WOOT!! FINISHED!!

Okay, everyone. I know I’ve been pretty MIA this year, particularly the last few months, but I have a very good reason.  After 3 years of working full-time (or freelancing while looking for full-time work) and attending grad school in my “spare time” (ha!), I have officially completed my dual-Master’s Degree program!  The Fall 2012 … Read more

Your Opportunity is RIGHT NOW!

They Took Our Jobs!I’m sure you’re all pretty sick of hearing about convergence.  It’s been the buzzword from InfoComm, NSCA and most of our major publications for, oh, the last decade.  IT is coming!  Convergence is upon us! Adapt or die!  The clarion call has been shouted from rooftops, proclaimed in industry classes and discussed endlessly — in roundtables and keynotes and blog upon blog.  To an average integrator, this tintinnabulation has echoed falsely in our everyday work life.  Sure, we meet with more IT guys than general facilities guys these days, and yeah, once in a while an IT firm shows up at an AV project pre-bid, but the wholesale takeover of our industry as predicted has simply not come to pass.  It’s not that big a deal.  Okay, business has slowed some places for integrators, but it’s the economy, right? Things are down all over!

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Convergence, Nothing – That’s Commoditization!

IT takes square-aim at the AV Integration market. Enough’s enough!

So, the other evening, I’m sitting at home relaxing with my husband-slash-business partner when he looks up from his laptop with an outraged mien and exclaims, “You’ve gotta be kidding me!” (or slightly more profane words to that effect). Of course, I ask, “What’s up?” and he directs me to the Dell website, where, amongst an ever-increasing list of AV products and services being sold by this computer giant, we spied the magic word: Crestron. This morning, a tweet from RAVE news pointed out that CDW, another IT monster, is also selling Crestron… direct to end users… at a single-digit markup. To quote Slim Pickins, “What in the wide wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here??”

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Ruminations on the Calendar and Our Industry on a Monday Morning…

Where did July and August Go? And what’s with the worker shortage?

So, I’m sitting at my desk this morning about to pull the top page off of my handy-dandy desk calendar when I actually stopped a second and LOOKED at the thing. August 31. The LAST DAY in August. And it hit me… Where on Earth did July and August go?? I mean, five minutes ago, I was on the shuttle bus in Orlando on the way to the Convention Center for Infocomm and – WHABANG! – It’s August 31! Eesh.

Now, I know the newscasters and mass media and, well, the whole darn world are all up in arms about the massive unemployment rate and the devastation of the (capital-R) Recession, however our little company has been busier than scratching dog at a flea circus! We’ve had back-to-back large projects since before Infocomm and even the company founder has been out in the field pulling cable and crimping ends to try to make deadlines. It’s been insane.

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Borrowing Brains, Part II of V

5 Tips to Select and Get the Most Out of
Your A/V Design Consultant

Tip #2. Look for Real World Installation and Integration Experience.

You know that horrible expression, “Those who can, do; those who can’t teach?” While I don’t subscribe to this theory about educators, there is a grain of truth to it when it comes to A/V Consultants. Now, before the hate mail pours in, let me be clear: Most A/V Consultants are well-respected A/V professionals who have worked in the field for decades and made the leap to consulting in order to share their experiences with the world.

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Borrowing Brains, Part I of V

5 Tips to Select and Get the Most Out of
Your A/V Design Consultant

 

President Woodrow Wilson once said, “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow” – Sage advice, not only for a President, but for any person in the business world. After all, who among us wants to become the clichéd “Jack of All Trades, Master of None?” Relying on your own ‘close enough’ knowledge of technology (or the knowledge of your brother-in-law or neighbor who is “so good with all that tech stuff”) can cost your company dearly – time, money and productivity. So, when it’s time to install or upgrade A/V systems in your company, you need to ‘borrow brains.’ You need an A/V Design Consultant.

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