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? […]

Training Employees for Successful AV Careers

While we may focus our attention on the challenge of attracting young people to the industry, providing effective training that brings newcomers up to speed quickly and efficiently is just as important. In the AV industry, there are no specific degrees, formal education tracks, or comprehensive training programs that truly prepare someone for a successful […]

Tips For a Strong Finish to Your Next Project

When a new AV project is announced, there is a remarkable amount of time, care, and effort invested during its infancy. Identifying needs, evaluating equipment, documenting requirements, and designing solutions are some of the critical steps during the initial planning phase. Significant attention is also paid to budgets, coordination of trades, negotiation of contracts, establishment […]

Maintaining Strong Business Relationships

The pursuit of relationships is a popular topic for discussion in the AV industry nowadays. Whether from the perspective of technology managers who seek a relationship-based partner rather than a transactional vendor, or AV services providers that are in pursuit of client relationships that yield positive results, appreciation, and repeat business; both parties must take […]

Bolstering Your Organization With AV Specialists

There is a growing movement of end-user organizations looking to handle all or most of their AV needs in-house. Whether this is due to the results they have been receiving, their need to manage tighter budgets, or the requirements for more responsive support, many technology managers are building AV teams to do design, integration, programming, […]

Custom Control: A Tech Manager’s Best Friend

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the state of custom control system programming. Whether due to the issues of quality and reliability or the frustration of increased costs, time, and lack of perceived value, clients are opting for alternatives to custom programmed systems. It can be argued that many of these complaints […]