Wednesday, June 19, 2019

HCGI Connectivity and Usability Success Story

Connectivity and Usability Open Doors for 
Robert H. Smith School of Business Students

HCGI has served numerous departments at the University of Maryland for over 10 years. The company has provided technology solutions and hardware including Lenovo desktops, tablets, HP and Brother printers and scanners, secure Epson projectors and document cameras, and related software.

Client Challenge
The Robert H. Smith School of Business wanted to upgrade the technology in its classrooms. Some of their requirements included classroom presentations, teleconferencing, whiteboard capabilities, remote meetings and job interviews, and other educational activities. Meeting their requirements
seemed to indicate the need to buy various hardware and learning more platforms.

HCGI Solution
HCGI presented the client with various options, but recommended
Mondopad 2.0 by InFocus. Mondopad addresses every requirement of the
school of business and allows the school to utilize more features in the

Benefits Delivered
• Watching Interactive classroom presentations that allow for drawing, annotating
and editing content on the fly
• Listening live to guest speakers in remote locations
• Video conferencing
• Web conferencing
• Accessing any web application online, since there is a
continual network connection
• Live job interviews for students over Skype
• Job interviews with financial
institutions using the secure
video conferencing feature
built into the Monodpad 2.0

HCGI recently delivered, installed and configured eight Mondopads and is slated to install many more in the future. The two models recently installed are INF5720, a 57” screen, and INF7021, a 70” screen. Each Mondopad has its own built-in computer, so there is no need for connecting and configuring various laptops to work properly with it.

The School of Business is beginning to use the over 100 features in Mondopad 2.0. These include BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), so anyone can video-call the Mondopad from a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. This level of connectivity and usability has opened up educational and career opportunities for the School of Business students.

The Mondopads require very little maintenance or configuring by the IT staff. There is a low learning curve so professors and students were able to start using the various functions right away. The Robert H. Smith School of Business chose HCGI to address its technology needs because of HCGI’s track
record of outstanding service and expertise.

About The University of Maryland
The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship and a land-grant institution with 37,500 students in 12 schools and colleges, 9,000 faculty and staff, and a $1.9B annual operating budget. It is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities, comprising the leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

The University creates and applies knowledge, nourishing a climate of intellectual growth and providing outstanding instruction and in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. As a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies. Its collaborations with State, federal, private and non-profit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life. The University offers faculty and students a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship is a variety of ways.

As a public flagship campus, the university is committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities that are affordable by all students regardless of family income.

About Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. The Smith School offers undergraduate; full-time, part-time, online, and executive MBA; specialty masters; Ph.D.; and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community.

About HCGI
HCGI Hartford (HCGI) is an employee-owned, privately held IT integrator and hardware dealer celebrating twenty years in business in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. With headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, HCGI has deep roots in the state and counts many Maryland state agencies, leading school districts and universities as clients. We also maintain district offices in Wilmington, DE, and Richmond, VA. Our Operations Center, based in Chicago, serves as our primary order fulfillment and customer service center.

HCGI represents over 200 hardware and software manufacturers. We are an HP Elite Partner and hold high-end certifications from HP, Lenovo, NetApp, VMWare, Samsung & Google. Our dedicated account managers are empowered to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers, as we highly value our long-term customer relationships.

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