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Tips For Advancing Your AV Career

Being in a technology industry, the majority of learning and skill development is often focused in technical areas. Whether it is to master installation techniques, become trained in the latest hardware, develop proficiency in the newest programming language, or amass certifications of competency in areas of technical expertise, aspiring to become and advancing as an […]

How to Succeed at AV Programming

For decades, integrators, consultants, manufacturers, and technology managers have wrestled with the challenge of addressing programming for their AV projects. Some have hired programmers on staff, while others look to freelancers or subcontractors to satisfy or supplement their needs. In any case, programmers remain a scarce resource, and the demand for good programming can be […]

Control Concepts Announces New Control4 Offering

In an effort to support third-party manufacturers looking to integrate their products with Control4 automation systems, Control Concepts has announced a new offering of Control4 driver development. As a Control4 driver developer, Control Concepts complies with the standards for driver development set forth by Control4 by demonstrating competency in learning the platform and producing work […]

Maximizing Your Organization’s Work-From-Home Productivity

Discussions about working from home have been growing louder among many business circles within and outside the AV industry and have crescendoed during recent months. The need to stay at home, coupled with the availability and benefits of technology, have made working from home a more desirable reality for a greater percentage of the workforce […]

The Art of Standardization

With the simplification of systems, the availability of training, the move toward the adoption of modern programming languages, and the rise in configuration or “no programming required” options, it can be tempting to simply hire a programmer or contract a resource that can write code to make AV systems work. While this seemingly easy win […]

Using Frameworks to Streamline AV System Design

Frameworks are an essential part of a software developer’s arsenal, allowing them to focus on what is unique about a project or need rather than spending time reinventing the wheel on routine components. Call it efficiency, laziness, or human nature, most people don’t like doing the same mundane task over and over again with no […]

How Software Can Extend Your Systems’ Lifespans

Whether it’s in response to limited resources, budgetary restrictions, or an economic downturn, the opportunity to get more from existing systems can be accomplished without the need to upgrade hardware or radically change installations. The easiest element to modify when looking to improve system performance, add functionality, and/or adjust the user interface is the software […]

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Finding Silver Linings in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are there really silver linings in a pandemic? While we adapt to the new normal of social distancing, working from home, and shelter in place, fears abound about health, safety, and finances as do frustrations about isolation, schedule disruptions, and uncertainty. It proves to be a very difficult time to be optimistic and have a […]

Finding New Ideas From Diverse Perspectives

The influence of AVIXA’s Diversity Council has fueled thoughts of mindfulness, acceptance, and increased awareness of the variety of individuals, organizations, and perspectives that make up the AV industry. Support of diversity is not just about inclusion of different races, religions, genders, or preferences; it is about finding a common ground where everyone can relate, […]

Making a Difference Through Customer Experience

In these times of fierce competition, diminishing margins, and blurred lines of product differentiation, one way to stand out against changes in the market is by listening to your customer and delivering a memorable customer experience. When was the last time that you had a great customer experience? What aspect of it made it notable? […]