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7 Collaboration Opportunities Beyond the Display

May 12, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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AMX by Harman's Enzo content sharing and conferencing platform

Story and images by Carolyn Heinze / AVNetwork

In buzzword-afflicted tech, it's often difficult to arrive at clear-cut definitions. And when it comes to collaboration, there are as many definitions out there as there are companies developing collaborative solutions. But while we all have a slightly different explanation for what collaboration is, we seem to agree on what it's about: giving people access to the information they need so that they can do their jobs.

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Oblong's Mezzanine collaboration solution

Traditionally--as in just a couple of years ago--collaboration was relatively limited to the display: from their laptops, participants in a meeting space could throw up documents and images onto a main display for everyone to see and, eventually, annotate. The prevalence of BYOD and scattered workforces brought mobile into the mix, enabling those who couldn't physically attend a session to collaborate remotely, transforming smartphones and tablets into, if not primary, but secondary displays. As professionals grow increasingly comfortable incorporating these tools into their workflow, the concept of collaboration has expanded past the display and into the nitty-gritty of how organizations operate.

Remote monitoring and analytics functionality, for instance, has been around for quite a while, facilitating maintenance and decreasing sudden downtime. But Joe Andrulis, vice president of global marketing at AMX in Richardson, Texas--which manufactures the RMS Enterprise Resource Management Suite--notes that more advanced usage of remote monitoring and analytics allows tech managers to make wiser investment decisions. "You can monitor how often particular technology is used, and therefore ensure that you are getting more of the good tools, rather than investing in the tools that seem good on paper but in practice, you find that people don't really use them that much," he said. Tech managers may also combine these capabilities with scheduling and building management systems so that spaces are on only when they're actually in use, extending equipment life cycles while conserving energy. It also serves as a more efficient way of allotting resources: "You're ensuring that people aren't spending time trying to find a room that has the right kind of resources, because by doing central management, you know at a moment's notice whether a room is in use or available."

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