Control System Programming

Future-proofing Programming Starts with Architecting Device Control

How often does an AV system get designed, commissioned, and programmed, and then never touched again? The answer is: Not often! AV systems must be adaptable to meet users’ changing needs. Starting with a “simple” design that meets current requirements, while keeping in mind the potential for future growth, always sounds like an effective strategy. […]

Control Concepts Now Offering Utility Modules Online

In a continuing effort to expand the capabilities of traditional AV systems and support the greater community of control system programmers, Control Concepts announces the creation of a Utility Module Store. This store will facilitate the availability and distribution of Control Concepts utility modules. “Over the years, our software developers have created innovative tools to […]

AV Daybreak with call-in guest Steve Greenblatt

Join Jarrod Hillman and Mark Coxon has they brave another Wednesday morning with Steve Greenblatt of Control Concepts. They talk about Steve’s business and control system philosophy as well as the difficulties of being a business owner in today’s environment. AV Daybreak is released Wednesday mornings via Anchor and is available on popular podcast apps […]

How to Optimize Projects and Manage Costs

As discussed in a previous post titled “Higher Hourly Rates Result in Lower Costs,” an hourly rate is not indicative of the true cost of a service provider.  Rather, the time it takes to complete tasks or deliver outcomes is the determining factor.  Since time is a limited asset for everyone, its value should be protected […]

Standardization through Custom Programming

One of the bigger issues currently trending in the AV industry is the sentiment that custom control system programming takes too long, costs too much to create, and is not easy to maintain. While there is some truth in this proclamation when looking at one-off programmed solutions, alternative approaches exist that offer very different results. […]

How Everyone is Connected Through User Experience

User experience (UX) is quite the buzz word these days in the AV industry. User experience not only describes the seamless operation of an AV system addressing needs and pain points of users, it also captures the emotion a user feels when utilizing the space and interacting with technology. User experience is built upon a […]

Using Collaboration Tools for Your AV Business

In its purest sense, the term collaboration means working with someone to produce or create something. The AV industry is the business of fostering collaboration through creating products, integrating systems, or developing software that support communication between people. It is the individuals and groups that seek methods of collaboration and communication to satisfy their needs, […]

Programmed vs. Configured Solutions… Which Approach is Best?

AV control system programming is still a highly-valued offering with clear advantages, but its future is becoming more ambiguous as the industry’s understanding, needs, and expectations evolve. While many clients value a high degree of customization, they are burdened with the time constraints and costs of highly customized offerings. As a result, many are gravitating […]

Still Packing Granny On Top. Guest Post by Marc LaVecchia

By Marc LaVecchia – President, BMA Software Solutions While driving to a job site recently, I stopped beside an old pickup moving someone who was either a terrible planner or in a desperate hurry to move. The items were stacked frighteningly high, defying any rules of balance, as if the plan for loading the truck […]

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