HPE sets up smart conference rooms with Microsoft's office tech

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced the availability of Modern Workspace, a smart conference room service built in collaboration with leading technology and service providers. The solution provides a cloud-based mobile reservation app, one-touch Skype Meetings join for instant in-room collaboration, and indoor navigation powered by HPE Aruba Meridian. With the new solution, HPE Enterprise Services plans to spearhead smart conference room setups to simplify meeting arrangements and enhance employee collaboration by leveraging the next generation of Microsoft Skype Room Systems. This includes a center-of-room control device that creates an intuitive Microsoft Skype for Business meeting room experience – in conjunction with room management and audio/video accessories including those from EventBoard and Logitech. HPE Modern Workspace “The need to collaborate with people in different locations continues to increase but organizations typically have many meeting rooms that are not equipped to facilitate high quality interactions,” said Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager, Office Partner Marketing, Microsoft Corp.
“The next generation of Skype Room Systems enables a complete Skype for Business meeting room experience in practically any meeting space with a display or projector. We are excited to see HPE take the lead on bringing this transformative technology to our customers by integrating Skype Room Systems into their services offering.”

A means to decrease employee frustration

According to HPE, enterprises are under competitive pressure to support a technology-reliant workforce with the tools and services needed to provide employees with a consumer-like experience and increase organizational productivity. HPE claims that its Modern Workspace is a collaboration solution that bridges the physical and virtual worlds. It employs usage analytics and automation to significantly improve conference room utilization and decrease employee frustration from empty-but-reserved rooms. The solution focuses on an intuitive user experience to optimize productivity and conference room utilization by providing:
  • End-to-end Service – Advisory, planning, design, deployment, support, and management services supporting all Modern Workspace components including Office 365 or hosted Skype for Business.
  • Instant on Collaboration – Skype Room Systems improves meeting effectiveness through a touch-screen interface that joins meetings in seconds and connects to existing room monitors or projectors.
  • Streamlined Meeting Space Management – Easy-to-use employee meeting tools, coupled with motion-based intelligence and analytics, that guide users turn-by-turn to available rooms.
  • Remote Participant Engagement – Clear audio & crisp high definition video drive richer collaboration across local and remote participants.
“HPE Enterprise Services Modern Workspace is ideal for any company because it optimizes meeting space utilization through detection of actual usage while enhancing worker productivity,” said Sandeep Bhargava, General Manager, Enterprise Services, South East Asia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
“We equipped some of our own conference rooms with the next generation of Microsoft Skype Room Systems as a test bed for the Modern Workspace solution and our experience shows 5-10 minutes of time savings per-meeting locating and reserving a meeting room for adhoc collaboration. Meetings started 75 percent faster with local and remote users claiming a richer audio, video, and content sharing experience.”
The company revealed that Modern Workspace solution will be available in November 2016.

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