Heartbleed: What You Should Know About a Heartless Cyber-Menace

Heartbleed: What You Should Know About a Heartless Cyber-Menace

If you’ve recently heard of the bug called “Heartbleed,” you may be somewhat familiar with what is being considered one of the most critical Internet vulnerabilities in history. The bug, which has set the worldwide web ablaze, is a serious flaw in OpenSSL, designed to provide communication security and privacy over the Internet. It compromises web security allowing attackers […]

Fantastic!

Fantastic!

Way back in the olden days there was a big box retailer that my employer had a long-standing and fierce rivalry with. It was very Sharks vs Jets. Anyway, that rival retailer understood the power of language: that both what you say and how you say it matters. They spent a large sum of money […]

Why I Like InfoComm’s New APEx Program

Why I Like InfoComm’s New APEx Program

I actually heard about InfoComm’s new APEx program about three weeks before InfoComm announced it formally. I attended an InfoComm roundtable event in Irvine, Calif. where Duffy Wilbert , SVP of member services, described how the organization intended to raise the bar on customer experience and thought leadership. Duffy related that InfoComm had come to […]

A Visit With Savant

A Visit With Savant

Discussion of some project details recently brought me to the Savant Systems showroom in lower Manhattan. In addition to the matter at hand, I was treated to a showroom tour as well as a discussion on their offerings, the overall Savant ecosystem, and where they hope to be in the future. The demo space is […]

Are We Really Ready to Move On?

Are We Really Ready to Move On?

I was at an InfoComm Roundtable the other day here in Irvine CA.  The keynote speaker was a man named James Feldman and his company and theme of his talk is “Shift Happens“. By all standards he was very engaging.  His goal was to help integrators re-evaluate their strategic plans to brave this new world […]

LinkedIn Redux

LinkedIn Redux

Last year I wrote a blog post entitled This Is Why LinkedIn Sucks, the title of which tells you everything you need to know about my sentiments at the time. I don’t really do New Years’ Resolutions but lately I’ve decided to make an honest effort to take LinkedIn more seriously. I feel like I […]

Integrator vs. Facilitator

Integrator vs. Facilitator

By Matthew Thompson Integrated Commercial Design There have been many statements made comparing and contrasting the IT industry and the AV industry. The main reasoning has been the collective technical industry acknowledgement that something needs to change, particularly in the AV industry. For AV integrators, the change has meant the call for IT competency in […]

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