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Leveraging Collaboration and Corporate Togetherness with Mike Stachura

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Corporate togetherness is more than a snappy slogan for returning to the office. Togetherness as a whole means making genuine efforts to connect with colleagues.  

New devices and solutions to encourage corporate togetherness hit the scene practically every other day—what makes LGE’s “one-quick display” a worthwhile investment? 

Shelby Skrhak speaks with Mike Stachura, national account manager at LG Commercial Displays USA, about: 

  • Corporate togetherness
  • What makes the “one-quick display” software unique
  • How LG display offerings support communication 

To join the discussion, follow us on Twitter @IngramTechSol #B2BTechTalk 

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You're listening to B two B tech talk with Ingram Micro, the place to learn about new technology and technological advances before they become mainstream. This podcast is sponsored by Ingram Micro's imagine next. It's not about the destination, it's about going someplace you never thought possible. Go to imagine next, DOT INGRAM MICRO DOT com to find out more. Let's get into it. Welcome to B two B tech talk with Ingram micro. I'm your host. She'll be skirt hawk, and our guest today is Mike Sisera National Account Manager for lge. Mike, Welcome, Sylvie. Thank you so much for having me back. We've had the pleasure of doing a few of these now, so that's awesome to be back on the show. I love it. I love it. Well, you know, today we are talking about video collaboration tools and this concept of corporate togetherness. But first, Mike, what do we mean when we say togetherness? Corporate togetherness? You know, let's think that's a great term and I think with the past couple of years and how everybody moved, moved to the Home Office, then back to the office. Now you have hybrid workforce. How do you bring everybody back to that together and the collaborative element piece of it, whether that be physically near each other or physically connected to one another through like a chat program or video call, like you think of stuff like Microsoft teams where you can just quick see, oh, someone at their desk. Awesome, I can just pay them real quick, whereas used to be able to just walk to their desk and see if they're around. So I think with corporate togetherness it's really a great way that you can still connect with individuals, almost like you're really there. Also, before Covid, it seemed like we, uh, you know, we had this this momentum. You know, we had gone from we'd evolved from everyone was in cubicles, you know, separated off too. We started losing the cubicle walls and we created these, you know, purposeful collisions in in offices and creating these these kind of flex spaces where everybody could could get together. Do you feel like we we lost that momentum we had for operation pre covid and in...

...this post covid world, how do we get that back? Yeah, I think it's. It changed. I think it really changed like it it was. I remember it was almost I don't think we appreciated the interactions that we had, whereas now that it's changed to be a little bit more meaningful and purposeful. I had the pleasure of going into Ingram's office a couple of weeks ago and we had a little a little focus day there, and I was sitting down at one of the desks and you're kind of in a cubicle and you're sort of face to face with someone and was since stands now becoming popular, all of a sudden the desk in front of me just starts to lower and and then, very slowly, like a door just opening, there was another person's face like right there and it was so funny because I've never experienced that before. Right. So I think those kind of fun little moments of like coming back into the office. But yeah, you're just we're walking around and you see someone. Oh Hey, whatever ended up happening with that, whatever ended up happening with this, as opposed to trying to book a thirty minute meeting or a fifteen minute meeting or or something like that. So I think back to the office in the hybrid pieces, definitely, definitely awesome, but then also being able to connect with individuals. I was at an event in Chicago a little bit earlier this week I saw a friend from another video conferencing company and I see his face and I'm like how do I know you? Like we did a whole vlog series like a couple of years ago, and I was like, oh my gosh, I didn't know you had like shoulders and a torso and all that stuff. I've ever seen your head right right on the side. We made it so easy and so smooth to do video conferencing that actually see the rest of somebody had no idea how tall he was, but a yeah, yeah. So I think one of the cool things that LG has done is really embraced both sides of that technology. We just came out with this new one quick display and it's pretty slick. It's an all in one touch screen that it's a there's a forty three inch fifty five inch option, got a webcam built in. It's Windows operating system, but it has all the different video collaboration tools built right in. So just from a click of a button, just touched the screen, I can launch...

...zoom, I can launch Webex, I could launch teams, skype, anything like that right from the display and that makes it, uh, you know, really easy that I can do it right from my system or have a purpose built like a huddle room where maybe two or three of us are gonna get together and we want to bring in someone. You know, maybe our tech is in Denver. We want to bring you know that that we want to bring him in, or our accountants in New Jersey and she's got to come into the to the meeting. Now we can have those purpose built rooms within the corporate space. The video collaboration huddle space is the fastest growing segment within the digital signage pro a V market. So we're seeing a lot more interactivity, we're seeing a lot more inquiries regarding that technology. LG also has kind of coming out in the next day. They just launched it at Infocom but coming on the next few months is actually a thirty two inch display that can hang on a cubicle wall, so it's actually got a little coat hangers on the back as opposed to a little desktop stand. So it's cool to see different, different ways to embrace the video collaboration piece of it and still have that that togetherness. Yeah, yeah, you know, this one quick series. I mean tell us how this is different. I think we are starting to get used to all of the options that are out there. But what makes the one quick series unique? Great Question. It's it's simple, and I think that's been the missing element. Is Technology is great, but if the public can't use it or you can't walk up to a device and you need a you know, PhD and Engineering, uh, or you need to be a rocket surgeon to figure it out, it doesn't work. It doesn't work. So now with this display, yeah, you just click, you log in and it's got all your stuff right there. You just choose which, which device. Now you can also, because it's a windows device, you can log in with your own credentials and have it be an extension of your desktop. So when I say you accept the meeting, now all of a sudden that can pop up right in the display. You can easily click right to that. So, whether it be for individual use or to go into a video collaboration room. LG also has they call it quick share, and quick share is are you have a little donal that will actually connect...

...to your laptop and then you can wirelessly share your laptop to the display. So everyone knows how to plug something into USB. Now of a sudden, you plug in the USB, hit a button and that's sharing right to the display. So it makes it really easy and I think in fact you can share four screens simultaneously. It really focuses on the end user experience and making that simple easy to control. Yeah, you know, we were before our episode today. We're kind of having a prep call and going over some of the discussion we would have today and, uh, we talked about the fact that this is gave a rolling device it. It harkened back to the old video cart in school, right. Yeah, yeah, school, school is a huge application for this and we all remember that feeling when that when that video cart came rolling back in and you knew like you're gonna have a good day. It was gonna be a good day at school. It was. It does have it does have a rolling car and it goes landscape and portraits. Like, like I mentioned, I was given a training on this a couple weeks ago and I totally forgot. The display can go from portrait to landscape board and you just kind of flip it right and then flip it like a chart. And I'm standing in front of the front of the meeting room and I'm talking and all of a sudden I kind of like lean on the display and then the display starts to rotate and I'm just starts sinking down. I'm like, Oh dear, I forgot about that. You weren't able to, you know, pass it off like I'm meant to do that. I totally I try to make it super smooth, but yeah, I don't. I don't know. We'll see how it actually turned out, but yeah, definitely see. UH, education is a huge place for this, because now you can move the video conferencing around two so from room to room, if you need it in the video conference room, if you need it in a students classroom. Maybe you need it and uh, any of the rooms within the school. Certainly you can move that around. But we also see some like entertainment purposes with this too. We're working with a local brewery where there's a gre you do the brewery too. Are At the end of the brewery too, there's like a green screen and you can choose what background, like, what virtual background, you want, and then type in your email address, your credentials and then snapshot with know, their logo in the background or...

...have you know some of the big tanks and stuff like that. So it's it's pretty cool, pretty versatile to see because it's a windows machine with a camera, so the possibilities are endless and the hardware is really smooth, really really easy to use. So well, speaking of windows, you know, you know if there are some devices that are kind of purpose built for certain platforms. You know one is maybe certified for teams and what is certified for Zoom and all those things. Is this series the One? Quick is it's kind of software or platform agnostic? Yes, yes, so it does have because it's running windows Iot. You have the full capabilities of Windows operating system. But it's it's purpose built for the video collaboration piece and that it's got to launch your bar at the bottom. So you just touched that. And then there's a button that says video conference APPs, and right in there it has the ability to download zoom, Webex skype teams and I was a google meet or Google hangouts. So all five of those right from that button. So, as opposed to being purpose built around one platform, this is going to extend to your your main your main units or your your main platforms. But then also being a windows machine, if I have one of these at my desk. Im I'm an executive and I have one of these sitting right next to me. I could then launch other collaboration softwares like slack and put that on there as well, so you can have mouse and keyword connected right to it. If you're using it as maybe a thin client, cool, install your install your thin client right on there and then it can become an all in one desktop machine as well. So, uh, it's it's purpose built for the vertical that it plays in, which is really cool, as opposed to some heartwards purpose built for within its own little universe. So and so, how new is the product? First shipments came in April of April or May two. So when we're recording this it is a few months old...

...and it's I mean the scalability is awesome because with it being software, can grow the panel to something new. Hardware is wonderful. And, Deacon, the creativity is the is the limitation. With the brewery, one kind of came out of nowhere. That was that was some local ones. Yeah, that's interesting. Yeah, yeah, and a friend of ours who's he's one of the integrators in the area here. He calls up and he goes hey, we're working on this project and this could really work for that. I remember going to Vegas and seeing something kind of similarly like Oh, take your picture one of these establishments, and to hear that kind of coming locally was pretty cool. Yeah, and I think we've seen some of these stations, but you know, typically it was maybe a specialized photo booths type of thing that you had to put together. This is more of a one, an all in one solution for, you know, this entertainment purpose, the education use cases. I guess what I'm hearing then, is that, like you said, the limitations are just bound by your creativity kind of how you want to put it together and use it for your own space. Right, absolutely, and I think we got our gears turn in there. At the next in person event that we do, we need to bring one of these and have a virtue or have a real photo booth, virtual photo booth. I'll bring I'll bring the accessories, I'll bring with us the sunglasses lying around here. Oh goshore, exactly exactly. You know, let's talk about going back to this idea of bringing people together. I mean that's, of course the purpose of video collaboration tools. But what else? I mean. Are there there at Lge in your position there? Are there any other challenges that companies are looking to solve with video collaboration? But maybe is are there some other problems that you're hearing that, you know, our listeners might kind of jog their memory like you know what? Yeah, I'm hearing that people are trying to create a solution for X or they need help with why? I guess what are what are you here from your side? Yeah, yeah, so...

...you see, see, it's a broad and very fun term. So that the unified core communication collaboration piece and this plays very well within the totality of that environment. So LG e overall is going to have a lot of great display technologies. So when a corporate end user might ask, you know, how can we how can we help with internal messaging or internal collaboration, company or community employee engagement, it's a great way that in the conference room you could have digital signage maybe promoting hey, open enrollments coming around in a few weeks. Don't forget about our all hands in a couple of days. That digital signage messages in the conference room can also now play in the different digital scignace throughout the facility. So you can have a touch screen in the main lobby for wayfinding. One of our software partners actually uses this for a virtual assistant where you walk in or virtual receptionists. You Walk in, type in your name, I'm here to see so and so, and you can actually have a virtual assistant pop up and say, okay, I'll go dial bill. They'll be right up to get you. So you can have that same LG experience throughout the entire facility, the entire campus. And digital signance and employee engagement is really is really big. You know, how do you get your your employees more involved, more engaged and and tell them me what's what's coming up? We just actually we just unrolled the new a new well, one of the software part as we work with unrolled the new extension of that tool where you actually get a push notification on your desktop as well, so they can have that little pop up too. So kind of neat that you can communicate your message more effectively and we're really seeing HR embrace a lot of that technology now too, as opposed to just being on the marketing side. You're seeing that switch to HR and the communication from that side. So, as we start to wrap up our episode and and uh talking about all of the various uses for these video collaboration tools and uh and kind of what's what's new from Lge, we always ask our guests the same final question and that's where do you see technology going in the next year? So, Mike,...

...if you'll get that crystal ball out and uh and tell us where is this technology, or or really anything that you know that you've got an interest in, headed in the next year? I want to hear from Professor Mike. All right, so I have two answers. I have two answers and I know, I think I would love to go back and listen to the previous episodes that we've done just to hear how right or how wrong I am. And with this going in the archives, listen to it, you know, a few months from now and see am I anywhere near the realm of realistic I think we're gonna see from from this technology and embrace and simplification of the video collaboration. I think a lot of individuals still have the software at their desk, but as more companies grow that have that, we're either born in the cloud or have adopted long term hybrid strategy strategies. I think the simplification, the adoption of video conferencing is still going to be is still on its on the up and up. So having different, different tools, software, teams slack still that that paradigm shift from like outlook. So I think we'll start, we'll you will continue to see more and more of that. I'm really excited for that as well, because so much can be solved with a pickup of a phone as opposed to thirty seven emails and two meetings. So hopefully that then, from a personal technology standpoint, I really hope the wireless lawnmowers still become like the room of lawnmowers still coming. Yeah, I'm really excited about that technology because I'm looking out like, I know I have to mow my lawn, but it's coming up on the weekend, and so I'm really excited about that technology and I would love for a demo unit or something like that to see how they actually work. Yeah, that would be nice. Yeah, Europe, in Europe and Buffalo Right. Yeah. Yeah, so it would be great for you in the winters if, if you've got some stray grass that needs to be cut and for me in in Dallas, I would love that for the summers, so nobody has to get out there in a hundred and ten degree whether on the surface of the Sun. So what about room bus that shoveled? There you go. Alright, like a little, a little, I mean, yeah, they have them on on...

...robot God, the robot wars. Is that God? Yeah, yeah, it's got the little things that scoop up the people. So I mean the robots. So snow seems like a completely reasonable thing. Let's do it. Yeah, alright, I'm going with that bus snowblowers. Come on, here we go. That's our next episode. That's awesome. Thank you so much, as always, for having me on. I really appreciate it and thank you for the invite. Thank you, Mike. I love it. I love it, so glad to have the time and uh yeah, thanks for the insight. If our listeners wanted to find out any more follow up on anything that they heard about today, maybe even the robots, how can they reach out? Do you find me on twitter? It Mike on Display Um. Then L G also has a lot of great resources online and through our market various marketing programs and partner portals. So LG DOT COM, slash US slash business, but then also the Ingram team, LG team at Ingram, Mike Crow Dot com, Wonderful Resource, a lot of information on everything we talked about. So excellent. Thanks, Mike. Thank you, and thank you listeners for tuning in and subscribing to be two be tech talk with Ingram micro. If you liked this episode or have a question, please join the discussion on twitter with the Hashtag B two B Tech Talk. Until next time, I'm Shelby Scare Hawk. You've been listening to B two B tech talk with Ingram micro. This episode was sponsored by Ingram Micro's imagine next. B Two B tech talk is a joint production with sweet fish media and Ingram micro. Ingram micro production handled by Laura Burton and Christine Fan. To not miss an episode, subscribe today on your favorite podcast platform.

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