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2022 INTEGRATION AWARDS
VSGi: Williams
When an integrator and a vendor partner come together,
clients can achieve heretofore-unattainable levels of
success. By Dan Ferrisi
WILLIAMS IS A FORTUNE 500 company
that's responsible for handling 30% of the
natural gas in the U.S. that's used to heat
homes, cook food and generate electricity.
For more than a century, the Williams name
has been associated with energy, innovation
and trust. Williams works closely with
customers to provide the necessary infrastructure
to serve growing markets, as well
as to deliver natural gas products safely and
reliably to fuel the clean-energy economy.
Williams' Jesse Young, collaboration
systems architect, and Tom Wedding, supervisor
infrastructure, wanted to improve
the videoconferencing experience in their
training areas and conference rooms by
outfitting those spaces with devices certified
for use with Microsoft Teams software.
After exploring competitive solutions,
Williams determined that Crestron Flex
and XiO Cloud would deliver the necessary
collaboration tools, technical support and
device management for those spaces.
Although this project began pre-pandemic,
the ability both to connect dispersed teams
virtually and to provide remote technical
support to any office have proven invaluable
in these unusual times.
Crestron Flex is a scalable solution that
enables Williams to continue to expand
with collaboration technologies throughout
its office. Crestron Flex has helped create
a highly effective conferencing experience
for connecting teams whose members are
currently working onsite and remotely because
of the pandemic. Williams has been
able to leverage its larger rooms to safely
host the executive leadership team in-person;
at the same time, the group can bring
in remote participants with Crestron Flex.
Building on this success, the Williams
team is beginning to expand its capabilities
to round out the intelligent office experi22
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ence. Both the Williams IT team and the
employees who utilize the technology daily
are being very well served.
Integrator Insights
Naturally, a highly skilled and client-focused
integrator partner was essential to
pulling off Williams' vision of an improved
collaboration experience. That is where
VSGi comes in. The nationwide, end-toend
AV integration firm focuses heavily on
collaboration technologies. VSGi has been
in the audiovisual business for 30 years, and
it has established a history of consulting,
designing, implementing and providing
post-installation support services.
The integrator boasts customers across
many verticals, including commercial,
federal, healthcare and education. It takes
a product-agnostic consultative approach,
thus ensuring that the solution developed
is based on the client's objectives and
requirements. What's more, VSGi takes
pains to surround the client with a team of
engaged experts who, collectively, bring
decades of experience.
VSGi's history with Williams stretches back
to 2017. The integrator played a pivotal role
in effectuating a technology refresh at Williams'
Tulsa, Okla. location. The conversation
soon turned to connecting remote workers
in all offices. That discussion then evolved to
supporting the company's need to reintroduce
workers back to the office while,
simultaneously, supporting a hybrid-work
model throughout the company.
VSGi worked closely with Williams to
develop and implement a flexible technology
plan, and it provided the client with solutions
for all workers - without regard to
their location or job function. The integrator's
team conceived the complete design,
while also developing plans for product
Williams needed not to equip one impressive
meeting room, but, instead, to deliver
a standard that would provide that same
level of quality to every space in which
people congregate.
acquisition, installation and training.
VSGi provides Williams with investment
protection through ongoing maintenance
and onsite technical-support services. VSGi
partnered with Crestron to provide the core
AV equipment for all spaces to accommodate
core client requirements. VSGi chose
Crestron because of the company's breadth
of product offerings, as well as the products'
reliability.
Equal Quality Across Spaces
The project's scope was quite ambitious.
Williams needed not to equip one impressive
meeting room, but, instead, to deliver
a standard that would provide that same
level of quality to every meeting space.
After exploring competitive solutions,
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