The beginning of a new decade is a great time to reevaluate business as usual. Just because a communication solution has worked well enough in the past doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore new methods for optimization. With 2020 right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to rethink how teams can best connect within an ever-changing professional landscape.

Here are 5 must-have elements that will bring your organization’s collaboration tools firmly into the 21st century, where it belongs:


Microphones should meet your needs, not the other way around. Consider implementing models that incorporate Beamtracking™, a technology built with three 120-degree zones, adding up to 360 degrees of coverage. This means that as a talker moves around the room, exiting the range of one zone and entering another, the mic seamlessly shifts to ensure the signal remains unbroken which intelligently mix voices from around the meeting room. Their low-profile construction also contributes to a distraction-free communication experience.


Say goodbye to speakerphones and other conferencing devices that are merely ‘good enough’ by investing in quality loudspeakers built for exceptional speech reproduction. While premium loudspeakers deliver exceptional results on their own, when paired with advanced PoEpowered amplification, they achieve enhanced performance while also saving space and reducing cabling throughout the room.


Make sure “need to know” discussions are kept to those who actually need to know. Incorporating sound masking solutions within your workplace guarantees enhanced speech privacy, greater focus, and a better conferencing experience overall. As mentioned in a previous blog post, office noise is the single biggest source of dissatisfaction in the workplace. By emitting a low-level background hum, sound masking adds an aural layer to the environment that serves to both obscure and soothe, depending on your needs. 


The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That’s why you should dispense with the miles of convoluted, invasive cabling most likely snaking its way through your conference room in favor of a single cable type. Installed with category cabling, these systems cut traditional install times in half and makes troubleshooting a breeze, resulting in streamlined, meeting-ready rooms in record time.


Today’s best collaboration tools should also include the means to monitor and review system statuses remotely and quickly respond if problems are detected. This flexibility provided by system management software helps reduce operating costs, call outs for maintenance technicians, and provides your organization with greater visibility into its audiovisual technology.