CytexOne Helps Los Angeles Businesses Get Connected
Nearly every aspect of business is impacted in some way by technology trends such as big data, cloud computing, and mobility. In fact, technology has become so embedded in the fabric of business and a critical component for competitive performance that it should not be left to the IT department alone. By 2020, 71 percent of employees expect to be working solely with cloud computing and 56 percent of CFOs say they would invest in video conferencing to reduce travel costs. How can boardroom automation complement the way you conduct a meeting? Read on to learn more about key trends that will change the face of conferences and client meetings.
Increased use of video conferencing
Technology has become as ubiquitous as the air we breathe and is prevalent in every aspect of our lives whether at work or play. The result: expectations have been set exponentially high regarding how meeting are conducted. The days of everyone gathering in the same conference room around a whiteboard are passed. Skype, an Internet-based communications software, estimates that 1.8 billion hours of video calls are made each year and that an increasing number of those hours come from business conferences and video meetings. With the number of ‘video over IP’ platforms that are available, the trend is clear; video conferencing is on the rise.
A well-designed video conferencing system allows users to chat, transfer files, share programs, send and receive graphics, and operate computers from remote locations. The system should be scalable and adaptable to meet the unique needs of the company. Such a system adds both tangible and intangible benefits for businesses.
Tangible benefits include:
- Lower travel costs
- Profits gained by offering video conferencing as an aspect of customer service
Intangible benefits include:
- Face-to-face contact without having to travel
- Facilitation of group work among geographically distant teammates
- Transfer of knowledge, reducing duplicate work and improving productivity
- Stronger sense of community among business contacts, both within and between companies
CytexOne implemented such solutions at Gawker Media in New York City. The team was brought on board to design, install, program, and manage all low voltage infrastructure in Gawker Media’s new sixty thousand square foot office space on 5th Avenue. The project included wired/wireless Internet for all workstations, video collaboration rooms with full conferencing capabilities, digital signage and distributed audio/video through an automation control system.
The traditional boardroom may conjure images of dark mahogany, leather and San Pellegrino or it may conjure scenes from the reality television show ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ or the 1993 movie ‘Malice’ starring Alec Baldwin. Maybe the space is used quarterly for board meetings of directors while the rest of the year the room remains idle.
This is not the case anymore. A shift in workplace trends and the introduction of new technology has changed the boardroom landscape. The modern boardroom has become a sort of huddle room on steroids, used for investor calls, internal training and other decision-making. It’s not just a meeting space, but rather a collaborative environment where leaders gather, new ideas are born and actions are put into motion.
In order to transform a boardroom into such a space will require an automation system that responds to the way participants use the room. Gone are the days of an on/off switch on the wall. Lighting systems and shades can be integrated with video conferencing equipment allowing users to easily prepare the space for presentations, face-to-face meetings and collaborating with remote colleagues or clients.
CytexOne provides the tools to help businesses increase communication speed while getting everyone on the same page. We’ll add automation to your existing space and help you connect with users anywhere in the world. Let us be your technology architect. Call us at 212-792-6700.