B2B Tech Talk with Ingram Micro
B2B Tech Talk with Ingram Micro

Episode · 3 years ago

Share Information Efficiently & Securely

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Technical difficulties are a presenter’s worst nightmare. 

With how far technology has come, shouldn’t there be an easier, more effective way to present information? 

We address this debacle with Kurt DeYoung, VP of Channel Sales at Barco. He offers a solution to two major obstacles we’re facing in the modern workplace:  

  1. The generational disconnect when it comes to virtual collaboration. 
  2. Meetings are taking up the majority of our days. We need the tech to operate smoothly.  

In this episode, we cover wireless presentation systems, team collaboration, and more. 

Follow Kurt on LinkedIn - Kurt DeYoung. 

I think one of the biggest things on the technology side is supporting the unique workforce environment. You're listening to be tob tech talk with Ingram Micro, the place to learn about new technology and technological advances before they become mainstream. This podcast is sponsored by dealink. Technology make your home smarter, safer and truly seamless. Let's get into it. Welcome to be tob tech talk with Ingram micro. I'm your host, Carrie Roberts, and our guest today is curred too young, the vice president of channel sales with Barco. Today we'll be discussing how to share information more efficiently. Welcome Kurt, so thrilled to have you here today. Thanks carry great to be here. So let's start with what are some of the common problems that companies or organizations run into when it comes to sharing information with one another, especially in a meeting or presentation situation?...

Well, that's a great question, because I think most businesses today are focused on increasing work workforce productivity and try to enable that through a rapidly changing technology stack. And at Barca we've been really studying the the workplace environment and workplace efficiency and meeting efficiency for the past couple of years. So we've spent a tremendous amount of time kind of digging into, you know, what makes people more efficient in the workplace and how do we create more connection and collaboration with the employees today in today's workforce, and what is what are some of the things that your company has found have been coming up that are some of the issues at meetings? Well, I think one of the big things is the generational change within today's workforce. Right. So you know, some of the studies out there show that, you know, by two thousand and twenty fifty nine percent of the global workforce is going to be in the millennium or generation Z employees and and having that generational gap between older employees and the younger...

...workforce. They're very different expectations with respect to workplace technology between those generational gaps. Right. The other thing is the prevalence of more and more meetings. I think if your schedule is like mine, you know you have tremendous amount of, you know, collaboration on various topics and meetings become, you know, the majority of your day and you want those to be as efficient as you possibly can make them. And can you give some examples of the different expectations that people would have in the workplace. So let's say somebody that's maybe twenty five versus somebody who's fifty five. Absolutely, I think the I think the younger generation is much more comfortable with with evolving technologies than the older work the older workforce. So I think one of the major things that they're looking for is this, you know, technology that's really tailored for how they want to work. There's a lot more virtual workplaces that exist today. I know that the majority of our employees are virtualized and they're not here in our Atlanta...

...office. So being able to stitch virtual workforces into meetings is really critical and the the growth of the huddle space, where it's just two or three people exchanging ideas or collaborating on a project, has become much more prevalent than it was even two or three years ago. Right as meeting as the as the workplace has evolved and people are renovating offices, they're really rethinking their space right and what they need to make sure that the workforce is able to meet in the types of environments that they need to to collaborate on projects. And there's a lot more smaller spaces today than there are six and eight person conference rooms. That's you know that we have far less of those in our meet in our environment here at Barco, compared with the huddle space, which is really designed for two or three individuals collaborating on a specific project. And, as you're talking about, you know, these are different spaces. We're not just doing meetings in an office where it's for our one place of work. We're...

...in coworking spaces where at home. How do we kind of keep things more secure when we're doing these meetings virtually or in person at various locations? Well, network securities a big is a big concern for a lot of people right. I mean every there's a lot of cyber there's a lot of cyber threats that are out there and there's a lot of tentativeness for it departments to put things onto, you know, in an enterprise network. So I think it's we've spent a lot of time on understanding it rules, understanding ID it deployment methodology and making sure that there's good flexibility in the solutions that are available there, you know, so that, regardless of what the IT security requirements are, you have to be able to kind of migrate around those or work within the rule sets that it departments are providing within an enterprise, and that really takes a tremendous amount of flexibility in the solution that you're picking for workplace technology.

Now Your Company, Barcow, has created a great solution for meeting and presentation efficiency called Click share. Can you talk about what click sure is and why it is so innovative? Well, could share is? Cut Share is probably is one of the products that's out there in the wireless presentation space, and we really established this market about six or seven years ago and now there's a number of different solutions that, do you know, perform similar functions. Right, we've really focused on is the user experience and how intuitive is using the technology, because, you know, one of the things that in our studies we found is that a tremendous amount of time is wasted trying to set a meeting up or trying to get things rolling right, whether it's using webax or other kind of unified communication platforms. Various people have various levels of savviness with those tools, right, and some people are used to using them on...

...a regular basis and some are not. But one of the things that we've focused on quite a bit with clok share is making the experience intuitive. So, you know, we're our product is really known for our button, right, which is a really easy usb interface which you push, you input into your PC and when it turns, you know, White, it's ready to share and you just press the button and that's a really intuitive experience for anyone in your workplace. But you know, but we also know that, you know, people sometimes, people don't want to use an exterior, you know, an external device of some type and in some environments, you know, it is turned off your USB port. So at this point we have, you know, an enterprise application as well as the button, and so allows click share really to fit in a broad deployments strategy regardless of, you know, rules and regulations of an individual Itt Department. Hey everyone, we hope you're enjoying this episode of Beb Tech Talk With Ingram micro. Let's pause for a moment to recognize our sponsor, dealing systems. Our network speed slowing you...

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...share would be like? So if I'm going into a meeting and there's eight people and someone's about to present, how would that kind of happen? So it's very straightforward, right, and I think so. It's a very straightforward process. Essentially, you have a an external doggle that is connected wirelessly to a base station that's connected to your flat panel monitor that's in that room or projector that's in that room. You Insert this into your USB port and it works with USPA or USBC. You know, ports on your PC. It loads a very light piece of software that is native to Windows, based on our most recent software update. So that process is easy. Windows installs a light driver and as soon as the button shows that it's activated, you press it and you're ready to share and your content goes up onto the screen and in many cases multiple people are sharing content at the same time. Right we're...

...brainstorming, we're debating different ideas. Were, you know, evaluating the cost of a more of a marketing plan or a launch plan. So we're looking at various pieces of data and with Click share you can share multiple, multiple information streams from multiple PCs simultaneously to really get to the meat of the meeting and make it as productive as we possibly can. And if you if you contrast that with the traditional meeting room technology where you've got a USB cable, that were hdmi cable, that's sticking out from the middle of the table and you're pushed and your inputting that into your pc and then trying to figure out how to get your monitor up on screen, and then someone else wants to do the same thing and that requires you to unplug the HDMI and handed across the table. The experience is significantly better and after once or twice of using click share it really becomes an intuitive experience in an intuitive process, whether you're a technology oriented worker like myself or you're a senior leader within the business who may or may not be as tech savvy as some of the frontline workers,...

...and that experience really carries over. So that's one thing that we've really focused on, is making sure that the user experiences is seamless as possible. And what are the requirements that a company or a person would need in order to use this? Really none. That's one of the greatest things. It doesn't have to be on the network. It doesn't require it to be network enabled in any way, shape or form, and that's why a lot of companies in high security kind of segments, banking, defense, healthcare, other segments where network security is really serious, because the information that they're that sitting on their network is so confidential, they've really gravitated towards click share because it doesn't require that network connectivity. However, there's great network deployment strategies that are native in Click share. If companies do want to integrate it into the network and expand, you know, expand the capabilities of sharing using the APP and other features and functionality related to management and active management and analytics if they want to...

...go in that direction. But that's one of the great things about clik share is it provides the user with a great degree of freedom with respect to how they want to use it, how they want to deploy it and how the users can interact with with click share in meeting rooms. And can people use is virtually you're talking about earlier. A lot of people have remote teams. Can it be used in that way as well? Well, we're still working on that right so integrated into unified communication platforms like zoom or Webex but you know, I think people when they're remote, they're sharing through one of those types of platforms, a screen sharing through one of those types of platforms. And and really today click share is primarily focused on the physical meeting room environment and then we're still relying on traditional UC tools to engage the remote worker. I mean this also works really well at conferences, I would assume too, exactly, because conferences, you know, you have multiple people that are presenting...

...information and sequence or you do have people that are that are maybe not as familiar with particular kind of presentation systems and because it's so intuitive, it really is, has become a popular solution in those environments to where you know people are coming from another company and with a quick explanation, you know that that presenter can get their content on screen really easily. So if people have questions about being able to be more efficient in their meetings or their conferences for you personally, or about clique share, where can they learn more online or on social media? Well, I'll tell you what. We have got the great amount of information on our website, which is wwwoom Marcocom. That's Beaar CEOCOM. They're welcome to to contact me at on Linkedin. You can find me out there Kurt Dung, Kuret Dey Ou and g where. They can hit...

...me up on twitter at Kurt de Young, first name, last name, no spaces, and I'm happy to to address any questions or get you in contact with any of our specialist here at the business around Click share. Great, and the last question I have for you is where do you personally see technology going in the next year? Well, I think we're I think what we're going to see in technology is how do we how do we really make technology as intuitive as we possibly can? If we think about how we integrated into the network infrastructure, that's a major issue. How do we support byod because in a lot of companies they're not providing laptops anymore. They're providing you with an allowance and you provide your own device. And also, I you know, I may prefer to hold information on my telephone or my tablet and I don't bring my laptop. So the biod concept is is really important. The other really important thing is some people just they travel differently in the workplace right some people carry a pad and pen and their phone and they have a...

...lot of information that's that's stored locally. So I think one of the biggest things on the technology side is supporting the unique workforce environment and we continue to do a lot of research around, you know, workspace, workstyle, workplace and workforce and we're trying to really drive the development of our the click share platform, in all of these four directions based on the information that we're getting from from users, through research and through interviews to make sure that we understand their needs and the product is really delivering value to them and it's not just technology for technology saying well, thank you, curd. This was a great information on how we can be a little bit more efficient in our meetings and thank you for sharing your knowledge about click share as well. Absolutely happy to do it and thank you for the opportunity carry if you like this episode or have a question, join the discussion on twitter at Ingram Textul with the Hashtag be to be tech talk. Thank you for tuning in and subscribing to be to be tech talk with Ingram micro. You've been listening to be tob tech...

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