Swedish group IKEA has 328 branches in 28 countries and is the largest furniture retailer in the world. The company is well known for their self-assembly furniture and household items. In Belgium there are eight stores, a distribution centre and an IKEA Service Centre.
The Service Centre, which employs fifty people, supports the branches and manages the nancial transactions between the different departments. During meetings it is necessary to share nancial data quickly and easily on a big screen using PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and videos. To meet these needs, IKEA was looking for a wireless, software-based solution for their nine conference rooms and huddle spaces.
IKEA management researched and tested various solutions including Black Box's Coalesce. Their focus was on the technology, ease of use and cost. They also wanted to keep the number of devices needed in each conference room to a minimum. "The more technology that is present in the room, the more risk of it disappearing or breaking" says Dries Roggeman, Country & Local IT Manager for IKEA Belgium.