Leah McCann

Leah McCann

Leah McCann is a copywriter for rAVe. Contact her at leah@ravepubs.com.

5 Technology Opportunities for AV/IT — Trends from SYNNEX Top Tech Day

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Did you catch SYNNEX’s latest LAVNCH event, Top Tech Day, this Wednesday? Yes or no, we tuned into all the live sessions to bring you this story on the technology opportunities, products and solutions of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Among Top Tech Day’s presenters, moderators and panelists included SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi […]

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Moments that Matter — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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A quick introduction to my DPAA introduction: I knew a bit about the association before my time in the AV industry; I started working in advertising in New York City in 2013. Seven-ish years in ad agencies later (I worked here, then here, and now here), working mostly in digital media with some print mixed […]

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Meaningful Engagement During a Pandemic — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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Every year, the DPAA, or Digital Place Based Advertising Association, hosts an event called the Video Everywhere Summit. The event is traditionally held in New York City, positioned as “the largest one-day omnichannel marketing event of the year.” It usually, impressively, includes big household names — last year, it was Adidas, Deloitte, IBM, HP and […]

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What’s Next for 2020-21? Learnings from SYNNEX’s Latest of the LAVNCH Days

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Thursday marked the third of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days (if you need reference material as to what those are, find some previous coverage here), and this event in particular promised to cover a topic at the forefront of all our minds: hybrid connections. What are they? What do they look like in our homes? […]

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Day Two of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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On Tuesday, I attended the first-ever virtual iteration of NSCA’s Pivot to Profit event — P2Pv. The National Systems Contractors Association (or NSCA, as I mentioned earlier) puts on Pivot to Profit every year, but this time around the show looked a little different. In a great way. My recap from Tuesday’s event is here, […]

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Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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This week, I was excited to cover my first virtual event on the first official day of fall (Yes! Fall officially began Sept. 22!) on what’s finally a beautiful (not deathly hot) North Carolina day. This show was one that I’d never attended, and one that would be all-brand-new to me — designed specifically for […]

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A Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s Collaboration Session

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What better LAVNCH EMEA session to recap on UCC Collaborative Day than the one titled “Collaboration Session?” I’m not being facetious — I was really excited to hear what this one would bring to light. And I was excited for the familiar faces in it: Jane Hammersley of Collabtech, Lieven Bertier of Barco, Nia Celestin […]

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Here Come the Millennials — a LAVNCH EMEA Recap

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Welcome to our second LAVNCH EMEA wrap-up article of the day, where I’ll be recapping for you #AVtweeps the Workforce Session of UCC Collaborative Day. Missed it live? Read my recap below, then register for the LAVNCH EMEA archives. (You must read the entire article to get the CTA, though — no cheating.) I was […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

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We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said yesterday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How could […]

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A Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s ProAV Control Session

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Control is an AV topic that doesn’t “show” its glitz and glamor to the masses — but it’s usually the technology doing the hard work in the background. Control is a critical component to successful AV systems, and today’s LAVNCH EMEA Control Session made sure to tell that story. Read on for the session recap. […]

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What Gives Displays Their Visual Edge? — a Recap of LAVNCH EMEA’s Display Session

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Welcome to another recap of LAVNCH EMEA. I’m your host, Leah McCann, and if you’re here, you are probably more interested in learning about displays than hearing me blab. So I’ll get on with it. What gives displays — whether LCD, LED or projection — their visual edge? Why pick one over the other? Read […]

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Welcome to LAVNCH EMEA — Disrupt, Create and Innovate

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Us rAVe-rs woke up bright and early — some of us never went to sleep, actually — to get online today. The occasion: LAVNCH EMEA, which kicked off Wednesday in an exciting start to two full days of AV innovations and solutions launched virtually through our live, online event platform called LAVNCH. If you’ve been […]

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5 Things You’ll Learn on SYNNEX VISUALSolv Education Day

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SYNNEX VISUALSolv Education Day is just two days away. What is this day, you ask? Oh, maybe you forgot! Or maybe you haven’t heard! Happy to fill you in. Distributor SYNNEX launched a full series of events called SYNNEX LAVNCH Days this season — one set for SYNNEX VISUALSolv, another for SYNNEX COLLABSolv. With themes […]

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Didn’t Catch SYNNEX COLLABSolv Education Day? Here’s What You Missed

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If you missed SYNNEX’s first-ever COLLABSolv Education Day — part of the SYNNEX COLLABSolv LAVNCH Days series — then, boy, do we have the recap for you. Kicking off the day was a familiar face to rAVe: resident assistant editor Steph Beckett! After a warm intro to the day, Beckett pumped us up for the […]

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Barco Sales Decline 18% in First Half of 2020; Not Surprising Considering COVID-19 Impact

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There aren’t many public companies in our industry that only do AV. For example, familiar names like Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) and Poly (NYSE: PLT; formerly Plantronics and Polycom) are also public, but they have many offerings aside from ProAV. Belgium-based Barco is a $1 billion+ company that does ProAV exclusively — specializing […]

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SYNNEX VISUALSolv Healthcare Day: In Case You Missed It

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Maybe you actually attended SYNNEX’s first-ever VISUALSolv Healthcare Day, part of the “SYNNEX VISUALSolv LAVNCH Days” series, yesterday — in which case you can ignore my headline. However, if you DID miss it, a day of virtual sessions focused exclusively on AV in healthcare, I give you this wrap-up. Kicking off the event was SYNNEX’s […]

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Barco’s Virtual Classroom at UCL: A Case Study for the Future of All University Classrooms?

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Come fall 2020, every university will be approaching students’ return to campus a little differently. What’s clear is that the notion of the hybrid/HyFlex classroom (or whatever you want to call it) is rapidly gaining traction among the AV community — especially as we start to realize how integral audiovisual technology will be to the […]

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Digital Signage Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: ‘Gotchas,’ Watch-outs and Getting Safely Through the Doors

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Digital Signage Day was our fifth and final day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. With support from our partners Samsung, NEC Display and Epson — and a great partnership with DSE and the DSF — the content from these supporters and our session educators was fantastic today. Read on for the story. Keynote: Digital Signage Gets […]

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EdTech Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Hybrid, HyFlex and Where EdTech Is Headed

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is moving right along, everybody. Today was EdTech Day — possible thanks to all the support from Intel, Nureva, NEC Display and our partner for the day: HETMA (Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance). Read on for our recap of the day. Keynote: Reimagining the Classroom It’s hard to reimagine what the classroom […]

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New Tech LAVNCH Day: Temperature Checks, Holographic Tech and a Whole Lot of UCC

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Today’s LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 theme was New Tech LAVNCH Day: a day dedicated entirely to something we’re all desperately missing by not being able to attend conferences this year — new product launches, like those you typically see on the trade show floor. This day looked a little different from all our other LAVNCH WEEK […]

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ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: CX, Crystal Balls and a Hot Debate on AV-over-IP

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ProAV is at a crossroads today. And it’s not just because so many of us are working from home and don’t know what the commercial/business space will look like in three months, even with well-researched predictions. Big innovations in ProAV were happening long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has expedited — expedited like the first […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

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Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — UCC Day today included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape throughout the day. There wasn’t a minute I didn’t feel like I was learning, growing, soaking in something new related to the UCC space of AV. So […]

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A Conversation With Charmaine Torruella Ahead of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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Charmaine Torruella is the moderator for our upcoming panel on UCC (Unified Communications & Collaboration) Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0, a day of LAVNCH WEEK that we’re all really excited about, and not just because so many of us are working from home and constantly using Zoom/Teams/WebEx/BlueJeans/Google Meet (though video fatigue is now a thing) […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 Is Coming. Here’s How to Get In On It.

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I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June. More specifically, I can’t believe it’s already June 18, because that means LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is only FOUR days away. You didn’t know there was a LAVNCH WEEK 2.0? Where ya been? This week, we’ve been previewing some of the great presenter content planned for LAVNCH […]

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5 Questions With Laurie Englert for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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Laurie Englert is the VP of customer experience for Legrand | AV, and she’ll be delivering our keynote presentation on the much-anticipated ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. I was excited to hear what Laurie was planning to discuss for her LAVNCH WEEK keynote; so to find out, I asked her my five burning questions. […]

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5 Minutes With Chuck Wilson for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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Chuck Wilson is the executive director of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), and he’ll be debating the future of commercial integration with Gary Kayye live on ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. I wanted to hear what Chuck had planned for this LAVNCH & Learn session/debate, so I reached out to get a teaser […]

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How to Navigate Your Way Through InfoComm 2020 Connected — Which Starts Today

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The schedule for InfoComm 2020 Connected, which starts today, is exciting and full. InfoComm 2020 Connected is this year’s virtual version of InfoComm — with products, education and networking, organizer AVIXA says; it’s being held the same week that InfoComm would have been held (June 16-18) in person this year. Here’s the breakdown of InfoComm […]

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5 Questions with David Danto for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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David Danto is the director of emerging technology for the IMCCA, or The Interactive Multimedia and Collaborative Communications Alliance. David will be a speaker on UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 for our cleverly coined “LAVNCH & Learn.” I was excited to hear what he was planning to talk about (hint: how does UC&C drive […]

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The Status of ProAV, As Told By AVIXA’s “COVID-19 Impacts to ProAV Businesses” Webinar

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Last week, AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) held an important and data-driven webinar based on consolidated findings from the past 12 weeks of its Impact Survey — a weekly assessment of proAV industry trends, attitudes and perceptions in light of the pandemic. The “COVID-19 Impacts to Pro AV Businesses Webinar,” available to AVIXA […]

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