The 5 Innovation Gaps

As integrators, at the bare minimum, we are value added resellers of AV equipment. We make AV systems more valuable than the sum of their parts through expertise in installation, maintenance, and long term support of technology. However as prices decrease, all-in-one products replace multiple SKUs, and systems come preconfigured out of the box, that […]

The 5 Innovation Gaps

Relationship Selling

A recent discussion on social media centered around relationship selling, what it was and the value of it for all the parties involved. It was a great topic, but on a social media platform, there is very limited time and space to discuss something so important, so I am expanding on my thinking here. Relationship […]

Relationship Selling

You Climbed the Mountain; So What Now?

A friend who’s an avid mountain climber once said to me that the thing about climbing a mountain is that once you reach the summit the first things you see are … more mountains. It doesn’t take a great leap to recognize the metaphor here: Once you’ve achieved a goal, a new goal beckons to […]

You Climbed the Mountain; So What Now?

True MicroLED Large Format Display Market Primed to Break Billion-Dollar Annual Barrier by 2027

By Ted Romanowitz Futuresource Consulting The True MicroLED display market for pro AV and consumer televisions is set to skyrocket. According to a newly released report from Futuresource Consulting, it will accelerate from just $24.0 million in 2023, to reach annual revenues of $26.2 billion in 2032, despite expected aggressive price erosion. The specialist research […]

True MicroLED Large Format Display Market Primed to Break Billion-Dollar Annual Barrier by 2027

Why I Made My Kids Play Sports

By Todd Heberlein Exertis Almo When my friends and I were kids, there really wasn’t a question of IF you were going to play sports, but rather which sports your parents would allow you to play. Every kid in my neighborhood was involved in some sort of team sport, ranging from baseball to volleyball. As […]

Why I Made My Kids Play Sports

Google JamBoard: Lessons Learned

Google has recently announced that it is winding down the JamBoard product, and it will no longer be available after December 2024. Along with no longer selling the hardware, the software is also being discontinued. In a little over one year, the product will be completely useless. Google has said that it will work with […]

Google JamBoard: Lessons Learned

Latest Trends In Digital Signage and IP-Based Audio for Mass Notifications

In the contemporary landscape of communication and safety, digital signage and IP-based audio systems have emerged as crucial tools for mass notification applications. This article delves into the latest trends in these technologies, shedding light on their role in enhancing security and streamlining communication. As we navigate the dynamic world of digital signage and audio […]

Latest Trends In Digital Signage and IP-Based Audio for Mass Notifications

Flow — Why Remote Team Meetings Fall Short

Hybrid work isn’t going anywhere, and the return to historic levels of in-office work and daily attendance is not anywhere on the horizon as far as I can tell — and for good reason. The utility of knowledge-based work can be done from anywhere. The proliferation of high speed internet, Wi-Fi, and cloud-based applications coupled […]

Flow — Why Remote Team Meetings Fall Short

Professional Microphone Market Slow but Steady, as Installed Commercial Leads the Way

By Grant Youngman Futuresource Consulting The professional microphone market continues to achieve slow but steady post-pandemic growth, with a new report from Futuresource Consulting forecasting a CAGR of 5.9% over the next five years. That’s despite a general feeling of caution and nervousness among buyers, resulting from current economic and geopolitical issues. Recovery for the […]

Professional Microphone Market Slow but Steady, as Installed Commercial Leads the Way

Conquering the Basics

When I was in junior high, our baseball coach constantly impressed upon us the importance of conquering the basics, or the fundamentals of the sport. The reason was that consistently and successfully executing the basics on the field is what wins games. Here’s what he had to say about showboating or trying to be fancy, […]

Conquering the Basics

Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Quivering Line Between Consumer and Professional

By Marco Cella Extron There was a girl in my circle of college acquaintances named Aubrey; she was a very talented composer and welcoming spirit that could easily fit alongside every human archetype on Earth. Arguing with her was impossible: shoulder shrug, wide smile and heartland accent were the lethal weapons that made her extremely […]

Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Quivering Line Between Consumer and Professional

Pro PTZ Camera Market in Decline, Still Outshines Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Shubham Kumar and Olivia Lowden Futuresource Consulting After enjoying unprecedented growth during the pandemic, the global professional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera market has become increasingly competitive. Futuresource Consulting’s new report shows the global pro PTZ market declined in value YoY in FY2022 for the first time since the pandemic, as the urgency to equip spaces […]

Pro PTZ Camera Market in Decline, Still Outshines Pre-Pandemic Levels

Customer Service Needs to Be a Top Priority

Companies often focus on things that are unique to them, or that they do very well. A company may have new, cutting-edge technology that makes them stand out, or it may have amazing logistics that allow them to have lower prices. The one thing that every company needs to have, regardless of its strategy and […]

Customer Service Needs to Be a Top Priority

Picking the Right Clients

Some solid advice I received long ago was that “you can’t chase every rabbit.” My dogs would disagree, and I see their point, but as business advice goes, it holds up. You need to cultivate long-term relationships with the people you can do business with, not just to look after their needs on a repeat […]

Picking the Right Clients

Window to the Future

Megapixel Brings Hollywood Tech to Architectural Applications With Launch of Ventana MicroLED Displays With Hollywood’s rapid adoption of virtual production studios, you’ll find Megapixel whose core technology (with more than 200 patents) for LED displays and video processing helped transform the way Hollywood produces its visual effects. Megapixel’s Emmy- and Oscar-winning technologies have become the […]

Window to the Future

Making New Connections: InfoComm 2023 and Beyond

Every year, I write a column about what I experienced at InfoComm. In 2023, I made a large number of new acquaintances from June 13-16 by visiting many exhibitor booths, some sponsored events, a dinner, my own happy hours and participating in a streaming video. Let’s review what it’s like to make connections at one […]

Making New Connections: InfoComm 2023 and Beyond

Higher Ed: Lease Versus Buy

In the past year, there has seemed to be a growing number of companies who are looking to provide financial services to colleges and universities. They reach out to purchasing agents in the school and tell them all the benefits of leasing, and how they are making a big mistake if they are not leasing. […]

Higher Ed: Lease Versus Buy

Social Engineering Safety Takeaways From MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment Cyberattacks

On Sept. 11, 2023, a number of MGM resorts and casinos were simultaneously disrupted by ransomware and data extortion attackers, costing the company $100 million, according to AP News. Caesar’s Entertainment was also attacked, which the Wall Street Journal reported resulted in the company paying roughly half of the $30 million demanded. The resorts and […]

Social Engineering Safety Takeaways From MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment Cyberattacks

The Latest AV Technology for Command and Control Rooms

Command and control rooms are where information, technology and human expertise converge to enable effective decision making, resource management and responses to different scenarios. The importance of control rooms extends across a wide and growing range of sectors, and they help contribute to safety, security and operational efficiency. Let’s explore key trends in command and […]

The Latest AV Technology for Command and Control Rooms

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

As our online lives expand, the average user has gone from having just a few passwords to now managing upwards of 100. That’s 100 unique passwords to remember, if you’re using strong password habits. Password managers can save users the trouble of having to remember multiple passwords and make accounts safer by recommending strong, unique […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

Answer the Phone

It’s an annual tradition that at the start of the New Year my wife makes a Facebook post that goes: “Hey other realtors: want to make more money this year? Then answer your phone when I call!” We’ll get back to why that’s important in just a minute. It’s a weird rule of the cosmos […]

Answer the Phone

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems? Why Spending More on AV Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

By Rob Voorhees, Business Development Manager II- CTS, CTP, CTNS, Dante 3Exertis Almo I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in the audio department of a particular big-box retailer where I worked. A middle-aged man approached our wall of receivers, pointed to a particular name brand that was on the higher end of the […]

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems? Why Spending More on AV Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Saturday Is the New Sunday

By John Hood The Farm When I’m in downtown San Francisco, I have an internal alarm clock that tells me when to get the heck out. It’s a different time on different days. I have to reprogram as soon as it’s no longer working right. I got that sick feeling yesterday at around 2:15 p.m. […]

Saturday Is the New Sunday

Best Practices for More Inclusive Meetings

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST By Jeff Muto ViewSonic To thrive in an increasingly complex world, organizations need diverse talent. But diversity is only the beginning. To unlock the power and potential of that diverse talent, they need each employee to feel a sense of value, purpose and belonging. Which means, they also need inclusion. Getting […]

Best Practices for More Inclusive Meetings

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In 2004, President Bush and Congress declared October “Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” 2004 was a much different time and the event centered around advice like “Update your antivirus software twice a year like you do with your smoke detector batteries.” for U.S. residents. Nowadays, cybersecurity is a much more complex issue and Cybersecurity Awareness Month has […]

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Understanding First-Order Versus Second and Third-Order Metrics

Long ago, one of my old bosses and mentors had a favorite saying: “What gets measured, gets managed.” And he was right, as far as it goes. If you’ve got a metric and a system that reports on it, you pay attention to how you’re performing against that metric, and you make adjustments based on […]

Understanding First-Order Versus Second and Third-Order Metrics

Inaugural INTEGRATE ME Brings ProAV Back to MENA Region — Looking Back at the 2023 Show

Congratulations to the organizers of INTEGRATE ME for their first show dedicated to ProAV. Co-located with CabSat, the show drew in an enthusiastic crowd of ProAV May 16-18, 2023 — much to the satisfaction of the exhibitors. The industry held its breath (several attempts in the MENA region have failed) and at first glance, many […]

Inaugural INTEGRATE ME Brings ProAV Back to MENA Region — Looking Back at the 2023 Show

Invest In Efficient Technology

I was visiting a co-worker’s office recently and was surprised by their technology setup. They had a single monitor as an external display for their laptop. They used the mic, speakers and camera on their laptop (which is off to the side) for Zoom calls. I began to wonder how this person could possibly be […]

Invest In Efficient Technology

Eliminating Barriers to Adoption in Higher Education Technology

By Jason Tirado Lightware US The pace of digital transformation in higher education has accelerated immeasurably over the past three years. To complement video lectures and engage students in virtual classrooms, higher education facilities have adopted technologies to accelerate interactivity and hybrid models of online and in-person learning. The new technologies have changed learning, teaching […]

Eliminating Barriers to Adoption in Higher Education Technology

rePLAY CEDIA Expo 2023 Wrap-Up

Hey #AVtweeps, welcome to the official wrap-up of of rePLAY CEDIA Expo 2023! In this episode of rePLAY, our hosts, Steph Beckett and Emily Dean, walked us through their favorite moments of rAVe’s coverage of CEDIA Expo, the show that showcases the latest and greatest in HomeAV technology. “The great thing about our product videos […]

rePLAY CEDIA Expo 2023 Wrap-Up

Recruiting Talent in the AV Industry? Company Values Matter.

By Peter Hansen AVIXA Company values matter. They impact how your business runs, they impact our society, and, according to new data, they hold substantial importance to the ProAV workforce. The link between company values and hiring is not an entirely new topic. In recent years, more and more data has shown that workers place […]

Recruiting Talent in the AV Industry? Company Values Matter.

A Cautionary Tale About Software

Over the past several years, software has become a significant source of revenue in the AV industry. The approach to providing software can vary widely amongst different vendors. Some “give” their software away since it only works with their equipment. Of course, we all know we are paying for that software when we buy the […]

A Cautionary Tale About Software