Latest headlines: Scott Tiner on the changes to Google’s classroom offerings, plus news from Kramer, Lumens Digital Optics, Poly and more
March 2, 2021 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 5
We talk a lot in our industry about the difference between AV and IT. Are the two fields so different that they aren’t related? Are they two ends of one spectrum? Two sides of one coin? Two wings on the same bird? Or just the same thing altogether?
I don’t claim to have all the answers (or any of them really); I just have fun thinking about how our industry is similar to others. A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with my friend’s fiancé — he was talking about his IT job, expecting me to be disinterested. But when I started asking him specific questions, he became really excited, and we got to talk about the similarities in what we do.
I don’t fix the computers for the town hall as he does, but I know about the problems he’s trying to solve and usually about the products and solutions it takes to solve them. This pointless story leads us to Scott Tiner’s latest column, which seems like an IT blog on its face. But look closer, #AVtweeps. How might Google’s recent changes to its classroom offerings affect you? Are schools going to look to Microsoft now? Maybe they were using Google Meet and are now switching to Zoom. Maybe vice versa. Scott implores you, whether you are an end user, integrator or manufacturer, to think about how you might be able to be ahead of the curve in solving whatever issues this might create for schools/universities.
Also, check out Kramer’s new hybrid solutions, the Lumens integration with Panopto, MAXHUB’s new PTZ camera and more.
For educational institutions far and wide, public and private, kindergarten to graduate school, Google services have one thing we all love — the price was right! For many of us, that meant it was free. There have always been some premium services that you can choose to pay for if you are a Google school, but the vast majority of the services were free. Over the past several weeks, educational institutions have learned about some changes that will affect these free services.
Working and solving commercial problems looks drastically different than solving problems in a home. There are also other things that people forget to consider when it comes to residential versus commercial clients. One big factor is budget — when it comes to commercial clients, the budget is extraordinarily tight.