How do you empower an agile workforce to create content faster, deliver a multi-channel experience and identify what will entertain consumers next?
Space is often at a premium for media and entertainment SMBs, especially if you need to co-exist with studio space of any kind. Editing and game development workspaces typically need multiple monitors and, possibly, multiple PCs to handle such tasks as playback, testing or rendering.
Many media and entertainment organizations are designing open floor plans and employing "hot desking," whereby mobile employees aren't given permanent desk spaces. Companies are also trading traditional conference rooms for "huddle rooms"—small, flexible spaces for team and client collaboration. Lenovo recommends matching the optimal device to the user type and workflow of your office to promote flexibility and enable the most productivity possible in your workspaces.
Space-saving & Collaboration Ideas to Consider
These devices integrate the computer inside the screen, saving desk space and reducing the need for cables to connect a separate computer and display. AIOs are ideal for non-mobile users who do not travel, including media planners, writers, editors and administrative staff.
Today's desktop computers are available in a range of sizes. Lenovo's ThinkCentre Tiny has a footprint smaller than a laptop for mounting under a desk or placing behind a monitor. Smaller doesn't mean you'll compromise performance and there are options for storage expansion, monitors and powerful graphics capabilities as users require them.
Docking offers the benefits of a desktop computer without sacrificing the portability of a laptop. A range of connectivity ports enable users to quickly connect peripherals and displays to their laptop, minimizing cable clutter and desk space. In a hot-desking scenario, several users may share the same desk and peripherals at different times by simply docking their laptop. In seconds users can be connected to displays, peripherals and networking. Hot desks are becoming more common as the workforce grows increasingly mobile and there's a greater reliance on freelance creative talent.
Individual Web Conferencing
If users are conducting VOIP calls and web conferencing in an open plan office, are they disturbing others because they struggle to make themselves heard through their PC? Simply having a good quality headset, a PC with noise suppression and digital mics can make a big difference.
Frequently, users experience frustration getting meetings started – equipment doesn’t work, or they can’t find the right adapter to connect to the projector or screen. A smart meeting room solution will solve that, enabling users to connect to displays wirelessly, reserve rooms automatically through Outlook, and collaborate with remote participants seamlessly.
Eliminating the complexity of meeting room equipment, devices like the ThinkSmart Hub 500 replace conference room phones, dongles and adapters, and simplifying cabling.
As you look to modernize, consider the following:
- Employee's job roles: are they 'fixed' at a desk or often mobile and/or hot-desking?
- What are the performance needs you require from hardware?
- Do they need to collaborate with others in the same building or remotely?
- How much time is spent in meeting rooms? Are they able to efficiently connect to meeting room services?