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Nureva Span System – Span Software

Start collaborating in seconds using Nureva’s newest technology; Nureva Span System. The Nureva Span Software is a cloud-based solution that bridges the gap between pixel and paper. It offers an expansive digital canvas allowing others to take notes, sketch images, share creative ideas and solve problems. Unlike other conventional software, Span requires no user guide whatsoever. This means you can start collaborating instantly, allowing you to focus strictly on your ideas, and not the technology.

 

 

Design thinking: Create a digital space where problems are defined (and redefined), ideation is inclusive and design reviews are simple and collaborative. With Nureva Span System, you’ll gather the best ideas from your teams and then work through them together, all on the same cloud-cased canvas.

 

Agile: Trade in your sticky-note wall for a digital solution that takes the best aspects of paper-based processes and brings them into the digital age. The Nureva Span System helps agile teams to visualize workflow as they collaborate, keeping them on track and aligned whether in the same office or distributed across the world.

 

K-12 education: Help every student develop the skills they need for future success. Rather than passively consuming information, learners can capture their thoughts on personal devices, share them on an expansive canvas and then work with classmates to deepen understanding.

 

Learn more about Nureva Span here and contact us to come see it in person!

 

 

Steelcase and Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface Hub

Creative Spaces featuring the Surface Hub, from Steelcase and Microsoft

Creativity isn’t just for artists and musicians anymore: it’s for everyone. Although it is often surrounded by an aura of mystery and unattainability, creativity is a process in which we can all engage and a characteristic that we can all encourage in each other. The new partnership between Steelcase and Microsoft is all about exploring how the thoughtful integration of places and technology can support the ways people create.

Steelcase and Microsoft have introduced an array of “Creative Spaces” featuring the Surface Hub to help people generate new ideas, solve problems, and keep them moving forward. There are five different categories of “Creative Space”, each harnessing the powers of the place and design in a unique fashion in order to foster a particular kind of creative energy.

The Focus Studio: A solo workspace, configurSteelcase Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface Hubed with V.I.A walls to keep out ambient noise and reduce visual distraction, while also featuring AirTouch and Miracast to facilitate quick shifts for bouts of two-person consultation.

 

 

The Duo Studio: Steelcase Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface HubDesigned for pairs in ongoing collaboration, Ology tables and Umami lounges provide many easily reconfigurable options to keep the energy flowing, and allowing for space for others to join in when the time is right. The Surface Hub’s “I’m Done” security feature also removes content from the previous session, encouraging rapid starts for new collaboration.

 

The Ideation Hub:Steelcase Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface Hub An active, high-tech destination that encourages participation and contribution from co-located or distributed teammates. Stool height seating encourages movement and interaction with the Surface Hub, which is integrated with V.I.A. walls to both provide unparalleled privacy and focus while also enhancing remote participation via Skype for Business.

 

The Maker Commons: SocialiSteelcase Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface Hubzing ideas and rapid prototyping are key elements in the modern creative process. This space supports a range of postures – seated, standing, lounging, perching — encouraging movement and flow between conversation, experimentation, and concentration. Brody WorkLounges create a cocooning micro-environment within the open plan to sketch or take notes on Surface Pro4 when inspiration strikes.

 

The Respite RoSteelcase Microsoft Creative Spaces Surface Hubom: When it comes to working creatively, being able to relax and recharge is just as important as active group work, and that is what this space is all about. Relaxed postures support diffused attention and allow the brain to wander, which can lead to ‘eureka!’ insights, while V.I.A. walls create acoustic privacy and visual relief, allowing the brain to rest, form new connections and access spontaneous ideas.

The Microsoft Surface Hub, a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally,  is central to the design of all of the different Creative spaces.

Surface Hub enables engaging and productive meetings with its large multi-touch display, responsive pen and inking experience, built-in video conferencing and on-board Office apps. You can walk up and join a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap, and share content effortlessly, so that you spend your time connecting to people rather than technology. And since you can easily send meeting notes and content after your meeting ends, you can save time and effort by instantly communicating outcomes and action points.

Contact us at info@waldners.com to bring the Surface Hub and “Creative Spaces” to your office and transform the way you work.

Check out this video about Creative Spaces with Microsoft Hub!

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Casper Cloaking Technology

Invisibility! Cloaking! No, we’re not talking about a superhero movie, but rather Designtex’s newest innovation, Casper! What is it you might ask?

Well, Casper is a transparent sheet which covers the exterior portion of glass with a variety of different designs (15 to be exact). 

The inside is also covered but with a different film the company calls  “ a cloaking film.” Here’s the cool part, this “cloaking film” blocks the wavelengths of light emitted by LED and LCD screens. While screens stay camouflaged, the rooms inhabitants, their movements, and their facial expressions remain visible. According to Andy Graham, the Designtex consultant who developed Casper, it’s the digital version of what used to be blinds and curtains.

Here’s a quick video highlighting exactly how incredible this new technology really is!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping The Relationship Fresh: Waldner’s & CA Technologies

KEEPING THE RELATIONSHIP FRESH

How a dealer and client make the best of generational and economic evolution.

CA Technologies is one of the largest independent software corporations in the world. Solutions from CA Technologies enable customers to manage and secure IT environments and deliver more flexible IT services to the business faster. Headquartered in Islandia, Long Island, the company maintains 150 offices in more than 45 countries. CA has been a customer of Waldner’s for 15 years.

CA Technologies philosophy centers on their idea of “SmartSpace” – harmoniously blending people, space, and technology. Jeanette Sabino, Principal Workplace Strategist at CA corporate is responsible for furniture specification and ordering for the many locations. Her goal is to enable employees, through IT and space, to be the most productive, collaborative and innovative they can be. Recently their projects have been as a direct result of lease expirations. They look at the site makeup and assess the current and future needs of the employees. How many will commute into the office versus the number that will tele-work or share workspace. Corporate Real Estate uses employee demographics of the workforce and business needs to make decisions on location.

c:scape furniture accommodates smaller workstation footprints without panels, creating a more open environments that supports both individual work and spontaneous discussion.

Jeanette, a workplace strategist then engages Waldner’s in the specification process. The most recent SmartSpace™ project was a reset of their Plano, Texas office. By implementing SmartSpace™, CA was able to reduce their footprint from 133,000 to 77,000 sq ft upon lease renewal. Waldner’s helps assess their needs by conducting a Workplace Survey in conjunction with Steelcase. Surveys are an excellent way to engage employees in efforts to change the work environment. CA’s approach is to engage their customer and find out what their needs are. Their original layout consisted of 80% personal work space. After evaluating the survey results they realized that more collaborative space was needed for their workers. The new layout would consist of 65% personal or “me” space and 35% collaborative or “we” space.With this information the Waldner sales and design team work together to configure the optimal layout for the client.

Once the install has been completed, Waldner’s and CA host a soft opening to aid employees with a smooth transition to their new environment. Employees are encouraged to get comfortable with the new furniture and technology and taught how to best make use of it. They are appreciative of the space because they had a say in how it was designed.


CA considers Waldner’s a turnkey solution. The tech company chose Waldner’s because of their networking capabilities, ability to source local installation companies and other products.  They are able to draw on their industry experience and knowledge of the latest products to offer custom solutions to any design or logistics challenge.  “We come up with a problem, they provide us a solution” says Jeanette. Years ago, before technology integration into furniture was common, CA was mounting large AV equipment into conference tables. In response to this void in the market, the Waldner’s team designed a custom trough in CA’s conference tables and it has since then become standard in all of CA’s offices. Manufacturers followed suit with fully integrated products since. Forward thinking, tackling challenges, and embracing constant evolution is both the approach of Waldner’s and CA and explains their successful partnership.