AVEC 2019: Thoughts on Data, Content and an Economic Outlook for ProAV

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This month I attended AVEC 2019 in New Orleans — that’s AVIXA’s AV Executive Conference, held annually in locations around the U.S. In the past, AVEC has been focused mostly on high-level business and management topics, but this one included panels with industry experts on digital signage, collaboration and higher education. One of the most […]

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AVIXA Announces 2020 Certification Steering Committee

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AVIXA announced the election results Thursday for the 2020 Certification Steering Committee. Certification holders elected new committee members Gain Foster, CTS, K2; Rakesh Kumar, CTS-D, CTS-I, Amazon; Christopher Kusek, CTS-D, CTS-I, ALL PRO SOUND; Michael Pedersen, CTS-D, CTS-I, Iowa State University; Rebecca Sullins, CTS-D, CTS-I, LMG; and Justin Watts, CTS, Apple. The AVIXA Certification Steering […]

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The AV Bible Just Got Better! Buy It!

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AVIXA just announced the release of the third edition of the CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide. The guide provides a comprehensive look at the topics covered in the latest version of the CTS exam. For more than 30 years, AVIXA has administered the CTS program, which is recognized worldwide as the leading AV professional […]

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AVIXA Recognizes AVI Systems With the APEx award

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AVIXA has recognized AVI Systems with the APEx award — a designation for integration companies that meet high standards of excellence in service. “The APEx designation gives AV companies a mark of distinction in the marketplace,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, AVIXA’s executive director and chief executive officer. “Customers of APEx companies can be confident […]

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Corporate Event Audiences Need Interactive ProAV, AVIXA Research Finds

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AVIXA announced Thursday that in its latest Market Opportunity Analysis Report (MOAR): Corporate Events, the findings overwhelmingly show that corporate event audiences demand interactive ProAV technology. Of the $247 billion total ProAV market of 2019, the live events market represents $26.7 billion. The report details that the live events market aims to satisfy corporate event […]

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AVIXA Research Shows Merger-Mania Isn’t Affecting ProAV Market Like We Think

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Extensive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is taking place economy-wide, headlined by deals like the mega-merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. ProAV shares in this evolution. Twenty-seven percent of AV providers reported that the company they currently work for had acquired, merged with or been acquired by another company in the previous five years, according to […]

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AVIXA Just Launched the BEST THING EVER – the AV Experience Awards

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AVIXA just announced the launch of the AV Experience Awards program to recognize the innovative integration of content, space and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. The AV Experience Awards program celebrates the ability of AV technology to expand human capabilities, or to excite, inspire or enhance an experience across diverse markets and industries. The program’s […]

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AVIXA Says North American ProAV Market Will Be $112 Billion by 2024

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The market for professional audiovisual solutions and services in the Americas will grow to more than $112 billion in 2024, from $89 billion in 2019, according to AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. The growth is reflected in updated forecasts now available in AVIXA’s 2019 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Americas Summary. […]

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AVIXA Foundation Is Inviting Students and Educators to Behind-the-Scenes Look at the New Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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The AVIXA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, will host 140 students, educators, and community leaders from Southern California for an AV experience event at the newly renovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 12. Attendees will tour the Coliseum to get an up-close look at the new AV technology […]

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Does Certification Matter?

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As a manager, I’m often faced with the question of what requirements we should put into a job description when we are ready to hire a person. Experience is always the easiest one to figure out. You think about how senior the position is and then you base years of experience or type of experiences […]

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Is It a Standard if Nobody Uses it?

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The AV/IT industry has a problem, one of its own making and one that is getting worse by the micro-second. There are just too many conflicting and confusing “standards” and best practices. Between those created by trade groups, those developed by technical associations or technology consortia (worse yet as these tend to be proprietary) and […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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The Ultimate InfoComm 2019 Wrap-Up Video – Three Days of Awesomeness & Music

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Every year, we produce a video-story that shows the spectacle that is the InfoComm event. Our InfoComm wrap-up video has become one of the most popular things we do each year and, in the lead-up to today’s release, we teased it via social media and the teaser-videos alone garnered over 6,200 views. Again, that’s just […]

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AVIXA Partners with the Society for College and University Planning

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AVIXA is expanding its commitment to showcasing the benefits of audiovisual (AV) solutions in higher education with a featured panel discussion at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Annual Conference, July 14-17, in Seattle. The SCUP 2019 Annual Conference is attended by more than 1,500 higher education professionals and offers an exchange […]

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Five Questions Every Integrator Should Be Asking

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For those of you who don’t know me well, I am pretty active in networking with other AV professionals, technology managers, designers, content producers, etc  If there is one thing most of them agree on, it’s that doing a proper needs analysis is the only way to assure that our systems meet all of our […]

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My (Belated) InfoComm Review

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No other AV publication or agency produced as much content around InfoComm19 as rAVe. I mean, it wasn’t even close. Gary did a ton of pre-show interviews and previews, Johnny and Victoria ran the podcast booth on the show floor at the Peerless-AV booth and were booked day in and day out, and an army […]

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ProAV Market to Grow to $325 Billion By 2024 — Make Sure to Send Zoom a Thank You Card

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The global professional audiovisual industry will grow to more than $325 billion in 2024, from $247 billion in 2019, according to updated forecasts in the new 2019 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Global Summary produced by AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. Overall, the demand for pro-AV products and services is driven […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part Two)

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See part one of Anthony’s Planned Obsolescence column here. Since planned obsolescence for pro AV gear harms sales, service contracts and product support, the future for the AV industry may be headed toward the “as a service” model borrowed from the software industry. Should there be standards for planned obsolescence? Even the IT industry, with […]

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InfoComm 2019 Shuts Up Orlando Haters By Setting an All-Time Attendance Record, Again

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From Friday’s AVIXA Foundation Career Day, welcoming students to the show, to the more than 40 percent of registered attendees under the age of 40, InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, continued to draw the next generation of audiovisual professionals, as well as a broad cross-section of engaged AV customers from higher education, hospitality, retail […]

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SYNNEX Partners with AVIXA for Regional Learning Centers

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SYNNEX Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement with AVIXA to launch three regional learning centers across the U.S. including in Greenville, S.C.; Fremont, Calif.; and Downers Grove, Ill. According to Sandi Stambaugh, vice president, product management, SYNNEX Corporation, “We are pleased to invest in continuing education and certification offerings for our partners through this exciting […]

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InfoComm Takes Aim at DSE with New Digital Signage Educational Series

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AVIXA will bring a comprehensive digital signage education program to InfoComm 2019, June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. The program features five sessions that explore entering new markets with digital signage, taking a close look at transportation and smart cities. The sessions also examine digital signage content strategies and the best approach to analytics. “Digital signage […]

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InfoComm 2019 Education Spaces Follow Design Practices They Teach and Preach

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AVIXA will host more than 200 education sessions at InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, Fla., in classrooms that they say are designed to exemplify how content, space and technology work together to create integrated experiences. To achieve this, AVIXA’s education program developers worked closely with the its standards conformance officers to ensure the rooms […]

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My Friend (and Projection Shootout Partner) Steve Somers Named AVIXA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Winner

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Extron and AVIXA jointly announced that Steve Somers, recently retired vice president of engineering from Extron, the winner of the 2019 Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year the trade association representing the commercial AV industry worldwide recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. The Mackey Barron Distinguished Achievement Award […]

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Almo’s Rob Ziv Named 2019 AVIXA CTS Holder of the Year

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Almo Professional A/Vtoday announced that Rob Ziv, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, DSCE, director of business development for Almo Professional A/V, has been named 2019 CTS Holder of the Year by AVIXA. All AVIXA honorees are being recognized in a ceremony on the InfoComm 2019 Center Stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. on […]

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TIDE Conference at InfoComm 2019 to Include iLuminate’s Miral Kotb

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Miral Kotb, founder of entertainment technology company iLuminate, will offer the afternoon keynote at AVIXA’s TIDE Conference in Orlando, Fla., on June 11. Kotb will share how her personal journey as a software developer and dancer led her to create iLuminate, which combines dance, technology and light to deliver a unique audience experience. Now in […]

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Startup XTEN-AV Will Debut Cloud-Based AV Design System at InfoComm 2019

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Built for AV system integrators, XTEN-AV today announced the launch of its cloud-based platform to transform how AV system integrators design and execute their projects. The platform follows AVIXA’s published standards and guidelines to enable users to design for different spaces more accurately and efficiently. XTEN-AV offers an extensive library of audio-visual brands and products […]

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AVIXA Recognizes First-Ever India-Based APEx Company

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AVIXA this week recognized Aesthetix Technologies India Pvt Ltd. as the first AV Provider of Excellence (APEx) company in India. APEx is AVIXA’s recognition program for companies that set high standards for employee training and certification and meet their clients’ needs by delivering integrated experiences. With the APEx designation, Aesthetix joins an elite group of […]

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AVIXA Announces 2019 Award Winners to be Honored at InfoComm 2019

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AVIXA announced the 2019 recipients of its annual awards this week. Honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on InfoComm 2019’s Center Stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. Every year, AVIXA recognizes outstanding AV professionals for their contributions, leadership and commitment to excellence. Members of […]

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Details Emerge for InfoComm 2019’s Emerging Trends Day

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InfoComm 2019 will host the annual Emerging Trends Day on Tues., June 11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The day’s lineup of analysts, integrators, end users, and technologists will examine the forces impacting pro AV, from internet protocol, to disruptive audio and video, to unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and its […]

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Don’t Come to My Class at InfoComm 2019

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Right now, a part of each of my day has been dedicated to developing my class for InfoComm 2019.  I am giving a talk on “Using AV Technology to Trigger Customers’ Biological Responses” or as I refer to it, “Triggered!” Any time that you are giving a presentation, it’s extremely important to consider the audience […]

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Center Stage Returns to InfoComm 2019 to Spotlight Pro-AV’s Role in Experience Design

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Center Stage returns to the InfoComm 2019 trade show floor June 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of retail, entertainment, hospitality, events and beyond will take the stage to explore how proAV technology contributes to better experiences. The free Center Stage (Booth 3161) sessions […]

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Victoria Dade Added to the AVIXA Board of Directors

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AVIXA has appointed Victoria Dade, national partner director for Sonic Foundry, to serve on its board of directors. At Sonic Foundry, Dade is responsible for managing and recruiting reseller partners, consultants and integrators to the company’s Mediasite business through its Certified Partner Program. She has held leadership positions with Anystream, YellowBrix, Teleglobe and Global Crossing. […]

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