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Understanding Total Cost of Ownership for Video Wall Deployments


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Here's a quick and easy read about making the most of your video wall deployment and understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) that comes with it.

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Understanding Total Cost of Ownership for Video Wall Deployments

  1. 1. fdffffasd Video walls are a rapidly growing industry with many different solutions popping up all the time. As the market grows and the options available to customers increase, people are increasingly searching for the most cost-effective solution available. Once customers decide on the features they want in a video wall solution, they next need to figure out how much the total cost of ownership (TCO) will be. What comes with total cost? According to Gartner, TCO is a comprehensive assessment of information technology, or other costs across enterprise boundaries over time. For IT, TCO includes hardware and software acquisition, management and support, communications, and end-user expenses. It also includes the opportunity cost of downtime, training and other productivity losses. It’s common for customers to focus on costs they can easily see, like the upfront visible costs, but this often comes at the expense of hidden variable costs. Because many costs are hidden, including: • install • content creation • flexibility • adaptability over time Too often, customers zero in on the obvious costs such as displays, mounts and the video wall controller. Typically, very little consideration is even given to the money and time required for installation work, which comes immediately after the purchase. Copyright © 2015 Userful Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Understanding Total Cost of Ownership for Video Wall Deployments
  2. 2. fdffffasd Invest in your video wall hardware A/V installers are constantly looking for ways to eliminate costly, difficult and time-consuming work. This can range from finicky installations with inflexible controller systems, complex color calibration and cable routing, display alignment, and control mechanisms. With most video walls using traditional controllers, there can be a great number of hours devoted to alignment adjustment, routing the video and control cables, and configuring individual displays and other features across all of the displays comprising the video wall. This devours a lot of dollars in labor hours, often many times more than it would have cost to have purchased a simpler, more flexible controller system. It is also common for customers to choose inexpensive wall mounts with the idea that they are saving a bit of money, but not realizing that different video wall layouts require different mounts. These savings can be burned up through extra labor costs, even during the initial setup, let alone over the lifetime of the video wall. A high-end wall mount can deliver incredible value, particularly on grid video wall layouts where not all displays are accessible from an outside edge. Poorly mounted displays will also diminish the visual impact your video wall. If one display tilts down or slides sideways, it detracts from the whole video wall. For the best TCO outcome, customers should prioritize investments in the following order: 1. video wall controller 2. mounting system 3. glass 4. cabling How to solve cost-saving challenges There are new solutions that reduce overall costs for any business. Today not all video walls require an expensive video wall controller. Solutions by companies like Userful allow users to turn a standard PC into a video wall controller. This offers significant TCO savings as does drag and drop software that makes set up intuitive and easy. Userful Network Video Wall is an example of a new breed of AV solutions that use software and standard PC parts and hardware to make displays more intelligent and reduce customers TCO. This is an attractive approach for those wanting to eliminate complicated, expensive hardware and software while making video wall set-up and configuration simple. Copyright © 2015 Userful Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.