Saved by Smart Boards; Projects that would have failed

Smart boards take the business interactive process to a new level. They provide collaborators with the capability to share files, contribute ideas and become exponentially more productive. The outcomes of meetings are duly captured, meaning clear decision processes and more transparency. The technology even enables people in multiple locations to become active stakeholders in a dynamic, often very complex discussion.


The reality is that there are situations where it is incredibly difficult to get a positive outcome without the functionality of smart technology. In this piece we will look at some projects that would have failed, or may never have got off the ground, if it weren’t for the incorporation of smart boards as a central aspect of the group working process. This will help you understand the benefits that can be gained through the use of the technology.
London Scottish Rugby Club
The sporting environment is a fast paced, ever evolving place. When the new head Coach of London Scottish, Brett Taylor, took over in 2008 he faced a number of challenges in the project. Firstly, the club is amateur. This meant that there was a limited amount of time for training, with players juggling work with their rugby career. Secondly, the club’s ambitious goal was to improve on their 4th position in the division.

Brett explains that smart technology has enabled him to diversify training for different learning styles, make the most of times when pitch training was not possible, and even train players at away games. About 10% of Brett’s training time is on strategy and analysis; the smart technology enables the presentation of specific incidents and the ability to train in a dynamic way.

Over the following seasons the club achieved 3rd and 2nd positions in the league; an achievement that would have perhaps been beyond them without the increases in efficiency brought by smart board technology.

The Aviva Unification Project
Aviva is the 6th largest insurance company in the world. Their network has evolved into a company characterised by somewhat disjointed units, with infrastructure and technology that fails to unify and facilitate collaboration.

As part of the One Aviva vision, the Group CEO is seeking to unify the company, facilitating greater participation by remote workers, and a better work life balance.

Bridgit software enables participants to use a stylus, or gestures, to interact with a meeting through their iPads. Using smart technology Aviva have succeeded in bringing enhanced collaboration to employees throughout the organisation, around the world.

Smart boards have enabled Aviva to build an inclusive infrastructure. Without smart boards it is hard to see how the goals of the Aviva Unification Project would have been realised.

Turner Construction Complex Modelling
Turner construction manage over 1200 projects every year. They have integrated Smart Board technology to their processes to enable geographically dispersed teams to collaborate and make complex decisions. They often graphically model buildings and challenges in order to facilitate rich interaction.

When the company took on the Seattle Airport rental car park project there were some very complex issues. Chief amongst them was being able to fit everything required in the roof. The problem was that it was not possible to turn it into a trial and error project. They had to model exactly how everything was going to fit together. Getting it wrong could have been lead to catastrophic project failure.

Through the use of smart boards, and the 3D visualisation of different options, the teams were able to come to a unique decision. They ran the fire protection through the studs. Dwayne Goddard, the project manager, explains that the spatial planning in the roof was so complex that the project would likely have failed without the collaboration that was facilitated through smart board technology.

Efficiency, Productivity and Cost Savings
Smart boards make teams more efficient and more productive. They enable richer collaboration, more interactivity, better presentations and better outcomes. They also cut down on travel times, meaning quite dramatic cost savings in many businesses.

In today’s competitive environment companies need to do all they can to succeed. Smart boards provide the edge that is required when dealing with dispersed teams, complex strategic concerns, and the need to arrive at complex solutions and ideas.