The 9th Annual Indiana Rural Public Policy Forum starts tomorrow January 17, 2012 at he Hyatt Regency Cosmopolitan Ballroom, at One South Capital Avenue, Indianapolis. STL Communications, a Silver Sponsor from St Louis will be showing Avaya phone systems, support and maintenance for rural healthcare. See how communication and collaboration can change the way your hospital communicates
STL COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT – Southwestern Illinois College student Arik Browning of Chester, second from right, is the recipient of the STL Communications Inc. Technology Scholarship, awarded to a full-time student seeking a degree in computers. More than 200 scholarships funded by businesses, individuals and organizations in the community were awarded through the college Foundation for the 2011-2012 academic year. To apply for Foundation scholarships, visit SWIC.edu/foundation, or call 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5518, for more information.
Visit Avaya @ Booth #5345 – Sands Expo Hall DAvaya at HIMSS12
Avaya has healthcare innovations to improve the patient experience and patient care outcomes – whether at the hospital or offsite.
At HIMSS12, Avaya will demonstrate how Avaya Healthcare Solutions enhance the patient experience, support telehealth capabilities, increase staff mobility and collaboration, communication-enable healthcare applications and workflow, and improve operational and clinical efficiencies.
We welcome you to join us to learn more about Avaya Healthcare Solutions by visiting Avaya’s booth #5345 and speaking with one of Avaya’s healthcare communications and collaboration experts.
Visit Avaya at Booth #5345 – Sands Expo Hall D
Avaya, a proud Platinum Corporate member of HIMSS, and its ecosystem partners will demonstrate solutions that address all stages of the patient care experience, including; preventative, preadmission, admission, care, discharge, and post-discharge care.
• Tuesday, February 21, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
• Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 6:00 pm
• Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Additionally, visit Avaya at Booth #5345 for a chance to win a $500 Apple Gift Card.
Guided Booth Tours and Executive Meetings
To schedule a guided booth tour or to book an executive meeting, please contact Eugene Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 972-745-5556. Alternatively, you can schedule through your Avaya Client Executive or STL Communications (an Avaya Authorized Business Partner). Booth tours and executive meetings will be available during the booth dates and times listed above.
If you have questions any about Avaya at HIMSS12, please contact Eugene Watts at email@example.com or by phone at 972-745-5556 or Al Danklefsen at STL Communications at 314-205-7166. To learn more about Avaya solutions for healthcare, visit www.avaya.com/healthcare or wwwlstlcom.com
We look forward to seeing you at HIMSS12.
Lights, Camera, Phone System?
Schupp Company has always been careful with its money. Take, for example, our telephone system. We acquired our original phones pre-owned back in 1993 when the company opened. The system was expanded and upgraded through the years, but we still had “analogue” caller ID (read: the receptionist answered the phone and then called you and told you who was on the line). Spit and baling wire were giving out, and every survey of the employees indicated that the phones were a weak link in our otherwise respectable technology infrastructure.
Fast forward to September, 2009. An email arrived from a group promoting various telephone system vendors, and I was expecting to do the usual browse and toss. Buried in the middle, however, a headline caught my eye. Avaya (a major telephone system manufacturer) was promoting a contest for small businesses, 20 of which would win a complete new telephone system:
To enter, small business owners and employees are asked to write in or upload videos that answer the question,”What’s Your Disconnect?” with winners receiving an Avaya IP Office communications system, the company’s flagship IP communications solution for small and medium-sized businesses. The contest – running now until October 15, 2009 – targets small businesses with 10 to 50 employees in the United States and Canada.
Okay, I thought to myself, we’re an ad agency. If we can’t ace this thing, we’re in trouble. I sent the contest announcement to Mark Schupp.
I was not surprised that he thought we should go ahead and enter the contest. The creative team, unimpressed with my creative input, had another idea (again, no surprise). They were secretive about it, and they even videotaped the content at night. I wasn’t miffed (I’m not a writer), but when Mark Schupp and I viewed the edited video for entry, we both shook our heads. In our opinion, it didn’t address the “communications disconnect” that we had with our antiquated phone system per the entry request. After looking at the other somewhat dry submissions, we decided to take a chance and enter the video anyway. Mark was taking odds that nothing would come of it and I was doubtful as well. My hope was that the “unique” character of the entry would make it stand out.
We entered and we waited. A couple weeks went by and some of the winners were announced. I wrote it off. Then, November 16th, we got a call. (Drum roll.) We had actually won a new phone system! I called Mark Schupp and told him we had to eat crow.
“No problem,” he said. “I love crow.”
We won a complete new telephone system with free installation from Avaya and their local partner, STL Communications. It was all good. The new system was installed in late March of last year.
Avaya arrived in town in September, 2011, to produce a video about our new system and how it “improved our collaboration and communication with clients,” as well as to highlight the great work of their installation partner, STL Communications.
We design a lot of contests and sweepstakes for our clients. It’s nice to be on the winning end of it for a change.
At Schupp Company, an advertising agency in downtown St. Louis, you will find a pool table in the lobby, a basketball court on the top floor and couches and easy chairs scattered all around.
It’s an irreverent take on workplace design, well-suited to the free-wheeling world of advertising, but also indicative of the kind of initiative that makes small companies unique. What they lack in size and resources, small companies like Schupp make up for in flexibility and innovative practices. Schupp is also typical of a new breed of small business entrepreneurs who are using communications to make their companies more competitive. Check out how STL Communications helped Shupp Company better their communications. http://www.youtube.com/user/stlcomminc#p/a/u/0/cwopFNISkH8