A Cautionary Tale About Software

September 15, 2023

Over the past several years, software has become a significant source of revenue in the AV industry. The approach to providing software can vary widely amongst different vendors. Some “give” their software away since it only works with their equipment. Of course, we all know we are paying for that software when we buy the […]

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Nureva Starts SaaS Collaboration Company Called Nialli; Debuts First Product Already

September 21, 2020

Nureva has announced the formation of Nialli Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary focused on enabling SaaS-based collaboration. Nialli (pronounced NY-ALL-EE) will bring a suite of collaboration applications to market, the first of which launches Monday, Sept. 21. Called Nialli Visual Planner, it’s a cloud-based application that’s aimed at digitally transforming the paper-based planning processes used […]

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Barco Showcases New SecureStream Streaming Solution at ISE 2020

February 7, 2020

Barco has just released SecureStream, a streaming solution designed to allow users to share content outside of a control room. Using a new user interface, control room operators can drag and drop video or data sources into a SecureStream channel, allowing the content to be shared with field staff or remote experts. Barco says SecureStream […]

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New Carousel Digital Signage Player Allows for Cloud Signage

June 17, 2019

Carousel Digital Signage has extended player support for Carousel Cloud, its recently-introduced subscription-based SaaS platform, to Mersive Solstice wireless displays and BrightSign media players. Previously only available for Apple TV devices, Carousel Cloud users now have a choice of three suppliers for content playout to suit their requirements and preferences. Now shipping, Carousel Cloud brings […]

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Is The Best New Product at InfoComm 2019 Actually a SaaS Service?

June 12, 2019

Liberty AV just had a bag of money fall out of the sky and hit them in the head by being gifted the U.S. distribution rights for a start-up company called Teleportivity, which is launching a product using the same name here at InfoComm 2019. You’ll want to see this product as it’s an actual […]

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And Now, Bluescape Adds a Meeting Room Bundle for Dell’s Interactive Monitors

May 1, 2019

Bluescape announced a meeting room bundle featuring its digital visual container (DVC) and Dell’s newest line of interactive touch screen monitors. Bluescape gives people the ability to interact with all types of content and applications in a secure, digital workspace or DVC. Bluescape is a cloud-based SaaS solution with an open architecture, allowing people to […]

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Carousel Digital Signage Debuts New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform

December 11, 2018

Carousel Digital Signage announced the availability of Carousel Cloud, a new subscription-based SaaS platform. It is designed for an off-premise hosted digital signage service and can be deployed across networks that use Apple TV devices in addition to media players. Carousel Cloud means there is no traditional hardware servers. Instead, Carousel Cloud delivers a software-defined […]

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Scheduling, Software as a Service and the Day I Sat Through the Same Presentation Four Times

October 17, 2018

I don’t know if “As a Service” has replaced “experience” or “convergence” in the AV buzzword bingo game, but it certainly has been a hot topic as of late, opening some interesting questions as to how the business models of traditionally hardware-centric AV companies fit into a software — and software as service — based […]

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AV as a Service?

March 13, 2017

If you have gone to any AV leadership event over the last several years, ranging from the Commercial Integrator Summit to InfoComm’s AVEC to NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, you know that developing a revenue stream based on service has been at the forefront of the conversation. Many integrators have started offering managed services to their […]

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The Need to Develop an IT-Based Mindset to Sell Cloud and Software Solutions

August 10, 2016

I had an interesting conversation the other day with someone who has been talking about possibly bringing me on to do sales for his company. He has been talking for a while about a recurring revenue based solution sales position and then goes on to call it a “cloud salesman.” Then I think to myself […]

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Prysm Launches Prysm Enterprise for Scalable Collaboration

February 10, 2016

Prysm today unveiled Prysm Enterprise, a hardware and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution which enables businesses and their employees to easily collaborate in-real time across every size screen — from mobile devices to custom large-scale video walls. With Prysm Enterprise, the newest offering in Prysm’s Visual Workplace portfolio, applications, content, video conferencing and the web are all […]

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Digital Signage – Three Predictions for the Future

February 4, 2016

Digital Signage and the Future… It’s the turn of the year and once again I feel old. But at least I don’t age like digital signage technology. If the dog/human age ratio is around  7:1, then digital signage must be around 47:1. Amiright? During my recent reflection while setting travel plans for DSE 2016, I […]

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Barix Announces Subscription Model for SoundScape Music and Advertising Platform

January 13, 2016

Barix has added a subscription model for its SoundScape business music and advertising solution. The starter package, which includes licenses for the first 50 audio players, eliminates expensive annual contracts in favor of monthly credit card payments and a much faster return on investment, according to Barix. The 50-player starter package allows businesses up and […]

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ScreenHub Aims to Pioneer Cloud-Based Digital Signage

November 6, 2015

ScreenHub is a free, software-as-a-service (Saas) content management system for digital screens that they say can be customized to any aspect ratio or pixel matrix. In addition to being compatible with any synchronous digital display, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor LED displays, it can also be implemented on plasma screens and LCD panels. The software […]

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Barix SoundScape Audio Over IP Platform for Business Music and Advertising Now Shipping

October 27, 2015

Audio over IP pioneer Barix announces that it is now shipping Extreamer SoundScape, its fully integrated live and scheduled streaming service that allows audio content providers to centrally manage and distribute branded music and advertising over IP networks. The concept, first introduced at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show (you can see the video we shot of it here), […]

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Hey Rental & Staging Companies: EventCollab Is the Best New Product for Your Market Since the Projector!

June 8, 2015

I just got a demo of the best thing the rental and staging market will have seen in years — um, decades. There’s a tiny new company called EventCollab that will make its debut at InfoComm in the Innovations Showcase and you WILL WANT TO MAKE TIME to get a demo yourself if you are […]

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ClearOne To Acquire Software-Based Videoconferencing Company Spontania

January 7, 2014

ClearOne has agreed to buy cloud collaboration company Spontania from Spain-based Dialcom Networks, S.L. in an all-cash deal for €3.65 million (approximately $5 million USD). Spontania is a software-based cloud collaboration solution that combines video conferencing and web conferencing into a single enterprise solution that can scale to 10,000+ users. This will expand ClearOne’s videoconferencing […]

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YCD Multimedia Announces New Version of Cloud-Based Content Management System

August 26, 2013

YCD Multimedia last week announced Version 5.0 of its cloud-based content management system — YCD|CMS SaaS. The new version improves core features while adding new tools, including all new built-in editors, new and enhanced content management with authorizations and remote control, and a host of user interface enhancements. With the new built-in HTML 5-based editor, […]

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Communications Are Critical When SaaS Loses The Second S

February 13, 2012

Much of the software side of this business runs on a SaaS (Software as a Service) basis, meaning it is the job of those companies to fully support the servers, power, security, data pipe and other elements that allow them to share computing across multiple customers and thousands of client players/accounts. I don’t recall hearing […]

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