You have probably heard the term “Bring your own Device” and you probably have a fairly clear idea of how this works in an actual meeting. You may have even done it. But “bring your own meeting”? How is that different and what does it mean? Well, let us explain.
The idea of “Bring your own Device” is not new and in fact, was first introduced as a concept back in 20091. It also makes perfect sense. We have all been there, up all night working on a presentation on our laptop or putting together the latest sales projections only to be told that we would have to transfer it all to a different platform to actually share any of it with our fellow attendees as the meeting room does not support our device or software choice.
Just before the start of lockdown AV Giant Barco estimated that over 70% of employees were now choosing their own conferencing packages with up to 6 different solutions being used within a typical team 2. This presents a number of challenges, not least for the company IT department who often struggle to allow access to cloud-based apps from a meeting room, let alone a non-vendor approved VCS. Especially when up to now the standardized approach has been the obvious cost-effective solution in most companies and organisations.
In the midst of the Pandemic meetings have continued to be a vital business tool. In fact more so than before with millions of hours spent in conference calls and virtual meetings, but in most cases on devices and packages chosen by the user, not the IT department.
Business Strategists Frost and Sullivan recently reported that 80% of employees are using their personal devices for work and many feel more productive because of it 3. With the pandemic changing the way all businesses interact and collaborate this is only set to rise.
So, the need for more flexible AV solutions combined with a rise in demand for more casual, informal meeting spaces is changing the concept of the meeting forever – at home and in the workplace.
Hello Bring Your Own Meeting.
“Bring your Own Meeting” refers to a process that allows you to use your own devices with pre-existing hardware. A natural extension of BYOD, with Bring your own meeting the user is in control, even in the meeting room. The room is now a facilitator of the user’s device and software choice rather than the restraining factor. Wireless integration not only allows your device to deliver your content, it also puts you in control of the room and its technology. No more wrestling with a meeting room PC left in a bizarre state by the last user. No more hard-wired, germ friendly control panels with missing instructions. BYOM calls for a new way of looking at the meeting room and the infrastructure that serves it.
At Audio Visual Connections we believe that technology should seamlessly integrate with the infrastructure around it to support personalised meetings both onsite and remotely. Our BYOM solutions are flexible and intuitive and will help you change the way your employees and customers collaborate and interact.
The hybrid meeting room and huddle space of tomorrow is simple, seamless and, most important of all, designed around devices you already use and understand – your own!
Contact AVC today to discuss how we can make your meeting spaces work for you, and not against you.
1.BYOD “Learn from Intel’s CISO on Securing Employee-Owned Devices” https://www.govinfosecurity.com/webinars/mobile-learn-from-intels-ciso-on-securing-employee-owned-devices-w-264
2.Barco research citation: https://www.avinteractive.com/news/products/barco-empowers-bring-meeting-generation-29-01-2020
3.Frost and Sullivan Report: https://www.lifesize.com/~/media/Documents/Related%20Resources/Analyst%20Papers/frost-and-sullivan-wireless-content-sharing-in-meeting-rooms.ashx?la=en