As a leading manufacturer with offices and production plants across the globe, our client is always looking for technology to improve their processes, reduce costs and increase productivity. Whether that is in their production plants or offices, the need to continuously improve is a cornerstone of our client’s philosophy.
This element of their philosophy was exemplified when they contacted us to discuss the standardisation of technology at their IT Centre in the UK. With the company spending over £300m on IT annually, they required a ‘centre of excellence’ which would showcase to the wider group how technology can reduce costs, enhance functionality and improve the working environment.
|The IT Centre project provided Cinos with the chance to meet with key project teams to truly understand our client’s long-term objectives. This detailed understanding enabled us to propose how the Crestron technology suite would significantly enhance operations for this global organisation.|
The Requirement – Meeting Room & Conferencing Solutions
Upon project commencement Cinos entered a consultation phase with our client to get an in-depth understanding of their requirements. It was important to understand key objectives and strategic position so we could provide recommendations to enhance their working environment not disrupt it.
The IT Centre, the focus of this project, seats over 230 people and is comprised of meeting spaces, employee workstations, conference rooms and informal breakout areas. Within the IT Centre there is a IT Showcase; an open plan area which demonstrated our client’s latest innovations. This area also consisted of technologically advanced collaboration tools which allows staff the freedom required to create and review IT processes.
The CTO wanted to standardise the meeting spaces with an ‘approach and use’ methodology at the core of the design. Anyone should be able to walk into a room and instantly begin a session rather than being distracted by the technology.
One key element of delivering the approach and use methodology focussed on the conferencing solutions. Whilst the more traditional room systems utilised a dedicated codec and offered an excellent experience, they did not cater for wider group adoption. If remote workers or dispersed teams were using different systems, connecting with the IT Centre could become a challenge. With a strategic decision to implement Microsoft collaboration tools and with most employees using Skype for Business for instant messaging on their phones and laptops, identifying a room based Skype for Business system was vital.
During the consultation phase, Cinos offered additional recommendations on how room booking and resource monitoring solutions could be added to the estate; further streamlining operational processes and reducing costs.