When making your AV technology purchase, it is important to consider how it’s going to work and impact your business in the future. We all want our AV technology purchases to produce ROI. The best purchases help improve communication and productivity and create efficiencies. They are an important part of meeting your business goals. Here are our thoughts on how to future proof your A/V information technology purchases:
How do you want your AV technology to impact job function and performance? Standards should address who will be using it, when you will be using it and how it is critical. Make sure to communicate your defined standards to protect your investment.
We recommend beginning with figuring out what will work best for you. Evaluate how your AV technology can be used to help solve business concerns and challenges. Ideally, it will improve your image and establish credibility. And most importantly, it will function as a tool for your employees to perform better.
There will be new functions that are practical and relevant to productivity. Employees using the system should be trained on all levels of use and features to get the most out of your purchase. In the end this will bring greater satisfaction and improve workplace morale.
Having the right amount of bandwidth greatly affects how AV technology performs. Bandwidth can be particularly problematic, especially for video distribution. Feedback and support from your IT department is crucial. They will ensure that your network can support your normal traffic and all added AV components. This improves the performance of the system itself and employees using it.
Evaluate Your Purchase
Your goal is to find technology that improves your business. After purchase, regularly evaluate whether it is working and what benefits you have received. As you get more familiar with the new technology, notice how it is fitting into your workflow. Is there room for improvement? Knowing how your AV technology is being used helps define your ROI.
Bottom line, the best way for future proofing information technology purchase is to clearly know what you want it to do, make it easy for employees to use and evaluate the impact it is having on your business.