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4 Infrastructure Considerations to Prepare for the Next Disruptive Disaster

During a recent episode of SDVoE LIVE! titled “AV Disaster Prep: How Ready Are You?”, Justin Kennington, President, SDVoE Alliance spoke with Rachael Harris, Sr. Infrastructure Engineer – Event Video Streaming about the importance of having a strong infrastructure foundation to be prepared to adjust working operations when we encounter the next disruptive disaster. Here are 4 key area Justin and Rachael discussed:

  1. Infrastructure is readiness. Your infrastructure is the foundation which will allow you to best respond to the next imminent disruption to your business due to circumstances beyond your control. And it is not “if” but “when” the next disaster occurs. If your infrastructure is not solid you could be in trouble.
  2. What is AV infrastructure? Justin wondered aloud,When I think of AV infrastructure, I’m thinking about the category cables in the walls, maybe I’m thinking about a few of the boxes that plug in there.” But guessing it’s more than that. Rachael commented, “In AV is there are so many more pieces of infrastructure than just the wires in the wall.” You also need to consider the nodes, equipment, and services—and the people who run and manage the infrastructure. “I think it’s more than equipment, it’s systems and how do the equipment and the operations come together” to help you accomplish what you need to get done.
  3. Don’t overlook infrastructure planning. It is important to take time to plan and brainstorm around infrastructure and implementations. Rachael advised all organization to look at the adjustments and pivots that happened in the last two years and the new technologies that many organizations and end users needed to embrace to continue to work. This gets back to point #1. Don’t assume all operations will go back to normal and that we will not longer needs Zoom Rooms or Teams Meetings. “Take the time now to get the team together to brainstorm what your big, giant, no restrictions of time or money vision is.” Rachael recommended asking yourself , “What do we want this to look like? And how do we want it to be?” This vision then acts a guideline to help you plan your resources. And it you’d looked at it through the lens of the last two years’ experience, may help you avoid pitfalls.
  4. Bring end users into the design process. Typical AV projects include designers, AV specialists, systems engineers, the builder, and the client who is sponsoring the initiative, but often fail to include the end user who will utilize the space or installation until after the build is done. So, ask end users what their workflow will look like in the space, where do they want which buttons, etc. Considering functionality in the design and preconstruction process ensures the end result will meet the needs of the actual users of the installation.

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