Solstice: consider the total cost of ownership
Like any technology that one buys these days, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership. In the case of Solstice, your business will have to pay 20 percent of the purchase price again, every year, just to keep the technology up to date.
As part of its commitment to business, ClickShare customers not only receive free firmware updates but also complimentary management tools. These include Button Manager and XMS Management Platform, an administration tool that updates and manages your ClickShare and ClickShare Conference devices remotely and conveniently and gives you insightful analytics to further improve your collaborative meeting room solutions.
Here’s how the total cost of ownership for ClickShare and Solstice breaks down:
Collaboration is all about the experience
ClickShare’s user experience is simple and intuitive. There are no multi-step instructions. No training. No manuals. Just seamless connecting to the room's AV setup and easy content sharing to the meeting room screen. The clue is in the name: you simply click the Button or ClickShare App and start your meeting instantly. This ease of use saves time and helps you make the most of the time you’ve booked for meetings, inculding your remote and hybrid meetings. Acceptance by your visitors is pretty much instantaneous. Since ClickShare offers free updates, you are always sure to have working units available in your meeting rooms. With ClickShare users have the freedom to chose between plug & play sharing with a Button or work flow integration with an App (for both laptop & desktop as for mobile devices). In fact combining both in one and the same meeting offers a richer and interactive way of collaboration.
The Solstice approach is to be as feature-rich as possible. Unfortunately, many of these extras mean little to the user and don’t make collaboration any easier. By overloading the user with complicated or distracting features, like room scheduling, complex lay-outing, the need of mobile apps to be able to annotate and RSS feeds, the sharing experience becomes more confusing than it needs to be. The danger to have obsolete units is real if your business doesn’t keep up its subscription to firmware updates.