Use It or Lose It. Smart Ways to Invest Money Remaining in Your 2017 Budget
As 2017 comes to a close, so does the availability of funds allocated for 2017 spending. The New Year brings opportunities to upgrade infrastructure, increase productivity through updated collaborative technologies and promote your brand through dynamic lobby displays and additions to customer-facing spaces.
By purchasing equipment now that will be implemented into your 2018 projects, you’ll be able to take advantage of the additional “found money” while stretching the capabilities of next year’s budget. We can help you and your team strategize and align your technology systems with your vision and overall budget. Here are some items for consideration:
Does your current system provide connectivity for today’s digital devices? Users have an expectation of utilizing a meeting space with simple plug-and-play technologies. Transitioning from outdated analog to digital capabilities that provide wireless, HDMI and mini display port connectivity is paramount to ensure this functionality.
Easy-to-use, more collaborative meeting spaces increase user adoption resulting in faster decision-making and greater productivity. In the trending open-office environment, huddle spaces offer a focused, collaborative meeting space for small group presentations and ad hoc meetings. Interactive collaborative displays, robust cameras that are soft codec-enabled (Skype for Business, Bluejeans, etc.), and wireless presentation connectivity promote efficient, productive meetings in these spaces.
Traditional conference rooms with audio and video-conferencing capabilities would benefit from these enhancements along with an automated control system. Lighting scenes and motorized shades can also be integrated into the room’s control for an improved user experience. And, if your room features an older projection system, upgrading to a laser projector would offer a more engaging presentation and significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Your lobby/reception area is your first opportunity to engage your prospective customers or employees and convey your brand. Dynamic digital signage can enforce your branding, promote your products and services and inform dwellers of upcoming events. Innovative meeting spaces in these client areas make a lasting impression.
Hands-on Experience Centers are also a great way to engage clients through various interactive displays and immersive technologies. Architectural features in these environments are accentuated by captivating mosaic displays and exceptionally designed lighting for the ultimate customer experience.
Speech Privacy & Sound Management
Proven to increase worker productivity in today’s open office environments, sound masking eliminates noise distractions. It also creates privacy of enclosed meeting and office spaces from common areas, rendering speech unintelligible.
Acoustics are another noise control solution providing sound absorption and barriers that lessen overall noise levels and reduce reverberation from hard surfaces. This increases intelligibility in desired areas while providing a more comfortable working environment. There are numerous ways to address acoustic control. The Loop can provide consultation and recommend the appropriate solutions for spaces.
If you’ve done a fantastic job at controlling your budget throughout the year and find yourself with a surplus, consider an investment in technology that will help grow your business, increase efficiency and foster an innovative and collaborative environment for your employees. Give us a call to strategize ways to put your remaining budget to work for you in 2018 and for years to come.