AVI-SPL Named “Best Newcomer – Americas” by Videxio

Videxio Partner Summit award recognizes AVI-SPL for outstanding growth in customer revenue and pipeline

TAMPA, Fla. — October 19, 2018 – AVI-SPL, a global service provider specializing in communications and collaboration technology, was recognized today at Videxio’s 2018 Global Partner Summit in Oslo, Norway. AVI-SPL received the award as Best Newcomer for the Americas region, building on the excellent field sales engagement, pipeline development, and early sales success in the first year of partnering with Videxio.

“We are thrilled to honor AVI-SPL for its early success as a Videxio partner,” said Lauren Eustace, Videxio director of channel sales, Americas. “The AVI-SPL team truly understands the value of cloud-based communications and has been very quick to embrace and promote the service to their customers. We look forward to continuing to build a successful relationship between our companies.”

“ We are appreciative of this recognition. With AVI-SPL Symphony VCaaS service powered by Videxio, we have the ability to help customers migrate to the cloud for their video collaboration, especially with older video systems,” said Chris Bottger, AVI-SPL’s vice president of service offerings development. “Our goal is to help our customers achieve their business outcomes by delivering a global experience second to none. This partnership opens up the opportunity to integrate our AVI-SPL Symphony management platform to deliver new experiences previously not possible”

The AVI-SPL Symphony VCaaS service powered by Videxio today connects customers in more than 195 countries and 12,000 cities to deliver simple, reliable video meetings from anywhere. This includes a flexible video meeting service, a global cloud network to host video endpoints, and interoperability gateways for Skype for Business and Google Hangouts Meet. Learn more at AVISPL.com.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global business partner providing AV and UC technology solutions and award-winning managed services to create vibrant, collaborative experiences and transformative innovations. With the industry’s most certified experts, AVI-SPL’s highly-trained team works hand-in-hand with organizations worldwide to strategize, design, deploy, manage and support AV and UC solutions that improve business outcomes through enhanced employee and customer experiences. Visit AVISPL.com to learn more, or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Videxio

Videxio is a cloud video and collaboration provider that makes business communication easy, fun, and productive. Our video meeting and calling service seamlessly connects devices and users through the cloud for professional videoconferencing. Built on a dedicated global video network, Videxio is interoperable with video systems, extends the reach of Skype for Business, and offers live streaming and recording. Learn more at Videxio.com.

Kayas Cultural College and Microsoft Surface Hub

Kayas Cultural College is a First Nations college located in Northern Alberta, Canada. They prepare adult students living within the three communities of Little Red River Cree Nation with the necessary academic skills to pursue higher education or enter today’s evolving workforce.

By partnering with AVI-SPL (formerly Sharp’s Audio Visual), Kayas Cultural College was equipped with three 84-inch Microsoft Surface Hubs, to achieve dynamic distance learning across hundreds of kilometers in the northern reaches of Canada.

The 84-inch Microsoft Surface Hub is a group collaboration device that integrates videoconferencing, presentation, digital whiteboard capabilities, and runs Windows 10 UWP applications. Having one Surface Hub in each of the school’s classrooms allows Kayas instructors to present information and interact directly on the screen with students at all three locations simultaneously.

Little Red River Cree Nation has started utilizing the high-tech learning environment at Kayas with community members collaborating and holding meetings using the Surface Hubs. In fact, the local government is planning to purchase three new Surface Hubs for Chief and Council management.

To learn more about Kayas’ transformation thanks to Microsoft technology view the case study produced by Microsoft here or download the PDF.

AVI-SPL Acquires Sharp’s Audio Visual, Becomes First National Provider of AV and Collaboration Technology Solutions in Canada

Merger strengthens AVI-SPL’s global presence with addition of top talent and resources to provide innovative technology for collaborative workplace environments

TORONTO – October 4, 2017 –  AVI-SPL, the global leader in transformative audio visual  and collaboration technology, today announced the acquisition of Canadian integration firm Sharp’s Audio Visual (“Sharp’s”), becoming the first national provider of AV and collaboration technology solutions in Canada. With the addition of Sharp’s to its existing operation in Canada, AVI-SPL will significantly enhance and expand its ability to design, build, manage, and support collaboration technology deployments for organizations throughout Canada and around the world.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Sharp’s has eight locations across six provinces in Canada. Founded in 1923, the company is a trusted technology solutions partner for many of today’s most recognizable organizations worldwide.  Sharp’s 94-year history of success is linked to its dedication and track-record of innovation, and commitment to its customer’s needs. Together as one, AVI-SPL and Sharp’s will optimize these values to provide transformative technology that creates meaningful experiences and brand value for its clients across Canada and around the world.

“Our goal was to substantially increase our local presence and resources throughout Canada, to provide best-in-class services and responsiveness for our customers, while further enhancing our global delivery capabilities to assure a consistent customer experience worldwide,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “The Sharp’s team brings vast experience, talent and reach to our team, and I am incredibly excited to have them joining our AVI-SPL family.”

Following the merger announcement, current Sharp’s’ customers will be provided 24/7 Global Help Desk support and new remote monitoring and management capabilities via AVI-SPL’s Unify ME Symphony platform to proactively assess the health and usage of their collaborative environments worldwide. The companies’ unification will form the industry’s most certified team of engineers and technicians in Canada and worldwide, a valuable offering that intrigued each firm from the beginning.

“We were eager to jump on this exceptional opportunity to enhance our local offering, and to provide a truly global solution for our multinational customers based in Canada,” said Jeff Faber, president and CEO of Sharp’s. “We are looking forward to the new capabilities and experiences we’ll  be able to provide for our customers.”

For more information, visit AVISPL.com.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global business partner providing organizations worldwide with transformative AV and UC technology solutions and award-winning managed services to create meaningful experiences and brand value for its customers.  With a passionate team, including the industry’s most certified experts, we design, build, manage, and support collaborative workplace environments that bring people together and spark success. Visit AVISPL.com to learn more, or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Sharp’s Audio Visual

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Sharp’s Audio Visual has been serving the Canadian audio visual marketplace since 1923 through its branch offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Sharp’s specializes in the design and integration of audio visual systems technology for meeting and collaborative spaces, digital signage solutions, classroom technologies and lecture theaters.