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Bringing IT and Broadcast Together Cont.
the opportunity to work through 3D business cases in different arenas with industry experts can benefit from their planning.” One outcome of the need for improved return on investment are tools which can report and quantify the impact of business processes. “We’re integrating tools which do not just manage and move media but can detect bottlenecks where there’s excessive manual intervention, or where automated processes are not necessarily working,” says Sharman. “With realtime data analysis these technologies feed back into business strategies and have the potential to really generate additional value.” interstitial needs attention. While most people understand that, it’s important nonetheless that the engineering and management teams involve non-technical staff otherwise it could end in large investment with little change to output quality. “The most common sticking point is a people-management issue rather than technical one,” asserts Day. “Operating routines must be discussed with all relevant staff before committing to a specific workflow. This process cannot safely be imposed from above. The system must also be flexible enough to accommodate evolving business requirements.” Bird stresses that upgrading and changing a live system that is on-air 24/7 requires very careful planning and can not be rushed. The hardware and plumbing may be understood but if the soft skills aren’t attended to then the project could end in disaster. “Some of the clearest reasons for failure are that people haven’t been involved or trained properly,” says Sharman.

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Change management
Well-designed modern broadcast systems are easy to use, presenting operators with a logical interface specific to tasks and alerting them well before on-air time if a programme or

Wallis agrees that a complete buy-in from an organisation is essential alongside clear communication of business as well as technical objectives. “There has to be complete synergy between IT and the traditional video departments,” he says. “Clients often don’t realise how the improvements in IT workflows can benefit their whole business; a great deal of education from manufacturers is required here.”

That’s where SI’s come into their own. They claim, with justification, to have the experience from an organisational change-management perspective as well as technical expertise. “To deploy a truly integrated solution and keep live systems on-air is a challenge,” adds Wallis. “It’s like a surgeon performing open-heart surgery whilst the patient runs a marathon.”

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In Broadcast - May/June 2011
NAB Emerging From Behind the Cloud
Contents
Communicating With Your Market
Autoscript’s Rapid Reaction Force
Bringing It and Broadcast Together
Broadcast Batteries Today and Tomorrow
New Developments in Broadcast Subtitling and Captioning
New Developments in Fibre
Multi-Format Encoding
Live Production
Gekko Leds in Film and Broadcast
Marketplace
The Fibre Alternative
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - NAB Emerging From Behind the Cloud
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Cover2
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Contents
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 4
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 5
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In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 11
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 12
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Communicating With Your Market
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Autoscript’s Rapid Reaction Force
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 15
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Bringing It and Broadcast Together
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 17
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 18
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 19
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 20
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 21
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Broadcast Batteries Today and Tomorrow
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In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 26
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 27
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 28
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 29
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - New Developments in Broadcast Subtitling and Captioning
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 31
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 32
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 33
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - New Developments in Fibre
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 35
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 36
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 37
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Multi-Format Encoding
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 39
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Live Production
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 41
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Gekko Leds in Film and Broadcast
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 43
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Marketplace
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 45
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - The Fibre Alternative
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 47
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - 48
In Broadcast - May/June 2011 - Cover3
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