November 9, 2016
Conference: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Room 1C01/1C02/1C03
Reception: 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Exhibit Hall floor

CTS: 3 CTS-D: 3 CTS-I: 3 Max: 3

Back by popular demand! This half-day conference addresses UCC trends and business challenges. A joint program by InfoComm International and IMCCA, panelists from the worlds of tech, finance, and government will speak on the challenges faced by CIOs and technology managers such as: how to build your collaboration rooms securely, choosing the best technology for your huddle rooms, and designing workspaces in New York City.

Collaborate concludes with a networking reception on the show floor and offers plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with the leading brands in conferencing.

Reserve your seat by adding the Collaborate Conference in registration to access all of the sessions below. Plus, you’ll get access to over 300 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall.

Collaborate Securely — Building Secure Collaboration Rooms and Systems in a World of Malware and Hackers

Over the past few years equipment manufacturers have engineered their products to use modern network connections to communicate with the other components in AV and collaboration rooms. Now not just the codecs, but displays, processors, cameras, control systems, audio systems and more — all need to ride on an IP network to operate. This has regrettably opened up the huge can of worms around security. While a few enterprises try to mitigate the potential damage by isolating the AV system network from their core network in some way, this is never a guarantee that components and/or users won’t cross over at some point, enabling the spread of malware. What should organizations be doing to protect themselves from this threat? What are manufacturers doing to make their systems safer? This session will provide practical and actionable advice from experts on how to cope in a malware infested world.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Learn about the vulnerabilities of legacy AV systems now that they ride on an organization’s network
  • Hear what changes are being made in technologies and best practices to cope with the rising threats
  • Discuss what you can do to prepare with a panel of experts

The Huddle Room — Identifying and Selecting the Best Emerging Technology Solutions

It has become clear that the AV and collaboration industries — and most organizations — have completely embraced the concept of the huddle room: a meeting space that holds only a handful of people as they collaborate together. Seemingly every manufacturer in the industry is making a huddle room solution. Some firms expect you to bring your PC/Mac/device to the room and connect it to peripherals that enhance the camera, display and/or sound. Other firms are building complete solutions for these smaller spaces that don't require any BYOD for conferencing and collaboration. How should professionals go about selecting the right technology for these now critical spaces?

Should people be expected to bring their devices to these rooms and use the simple convenience and flexibility of their own computer collaboration application – and run the risk of the hook-up and/or network connection not going very well, or should organizations use products that provide a complete experience in such rooms — costing more but ensuring that everything that is needed is already there?

During this session, attendees will:

  • Identify how this new generation of technology can increase business productivity and employee engagement
  • Understand the latest offerings in the space and what advantages they bring to the experience
  • Contrast the benefits and down-sides of BYOD based rooms vs. rooms that have all they need already installed

Collaborating in New York — How Local Organizations Optimize Their Technology to Meet Unique Local Needs

New York is a place where tourists look up at the tall skyscrapers and locals look down to make sure they’re not stepping in anything. Wall Street and the financial services industry is the engine that drives enterprise technology adoption across the Fortune 500. If one firm gains an edge through technology or innovation, you can rest assured the others will soon adopt. New York has global leadership in industries such as Financial Services, Legal Services, Fashion, Theater and many more. The fast paced and challenging environment drives New Yorkers to the height of their performance — and collaboration technology plays a tremendous part in that daily effort.

How do you recruit in such an environment? How do you leverage collaboration to decrease costs and improve productivity? How do you design your workspaces when real estate is at such a premium? This session will cover the tricks and tips needed to successfully collaborate using technology in this part of the world like no other. Remember, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…

During this session, attendees will:

  • Discuss the unique local culture and how peers in the area have supported it
  • Explore examples of the modern workplace and how firms have created environments to take advantage of the various technologies
  • Discuss future trends and how local organizations are planning to adapt to them


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