• Quantifying AV Performance

    I recently attended the AV Users Group meeting in New York.  The group is a fantastic set of people who are responsible for the audio-visual infrastructure at some of the world’s most successful companies.  It was a great set of discussions but the biggest takeaway for me was this: in light of the ever-increasing appetite for technology to support the workplace, the pace of adoption has outrun our ability to understand its impact.  An afternoon panel at the event spent quite a bit of time trying to tackle the issues around ... Read More »

  • Back to College – Team Engagement Lessons for the Corporate Enterprise

    Productivity and engagement, collaboration, team cohesion – these are all topics that are important to a company's success. These topics have come into focus as corporate enterprises look to adapt their culture to the ever-increasing millennial demographic. I’ve met with several Fortune 100 companies who understand that rigid company hierarchy, top-down management, and traditional meeting-driven culture just won’t attract and retain top talent anymore. These companies are looking for new ways to engage their employees, unleash their productive potential, and keep them excited about company goals. This is what is partly behind ... Read More »

  • Riding the Crest of AV and IT Convergence

    If you work in either the Audio Visual (AV) or Information Technology (IT) sectors of our economy – you’ve probably heard the term ‘AV/IT convergence’. It’s a term that gets over-used and unless you’ve been installing cables on Mars you’re probably as tired of hearing about it as I am. What AV/IT convergence really means, in short, is that most of AV is being rethought in terms of software. Systems that once required complex and custom hardware can be re-envisioned as software or even cloud-based services. Cool. But you’ll notice that the convergence is mostly one-directional – AV systems aren’t replacing software. This ... Read More »

  • Content is King

    I was in a meeting recently with a video teleconferencing company who, perhaps surprisingly, made the comment ‘we all know that content is more important than video and voice’. A lot has changed since the early focus on portrait video of participant faces as the main channel for collaboration. It was a refreshing moment to see that the industry has recognized that content-centered meetings are fundamentally different (and often more important) than the accurate portrayal of each participant’s video. I’d like to think one of the reasons Solstice took off the way ... Read More »

  • 3 Basic Things AV Technologists Should Know but Maybe Don’t

    I’m a software guy – I view most problems through the lens of software flexibility, algorithms, and user experience design. It’s probably why I was so shocked when I first realized that trillions of pixels were being deployed every year without a thought about how they are to be accessed and shared (past the video cable). Since that moment, we’ve developed and sold software that Intel rightly called 'software defined displays' several years ago. We decided that the Audio/Visual resellers and integrators were the right partners for us. Contrary to popular belief in ... Read More »