conversation - when the room and its
equipment work for you and not against
you - everybody wins.
Collaboration is the competitive advantage enterprise customers are seeking, and
a construction industry prepared to answer
the call for this revolution in teaming
rooms and huddle spaces is poised for
Lilian Bories leads the marketing team at Oblong Industries. He has worked in
several marketing leadership positions in global organizations such as Nestlé
and Avery Dennison on three continents. His main responsibilities have included
launching new products and expanding consumer engagement with new, growing, and established brands. For more information, visit www.oblong.com.
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