Written By: Randy Marcotte
Welcome Back! This is part five of our series on How to Set Up a Video Conference Room Without Getting Fired.
We are wrapping up, so as you plan for your video conference room, we want to point out our top 10 (and some key other bonus considerations) for you to consider. We will also be hosting a webinar with one of our partners out of a demo facility so you can ask (and see) a live demo around many of these items we have discussed. Don’t worry the key takeaways of the webinar will be consolidated and slightly different, so do still tune in live or watch the recording.
These tips are designed around the products and the issues you face when choosing a product as the webinar will more generally address issues of solution, the problems you are trying to solve, and the gaps created by a poorly constructed approach.
This article is designed to help you avoid the most common mistakes when installing a video conferencing solution.
- Poor planning. Having too many cooks in the kitchen without a clear outcome in mind. This will allow your team to wander and your vendor or partner to drive the process. If you can, dedicate a project manager or point person so that communication, intent, and the project stay focused.
- Not involving all the stakeholders. This is not simply an I.T. event, make sure administrators and users are engaged in the planning process. If you are being tasked by a committee, an executive, an executive team, or a peer group to come up with solutions, be sure you have both an adequate understanding of the decision process and an audience with them to provide initial findings prior to final selection.
- Know the scope and the budget. Not setting the project objectives up front will lead to confusion for the vendor and you having to digest far too many options. Have you stated what problems the video solution is solving and made sure that is still true once completed?
- Static design will fail. If you are planning only for room deployments without thinking about mobile or desktop, you are missing the trends and emerging needs.
- Inadequate Infrastructure: Not ensuring that the company’s network infrastructure can handle the bandwidth requirements of video conferencing can lead to poor video and audio quality.
- Ignoring Acoustics: Poor room acoustics can lead to echoes, background noise, and other audio issues. It’s essential to consider soundproofing and using acoustic panels.
- Overlooking Security: Not ensuring end-to-end encryption and secure connections can expose sensitive company information to potential eavesdroppers.
- Failing to Integrate with Other Tools: If the video conferencing solution doesn’t integrate well with other business tools like calendars, CRM systems, or collaboration platforms, it can reduce efficiency.
- Not Considering Scalability: As the company grows, so will its conferencing needs. Choosing a solution that isn’t scalable can lead to additional costs and the need for frequent upgrades.
- Not Testing Regularly: Failing to conduct regular tests can mean that issues go unnoticed until a crucial meeting, leading to delays and frustration.
Balance function, budget, and reality. Not having a room design in mind or having one that does not work with the customer of your organization can create lots of adoption issues. Also, know your facility and that will help keep costs down. Trace your wires, have a good floor plan and a firm design – even for simple rooms.
Over the years our team has seen these five components pop up across hundreds of designs. Use them as benchmarks and both you and your vendor will have a more perfect video conferencing experience.
Bonus round? Yes. Here are two other items covered in previous posts in this series, but they show up often enough, it is worth posting again.
Not being prepared for content sharing. Who shows content and what is the experience expected? Start with this prior to even considering building out a solution.
Forgetting about ongoing training and support. Training – who, what, when, where, and tune-ups? Hey, products change and you change staff. How often do you refresh the training? Has your vendor provided ongoing support and as-built documentation? The more you help people use the rooms without challenges, the more adoption and adaption take hold and the happier your clients (internal customers), staff, and partners will be with the solution you have chosen.
DCS Global and Perfect Video Conferencing work with an outstanding community of partners to help you avoid these common mistakes. Sign up for a Free Demo today.
About DCS Global & Perfect Video Conferencing
DCS Global is a collaboration, consulting, services, and audiovisual (AV) integration company that provides various services related to digital signage, wayfinding, and kiosk manufacturing and deployment. The company specializes in creating interactive and engaging experiences for customers, visitors, and employees.
Their services include:
- Digital Signage: DCS Global designs, installs, and manages digital signage systems that help organizations effectively communicate with their audience. These systems can display content such as images, videos, and live data, and can be customized to meet the specific needs of each client.
- Wayfinding: The company offers wayfinding solutions that help people navigate complex environments such as hospitals, airports, and campuses. These solutions use interactive maps, directories, and other tools to guide visitors to their desired destinations.
- Kiosk Manufacturing: DCS Global designs and manufactures custom kiosks for various industries, such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare. These kiosks can serve a variety of purposes, such as self-service check-in, product information, and customer feedback.
- AV Integration: DCS Global also provides audiovisual integration services for businesses of all sizes. These services include the design and installation of audio and video systems, conference room setups, and video walls.
DCS Global offers a comprehensive range of services to help organizations enhance their communication, customer experience, and operational efficiency through innovative digital solutions.
Perfect Video Conferencing (#perfectvc) is an Audio Visual and collaboration services company that specializes in designing and deploying cutting-edge video conferencing and collaboration spaces. Recently, PVC merged with DCS Global, and together, they offer a comprehensive range of products and services that are guaranteed to deliver an immediate ROI for their customers.
With a strong focus on design and deployment, Perfect Video Conferencing is committed to delivering solutions that offer some of the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry. Their team of experts works closely with customers to understand their unique requirements and design solutions that are tailored to their specific needs.
Perfect Video Conferencing’s solutions are designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries enhance collaboration, improve productivity, and drive business success. Whether it’s a small meeting room or a large conference center, they have the expertise to design and deploy video conferencing and collaboration spaces that meet their customers’ needs.
In addition to their design and deployment services, Perfect Video Conferencing also offers a wide range of products, including video conferencing equipment, audiovisual solutions, and collaboration tools. Their team of experts provides ongoing support and maintenance to ensure that their solutions continue to deliver value over the long term.
Overall, Perfect Video Conferencing (#perfectvc) is a leading provider of audiovisual and collaboration services, delivering innovative solutions that help organizations improve communication, collaboration, and productivity. With their recent merger with DCS Global, they are now even better positioned to help their customers achieve their business goals.
About Randy N. Marcotte
Randy N. Marcotte is an accomplished business leader and President of DCS Global, a leading communications and collaboration company. With a proven track record of success in the industry, Randy has a strong background in organizational change, sales enablement, and customer satisfaction.
Before his role at DCS Global, Randy was the co-founder and CEO of Perfect Video Conferencing, which merged with DCS Global to provide a broader range of solutions to their clients. As the former owner and manager of Change Experts, Randy brings a wealth of experience in driving growth and success for businesses of all sizes.
Randy is passionate about building lasting relationships with his clients and partners and providing innovative solutions that deliver exceptional value. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world, skiing deep powder, and participating in marathons. Randy has completed 22 marathons around the world and will be completing his 23rd marathon in Nice, France this fall.
With a dedication to partnership, value, innovation, and excellence, Randy is proud to join the team at DCS Global and looks forward to continuing to bring new solutions to their loyal customer and partner base.