Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Importance of AV Technology Equipment in Your Business

Business today is relying more on technology and audio visual equipment than ever before. The expansion of one's business is almost entirely dependent on the level of technology components they possess. Through the means of social networking, video conferencing, and virtual office technology, businesses have the capabilities of expansion like never before. Obviously, the quality of the products and services a business provides is undoubtedly the most determinant factor of a business's success. With the help and proper usage of current technologies however, businesses can rapidly grow due to an increase in customer base, revenues, and overall efficiency of operations.
Through the usage of current audio visual technologies, business communication and its customer base can greatly improve. Projectors and displays allow for efficient video conferencing with not only prospected and current clients, but with business partners as well being located across the globe. Instantaneous business meetings can be achieved though these means, allowing for improvements in productivity and communication. This greatly cuts down on the expenses and inconveniences of business travel. Business no longer has to be limited to phone calls or office mail; connection is at ones fingertips. Audio visual technologies also allow for viewership of body language; a valuable asset in judging character, establishing relationships, and a higher level of communication.
Revenues and efficiency are directly correlated in relation to a business's level of technology. Technology greatly assists human resource manager in the recruiting process of hiring potential candidates. Direct advertising can be used to attract candidates and screening technologies can be used in background check and previous employment. Obviously, by having more efficient employees, a business will be able to increase productivity resulting in substantial revenue increases. Also, the level of technology allows for daily business operations to be completed in shorter time. Audio visual components allow for inner-office meetings and connectivity to employees located outside of the office in any country. Documentation and recording of important files and data can be stored or transferred at the click of a button.
Having faulty, outdated technology and audio visual equipment can greatly hinder the productivity and overall atmosphere of a business. Distorted clarity and sound of audio visual equipment can result in mass confusion and the misinterpretation of possibly vital information. The longer ones business lacks current technologies, the more difficult it is to understand. With the capabilities of technologies growing at an exponential rate, it can be very difficult to keep up. It's easy for a business to dedicate of portion of its profit to update technology. The hard part is having all of the employees trained and fully aware of all of the capabilities and processes of the technology and audio visual equipment. Many people, especially the older generation, often will just give up when new technology is presented to them because they have been "out of the loop" for so long. This is why it's incredibly important for a business to maintain current technologies and to emphasize the importance to employees of knowing how they are used and why they are crucial to the operations of a business.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Conference Room Solutions: Projector vs. Display
I’ve run into this debate time and time again. Which solution is ideal? The problem with most conference rooms is that there is no order. Many times I’ve walked into a conference room where the table costs more than a house, and there is a poorly installed $500 projector from BestBuy placed on top. Is it priorities or lack of audio visual knowledge? I usually assume the lack of knowledge. The real question regards how the room is used and how large the space is. With this dilemma, Dobil Laboratories assists all of our clients by providing a wide range of solutions and informative training to any conference room facility or staff.  
The most common problematic occurrences relate to 3 major components: brightness, image size and price. With a projector, substantial image size is undoubtedly obtained. However, the drawback is that along with an increase in brightness is an increase in price. With your typical conference rooms, presentations and collaborations aren’t devised in the dark, so a projector with at least 3,000 lumens is needed. Personally, I would prefer a projector containing 4,000 to 6,000 lumens, especially when choosing projection based on image size and clarity. Glamour aside, there is no point in using a projector in any conference room if the plan is to project an image less than 80”.
Now-a-days, the price of flat panel displays is falling so drastically, it’s almost a no-brainer to buy one of these for your conference room. If you’re looking for a display that is smaller than 80”, I suggest a flat panel display. An advantage of flat panels is that you can present in front of them without getting blinded and casting a shadow behind you. Also, their brightness simply can’t be matched for the price. There is no filter cleaning or lamp replacement, which can be a deal maker. No need to climb up on a ladder and wrestle the projector trying to get the lamp out. The flat panel display will simply hang on the wall and will most likely outlive almost any projector on the market. With Sharp releasing their relatively inexpensive 70” and 80” displays, I can see a lot of the manufactures going this route. If this is the case, it will definitely assist in swaying our decision.
I’ve ran into several clients who would rather spend over $30k on a 103” display because they simply don’t want to see the projector or have a drop down screen. This tends to happen in conference/board rooms holding over 10 people. If money is far from tight, demands are lavish, and you are determined to hang a 400lb display on the wall, more power to you. I however, would suggest a projector in conference rooms. With a high lumen output projector and some innovative ideas from Dobil Laboratories, I would argue that a projection solution can rival the latter. I’m certainly not saying that a 103” plasma hanging on a board room wall isn’t impressive, because it is. I’m simply saying that there is a more cost effective solution that can provide the same “wow” factor.
When it comes down to it, Dobil Laboratories can supply an appropriate solution for any space. It’s just a matter of what your needs are and the facility being used. Projection is always a first-rate solution when you’re looking for image size. But, if you can spare the size, go for the large flat panel display. Both have their uses and either could be the right choice. Give us a call so we can come up with the right solution together.