Latest headlines: Christopher Gillespie on ITIL, ITSM and AV, plus news from Extron, Nureva, Samsung, Williams AV, Kramer, Datapath and more
September 21, 2020 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 18
Hi everyone! I hope your week has kicked off and you’re all getting ready to tackle the rest of it with the crazy force I know this industry is known for. Some of you might still be reeling from the various pieces of breaking news that have come out this week and last week. First of all, ISE 2021 was postponed last week to the same month as InfoComm 2021! I know you all likely are not going out of your way to go to ISE anyways, so it won’t affect you as much, but it’s still crazy. So — if you see me at InfoComm 2021, please stop me and ask me if I am OK. I will probably say no.
This morning, we caught wind that DSE 2020 was not only not happening — but that it won’t happen ever again. Exponation announced that it is filing for Class 7 bankruptcy and we were left reeling. Obviously we all want to support this industry however we can, but this sucks. I don’t have answers. Just reach out to your friends over there — and let them know you’re there for them.
My final piece of news before letting you read (finally) is that NSCA’s P2Pv is tomorrow – sign-ups are closed if you didn’t register already — so I hope I’ll see you there! Yes, I am the host with the most once more because for some reason they keep paying me to be weird on camera. Don’t worry, however, if you are not able to make it, or if it’s not your thing! We will be writing daily wrapups so you can catch the high points.
Enjoy the following newsletter — I have the latest in Christopher Gillespie’s ITIL/ITSM/AV series for you and as always he has some really fun hot takes on how it all ties together.
I recently saw an article discussing how special and unique we are in the AV industry (due to our various requisite talents and vast knowledge that spans physics, mechanical engineering and so much more). I had to respond in saying that we ARE NOT SPECIAL; we are SPECIALISTS. We have a set of skills and bodies of knowledge that we bring to solve problems in all different ways — from making conference rooms that just work better to mind-bending special event spaces with effects that make Disney jealous. But, I reiterate: We are no more impressive than the security team in the IT group that spends their days fending off (in some cases) millions of intrusion attempts into the network. We are not more special than the procurement team that manages a dozen different systems trying to procure equipment based on every changing spec while also trying to import and export equipment globally with varying laws in every country. We are all specialists that work to further the goals of the companies we work for/with.