Archive | June, 2012

The Videoconferencing Game is Changing

As one of the key themes of InfoComm 2012 (and of our industry, too, for that matter), the education session titled “Why Interoperability is a Game Changer for Video” should have been standing-room only. In fact, there were maybe 20 to 25 attendees in the session,  which was surprising given the compelling title. These days, […]

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Design is a Performance Criteria, Part 2

In my previous post, I outlined why design not only matters, but is rapidly becoming a key performance criteria, driving product decisions, even in business-to-business sales. Good design appeals to our growing visual sophistication and makes the products we select consistent with the brand message we are trying to communicate. But good design goes beyond […]

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A RoHS by Any Other Name (Like RoHS 2) is Still a RoHS

Or is it “ross”? Or even “ro-hass”? However you pronounce it, RoHS impacts AV companies that do business overseas. And it’s changing. Here’s a little insight for manufacturers, importers and distributors operating in the European Union. What is RoHS 2 and why should you care? Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in […]

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Planning AV for New Spaces: Be Part of the Beginning

Last summer, I was asked to join a dealer on a customer visit to talk about AV needs. The visit was at the client’s new corporate office, which was a newly renovated space. Upon arriving, I took a good look around and saw that it was a beautiful space. Carpet was already in, paint was […]

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Design is a Performance Criteria, Part 1

The topic of “why design matters” has been well covered in the media. I think of the work that Apple has done for consumer electronics by emphasizing typography and industrial design; what Target has done for the mainstream home by partnering with Michael Graves to create kitchen and bath products under its house brand; and […]

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