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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A Pandemic Success Story — What AV Can Learn From WWE

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World Wrestling Entertainment is a sport that relies on fan engagement and interaction more than any other. A big reason for that is the fact that it is staged. Yes, there is a substantial degree of physicality that goes into it, along with choreography and excellent timing. Yet, in the end, we know it is […]

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A Secret Productivity Killer Called “Double Join” Haunts Most of Our Meetings – And We Deserve Better

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I’d never heard the term “double join” until a few months ago on a call with one of our board members, John Case, who is a great resource to talk with if you’re researching the world of video conferencing. John spent a long time at Microsoft building the Office 365 product family and now puts […]

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IT or X? It’s BOTH!

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Suppose you’re active in social media at all. In that case, you may have noticed that quite a few strong opinions are resurfacing about AV’s “Experience” movement that has been happening since InfoComm became AVIXA. I believe the sudden rise of cloud-based conferencing, AV-over-IP and the retraction of hospitality, live and experiential events due to […]

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In Most Recent Patent Battle, ClearOne and Shure Claim Partial Victories

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The ClearOne and Shure legal battle continues with a new decision filed Friday. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a decision regarding Shure’s U.S. Patent No. 9,565,493 (the “’ 493 Patent”). However, this most recent legal battle confirms that both ClearOne and Shure claimed […]

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Agile for AV: Go-To-Market Strategies for AV Firms

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The problem is not your technology. The problem is that you can’t pivot fast enough to keep up with the changes (set in motion by a global pandemic). The reason you can’t keep up is that your management system is based on a static, backward-looking, historical view of the AV market because it’s always worked, […]

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Recharge Centers: Technology’s Influence on Our Moods and Emotions

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According to Kenny Chesney, “We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives, takes us to another place and time,” I know that I certainly do. But can technology do that too? Here are the facts: We know that numerous studies have shown the effect of technology on teenagers, along with the results of […]

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Thank You Mandy, Debbie and Scott

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No one is immune to COVID-19. This is a defining moment in world history that our kids, their kids, their kids’ kids (and so on) will learn about in grade school for generations to come. Likely, everyone will eventually know someone directly or indirectly affected by this pandemic, either personally or professionally. As you probably […]

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AVIXA Study Shows $9 Billion 2020 Drop in ProAV. But, They Forgot to Track Something Positive

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After reaching $93 billion in 2019, the Americas ProAV market is set to drop 8% to $86 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the new 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Americas Summary produced by AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association). However, a strong recovery is expected, with […]

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Remote Support Suddenly Sounds Like a Much Better Idea

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Back in the late fall of 2019, I first heard of Teleportivity. It was in a demo video that Gary Kayye posted right here on rAVe [PUBS]. My initial thought was that the idea was great, but I wondered about the product’s efficacy at smaller institutions like mine, or even mid-size colleges and universities. My […]

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Hybrid Working and the Next Normal: My Thoughts on Poly’s New Study

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I received an email last week telling me about Poly’s (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) latest virtual event, introducing its study on the market. The report, dubbed “Hybrid Working: Creating the ‘Next Normal’ in Work Practices, Spaces and Culture,” was made to “highlight the shift in focus from place of work to purpose of work as […]

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DSE Rescheduled a Second Time, Moved to November 11-13, 2020

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Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled for March 31-April 3, 2020 and then moved to September 15-18, 2020 in Las Vegas, has been moved to November 11-13, 2020 due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Access to the exhibit hall will be on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13, with pre-show conferences […]

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ClickShare Conference Is As If the Barco UCC Engineers Saw COVID-19 Coming

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Like many of you, we’ve decided to keep THE rAVe Agency’s physical offices closed at least through the end of the summer, but I think it’s unlikely that we will actually gather our team together, physically, fall. In fact, nearly every business will face the significant hurdle of dealing with people who are creeped out […]

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Announcing the 2020 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of our ninth annual 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different from ANY other industry awards, and the stats speak for themselves: We had more than 205,000 votes for the final awards! Nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you — the AV community. We don’t charge […]

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The Great AVoIP Debate

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I spend some time on Twitter, and yesterday I noticed a lot of online chatter happening around a panel rAVe put together for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. Kudos to the staff at rAVe for curating the speakers, because to my knowledge, the people on the panel and the groups they represent had never been assembled together […]

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Strategies for Times of Crisis: How to Survive in the Short Term and Thrive in the Long Term

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Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This quote is reasonably relevant today, as we have all taken a beating from COVID-19. Most successful firms had developed strategies years ago and have been consistently and successfully following them. However, what we’ve experienced the past several months — […]

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Voting is OPEN for the 9th Annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

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We’ve counted up the 26,000+ nominations for our annual rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards, and here are your finalists! But your work here is not done, readers — we need to determine the winners. That’s where you come in. You can submit your votes and secure your picks by using the box below. There are only […]

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Nominations Now Open for Ninth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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We weren’t sure whether to continue with the Readers’ Choice Awards this year. To be honest, with COVID-19 affecting so many different aspects of our work and our lives, it didn’t seem like the right time. That’s when it hit us. We began giving out these awards as a way to let our audience tell […]

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I Attended Almo’s E4v — Here’s What I Learned

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As with many events in the world right now, Almo Professional A/V canceled its E4 Experience(s) that was supposed to happen this spring. Instead, the distributor held an totally online version — calling it the E4 Evolution or E4v. I wrote a sneak preview about it a couple of weeks ago. But in case you […]

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CEDIA EXPO Officially Canceled for 2020, Virtual Experience Planned

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The producers of CEDIA EXPO, Emerald Expositions, have just sent out an announcement that the 2020 show, scheduled for September 8-12 in Denver, Colorado, will be canceled for this year. This is due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the fact that the Colorado Convention Center, the location of CEDIA EXPO 2020, has been […]

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My Pathway to Dual AVIXA Certification (CTS-D, CTS-I)

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By Rakesh Kumar Mangal, CTS-D, CTS-I, EAVA I am writing this article to collectively respond to various questions and queries I receive on LinkedIn and various other platforms related to AVIXA CTS Certifications. Before starting any further, you should create a login on the AVIXA website if you have not done so already. How did I […]

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Here’s What’s Going to Happen With Wireless Sharing/Wireless Collaboration Post-COVID-19

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting It is not an exaggeration to say that the world as we know it will be forever changed once we emerge from the all-engulfing COVID-19, with one of the major shifts being how we choose to work effectively in the workplace moving forward. Ultimately, collaboration technology is at the center […]

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The Not So Selfish Gene

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By Julian Philips SVP Global Workplace Solutions at AVI-SPL The seminal but often hastily misunderstood work by Dr. Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene” argues that it is humble genes and not organisms, let alone species that dictate evolutionary progress, and that we as human beings are merely vassals as genes seek their own immortality. Scientists […]

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I Watched Zoom’s Security Updates Webinar. Here Are the Takeaways.

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On Wednesday, I watched Zoom’s 45-minute “Get The Latest Product News From Zoom” webinar. When I received the lead, I figured it would be related to Zoom 5.0, the latest upgrade to Zoom and the result of its 90-day security-enhancement plan. By the way, a quick plug: Earlier on, this same day, rAVe had a […]

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Our One-on-One Session With Zoom — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Keynote

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I was shaking in my boots (with excitement) to hear from Zoom for our LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day keynote. Zoom has been in the news a lot recently, but a lot of us think the UCC platform has done a fantastic job of responding to criticism about its security measures, then directly addressing them with […]

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Mark Boidman on “COVID-19 Market Reactions and Forecasts in AV” — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK DS Day Keynote

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For day two of our first-ever LAVNCH WEEK — created and launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom — we were particularly excited to have a full day of content specifically positioned around a huge market in our industry: digital signage. So, naturally, we found an expert on DS trends and forecasting to kick off the […]

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How Will Installation Verticals Weather the Storm of COVID-19?

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By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting Through its research in recent years, Futuresource has identified the install audio markets as a key opportunity for brands across the professional audio industry, ranging from large system touring vendors, through to business music brands and conferencing microphone suppliers. However, as with many professional audio segments and other areas of […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Panel: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services” — The Blog Version

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The ProAV Panel of LAVNCH WEEK yesterday covered something that’s been on many of our minds. The title of the talk will give it away: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services.” In other words, how can you, and your business, pivot in this “new normal” and keep your head above water? […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Tech Talk: “Using AV to Trigger Biology” with Mark Coxon — The Blog Version

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In the greater context of AV systems and design, Mark Coxon asked in his Tech Talk presentation for LAVNCH WEEK today, “Why do we bother with all this stuff?” There’s no ONE answer to using audio and video to tell a good story. So how do we do it? Turns out a lot of the […]

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