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The IT Managers Friend: The AV Integrator

IT professionals are notoriously busy as more tasks and technologies manage to find their way under 'IT responsibilities'.



In fact, according to this Spiceworks survey, 40 percent of IT pros said they plan to switch jobs because they’re burnt out. Now, as an IT manager you could hire an army of sidekicks (of sorts) to make your life easier—but does that really solve the problem?


An often overlooked solution is the audiovisual (AV) integrator. IT management and AV integration are complementary if you allow the to work in your favour.


AV is a distinct specialty trade, and your integrator can provide services that include:

  • – Technology selection

  • – Solution design

  • – Equipment installation and integration

  • – Control and automation

  • – Project Management

  • – Collaboration and communication solutions

  • – Support services

  • – Managed services


But what does that mean for IT? It means they can help you combat some of your biggest headaches and we've compiled just a few of the many ways a systems integrator can help.


1.     ARE YOU OVERWORKED?


IT responsibilities are now spread to far and thin covering a whole array of complex technologies. This means more constant demands for your time and resource.


How a qualified AV integrator can help:

AV integrators can plan, oversee, manage the installation, troubleshooting, and management of your AV infrastructure. They can also incorporate centralised control and automation of those technologies so you spend less time managing them.


2.    CONCERNED ABOUT GOING OVER BUDGET?

Almost half of IT projects go over budget. Managing AV projects is a lot to ask when you also need to manage everyday tasks (including the hundreds of fires that need putting out) as well as work on long-term goals and initiatives.


How a qualified AV integrator can help:

Experienced AV integrators help ensure that technologies are integrated to maximise efficiency and user productivity.


This means you not only get a higher return on investment, but integrators can help ensure projects run smoothly from the start. If AV integrators are involved from the get-go, they can help ensure that technologies are integrated, standardised, and easy to control and manage—cutting down on long-term costs.


3.     ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT BREACHES AND BREAKDOWNS?

Security and unexpected support issues can weigh heavily on the minds of IT pros. The more solutions you add the equation, the more you expose your organisation to security risks and operational failures.


How a qualified AV integrator can help:

Bringing an integrator into the mix adds an extra layer of security. They know where the weaknesses are in collaboration and communication systems, and they can offer security services. They can also offer support and managed services so you don’t have to drop everything when equipment needs servicing, repair, or replacing.


4.     ARE YOUR AV SYSTEMS COMPLEX?

AV integrators can help you simplify. They can ensure technology consistency and standardisation, and they can help you control it all from one interface.


How a qualified AV integrator can help:

A qualified AV integrator will know how to interface with various solution providers. They specialise in making all parts of a system work as a whole, so they also know how to work with other professionals, like manufacturers, designers, engineers, architects, facility managers, contractors, etc.


Their ability to see the big picture and make everything function well together simplifies your job and the user experience.


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