Gary’s Rants & rAVes

Listen to Gary Kayye’s exclusive podcast – Rants & rAVes. Every episode, Gary talks with some of the biggest names in the AV industry and covers all the latest trends. Tune in, #AVTweeps!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 927: TeamBoard Is Going International

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Today’s pre-ISE 2020 show podcast was with TeamBoard’s International Sales Manager Andy Penman — if you think that name TeamBoard (as a product line) sounds familiar, it is! Listen as you’ll learn about their 10-year history in the ProAV and UCC markets and their plans for the International launch of the TeamBoard — an all-new turn-key Collaboration Board system (and, yes, they […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 926: Intel Uses ISE to Roll Out New Unite 4.1 Features for UCC and Classroom Collaboration

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Intel’s VP and General Manager, Jason Goecke, and Intel Unite Worldwide Director of Sales & Technical Enablement, Dave Buchholz  to talk about the new Unite Cloud platform, Unite release version 4.1 and the development around the Intel Unite plug-in community. Intel will be at the ISE Show in Amsterdam next month in Hall 11 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 925: What’s the NovoConnect Ecosystem? Holger Graeff Details Vivitek’s Focus at ISE

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Gary was joined by Vivitek’s GM, Holger Graeff, to talk about its upcoming ISE 2020 stand (Hall 5-S30) and what we can expect. For ten years Vivitek has focused on display technology and, although there will be plenty of monitors, LCDs, projectors and OLEDs in their stand in Amsterdam next month, they’ll focus on the […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 924: Brian Rhatigan Details New Zoom Room Kits from Almo ProAV

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Gary was joined today on his podcast with Almo ProAV‘s Brian Rhatigan to talk about its Zoom Room Kits – all-in-one bundled Zoom Room solutions. This simplifies an AV dealer’s experience with specifying, selling and integrating Zoom Rooms as it’s not only bundled into one SKU but they are actually shipped together in one box. And, on this podcast, […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 923: Jay Denton of SYNNEX Corporation Talks Cisco Collaboration

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Jay Denton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comstor North America, to discuss two important differentiators for SYNNEX Corporation – its extensive Cisco business and its targeted collaboration offerings. Learn how SYNNEX is uniquely positioned to help integrators capture their share of the $22B collaboration space with Cisco and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 922: Have You Registered for the 2020 Digital Signage Expo Yet?

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Gary was joined by Exponation COO, Chris Gibbs, to talk about its Digital Signage Expo (DSE) show – coming March 31-April 3 in Las Vegas. Still the only exclusively signage show, DSE not only includes a trade show floor but also over 100 educational sessions and a digital signage certification, too. Listen to this podcast and, if you still aren’t […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 921: Wayne Borg and His 4000 Lumen Casio XJS400UN Projector Is LED/Laser Leader

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Casio’s Marketing Manager, Wayne Borg, joined Gary via video today to show us how small his new 4000-lumen XJS400UN projector really is. It’s an LED/laser projector that’s spec’d to last 20,000 hours, and with 10 years of LED-based projection behind them, Casio’s specs are backed up with literally millions of solid-state projection installs. This native WUXGA (1920 […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 920: Let’s Talk About [STORYTELLING] and Why We Do It

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As you may know, rAVe [PUBS] is now part of THE rAVe Agency — a full-service creative agency that serves the AV and UCC markets exclusively. We just launched a new service called [STORYTELLING] that helps you tell your brand, product or service story using words, video or voice. No, it’s not PR — there […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 919: Gary Kayye’s Take on UCC Interoperability and the Future of Videoconferencing

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The recent news of video interoperability between Cisco, Zoom and Microsoft has generated a lot of industry buzz. If you’re interested, listen to rAVe Founder, Gary Kayye’s take on where he thinks all of this is headed and why we need to pay attention to the upcoming ISE show in Amsterdam in February 2020. Podcast: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 918: Did You Know ViewSonic Made Projectors and Collaboration Boards?

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I have to be perfectly honest with you. Before deciding to do a podcast with ViewSonic’s Ryan Strayer, I had no clue that ViewSonic even made projectors or had a line of interactive flat-panel displays (aka Collaboration Boards). Maybe I am too occupied at shows like InfoComm, ISE and DSE to do and see everything, but today I did […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 917: What, Where, Who and Why is Stem Audio a Thing?

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A start-up from a bunch of audio engineers debuted at InfoComm earlier this year under the moniker, Stem Audio  Touting an ecosystem approach to solving audio quality, connectivity and usability in UCC spaces, Stem launched a family of 5 products, a wall-mount, table-top and ceiling-mount mic/speaker that connects via USB or “the network” a touch-screen controller and a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 916: Addressing Cloud-based Collaboration with SYNNEX Corporation

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Rob Moyer, Senior Vice President of Cloud Services, Mobility and IoT for SYNNEX Corporation, to hear about cloud-based collaboration and how integrators can lean on the distributor in this evolving market. During the podcast, Rob discussed business transformation and how the way people work and interact has changed dramatically. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 914: Sharp Talks 8K, WCD and Almo Experience on Today’s Videocast

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Gary was joined by Sharp USA‘s distribution sales manager, Dave Lacoff, the VP of new business, Cliff Quiroga and Mehryn Corrigan, its associate director of alliance partner marketing for a four-way videocast that covered two of the hottest new technologies in the ProAv market. Sharp was the first collaboration board company to announce their version of the all-new […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 913: TierPM Just Launched the Ultimate UCC Room Dashboard App

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Although you may know TierPM as that recruiting and AV staffing company, they have something they call the Unified Communications Dashboard that you need to know about. AV integrators can white label it and support thousands of rooms simultaneously or it can be deployed and managed through the cloud by the client themselves. TierPM’s  Program Manager, Sarah Vanroyce […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 912: Almo Has a Busy October with Atlanta E4 Experience, Zoomtopia and New Zoom Room Bundle Solution

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Gary was joined by Almo ProAV‘s Brian Rhatigan to talk about the busiest week of the year for Almo — starting in just 12 days. In addition to debuting its new Zoom Room Bundle Solutions at Zoomtopia, Almo will also be stopping in Atlanta for the E4 Experience. The E4 Experience will bring Atlanta-based integrators and design consultants […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 911: If You Aren’t Selling Digital Signage Content as a Service, You Will Be After Listening to this Podcast

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One of the top digital signage content companies in the world is Mvix Digital Signage. So, I asked Mvix’s Senior Director of Business Development, Mike Kilian, to explain how AV integrators can get into this lucrative and profitable segment of the signage market: selling content creation and managed services. He explains it beautifully! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 910: A Conversation With Mike Blackman of Integrated Systems Events

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Watch this videocast version of Rants and rAVes as Gary talks with Integrated Systems Events Managing Director, Mike Blackman. They discuss all things related to the Integrated Systems Europe show held at the RAI Amsterdam February 11-14 2020. Hear about the decision to leave Amsterdam and host ISE’s future shows at the Gran Via, in […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 909: Catching up with TJ Trojan, Senior Vice President, SYNNEX Corporation

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by long-time channel executive and friend TJ Trojan to hear about his new responsibilities as Senior Vice President for SYNNEX since returning from his assignment as CEO of SYNNEX Japan. On this special interview podcast edition, TJ discussed SYNNEX’s UCC strategy and how they are helping partners transition from traditional UC to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 907: Here’s the Scoop on Almo ProAV’s E4 Experience in Two Weeks in the NY Metro Area

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You may have been to some of the road-show events in the NY or NJ area over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean you have any clue what an E4 Experience is like. The E4 Experience is NOT a road show, not an AV tour stop and certainly not just a “showcase” of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 906: Take Advantage of the High-growth Collaboration Space with SYNNEX VISUALSolv and Financial Services

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Gary was joined on today’s podcast by SYNNEX Senior Vice President, Financial Operations, Alan Buttery, to talk about the plethora of SYNNEX Financial Services that are designed to support AV Integrators, specifically around collaborative meeting spaces. Typically, we think of distributors as suppliers of AV gear but, more and more they’re becoming service providers, too. It’s worth listening to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 905: The Best Projection at CEDIA Will Absolutely Be in the Barco Booth

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Barco is using CEDIA Expo 2019 to officially launch its Bragi Cinemascope native 4K LED-based cinema projector. This is a stunning box that got to see at the ISE Show. Gary was joined on today’s special video-edition of his pre-CEDIA podcast with Barco Residential GM, Tim Sinnaeve, to talk about the Bragi, the theater they’ll have […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 904: Digital Projection Will Set the Display Bar at CEDIA, Again

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Digital Projection has always blown CEDIA attendees away with image quality — this year’s show will not disappoint. In addition to a 0.9mm LED wall with a protective clear-laminate, reflective coating greeting attendees, inside the booth they’ll have a “projector gallery” showing their three most popular projector configurations for high-end imaging. But, the show-stealer will […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 903: TeamBoard Will Make Its Global Debut at Integrate in Australia; We Have the Scoop!

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TeamBoard President Jitu Patel picked rAVe RADIO for the one-and-only sneak-peek of the all-new TeamBoard line of Collaboration Boards — to be available in 55″, 65″, 75″ and 86″ sizes. And, their differentiation is unique as they will be the ONLY Interactive Flat Panel with a fully-functional Android OS embedded inside the 20-point IR touch-based system. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 902: Technology Core Plans to Set-the-Record-Straight and Offer a Plethora of UCC Products at Integrate 2019

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Technology Core‘s National Sales Manager, Andy Penman, joined Gary on his podcast today to talk all-things-Integrate; Australia, that is. Technology Core will have their biggest show stand, ever, in two weeks at the opening of Integrate 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, and they’ll outfit stand D34 with a focus on collaboration and ProAV systems integration with […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 901: So, What Do You Think Extron Will Show at Integrate in Australia?

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You guessed it! Integrate will see the official worldwide trade show debut of the Extron NAV AV-over-IP family of products. NAV is unique as it’s an AV-over-IP ecosystem where their 1G and 10G transmitters and receivers work together in one system approach. Extron’s Australian National Sales Manager, Ben Fabien, joined Gary on today’s first pre-Integrate […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 900: SnapAV’s OvrC Platform is Aimed at Commercial AV Market

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POSTLongtime HomeAV distributor and manufacturer, SnapAV, is now aiming its sights on the Commercial AV market. And, their plan includes using their OvrC support platform to do it. What’s OvrC and how does it work? Well, watch this video cast with SnapAV’s Scott Normand, Director of Commercial, who demo’s OvrC live […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 899: If You Integrate Control Rooms or Digital Signage, You Should Know Who Monitors Anywhere Is!

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Monitors Anywhere basically makes the ClickShare of monitor walls. Using USB to HDMI adapters or thin-client Android computers, you can build network-based digital signage systems or fill video walls with content – in any configuration. So, no digital or analog signal processing – all network-based. If you don’t know Monitors Anywhere, this is the podcast for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 898: The Post Visix InfoComm 2019 Videocast

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In this episode of Rants and rAVes, Gary is joined by Visix founder Sean Matthews. They discuss (and shows) viewers all six new products Visix launched at this years InfoComm, including explaining VUI voice activated wayfinding, and a four output video player. Watch as Sean shows everything that Visix brought to InfoComm 2019. You can […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 897: Why AV-over-IP Should Be On a Separate Network

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Will you succeed in putting video onto your existing data network? Laurent Masia, of Netgear, thinks not! See the full blog post here. Make sure you listen to this episode of Rants and rAVes to hear from Justin Kennington and Gary Kayye as they talk about why #AVoverIP should be on a separate network.   […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 896: When Will LEDs Truly Replace LCDs and Projectors? Not As Soon As You Think!

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For years, industry pundits have predicted the immediate demise of the projector, due to flat panels. Now, there’s a cry that the flat panels will disappear, any day now, due to LEDs. Do you believe the hype? Well, here’s what Absen’s Director of Sales, Mitch Rosenburg, thinks — and this matters as, not only is Absen the […]

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