Is your business looking to unlock new levels of collaboration, creativity, and efficiency through technology? An Interactive touchscreen displays are perhaps the best option for delivering on the promise of immediate, long-term, and tangible ROI.

Touchscreen panels can transform bland PowerPoint pitches and presentations into interactive experiences that wow your audiences. They can also provide digital ideation and brainstorming tools that allow both onsite and remote teams to collaborate together easily. And many solutions offer a suite of useful business tools (such as limitless whiteboards, annotation tools, cloud conferencing service integrations, and more). All of these work together to enhance the everyday meeting and presentation.

Strategies for making the right investment in touchscreen panels

Not all interactive touchscreen panels are created equal, and many fail to deliver on promises and expectations due to inferior hardware, immature software, and/or complex integrations. The wrong solution can hinder your ability to collaborate, frustrate your employees, and even embarrass you in front of your customers or stakeholders when the technology does not work as expected.

To help you avoid a costly mistake and maximize your investment, here is an easy 6-step guide to help you choose the right interactive touchscreen panel solution for your business.

1. Look for a turnkey solution that lets you recognize value immediately.

Your ability to extract value from your investment can and should be recognized immediately. This means that the software and hardware should both work together in an intuitive and easy-to-use way out of the box. It means that the required training should be minimal.

As you’re exploring touchscreen solutions, the best way to be sure this is the case is to ask for a demo. As you interact with the touchscreen display directly, you will be able to see all of the various elements in action.

2. Look for a touchscreen display solution that works with all types of devices, platforms, and browsers.

Nothing is more frustrating than spending the first 5 or 10 minutes of a meeting trying to solve technical difficulties—getting the audio to work, connecting to the conference call, sharing the screen. Challenges in these areas and others are often the result of a poor choice of highly proprietary technology that works great if you only, always, ever use only exactly what the manufacturer recommends. It can also be the result of improper configuration.

Either way, today’s business does not and should not work that way. Every system and tool must work in reference to other systems. That is why you must choose a solution that is platform-agnostic. It should not care if you’re connecting with a Mac, Windows, or Linux device in the office or outside the office. If you want to connect an Apple TV just for fun, use the onboard computer, share your phone screen, or plug in a computer directly with an HDMI cable—no matter the approach, your solution should accommodate it.

3. Look for a solution that simplifies connectivity.

Another related sign of a mature platform is its ease of use when it comes to connectivity. Connectivity should not be limited to PCs vs. Macs, Firefox vs. Chrome, or Android vs. iPhone. No matter the device, you should be able to connect it quickly and easily. During your demo, be sure that your rep demonstrates how the system connects to a variety of devices.

A second, often overlooked, consideration when it comes to connectivity is making sure that your IT team is able to connect remotely to manage any and all of your devices. This is especially important for businesses with multiple campuses or large buildings. The ability to centralize remote support for all of your devices saves your team valuable time and resources in the event of a troubleshooting event.

4. Look for a touchscreen display solution that empowers flexibility and mobility.

Today’s conference rooms must support mobility and flexibility. When shopping for panels, think through the various scenarios your panels should support. For example, nearly all touchscreen technology should allow for the traditional conference room setup. But what if you want to modify the room to be more of a war-room style with a tabletop touchscreen panel? Or perhaps your panel needs wheels to move around the office? Now is your opportunity to envision what your technology should be for your business and see which solutions support your aspirations.

5. Look for a touchscreen display solution that empowers online collaboration.

Meetings and presentations have fundamentally changed in the past decade, and it is not uncommon for meetings to now take place with teams connecting both remotely and in person. With this new dynamic comes new challenges. As you look at the touchscreen panel’s software package, look for a solution that will help you close the participation gap of online and in-person participants.

This means that your solutions should support both online conferencing and whiteboarding. By enabling remote teams to participate in whiteboarding and brainstorming sessions, you will immediately see increased value and efficiency in your meetings.

6. Look for a touchscreen display solution that will grow with you

All of your technology solutions should support the natural flow and rhythm of your business as you grow and adapt to the constantly changing business landscape. That is why your panels should be well-supported with extensive documentation, resources, and support. Any software packages should also be well-support and frequently updated.
It’s also important to consider a platform that supports future add-ons, such as document cameras, web cameras, multiple ports for connecting devices, and remote management tools. By checking these boxes now, you will ensure the long-term success of your investment and empower your teams with the tools they need to work better each and every day.

Ready to see how Clear Touch meets these needs and many more? Our solutions are standing by and ready to talk! Contact us now.

June 21, 2019

Clear Touch Team

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