As a growing number of organizations realize the power of collaboration, more are investing in projectors, digital displays and information-sharing technology. Their primary goal? Improving meeting dynamics and maximizing the power of collaboration.
As a solution provider, are you including the latest and greatest features in your collaboration technology offering in order to meet the needs of today’s organizations? Take a look at some of the key capabilities that customers are looking for:
One-step screen sharing.
In our hyperconnected world, no one wants to feel that they can’t easily share their thoughts and ideas during a collaborative session. That’s why simplified screen sharing is one of the top features in today’s collaboration technology.
Look for apps and software services that enable one-click screen sharing. That way, meeting and event attendees are able to quickly share key images and text, without long and frustrating wait times.
WiFi connectivity goes hand in hand with screen sharing. Gone are the days of meeting attendees searching for the right cable in order to attach their laptop to the projection display. Today, apps and software enable attendees to screen-share through WiFi, without using a single cable. Best yet, they support any WiFi-enabled device, including laptops, tablets and even smartphones.
The ability to simultaneously share two screens from two different participants improves collaboration even more. Many organizations benefit from multi-screen sharing, especially in corporate offices and event venues, which is why panoramic projection technology is catching on fast.
As multi-screen displays become more popular, new software is enabling customers to “blend” two screens into one cohesive image. This is especially helpful in meeting rooms with multiple projectors or at event facilities with panoramic projectors. The resulting image can be used for collaboration, or it can become a high-quality display for information sharing and announcements.
For customers who need a bit of flexibility in their projection technology, look for a device with a short-throw lens. Traditional lenses project a distorted image when the projector must be located near the screen. However, short-throw lenses are able to project a high-quality image in close quarters. This makes them a great fit for customers who travel frequently and must be ready for presenting in any size room.
High-quality images and text.
Today, high-quality displays are a must-have, and that starts with high-resolution images and text. Be sure to recommend technology that will project clear images and text, as well as true colors and a high color-to-brightness ratio. The result will be imagery that is not only easier on the viewers’ eyes, but that also lends authority to the presenter’s message.
In some higher-end collaboration environments, new 4K projectors are already taking hold. These ultra-high-definition displays might be a good fit for customers in large event and entertainment venues or even those in upscale corporate environments.
Today, high-quality collaboration technology is within reach for every budget. If your customers are seeking a lower total cost of ownership, look for filter-free projectors, which have a low cost for upkeep. Single-cable projectors, which provide a plug-and-play design, are also less expensive to install and maintain.
Laser phosphor projection.
For some customers, laser phosphor projectors will be the smarter choice over lamp-based devices. Laser phosphor projection uses a special illumination system that is designed to last a long time and require very little maintenance. This makes them an ideal choice for customers who will be using their projector frequently, such as those in the corporate and event markets, where meetings and presentations occur daily or multiple times a week.
What features are currently most popular among your collaboration technology customers? Have you noticed any features that don’t seem to be gaining traction in your market?