Strange ReTales: Suspicious Behavior

Strange ReTales: Suspicious Behavior

One of my personal weaknesses is the lengths I will go for a joke. Sometimes it’s gotten me into trouble. I used to work at a place that had a monstrous, top-heavy bureaucracy. Like all monstrous, top-heavy bureaucracies it generated mountains of paperwork. Mind boggling amounts, stuffed into bankers boxes and squirreled away into filing […]

Sell the Solution, Not the Product

Sell the Solution, Not the Product

If your firm had the goal of growing the bottom line by 10 percent next year, would you consider the possibility that you might just be able to do that by selling into and serving the House of Worship market? It’s true, and there are manufacturers and systems integrators focusing on this underserved vertical market […]

The Archaeology of Software

The Archaeology of Software

I often take a look at where major grant funding is being spent as a way to keep tabs on major technology trends over the next five to 10 years. After all, when NSF or DARPA puts millions of dollars of taxpayers money to work, it’s a bit like watching the Vegas line for college […]

Pan Tilt Zoom

Pan Tilt Zoom

We tend to forget that video conferences are supposed to be a technological way to have meetings. Gadgets, gadgets, more gadgets and expensive widgets are getting in the way of us just sitting down and having a meeting. The worst culprit of all is the PTZ camera. The PTZ, by its name alone reminds us […]

BYOD Part 1: Enterprise Strategy and Policy

BYOD Part 1: Enterprise Strategy and Policy

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to an organization-led program which permits employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. It is a known enterprise mobile strategy which has gained acceptance in numerous markets: • Corporate: BYOD is […]

Six of the Coolest AV Installations of All Time

Six of the Coolest AV Installations of All Time

In the audio-visual field, the latest and greatest uses of technology and installations are most often those that create an immersive, true-to-life experience. The ones we’ll never forget are those that create a reality beyond our wildest imagination. From sharks – so true-to-life that we fear we’ll be eaten – to stadium-size fantastical light displays; […]

Business Acumen: Here’s What Not To Do

Business Acumen: Here’s What Not To Do

I believe that bad examples are just as valuable learning experiences as good examples, if not more so. In order to keep growing personally and professionally, it’s useful to take the lessons the universe presents to you and learn from them. I’m not in the car business, and I’m not writing for an audience that’s […]

#TBT: The AV Industry Then & Now

#TBT: The AV Industry Then & Now

As a technology company, we’re always looking ahead for the next breakthrough that makes our products thinner, faster, and stronger. We’re moving a mile a minute, hardly noticing how little improvements mean huge changes in the long run. This “Throwback Thursday,” we’re highlighting not only the advances in AV we’ve seen throughout our careers, but […]

Scenesters: Then And Now

Scenesters: Then And Now

Most editorials about “kids today” typically take the tack that things were better in the old days. This isn’t one of those editorials. Instead I’m going to marvel at the advantages the Internet age has presented to culture vultures worldwide. None of these observations are new, novel, or earth shaking, but I find myself thinking […]

How Important is “Being Green” In the Classroom Technology Decision Making Process?

How Important is “Being Green” In the Classroom Technology Decision Making Process?

The honest answer is “not exceptionally important.” The reason, however, may surprise you. Many schools have sustainability initiatives in place that cover a wide variety of campus life processes from printing and food services to facilities and grounds keeping. While technology is an obvious environmental concern, that concern is usually a result of the amount […]

Different Uses for Digital Signage

Different Uses for Digital Signage

When thinking about digital signage, most folks automatically think of quick-service restaurants. However, as clichéd as it may sound, the applications for digital signage are endless. We’ve certainly been seeing digital signage serve new and grand purposes. Car Service How about bringing in your car to be serviced without ever speaking with a concierge or […]

The Top 4 Reasons to Attend Digital Signage Week in NYC

The Top 4 Reasons to Attend Digital Signage Week in NYC

What better place to celebrate digital signage than the city that is the epicenter of communications and host to numerous glorious digital signage installations? From October 20-24, multiple venues in New York City have been hosting a variety of events for professionals interested in digital signage, employee communications, retail decision-making, and more. From open houses […]

The Slow Death Of Retail

The Slow Death Of Retail

I’ve reached a stage in my life where I don’t really fit into any particular demographic group. I look at print, television, and online advertisements with a critical, professional eye and, more often than not, I think “Wow, that ad is absolutely not directed at me.” That said, beyond age, gender, and income if there’s […]

Do You Know Who I Am?

Do You Know Who I Am?

One of the hazards of vending high end systems is dealing with clients who have a rock star attitude. I’ve mentioned before that it’s been my experience dealing with both luxury goods and high end home AV installations that the clients with the highest net worth are the ones who are the most normal, reasonable […]

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