“Finding the Blue Sky in 2020 (and Beyond)” discusses the good, the bad and the “blue” that the pandemic has given us. It is important to see the “blue skies” in any situation; are there any positives that came about from COVID-19 in your area of AV?
Finally, “Global Supply Chain Issues” is Scott Tiner’s alarming but informational column about how the pandemic has affected the AV industry in more ways than one. From packing tape to lumber, we may see the impact of COVID-19 in our industry for longer than we’d hoped.
Don’t miss other industry news and case studies below! I’m about to head out of the office to get my second vaccine. Enjoy your Thursday, and see you next time.
When looking back on last year, the best description that neatly wrapped up our collective experience in a bow was from Leslie Jones on a 2020 recap show on Netflix. Her character said, “I’d say it was a train wreck and a s*&tshow, but that would be unfair to trains and s*&t.” Seriously though, let’s just call it the year of Murphy. Because anything that COULD go wrong … DID! While I am not trying to gloss over the economic and other devastation that was unleashed upon us, I think it’s important (if for nothing other than our sanity) to try to find some blue sky in all this mess.
In a recent blog, Gary Kayye wrote about the current global supply shortage of semiconductors. Unfortunately, my blog is not going to make you feel any better than Gary’s did. Yes, semiconductors are a significant issue, made so by their ubiquitousness. However, there have been a plethora of situations across the world, including COVID, the Suez Canal jam and others that have drastically impacted the supply chain of many commodities.
“The education technology industry has been one of the few to witness growth as a direct result of COVID-19,” said Claire Kerrison, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. “This is reflected in the Futuresource Higher Education market dataset, which states that global demand for mobile PCs from Higher Ed institutions grew 15% ‘YoY’ in 2020 as campuses closed in favour of distance learning amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.”