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Having a workspace without technology is like having a car without wheels. It might be comfortable, but it’s hard to move forward.
Earlier this year Steelcase and Microsoft teamed up to make integrating collaborative technology into workspaces even simpler with the new Microsoft Surface Hub. The technology allows multiple people to interact with the screen, share content, and even video conference. In essence, it’s like having the Surface, Xbox, Windows, Office, Azure, and Cloud all in one place.
And now McWaters is a certified Microsoft Hub seller.
Integrating technology into a space is nothing new for McWaters. Their unique, collaborative approach pulls together experts from each of their four service lines, furniture, flooring, audiovisual, and relocation on every project. So, when the team first got wind that they would be able to offer their customers Microsoft Surface Hubs, they knew they could handle it confidently.
“We know workspaces, we know client workflows, we know where this device will and will not achieve the client's goals,” said Michael Sweeny, Director of Technology Operations. “Since we specialize in relocation, we can also do the required site survey to make sure this device will fit in the elevator, the stairwell, and most importantly the room where it will be used.”
Once the McWaters team and the customer decide the Surface Hub is the right solution, then the design team starts coming up with products and layouts to support the tool. Currently, the only ADA approved way to mount the Surface Hub is on the Steelcase VIA Wall.
"The VIA is great," said Whitney McMackin, Director of Design. "We can use it to create spaces for focus, rest, and collaboration."
The end result is a space where a customer's team can get together, collaborate, and then use those ideas to further their business goals.
“We already have some customers who have bought the tool and we’re excited to get it installed for them,” said Sweeny. “It’s going to greatly increase their ROI on their existing Microsoft products and cut the time it takes to deploy their systems and get their users trained.”