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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1312: Lenovo’s Shannon MacKay Wraps Up ISE 2024 Presence With a Videocast

Lenovo went to ISE 2024 and launched its partnership with Jabra via the ThinkSmart Bar 180 system. It was one of the best shows the company has ever had and, as you will hear from Lenovo’s executive director and general manager, Smart Collaboration Business, Shannon MacKay, its strategy of a good, better, best offering using […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1312: Lenovo’s Shannon MacKay Wraps Up ISE 2024 Presence With a Videocast

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1311: For You AV Folks Interested in Getting Into Digital Signage, You Need to Join DSF

On the latest “Steph Takeover” episode of Rants & rAVes, I speak with Bryan Meszaros of OpenEye Global to talk about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF). DSF’s goal is to educate its members and other stakeholders about digital signage trends, important markets and more through education, networking and advocacy. If you’re someone in AV who […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1311: For You AV Folks Interested in Getting Into Digital Signage, You Need to Join DSF

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1310: Why WAVIT Is Important to AV

On the latest “Steph Takeover” episode of Rants & rAVes, I speak with Gina Sansivero of AtlasIED about an organization she helped found called Women of AV/IT (WAVIT). The organization aims to create a network of support for women in (or looking to enter) the AV and IT industries. As president, Gina helps with all […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1310: Why WAVIT Is Important to AV

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1309: Here’s What Logitech Will Debut at ISE 2024. Hint: Hollywood!

Logitech will be at ISE 2024 in stand/booth 2M300, showing a plethora of UCC solutions that address every need — from the remote participants to in-person participants — equitably! To talk more about this, Logitech’s head of video collaboration alliances and go-to-market, Sudeep Trivedi, joined my latest videocast to drop some big news about something […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1309: Here’s What Logitech Will Debut at ISE 2024. Hint: Hollywood!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1308: WyreStorm Will Deliver on Its Power-of-Three Promise with New EDU-Focused Switcher at ISE 2024

My latest pre-ISE-2024 videocast features WyreStorm’s Voislav Zec, product director, and Franklyn Mogale, technical sales engineer, who used the opportunity to debut a new educationally focused product live on the show. It’s a truly hybrid switcher designed to integrate into any classroom, and includes a built-in matrix that can manage HDMI, HDBaseT (3.0), USB-C and […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1308: WyreStorm Will Deliver on Its Power-of-Three Promise with New EDU-Focused Switcher at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1307: Sennheiser Uses ISE 2024 to Expand TeamConnect, Add Dante to the EW-DX and Demo MobileConnect … But That’s Not All

On my latest pre-ISE-2024 Rants & rAVes episode, I invited David Missall, Sennheiser’s insights manager consultants & technical application engineer manager, on as my guest. Missall took us through everything Sennheiser will show at ISE in Barcelona (next week!). The EMEA market will see the TeamConnect Bars for the first time and hear about how […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1307: Sennheiser Uses ISE 2024 to Expand TeamConnect, Add Dante to the EW-DX and Demo MobileConnect … But That’s Not All

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1306: Vestel Will Use ISE 2024 to Debut New Digital Signage and Interactive Displays

This latest pre-ISE-2024 videocast features Vestel Head of Sales Burak Ozdemir, to talk with me about the company’s presence at ISE stand/booth 3F200. Its all-new lineup will include digital signage displays, dvLED displays and interactive/collaboration boards. Vestel is an up-and-coming display manufacturer who is well-poised to become a leader in EMEA. You don’t want to […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1306: Vestel Will Use ISE 2024 to Debut New Digital Signage and Interactive Displays

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1305: XTEN-AV Uses ISE 2024 to Launch Two New Integrations and an Investment From ADI

Timing is everything and the co-founders of XTEN-AV, Vibhav Singh and Sahil Dhingra, couldn’t have timed a capital investment from ADI any better as they head to ISE 2024. XTEN-AV will use ISE to add two new features to its cloud-based AV design and proposal software. And this will be the first live look at […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1305: XTEN-AV Uses ISE 2024 to Launch Two New Integrations and an Investment From ADI

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1304: Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe Will Go Toward Tomorrow at ISE 2024; Here’s Everything the Company Will Launch!

Today’s pre-ISE-2024 videocast features more than a sneak peek with Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe; in fact, I learned everything the company will launch at ISE next week. The most popular new technology will likely be two new color epaper digital signage displays along with a new CoB 0.7mm pixel-pitch LED. However, new UCC products […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1304: Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe Will Go Toward Tomorrow at ISE 2024; Here’s Everything the Company Will Launch!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1303: Here’s Everything Mago Will Show at ISE 2024

Today’s pre-ISE 2024 videocast features Mago Co-Founder and VP of Global Strategic Alliances Cristiano Fumagalli, who not only explains where we can see the collaborative technology but also teases us with an awesome demo on the platform! Watch this and then make sure you see the company’s tech in the Jupiter stand (3N700) as well […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1303: Here’s Everything Mago Will Show at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1302: Shure Will Use ISE 2024 to Launch a Totally New, Super-Simple Wireless Mic System; Here Are the Details

Here’s an early look at a totally new wireless mic system making its debut at ISE 2024, thanks to Shure’s senior manager, integrated systems global marketing, Chris Lyons. The system will be a hit with universities that need sound reinforcement and mic’d professors, but it certainly has a lot of other applications as well (you’ll […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1302: Shure Will Use ISE 2024 to Launch a Totally New, Super-Simple Wireless Mic System; Here Are the Details

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1301: Big Show for Standards-Based AV-over-IP via IPMX, PlexusAV at ISE 2024

You may recall that a new company called PlexusAV debuted at ISE 2023 using the new IPMX AV-over-IP standard. Well, at ISE 2024, that same company will show you its product lineup and even demonstrate the quality of its 1G encoding and decoding. PlexusAV’s global director of business development, Steven Cogels, joined me on my […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1301: Big Show for Standards-Based AV-over-IP via IPMX, PlexusAV at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1300: Epson at ISE 2024 Will Be All About Experiences

While other display companies are worried about specs, speeds and feeds, Epson will be at ISE 2024, focusing on the experience you can give clients using immersive projection technology. From projection mapping to events, Epson wants attendees to enter its stand/booth in Hall 3 (3J100) and understand how projection surrounds the senses and can transport […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1300: Epson at ISE 2024 Will Be All About Experiences

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1299: Humly Will Show New Accessories and Features for Its Humly Booking Device at ISE 2024

My latest pre-ISE 2024 videocast features Humly CEO Anders Karlsson to discuss one of the industry’s most aesthetically pleasing products, the Humly Booking Device. As co-working spaces and desk-sharing explode, Humly is well positioned to become a major factor in UCC and digital signage, and the company will use ISE to launch new features and […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1299: Humly Will Show New Accessories and Features for Its Humly Booking Device at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1298: Xyte Will Use ISE 2024 to Simplify AV Integrator Adoption with Xyte Connect

Xyte will come to ISE 2024 with a new application for its ecosystem — dubbed Xyte Connect. My latest Rants & rAVes videocast episode features Xyte’s VP of sales, Andrew Gross, who explained how Connect will simplify the adoption of Xyte’s cloud-management platform and its AVaaS options. Xyte will be in stand/booth 5J620 and I […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1298: Xyte Will Use ISE 2024 to Simplify AV Integrator Adoption with Xyte Connect

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1297: Experience Is Everything With Christie at ISE 2024

Christie will allow ISE 2024 attendees to experience all its products and technology in stand/booth 3K500 this year, its 95th year as a company. The entire booth is driven either by Pandora’s Box, its media server technology, or Christie Terra, the AV-over-IP ecosystem based on SDVoE. Christie’s senior director of marketing, Enterprize, Steve Capling, and […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1297: Experience Is Everything With Christie at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1296: Here’s an Exclusive Interview with Xyte CEO Omer Brookstein on Its $30M Funding

Yesterday, Xyte announced a $30 million round of investment, which includes $20 million in Series A funding led by Intel Capital, with participation from Samsung Next and existing investors S Capital and Mindset Ventures, as well as $10 million in venture lending from funds and accounts managed by BlackRock. Check out my exclusive interview with […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1296: Here’s an Exclusive Interview with Xyte CEO Omer Brookstein on Its $30M Funding

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1295: SpinetiX Will Debut a Video Wall Player and an ARYA Partnership With Q-SYS at ISE 2024

SpinetiX will use ISE 2024 to debut an all-new four-output media player designed to simplify video wall design and deployment. The new player includes four 4K60fps outputs that can break up or combine content across four displays that are configured in any physical layout — not just 2×2 or 1×4. And, it’s manageable via the […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1295: SpinetiX Will Debut a Video Wall Player and an ARYA Partnership With Q-SYS at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1294: NETGEAR Heads to ISE 2024 With New AV-over-IP Partners and Products

My latest pre-ISE videocast features NETGEAR’s director of marketing for NETGEAR Business, John Henkel, to discuss what the company will have in stand/booth 5C750 at ISE 2024. The new M4350 Series will debut in Europe (a few of them even support SMPTE ST 2110). In addition, NETGEAR will show the new PR460X Pro Router and […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1294: NETGEAR Heads to ISE 2024 With New AV-over-IP Partners and Products

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1293: Here’s What You Can Expect from Vivitek at ISE 2024

Vivitek will be exhibiting on the Delta Display Companies stand, 3K700, at ISE 2024 — showing the full breadth of display products from handheld projectors through LEDs for commands and control centers (and everything in between). In this latest Rants & rAVes episode, I speak to Holger Gräff, Vivitek and Delta Display Solutions EMEA general […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1293: Here’s What You Can Expect from Vivitek at ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1292: HETMA’s Prism Scholarship: What Is It, Who’s Eligible and How to Apply

In the latest Steph takeover episode of Rants & rAVes, I take over for Gary Kayye to chat with Natalie Gillespie and Annie Foster of the Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance (HETMA). HETMA, being a nonprofit advocacy organization, does a lot of good for our industry, but in this episode we focus on the Prism […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1292: HETMA’s Prism Scholarship: What Is It, Who’s Eligible and How to Apply

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1291: Here’s What Yealink Has Planned for ISE 2024

Yealink is one of the fastest-growing UCC gear and systems manufacturers in the world. The company is focusing on its partnership with Microsoft Teams and Teams Rooms-certified products at the upcoming ISE 2024 show in Barcelona — Yealink will be in stand/booth #2S130. Today’s pre-ISE 2024 podcast features Yealink’s marketing director, Lisa Zhang, to talk […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1291: Here’s What Yealink Has Planned for ISE 2024

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1290: Here’s How SAVe Is Working to Make Our Industry Sustainable

Another Steph Takeover Rants & rAVes episode? It must be your lucky day! This time, I interview Christina De Bono, founder and president of Sustainability in AV (SAVe), about everything the organization is doing to help meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our industry can be quite wasteful, and from programs that help give […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1290: Here’s How SAVe Is Working to Make Our Industry Sustainable

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1289: AVIXA Women’s Council Adds Christina Cruzeiro as Co-Chair

In this Steph Takeover episode of Rants & rAVes, I interview Tammy Fuqua and Christina Cruzeiro about what it is to be a woman in our industry (news flash — it’s tough). During COVID-19, the percentage of women in the AV workforce actually declined! But the AVIXA Women’s Council does great work, and to continue […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1289: AVIXA Women’s Council Adds Christina Cruzeiro as Co-Chair

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1288: If You Are in AV Sales and Selling, You Might Be Doing It Wrong. Here’s Why.

Brawn Consulting founder Alan Brawn joined me on for his the latest episode of Rants & rAVes to talk about an article he recently wrote in which he cited some interesting customer buying shifts that have been documented by research firms like Gartner, McKinsey and Harvard Business Review. Data shows that somewhere between 70%-80% of […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1288: If You Are in AV Sales and Selling, You Might Be Doing It Wrong. Here’s Why.

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1287: How Design Thinking Innovated the New Chief Tempo Wall Mounts From Legrand AV

My latest episode of Rants & rAVes features Nathan Bohl, VP & GM and Dorian Haro, product manager at Chief | Legrand AV to talk about how the process of Design Thinking innovated the new Chief wall mount lineup, dubbed Tempo. It’s interesting how Legrand AV uses real-time relationships with integrators, design consultants and even […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1287: How Design Thinking Innovated the New Chief Tempo Wall Mounts From Legrand AV

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1286: Here’s How PSA Developed Its Own LMS and Why It’s Invaluable to the Security and ProAV

It’s no secret that we’re living in a time during which multiple industries seem to be converging with ProAV. Just a few years ago, we were fighting the AV-is-or-isn’t-IT fight, and now we’re seeing security (physical and cyber) mix with ProAV, too. During this special Steph takeover episode of Rants & rAVes, I interview Candice […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1286: Here’s How PSA Developed Its Own LMS and Why It’s Invaluable to the Security and ProAV

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1285: The Best Webinar of 2023 Will Be My ‘What Mattered in 2023’ Panel on December 13

In the most anticipated panel of 2023, a panel of AV, UCC and Digital Signage experts will join me to explore what of 2023 will affect 2024 and beyond. The panel of experts will review key trends, newly debuted technologies and discuss how to prepare for the upcoming year, as many of these experts have […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1285: The Best Webinar of 2023 Will Be My ‘What Mattered in 2023’ Panel on December 13

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1284: DSE’s David Drain Details the Upcoming Las Vegas Digital Signage Experience Show

The Digital Signage Experience (DSE) is less than two weeks away, and, again, it will be co-located with the LDI Show. The industry’s only exclusively digital signage show, DSE includes both a two-day exhibit hall and an educational component. DSE’s David Drain joined me on my latest videocast to talk about the event — after […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1284: DSE’s David Drain Details the Upcoming Las Vegas Digital Signage Experience Show

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1283: Do You Do Digital Signage? If So, We Have a Webinar For You on Nov. 15

On Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. EST, I will deliver my annual “State of the Digital Signage Market” webinar. I will cover growth stats, future market trends, the impact of OLED and LED on signage, how DOOH (digital out-of-home) advertising impacts signage — and I’ll even show you a real-world case study of the power […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1283: Do You Do Digital Signage? If So, We Have a Webinar For You on Nov. 15

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1282: Here’s How NETGEAR’s Free ProAV AV-over-IP Design Service Works, Thanks to Alex Pendleton

I had NETGEAR’s Alex Pendleton join me on today’s videocast. Alex is one of 22 NETGEAR team members whose job it is to help AV integration firms design systems via AV-over-IP. It’s a free service, literally dubbed NETGEAR’s ProAV Design Service, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is email them […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1282: Here’s How NETGEAR’s Free ProAV AV-over-IP Design Service Works, Thanks to Alex Pendleton

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1281: Meet Neil Fluester, Host of CresTV

On the latest episode of my Rants & rAVes videocast, CresTV host Neil Fluester joined to talk with me about the perils of traveling while maintaining a weekly streaming video show. We discuss what gear we both use to make this happen, from lighting to Shure microphones, we both share the behind-the-scenes gear that make […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1281: Meet Neil Fluester, Host of CresTV