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AVI-SPL Thought Leaders to Speak at InfoComm 2013

Join AVI-SPL at InfoComm 2013 to hear about industry trends from our experts.

Don’t miss the following sessions:

The Merger of IT and AV – What Works? What Doesn’t?

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: Tim Riek, AVI-SPL SVP of Service Operations

The merger of audio visual communications with information technologies has been happening for several years as more AV tools have IT attributes associated with them. How have organizations addressed the merger of AV and IT? What has worked well to make the merger successful? What has not worked and needs improvement? This session will address issues of importance to working in an environment where both IT and AV are important – in other words how to work together in most rooms! Panelists will share stories about user experiences and discuss steps to take to make the merger of AV and IT successful and seamless.

IMCCA State of the Industry Lunch and Learn

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Join industry experts and senior executives as they address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. How are mobility and interoperability impacting the industry? What are the latest user applications in business, education and healthcare? What does convergence look like in the home, as well as in business? What impact are mobile devices having within organizations? What role do managed services offerings and the cloud play in making use of these technologies effective and seamless? Attend the luncheon to learn, ask questions and challenge the panelists.

User Forum: Effective Deployment of UC (Vendor Panel)

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Users of collaborative communications technologies are seeking ways to communicate with anyone, anywhere, and on any device. Video needs to be as easy to do as making a telephone call. Are more video systems with greater availability better than few systems with greater quality? Video anywhere has taken over from telepresence as the hottest trend. Is it really telepresence if it’s on an iPad? Does it matter? Join us for our annual half-day seminar where this year we will answer these and other questions and present the latest industry trends regarding audio, web, video & UC technologies Follow this session up with a visit to the IMCCA UC & Collaboration InfoComm pavilion where you can see all of the technology in action.

Visual Collaboration in the Cloud – Choreographing the Event

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: John Vitale, AVI-SPL VP of Products

Organizations may find value in offering some communications capabilities in the cloud. Is visual collaboration one of the technologies suited to the cloud? Is it just a different way to position the managed services that are already being offered? This session will address the pros and cons of putting video in the cloud and explain what you need to know in order to do so effectively. The session will also look at the most recent offerings in this space.

AVI-SPL Sr. Design Engineer Dick Tollberg will also be presenting a three-day session (June 8-10) entitled AV Design Level 2: Infrastructure. In this course, Dick will explore elements that affect the planning and design of the infrastructure supporting AV environments including HVAC, electrical, cable pathways, lighting and IT connectivity.Session attendees will earn 24 RUs in this Intermediate level course. For more information, refer to session IUPC14.

To register for these and other sessions, visit www.infocommshow.org/register.

At the show, be sure to stop by AVI-SPL Booth #2381 in the Conferencing Pavilion to see how AVI-SPL Connects the Community.

CRN Magazine Ranks AVI-SPL #47 on Top Solution Providers List

AVI-SPL has landed number 47 on CRN magazine’s 2012 Solution Provider 500, a list recognizing the largest technology integrators, service providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

CRN’s Solution Provider 500 is the most up-to-date and comprehensive ranking of solution providers in the market. Formerly known as the VAR500, the name was changed to reflect how VARs (value-added resellers) have extended their reach into integration, solution selling and service providing, becoming increasingly responsible for fulfilling more and more of their customers’ IT requirements. CRN magazine provides news, analysis and perspective on the technology reseller channel, including product resellers, solution providers, product vendors, distributors and customers.

In 2009, AVI-SPL debuted at number 133 on CRN’s list of solution providers and jumped to number 48 in 2011. AVI-SPL joins some esteemed company in making CRN’s Solution Provider 500 top 50, including IBM, Xerox and Dell.

“It means a lot to AVI-SPL to be ranked among such respected IT consultants, technology resellers and service providers,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “AVI-SPL has historically been known as the largest AV systems integrator, but in recent years we’ve transformed our business model to encompass wider communications solutions. Now we reach beyond traditional AV integration to offer comprehensive video communications solutions from managed conferencing services, digital content delivery and complete unified communications solutions.”

 

AV and IT at a Crossroads

By Dan Tynan and Tim Kridel
Pro AV MAGAZINE

It may be seem like a marriage of inconvenience, but it’s for life. As it did to so many others, information technology–and in particular, Internet Protocol networking–has wedded itself to the audiovisual industry. And many professional AV firms are finding it hard getting used to the new living arrangements.

“The adoption of IT is the most dramatic change in this industry since audio-centric companies adopted video,” says Dan Erickson, vice president and chief technology officer of General Communications in Salt Lake City and NSCA University’s 2008 Educator of the Year. “Now we see AV firms that have been in business for years having to become network savvy. That has been a difficult transition for a lot of companies.”

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