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March 6, 2013

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What's New for InfoComm 2013? InfoComm Today Podcast; InfoComm Joined by CEDIA for Australia Show; CTS Exams Change in July; CTS-I Prep Debuts at InfoComm 2013; AV Business Leadership Series: The New Norm; Sign Up for My-iQ, Win an iPad; How CTS-D Helps With Communication; Upcoming Roundtables and Webinars; More

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Help Wanted: Qualified Integrators for Higher Ed


In the sequel to his popular account of angst with AV integrators, InfoComm All Voices blogger Greg Brown explains further what he encounters in higher education installs. He also has a few pieces of advice for AV integrators who'd like to win (and keep) his business. If integrators can't do it, he says more tech managers will do it themselves. Weigh in now.


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Wall-to-Wall Digital Signage


If you haven't gotten your fill of new digital signage solutions, insights and training, then InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla., should satisfy your appetite. From the show floor to the classrooms, digital signage will play a big role at this year's AV industry blowout. Not to mention other events during InfoComm week, like DisplaySearch's annual conference for digital signage pros. Read all about it and more.


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Multitouch: How Many Touch Points Do You Need?


Do you need one? Ten (one for each finger)? Thirty-two (thinking...)? Incorporating touchscreen capabilities into large-format displays certainly has its believers, whether for interactive wayfinding or classroom collaboration. But how do you evaluate multitouch solutions — especially multitouch videowalls? Here's how.


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Hiring the Wrong People Can Be Costly


Sometimes, if you run an AV business and/or you're flat-out good at what you do, you may be tempted to hire people who are a lot like you. But that may be shortsighted, and hiring the wrong people can cost you five times their salary over the long run. One AV executive explains how she evaluates new talent to avoid making costly mistakes.


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 What's New for InfoComm 2013?

The best way to keep tabs on new pavilions, exhibits and more is by checking in with the InfoComm 2013 Show Blog. Discover the ins and outs of the Show, and keep tabs on changes, special features and everything new for 2013. Plus, when June rolls around, the blog will be the place to learn what's going on in the classrooms and on the show floor. Bookmark it today and subscribe to the RSS feed.

 Now Hear This!

It seems like everyone else has had a chance to quiz new InfoComm International® Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS®, RCDD, about the state of the industry. Now it's our turn. Tune into the latest InfoComm Today Podcast and hear Dave explain how easy we made it for him to find the coffee machine, but more importantly, what it means for people to "experience" information.

 Get Your Award Entries In

Nominate a deserving AV professional for a 2013 InfoComm award. InfoComm International recognizes individuals' contributions to the industry with seven distinct awards: the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV, Distinguished Achievement, Educator of the Year, Fred Dixon Service in Education, Sustainable Technology, Women in AV and Young AV Professional Awards. Nominations are due April 19, 2013, and winners will be recognized at InfoComm 2013.

 InfoComm Joined by CEDIA at Australia Show

The organizers of Integrate 2013 in Sydney announced that this year's show will incorporate not only InfoComm, but also CEDIA Expo, creating "Australasia's largest audiovisual and information technology industry event catering to the professional, commercial and residential sectors." Integrate 2013 takes place Aug. 27-29 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Read more.

 CTS Exams Change in July

As part of ANSI's continuous improvement process, your InfoComm International Certification Committee is working constantly to keep the CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I exams current. Explore upcoming changes to the exams, which reflect significant evolution in the AV industry, from AV/IT integration to new business concepts.

 CTS-I Prep Debuts at InfoComm 2013

Enroll in the first-ever CTS-I Prep, June 8-10 at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando. This course will review critical areas of the exam including pre-install activities, cabling and pulling cable, mounting substructure and installing AV systems. Hurry, seats are expected to go fast. Call for more information: +1.703.273.7200.

 Must-Take Networking Course

"Everyone who plans to stay in AV needs to take courses like this."
— Algis Salys, CTS-I, Network+, CCENT

Discover for yourself how Networked AV Systems can advance your career, April 8-10 in Fairfax, Va.

 AV Business Leadership Series: The New Norm

The first webinar in the AV Business Leadership Series is happening soon. Buy the entire series now so you don't miss The New Norm of Sales and Marketing. Learn more about The New Norm.

 Sign Up for My-iQ, Win an iPad

Anyone who buys or specifies AV products should register for My-iQ. Enjoy enhanced features, such as side-by-side product comparisons, saved searches, and updates from your preferred manufacturers and distributors. Registration is free, but even better: Between now and June 30, we will be giving Apple iPads to two new users each month. Try My-iQ now.

 How CTS-D Helps With Communication

Justin Rexing, M.S., CTS-D, ISF-C, DMC-E, knows about the need for better communication between stakeholders in an evolving industry like pro AV. Find out how earning his CTS-D helped improve his work experience.

 New CTS Directory Search

Ever wondered how many CTS holders there are in your area? Find out before you prepare your next bid. InfoComm's new Certified Professionals Directory allows you to search by name, country, city or state.

 Upcoming Regional Roundtables

Be sure to check the full 2013 Regional Roundtable schedule for a roundtable near you. Bring your team and network with AV professionals in your area, share your opinions and get updates on InfoComm activities.

San Antonio, March 8
Join InfoComm staff and members this week at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar in San Antonio. Make face-to-face connections with colleagues and share your opinions during the open roundtable discussion. It's free for InfoComm members. Save your spot.

Toronto, April 18
Get an association update from Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, InfoComm's Senior Vice President of Member Services, and enjoy a presentation on Maximizing Your Organization's Performance from Brad Malone, PMP, President and Principal Consultant of Twin Star Consulting, tailored especially for the AV industry. Save your spot.

St. Louis, May 16
Save the date. Hear what's going on at your industry association, get management advice tailored to AV businesses, and share your insights and opinions.

 Time's Running Out: College Scholarships for AV

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is accepting applications through March 29, 2013, for 2013/2014 scholarships. Get more information and apply.

 Benefits of Belonging

InfoComm International members get free registration to InfoComm 2013. If you need help choosing courses and events that are right for you, call your InfoComm account manager. If you're not an InfoComm member, join now.

 Upcoming Webinars

  • Successful AV Industry Mergers & Acquisitions
    March 13, 2013

  • Money Matters: 5 Ways to Build Company Financial Strength
    March 19, 2013

  • Critical Success Factors for Your Long-Term Plan
    March 20, 2013


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