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January 21, 2015

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Appreciating Good Enough; How to Verify Audio System Performance; AV Glossary; Certification Committee Welcomes New Leaders; Weekly Reading; Get Your CTS at ISE; How to Be a Better Manager; AV Design Onsite and Online; CTS Prep; NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom: An Event Waiting to Happen

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In 2015, Make Decisions and Accept Consequences


InfoComm International®'s Executive Director and CEO rings in the New Year with advice for AV professionals: Make the decisions that will differentiate your company in the marketplace and celebrate the consequences of those decisions. Read more in the All Voices Blog.


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Keynote Speakers Join InfoComm Connections


David Danto of Dimension Data and IMCCA and Andrew Milne, Ph.D., of Tidebreak will take the stage at InfoComm Connections, March 4-5 in San Jose, Calif. Danto will discuss the uncomfortable realities of AV/IT convergence, while Milne will explain why today's AV professional is really an "interactive technology experience" professional. Flip through the program online, then register.


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UCC and the AV Professional


Unified communications and collaboration is all the rage, but what makes for a good UCC experience? Hint: It has to do with the AV. Join members of InfoComm's UCC Task Force on the InfoComm Today Podcast as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in a growing field. Then read the first in a three-part special report on the intersection of AV and UCC, featuring interviews with AV professionals excelling in the UCC market.


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How Higher Ed Tech Managers Spent Their Break


While you were taking time off over the holidays and gearing up for 2015, a certain cadre of dedicated AV professionals was hard at work. Why? Because most of the students had gone home! Technology managers in higher education need to get things done when they can. Here's how one tech manager in Southern California spent his winter break.


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More News From InfoComm

 Join the Women of InfoComm Network Council at ISE

Sarah Joyce

Diana Danziger

At Integrated Systems Europe, the Women of InfoComm Network Council will host a special breakfast, Feb. 11, at the First Lounge restaurant at the RAI Exhibition Centre.

Sarah Joyce, Vice President, EMEA, of Electrosonic Ltd., and Diana Danziger, Consultant, Inez Consulting Ltd., will address attendees about opportunities for women in technology.

The session will include a roundtable discussion and ample time for networking. All are invited. Learn more.

 Appreciating Good Enough

QSC's Mark Mayfield has been around the AV industry for a long time and witnessed the arrival of many cutting-edge products. So what was his reaction when he received a record player for Christmas? You might be surprised. (Or maybe not.) Read about it and share your thoughts on technology trends.

 Now Hear This: How to Verify Audio System Performance

Just because you've finished installing that new audio system doesn't mean you're finished. AV systems performance verification is a critical part of AV integration, because it helps ensure that what you've built is what the customer wanted. Start with these five pointers, then explore further how to verify audio system performance.

 Your AV Industry, From A to Z

You've been working in the professional AV industry for a while. You know the lingo. But just to make sure we're all speaking the same language (and in case any terms slip your mind), InfoComm has created an AV industry glossary. Use it when words escape you, or send the link to clients when they need to know more about what you're proposing. It's an invaluable resource. Look up something today.

 Certification Committee Welcomes New Leaders

Meet the newest names behind the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) credential, elected by CTS holders in November. These representatives will serve on the InfoComm International Certification Steering Committee, responsible for overseeing the development and administration of the CTS program and ensuring that the credentials meet high standards of ethical and professional practice in the audiovisual industry. Congratulations to:

  • Josh Srago, CTS
  • Jeremy Caldera, CTS-D, CTS-I
  • Matthew Wood, CTS-I

Rich Kowalske, CTS-D, CTS-I, was elected by the committee to be its the new chair. View the full list of the Certification Committee members. Would you like to serve on one of the CTS committees? If you have a CTS, email to find out how you can make a difference.

 Get Your Read On

Every week, InfoComm Director of Editorial Services Brad Grimes (not pictured) shares the online stories that catch his attention. If you're just catching up, you can find past editions of his Weekly Reading series at the InfoComm All Voices Blog. And share with others what you read every week. Make it a habit and get your read on today.

 CTS Prep Work and Exams Coming to Integrated Systems Europe

Jarrett Dartnall, CTS

Are you attending Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), Feb. 10-12 in Amsterdam? You can prepare for and take the CTS exams right at the show. Here's what you need to know:

  • CTS Study Session is an all-day, fast-paced prep course, held Feb. 9, before the show starts.

  • The CTS exams will be offered once again at ISE, Feb. 10-12, including CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I exams. Save your exam spot.

"I decided to earn my CTS because more and more of our clients are requesting it to be part of our company portfolio." — Jarrett Dartnall, CTS, Senior Engineer, Pyramid

 It's Hard to Be a Manager and a Friend

Here's something project management expert Brad Malone, PMP, sometimes hears from the AV companies he consults with: "Nobody holds anybody accountable anymore." Maybe it's because managers don't make it clear enough what "accountable" means. When Malone hears this and other employee-management concerns, he asks these seven important questions.

 AV Design Courses Onsite and Online

With InfoComm University™'s AV design courses, in Fairfax, Va., Feb. 23-March 3, you'll gain a keen understanding of the calculations, AV documentation and networked AV knowledge required for AV design. Plus you'll learn the skills needed to work with other professionals.

If you can't make it to all three courses, mix and match AV Design Online courses to create your own path toward reaching your design potential earning your CTS-D.

Learn more and enroll today.

 Make Your CTS Prep Resolution

Are you planning to take the CTS exam but aren't quite prepared? CTS Prep Virtual Classroom, Feb. 3-27, can help you build confidence by reviewing exam content and test-taking strategies in a convenient, engaging blend of live instruction and self-study. Learn more and enroll.

"CTS Prep was invaluable. It improved both my skills and understanding of the entire field. I recommend the course ceaselessly to anyone serious about AV." — Don McAllister, CTS

 NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom: An Event Waiting to Happen

The Hammerstein Ballroom, part of the famed Manhattan Center, offers the best of two worlds. Live musical acts love it; so do corporate events clients. It has an opera house feel combined with 21st-century audio, video and lighting technology. After a two-year upgrade, the versatile venue is ready for everything. Read about it in this special report.

 Upcoming Webinars

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    Jan. 28

  • Defining, Measuring and Managing Key Business Metrics
    Feb. 4


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