Kelly

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I’ve worked for Gary for a long time — 16 years or so now, by far the longest of anyone else at rAVe. But the person who’s been there the second longest is our accountant, Kelly Johnson, who has been with Gary and me at rAVe for 12 years. She died Monday from complications of […]

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Survey | Assessing Collaboration Tech and Tools in Today’s Market

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A lot has changed over the past three to four months. Most of the world’s professionals are working from home (or working from anywhere) using different video conferencing platforms and a myriad of collaboration tools to continue working. We want to get a sense of how COVID-19 and recent work-from-home (or work from anywhere other […]

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A UCC Update from Futuresource and rAVe

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Videoconferencing solutions continue to move into the commercial foreground, with videoconferencing hardware achieving pre-COVID-19 volume and value growth of 28% and 9% respectively in 2019, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. The report covers all aspects of videoconferencing hardware; it also combines desk research, sales data from vendors across seven key geographies and […]

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The Personalization of AV: Futuresource and rAVe Look Into the Future

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By Chris Mcintyre-Brown Futuresource Consulting The COVID-19 pandemic has, without a doubt, had an indelible impact on the workplace. It has impacted both the environment and the routines that underpin daily lives globally. Organizations have had to adapt rapidly and radically to survive, deploying digital technology and platforms to keep business moving, as the definition […]

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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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The Status of ProAV, As Told By AVIXA’s “COVID-19 Impacts to ProAV Businesses” Webinar

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Last week, AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) held an important and data-driven webinar based on consolidated findings from the past 12 weeks of its Impact Survey — a weekly assessment of proAV industry trends, attitudes and perceptions in light of the pandemic. The “COVID-19 Impacts to Pro AV Businesses Webinar,” available to AVIXA […]

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Future of the Integration Business: Human Resources

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By Michael Timmes National Systems Contractors Association The COVID-19 pandemic should have you reexamining your HR policies about remote work, sick time, benefits, and more. As integration companies battle through a COVID-19-depleted market, there is much uncertainty about what the future of the integration industry holds. One feeling, however, has been consistent throughout NSCA’s countless […]

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Future of the Integration Business: Meeting Room Solutions

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By Tom LeBlanc National Systems Contractors Association Integration firms looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis will serve customers with a new set of priorities for meeting room technology. As integration companies battle through a COVID-19-depleted market, there is much uncertainty about what the future of the integration industry holds. One feeling, however, has been consistent throughout NSCA’s […]

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Design Thinking — The New Normal for AV

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Business-As-Usual is all but done; Design Thinking is here to replace it during the “new normal” of a post-COVID world. As of this article’s writing for rAVe, one of the most recent common phrases in the English-speaking lexicon has to be ‘new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The term is a hopeful euphemism to cope with […]

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The Fall 2020 Classroom

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It’s June of 2020, and colleges and universities have finished their crazy spring semesters. Most are pivoting, rooted in planning for the fall semester of 2020. A few themes seem to be emerging that will begin to shape what this next school year looks like, and therefore how the AV market will play a role. […]

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Future of the Integration Business: Corporate Market Solutions

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By Tom LeBlanc National Systems Contractors Association Integration firms looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis need to strategize for a corporate client base with re-prioritized technology demands. As integration companies battle through a COVID-19-depleted market, there is much uncertainty about what the future of the integration industry holds. One feeling, however, has been consistent throughout NSCA’s […]

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After the Pandemic: Online Communications in a Post-COVID-19 World

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICS By Paul Richards Chief Streaming Officer, PTZOptics The world’s largest work-from-home experiment has pushed the online communication industry forward at a record pace over the first two quarters of 2020. During this time of great change, adaptation has been key for everyone from students to teachers to governors […]

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DSE to Host Webinar Series on How to Manage Digital Signage Networks During COVID-19 — Beginning June 2

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has announced a free webinar series covering specific business verticals and their efforts to manage digital signage networks during the time of COVID-19. The first installment — for higher education — is entitled “Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Ed Digital Signage Networks” and will be presented Tuesday, June 2, at 2 […]

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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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Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

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Many of us are approaching our third month of stay-at-home orders (while others on the West Coast are looking at their fourth month). We — or at least I — spend much of our time thinking/dreaming about when this will come to an end so that we can get back to a normal routine. However, […]

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COVID-19 and the New Era of Online Video Conferencing

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting Populations are adjusting to COVID-19, with social distancing orders having compelled people to find alternatives to face-to-face meetings. As a result, cloud video conferencing solutions have never been more popular. With hundreds of millions of people now working from home, vendors such as Cisco, Lifesize and Microsoft have responded to […]

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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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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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Rentman Rental and Event Management Software Now Free for First 90 Days

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Rentman is a cloud-based, all-in-one software solution for AV rental and event production companies. With Rentman, you can better manage your warehouse, communicate with your crew, and generate quotes and invoices. The impact of COVID-19 has had serious effects on companies all over the world. To help professionals in the AV rental and event production […]

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Almo Pro A/V Adds Work-From-Home Hardware Bundle

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In a great example of pivoting, Almo Professional A/V is helping ensure integrators are able to keep business professionals, educators and learners alike more connected with its newest “Work-From-Home” hardware bundle. The new bundle features a Yamaha portable USB and Bluetooth speakerphone and a Huddly Go conferencing camera. The new Work-From-Home kit (GO-BLK/YVC-200-WHT/BLK-KIT) is lightweight […]

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beyerdynamic UNITE System Adapts to Use in Hospitals for COVID-19

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beyerdynamic is sharing how its UNITE system allows hospital nursing staff to wirelessly transmit emergency signals from their patient’s monitoring devices directly to them. At a hospital in NYC that currently has multiple floors treating COVID-19 patients, nurses needed to be able to hear the monitor alarms that their patients were connected to while they […]

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The Rise, Fall and Rise of the Interactive Display Market

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By Colin Messenger Futuresource Consulting A month ago, 13 countries had complete school closures, affecting 19% of enrolled learners and placing an emphasis on the concern for adequate supply. As the peak of the crisis in China was just after Chinese New Year, vendors had plenty of inventory to cover the annual common shortage around […]

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AtlasIED Introduces New Line of Portable Indoor/Outdoor Packaged Audio Systems

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AtlasIED introduced its new Temporary Audio Systems (TAS) line of portable indoor/outdoor packaged audio systems. To facilitate quick and easy setup, the TAS systems come packaged with all the necessary components, including all-weather speakers, handheld and desktop microphones, speaker/mic stands, power conditioners, amplifiers, cabling and more. Four different packages are available, designed to serve facilities […]

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CEDIA Unveils New Program to Support Members During COVID-19 Pandemic

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CEDIA today introduced CEDIASTRONG, a new program comprised of new services and tools to empower, educate, and inspire CEDIA members to weather these turbulent times. CEDIASTRONG will provide members free financial planning tools and services, technical training and webinars, career planning resources, online business roundtable discussions and marketing content that members can use to promote […]

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