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The Registration for ISE 2017 Is On Us

ISE 2017, the latest edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show, takes place February 7-10 in Amsterdam. AVI-SPL will be there in the RAI at booth 11-A115 to showcase the managed services and integration capabilities that are helping businesses throughout Europe collaborate and communicate better than ever.

We will be in the Unified Communications section of the hall, near industry heavyweights like Polycom, Cisco, and Pexip. When you visit the AVI-SPL booth, ask about:

  • Demos of our managed services (including our Symphony platform and help desk)
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demonstrations
  • Our expansion with our new office in Frankfurt

Register before February 6 with code 912672 and get in the show free (a savings of €150).

Choosing the Right Collaboration Tool

In this webinar, Henning Moe and Ryan Striemer of SMART Technologies help you learn how an interactive flat panel can be much more than simply a display with a touch feature. When combined with the right software and wrapped into a natural, intuitive user experience, it becomes a collaboration tool that can save time, unlock productivity and improve meeting results. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to make the meeting-room display a hub where people can connect from any device to explore ideas together and get work done. Covered topics include:

  • Results from collaboration research
  • What collaboration in the corporate setting looks like
  • Features to look for in an interactive display
  • Benefits of the SMART kapp IQ solution

Download the recording for “Choosing the Right Interactive Collaboration Tools” >

You can also download a pdf of the slide deck >

Presenters
Henning Moe, Channel Manager at SMART Technologies
Henning excels in helping organizations identify new revenue opportunities and maximize the potential of their customer and partner relationships. Prior to joining SMART, he held various roles in the technology industry where he was involved in every aspect of the business, from branding strategy and product development to cold calling new clients and forming new partnerships.

Ryan Striemer, Account Manager at SMART Technologies
Ryan joined SMART in 2013 and in his role works closely with organizations within the Midwest. He believes that understanding the business’ needs first is key in order to recognize the technology solution best suited for their organization.

Note: The video played early on in this webinar didn’t come through in the recording, so we’ve added it below.

AVI-SPL Leads SCN Top 50 for 2016

It’s a tradition we’re happy to celebrate year after year: once again, AVI-SPL has made the top of the Systems Contractor News Top 50 Systems Integrators.

Revenue over $605 million puts us at number one, but that revenue doesn’t come without the trust of our customers and the efforts of our manufacturer partners. Thanks to all who made this a great 2016, and we look forward to helping more businesses, institutions, and agencies that want to improve the way they work and communicate.

Connect with us at sales@avispl.com or 866-559-8197, and let’s create your digitally connected workplace.

Why Pexip’s Video Conferencing Win Matters to IT

Last week, Frost & Sullivan announced Pexip as the winner of its 2016 award for Technology Innovation. The press release mentions “disruption,” which I read as a shorthand way of saying, “it’s doing what a lot of competitors and standard-bearers aren’t: giving businesses the collaboration benefits they want.”

Request a Virtual Meeting Room demo account >

If you work in IT or you manage those who do, you know the value of being able to do more for the company without stressing staff or compromising network security. IT has been shifting more of its money to cloud services such as Pexip so that people can collaborate with their personal devices from anywhere — whether on the company campus or offsite.

Other benefits include:

  • Connect through video conferencing using each user’s preferred method (Microsoft Skype for Business, traditional video conferencing endpoint, WebRTC)
  • Easing the burden on IT to manage video collaboration
  • Pexip technology powers AVI-SPL’s Unify ME Virtual Meeting Room Service

The last of these points is my main reason for putting together this post: so that if you are a CIO or an IT manager or the head of a department, you are aware that AVI-SPL offers the kind of cloud-based collaboration services that enable your colleagues to work with one another from remote locations, and that can grow with your organization.

I encourage you to look over our Unify ME VMR page, as well as our Virtual Meeting Rooms powered by Cisco and Polycom.

If you want to request more information about this topic, fill out our VMR request form >

At Crestron Masters, a Focus on Programming

Today’s post on the Crestron Masters event is written by David Thorson, AVI-SPL’s senior manager for programming architecture. David’s a recognized expert within the AV industry, and I think you’ll enjoy his thoughts below.

This year’s Crestron Masters took place off the beaten path in Rye Brook, NY, at the Doral Arrowwood Resort. Those that remembered the fog that descended at the start of last year’s Crestron Masters appreciated the fair weather that got us off to a good start. The highlight for me was the extra event “AVI-SPL Masters” that took place when Crestron Masters concluded, more about that later.*

I was pleased to see Crestron continue with the format they instituted last year. Attendees were free to sign up for classes that interested them or delve into topics to challenge their abilities. There were also the core sessions that everyone attends, allowing Crestron to level set important technology, such as Crestron PinPoint™ and Crestron Fusion®, and focus on areas that will improve delivery, such as network streaming and deploying narrow RF (2.4 GHz) among WiFi rich environments.

The banner topic this year was Crestron Fusion, with five individual courses to choose from. Crestron is expanding this enterprise management software to the cloud and focusing more on IoT style workflows and features. We heard again and again, “no more secrets.” This message resonates on many levels, one of which is about the features and project requirements of deployments. Another level is about the best practices to ensure that end users can reap the benefits Crestron Fusion has to offer. This will be an exciting year for Crestron Fusion as we explore the integration features and benefits with customers in much deeper ways.

This year Crestron offered a programming challenge to those that wanted to participate. It turned out to be a fun exercise and let us focus on of the primary reasons we attend: programming.

With regard to programming courses, Crestron offered a new class focused on introducing object-oriented programming concepts. There was more content diving deeper into SIMPL# and SIMPL# Pro. I commend Crestron on providing the platform and tools to enable the AV programming experts to grow their skill set. Bringing true object-oriented programming to mainstream AV will have its challenges, but the benefits are immense. I think the AV programmers are quickly approaching a crossroads where each person will need to decide if they are up for challenge of developing software or deploying configurable systems in the field.

In total, an impressive 650 certified programmers turned out for the event spanning three days. The awards ceremony for Diamond master programmers was new. Crestron also recognized Platinum, Gold, and Silver master programmers.

As Crestron concluded the event they opened the floor to hear from the attendees in an open forum. This always generates feedback, collaboration, and news about features and products that may be just around the corner. It’s hard to say how Crestron will rank the requests back at HQ, a few hot button items generated fanfare from the audience, so I hope that carries back to the develop roadmap. Attendees discussed enhancements to the DMPS-3 Series firmware and changes to the touch panel development application, known as VTPro-E.

Crestron Masters 2016 is not over yet. The EMEA event held in Amsterdam begins on May 17th.

Thank you Crestron for continually improving the Masters event each year. From the registration, logistics, courses, instructors, and everything that goes on behind the scenes, we appreciate the hard work. See you again next year!

*Stay tuned to hear about the “AVI-SPL Masters” that brought together 32 Certified Crestron Programmers.