ISE 2024 Sixteen:Nine Mixer Sponsor Profile: How ScreenCloud Delivers Automated, Web-Driven Digital Signage Experiences

January 17, 2024 by Dave Haynes

 Integrated Systems Europe is now less than two weeks out, and Sixteen:Nine is again doing a Barcelona version of the networking mixers it has been doing since forever.

The sold out event happens because of eight great sponsors who help cover the considerable costs of the evening, including tapas and an open bar. I like to thank and recognize sponsors by running company profiles, and next up is a returning sponsor, London-based ScreenCloud.

How does ScreenCloud set itself apart in what seems like a sea of digital signage CMS software options?

Unlike most of our competitors, our product is built on a platform approach, with a five-layer system that encompasses native apps for screen players, feeds and connections system, and more. While the CMS, ScreenCloud Studio, is the visual interface that many customers use to judge our product (and rate for its user-friendliness), system reliability and security are often the primary factors that influence purchasing decisions; and we do well on both counts – based on customer reviews, awards, and sales feedback.

Additionally, we have (and communicate) two clear visions that really resonate with people:

Your company took the interesting step of developing its own operating system in 2022. Can you explain the thinking and what that means for partners and end-users?

When reflecting on digital signage hardware and operating system options, we identified four core problems:

ScreenCloud OS is our own operating system solution, based on a stripped-back version of Linux, that addresses these challenges head-on. The OS comes bundled on an affordable sub-$200 media player device supporting the latest web standards and includes full remote device management capabilities. It is a powerful but easy-to-use solution and is rapidly becoming our most popular screen player option.

Digital signage software was a bit orphaned among organizations for many years, and IT departments often used to push responsibility for it away from them. I sense that’s changing and IT departments in larger companies are incorporating the technology into their operations. Is that accurate?

Yes, the IT buyer plays a crucial role in every project we undertake, as they are often the ones responsible for providing the budget for the project. While the IT team is only one of the stakeholders involved, and may not be responsible for creating the content, they are responsible for maintaining and supporting the digital signage network. This includes being the first point of contact for any issues that may arise with the screens. Additionally, as security is a top concern for any business, the IT team will want to have oversight of any new technology systems that are introduced to the organization.

What’s important in digital signage software for enterprise-level customers?

A market-leading enterprise CMS needs to be simple to use and require minimal training. To help keep things fresh it should rely heavily on automation and localization of content and data feeds at scale. For teams to collaborate effectively it requires granular permissions and workflow to delegate tasks and responsibilities. And finally, it should support authoring content externally, within existing tools like MS Teams.

Additionally, the IT team has specific needs that must be met for the implementation to be successful. They require a reliable cloud-connected network of screens that can be easily managed remotely. The system should also be easy to install and troubleshoot, even for non-IT personnel on the ground. Additionally, the hardware used should be affordable and fully compliant with enterprise networks and security policies. This ensures that the digital signage network is not only effective but also secure and within budget.

Are customer needs evolving and growing more sophisticated?

Yes, the trend towards web-generated content for digital signage is growing. Initially, many customers were primarily interested in cloud-connected screens for the ability to remotely update images and videos. However, now they are recognizing the value of web-generated content for staying more up-to-date and automating the display process. Additionally, IT teams are becoming more aware of the challenges of managing a digital signage network without on-ground support and have begun to demand more sophisticated remote device management features.

What will ScreenCloud’s presence be at ISE 2023?

We primarily use a direct-to-customer approach for our go-to-market strategy, so we do not typically exhibit at ISE, which caters more towards resellers. However, it does provide us with an excellent opportunity to connect with our hardware partners and other industry allies. You will see ScreenCloud in action on their stands.

Our CEO Mark McDermott will be presenting insights from a large survey of customers with employee-facing screens at the Digital Signage Summit on Wednesday 31 January so look out for that as well. And our wider team will be present for meetings, keeping up with industry trends, and discovering new hardware innovations that have emerged over the past year.


These events only happen with the tremendous support of sponsors. The companies who are the sponsors for the 2024 event:


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