Holiday Wishes from rAVe [TV]

On the last episode of rAVe [TV] for 2022, our pal Mark Coxon wrote an original holiday jingle for hosts Steph Beckett and Gary Kayye. Watch the video below to see the holiday wishes, which includes a shout-out to our sponsors Legrand I AV and Shure! rAVe [TV] will be back on January 4, 2023. […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes

The internet is ablaze with articles and social media posts about “quiet quitting.” Essentially, workers are doing the job they are paid to do (no more, no less) and the corporate overlords are losing their minds. It’s basically an extension of the “act your wage” concept — you’re there to perform specific functions during business […]

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Join Us for a Fact-Based Supply Chain Discussion

Are you sick of supply chain issues and wondering when they will end? Join Gary Kayye as he leads a panel of AV professionals in a fact-based discussion on the supply chain crisis and when product shortages will be solved during LAVNCH WEEK 6. “The problematic supply chain is important to all of us, because […]

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The Washington, DC E4 Experience Might Well Have Been the Best-Ever

Coming back out of this long nightmare known as the pandemic has been painstakingly slow and that’s an understatement. We’ve had a number of starts and stops in and all over the live events market. And, attendance at every event along the way — from ISE, to NAB to InfoComm and a host of regional […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 6 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

LAVNCH WEEK is back and better than ever with LAVNCH WEEK 6! Held virtually Oct. 24-27, this is the must-attend event for ProAV professionals. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the industry’s #1 virtual event — watch the video below to learn more about sponsoring LAVNCH WEEK 6. “LAVNCH WEEK has been the ProAV industry’s flagship […]

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What Business Are YOU In?

I had the opportunity to attend the Almo E4 event in Anaheim, California, earlier today.  If you’ve ever been to an Almo event, you know that rAVe founder Gary Kayye usually kicks off the day with a thought-provoking keynote, and this E4 was no different. I won’t give away the whole talk, as Almo still […]

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Learn How to Make Hybrid Meetings a Dream

How can remote participants achieve a virtual presence in the room for a more productive and pleasant experience? Find out in a free LAVNCH & LEARN on March 8 at 1 p.m EST. rAVe’s Gary Kayye and Jabra’s Javed Tufail will be joined by ScreenBeam’s Jay Taylor and Parker Dunbar to discuss how to make hybrid […]

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XTEN-AV Takes a Glimpse Into the Future During Dec. 14 LAVNCH & LEARN

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, XTEN-AV will host a LAVNCH & LEARN event with rAVe’s own Gary Kayye. Joined by XTEN-AV co-founders Vib Singh and Sahil Dhingra, the trio will discuss XTEN-AV’s current features as well as what’s coming up next for the company. “We’re very excited to be a part of the LAVNCH & LEARN […]

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Building New Recurring Revenue Streams in the Cloud with Xyte

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Gary Kayye will be joined by Xyte CEO Omer Brookstein for a compelling discussion on AV and cloud convergence; they will also discuss the concept of Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS). During the live, interactive LAVNCH & LEARN, attendees will learn what a true HaaS model means and the toolsets required to achieve them. […]

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Top Tips for AV-over-IP Network Design From NETGEAR

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, experts from NETGEAR will sit down with Gary Kayye to share their best practices, tips and tricks for getting the most out of an AV-over-IP network. During the live, interactive LAVNCH & LEARN, attendees will learn how to select the right network switch for AV-over-IP installs and how to avoid pitfalls […]

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How Virtual Mic and Mic-Array Technologies Revolutionize Meeting Rooms and Classrooms: The Blog

Hello, #AVtweeps! On June 30, I hosted this webinar with Rob Ziv, vice president of business development and strategy at Almo Pro A/V, as well as Adrian Doughty, director of North American sales at Nureva. For this webinar, we discussed how virtual mic and mic-array technologies revolutionize meeting rooms and classrooms — and this is […]

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Unboxing the FLEX From Newline Interactive!

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Newline FLEX — we even covered it last year when it was first unveiled on the market. The Newline FLEX is a solution completely designed for desktop collaboration. The 27-inch monitor includes capacitive touch, full device touchback capability (with palm rejection), USB Type C connectivity (with power) and an […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1037: A Look Back on Len Dozier’s 56-year Career in AV As He Retires

When Len Dozier entered the AV market, Lyndon B. Johnson was the president, pro video was still black and white and Sony wasn’t a player yet. But, that was before Len sold Sony into every Nissan dealer in the U.S. Len went on to eventually create what is, arguably, the first mount company in AV — […]

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What Happens When Gary Kayye Interviews Industry Pros During LAVNCH? GARY: Unscripted

If you joined us for LAVNCH WEEK 3.0, you likely noticed that we had a new segment dubbed “GARY: Unscripted.” The concept is pretty much explained by the name: Gary Kayye hosted a series of rapid-fire, 10-minute sessions, where he would interview industry professionals with no script — a completely off-the-cuff conversation. Kayye interviewed a […]

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Study With Steph — Episode 5: The InfoComm Announcement

In case you live under a rock and didn’t know, AVIXA has postponed InfoComm 2021 to Oct. 27-29. This news was a big sigh of relief for many in our industry because there is no way that Integrated Systems Europe and InfoComm in the same month was going to be easy for anyone. This week […]

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Gary Explains Why You Should Attend LW3, Unofficially Gives Us a Tour of rAVe’s Office and ‘Star Wars’ Decor

As I hope you’ve now heard, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 — three full days of exceptional AV, UCC and Digital Signage-focused education slash content slash thought leadership offering AVIXA CTS RUs — is happening next week. Taking place Feb. 9-11, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 (what we sometimes like to shorten to LW3 when character counts are tight) […]

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The Top 10 Stories of 2020

2020 sucked! So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s review the top 10 AV, UCC and Digital Signage stories, according to data, in 2020! The top story of 2020 was the the acquisition of Whitlock by AVI-SPL. Marketed as a merger, this didn’t appear to be one in hindsight. Whitlock is now […]

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Study With Steph — Lesson 1: Welcome to Study With Steph

Hey everybody! Welcome to the very first episode of Study With Steph. In case you haven’t heard, I am on a mission to become a Certified Technology Specialist. Word on the street is — it’s no easy feat. But that’s what I’m here for! I am taking a look at a test subject per episode […]

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Webinar | Gary Kayye’s Best New Products and Tech of 2020 (so far)

**Note: CTS RU credit is only available for LIVE attendees. Although we didn’t have a physical InfoComm this year, we had a virtual one; InfoComm Connected. And, 50+ AV manufacturers have also held their own “virtual shows” focused on launching new products since April. So, the AV industry is filled with new tech, new gear […]

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New Zoom Hardware-as-a-Service Program Will Boost AVaaS; Get Into AVaaS Now!

Right now, around the globe, most companies, educational institutions and government agencies have shifted their money to help solve internal COVID-19 issues and are trying to reopen. Therefore, financial expenditures on tech hardware not directly related to healthcare issues seem to be on hold (for now). So, now — more than any other time in […]

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5 Minutes With Chuck Wilson for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

Chuck Wilson is the executive director of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), and he’ll be debating the future of commercial integration with Gary Kayye live on ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. I wanted to hear what Chuck had planned for this LAVNCH & Learn session/debate, so I reached out to get a teaser […]

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Facial Recognition Is DEAD in the Digital Signage Market

Technology seems to be able to do nearly everything — unless the government steps in and says, “No, it can’t.” And, that’s precisely what happened with the concept of facial recognition. Everyone’s experienced it. Everyone’s probably used it, too, if they have a Facebook account or use Apple devices — facial recognition is a giant […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 986: WolfVision Cynap the Perfect BYOM UCC Product?

Gary was joined on today’s Videocast with WolfVision’s Michael Lisi to talk Cynap, the VCX Conference and the future of UCC via BYOM and full collaboration. Cynap is well-positioned to be the ultimate BYOM (bring your own meeting) UCC product to drive both local and distance-based collaboration in classrooms and meeting rooms. Watch and see why!

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Ways to Sell, Serve and Support AV in Churches — The Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK HoW Day Panel

During our live LAVNCH WEEK Tech Talk, Paul Richards of PTZOptics shared that, these last few months, “connected churches” are discovering just how large their communities really are. And once social distancing is relaxed, many houses of worship won’t be going back to the way things were in their AV systems. For bigger houses of […]

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How-To Esports: The Blog

Hello, readers! On April 15, I hosted a webinar with Almo Pro A/V and Steve Milley from Panasonic (this company plays a huge part in the esports and gaming market). And, as promised, I’m including written versions of each webinar, so you don’t miss out on the content — even when the webinar fills up […]

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How the Post COVID-19 Will Be a Boon for AV, DS and UCC

AVIXA has been publishing a monthly ProAV Business Index since mid-2016, gauging sales and employment indicators for the ProAV industry. The index is calculated from a monthly survey that tracks trends. Two diffusion indexes are created using the data, the AV Sales Index (AVI-S) and AV Employment Index (AVI-E). This month’s AV Sales Index (AVI-S) […]

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The Exclusive Best UCC Blog Ever

I’m starting a trend of releasing a corresponding blog with my webinars, and this will be the second of that series. On Wednesday, I hosted a webinar in conjunction with Almo Pro A/V and Dana Corey of Avocor, in which I took you on a tour of the UCC world! But, in case you weren’t […]

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Webinar | The Exclusive Best UCC Webinar Ever

**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. Do you design, sell or use UCC-based collaboration systems like Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams or BlueJeans? Do you prefer one ecosystem over the other, or are you tired of interoperability problems? Are you thankful for Zoom’s simplicity and frustrated by Microsoft’s inability to […]

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My Day with Sharp and Its Windows Collaboration Board Launch, Plus an Interview with CEO Mike Marusic 

I was honored to be the only member of the AV press invited to cover the live, global (it was streamed live from Seattle, Washington, New York City, Amsterdam and Madrid) streaming video launch of the Sharp WCD (Windows Collaboration Display) last week. Although those in attendance, live, saw it as a technical marvel (connecting […]

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My Observations From AVI Systems’ AVI LIVE Show: The Last Pre-COVID-19 AV Show

I am sitting here in my kitchen table writing this. Like many of you who traveled last week, I am in a self-quarantine to protect the world from my potentially having the new coronavirus, sadly known as COVID-19 (sad as COVID used to only refer to that Tempe-based AV manufacturer known for the once-famous EXPiX […]

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Here’s a Breakdown of My Top 10 From ISE 2020

Every year, I like to release a top 10 list of my favorite things that I have seen at Integrated Systems Europe. Last Wednesday, in collaboration with Almo Pro A/V and Barco — I hosted a webinar in which I expanded on just that. But I understand that not everyone can attend every single webinar, […]

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