Gaining New Customers – Strategic Social Media and Marketing Focus For Integrators

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Today, some well-known (and even some lesser known) systems integrators have made their mark in marketing and social media, however many are still looking for the proper strategies as well as the more enhanced ways to build the industry profile – especially to gain new customers. It seems that for any company to compete and advance […]

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Can There Finally Be a “New UCC Mindset?”

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To refresh the memories, when entering the UCC Pavilion at InfoComm 2016 this is what you were witness to: Videoconferencing and telepresence systems Remote worker / teleworker technologies Cloud services Unified communications and collaboration technologies Networked interactive whiteboards Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) providers Videoconferencing as a service (VCaaS) providers Managed services providers Collaboration […]

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A UCC Story in Real Life

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I like sitting at Starbucks for an hour or two occasionally, writing a blog, listening to music. One day recently I’m there, not too crowded, some guy walks in and sets up his laptop at a table near mine. He gets on the phone and after about 10 minutes he’s talking a bit loud, sounds […]

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UCC and the Road To InfoComm 2016

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Last year at this time I decided to take a look at the UCC space prior to InfoComm 2015, which also involved interviews with notable executives in UCC. As we’re about a month before this year’s show, it’s that time again. Experience the latest collaboration and conferencing solutions in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) Pavilion! You’ll see […]

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Ricoh Partners with Videxio to Offer a Cloud Videoconferencing Service

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It looks like Fridays are becoming the big news days in UCC, and today happens to be no exception. It was announced today that leading cloud video service provider Videxio has signed a global agreement with Ricoh, where the worldwide technology solutions provider will offer the Videxio service branded as RICOH Unified Communication System Advanced […]

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Combined UCC Power: Mitel and Polycom Announce Merger

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Mitel and Polycom announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement as talks had recently reached final stages after months of discussions. This has created what has been termed by both a new company with shared vision for seamless communications and collaboration – and according to a statement in a Polycom […]

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Digital Transformation: Part 2 – Move At the Speed of Technology Change

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My Digital Transformation Part 1 looked at innovation, disruption and the necessary mindshift – Part 2 focuses on how going digital appears to be the ultimatum facing businesses these days, where competitors must seek the proper tools that can give them an edge. Many, however, still find themselves wondering where to begin this transition and the AV industry overall is […]

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So You Want to Talk Security…

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Headline: Channel Partners – 3/10/16: Network Security Incidents High Among World’s Largest Companies Story: A new survey of IT and security professionals reveals that 72 percent of organizations have experienced five or more network security incidents in the past 12 months. Regardless of region or technology, IT and security administrators revealed that their networks have significant blind […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show

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In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Industry Educators and the Student – An Interview with Paul Zielie, Jeremy Caldera and Victoria Barela

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It’s well known that discussion in the AV/IT industry concerning education has continued to build to a crescendo in terms of determining such things as value, efficiency, coverage and more. We certainly discuss CTS certification and all that it means – as well as the teaching process that goes along with it – however beyond […]

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Driven by the AV and IT Life

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After completing the first show of the new season of rAVe Radio’s AV Power Up with great guests Cory Schaeffer, TJ Adams and Joey D’Angelo at QSC, it got me to thinking about my standing in the industry, as well as my thoughts about it. These three individuals who have major profiles in the industry […]

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Head of Global Sales – Strategic Partners at Google becomes President of Americas Business at Pexip

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I was delivered this news this morning that, as I and others will see it, certainly impacts the video conferencing world: Pexip Hires Amy Kim of Google, Inc. as President of its Americas Business Pexip, one of the industry’s leading innovators in scalable, distributed collaboration software, today announced that it has hired Amy Kim of Google, […]

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This Week (In AV and IT) 12/4

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Shure Wireless Systems Dominate American Music Awards (11/30) The 43rd Annual American Music Awards were broadcast on ABC on Sunday night, November 22. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the program presented the fan-voted honors along with a series of high-profile performances, highlighted by a vocal interpretation of the classic […]

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A Grand Day for Polycom With New Market Solutions

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Today, Polycom marked a 25th anniversary in the industry by announcing Innovative Solutions that will Transform Collaboration Experiences along with being the First to Put People at the Center of Collaboration. They conducted a pre-launch day yesterday for press and analysts (which I was invited to but unfortunately was not able to attend), followed by an […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/2

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A High School Student, An Inexpensive Ebola Test and a $50,000 Grand Prize  A science fair took place where 20 finalists’ projects – originally selected from thousands of submissions from more than 100 countries – came from 11 countries: Bosnia, Canada, France, India, Lithuania, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This […]

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Vidyo-enabled Healthcare Consultations Aim to Increase Efficiency, Improve Patient Outcomes – The Interview

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In my second Convergent TechWeek, I included a recent story on teleheath and the utilization of a well-known industry company’s videoconferencing solution: Vidyo-enabled Healthcare Consultations Aim to Increase Efficiency, Improve Patient Outcomes HACKENSACK, N.J. AND AURORA, CO. – August, 2015 – Diabetes is a costly chronic health condition that places immense strain on patients, families, healthcare providers […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/25

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IoT Continues to Open Pandora’s Box According to a PricewaterhouseCooper’s report (from October 2014), more than 20 percent of U.S. adults own at least one wearable, and soon we’ll be using them at home and work for a variety of purposes, with as many as 50 billion new connected devices by 2020. The Internet of Things has of […]

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