The Time Capsule In Our Mind

There was a time when people buried a sealed container filled with items that represented contemporary life with the intent that the capsule be discovered by future generations. Implicit in this sort-it-forward concept was that the pace of change was so slow that nothing would be of interest for several generations. And of course, once Read the full article…

 
How Did I End Up In The Construction Business?

The commercial audiovisual contractor is the most recent entry into one of the world’s oldest industries. In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And the next thing you know, someone wanted a light installed, and with that, the electrical industry was born. The guy who did the first installation – he was the “geek” Read the full article…

 
Accelerating The Ah-Ha Moment

There was a time when technology improvements on the horizon promised a future of increased efficiencies and improved productivity.  Well, times have changed. We are no longer waiting on technology; it is waiting on us.  Of course, some may argue that the learning curve is steep or that “ease of use” is lacking but I Read the full article…

 
What You Can Feel But Cannot See

I knew it was out there! I could feel it, I just could not quite see it. What I could not see was the back-end of a semi-truck trailer. I was driving on the Alaska highway in near whiteout conditions, and its lights were frosted over and its trailer was grey – the camouflage was Read the full article…

 
To Cut Or To Innovate...That Is The Question

Do you cut costs or innovate?  This is a legitimate question and one that I think about often both as a business owner and as someone who owns a business serving other businesses.  During challenging economic or competitive times, when should one focus on cutting costs to reduce overhead and support the bottom line? And when Read the full article…

 
From Making It, To Making It Work – Software as a Service

For me, the most fascinating thing about being in the group communication and collaboration industry is not the technology – It’s actually watching the market evolve and adapt to change. As an example, for many years technology manufacturers focused almost exclusively on developing new and more advanced hardware.  After all, manufacturing facilities are expensive, which Read the full article…

 
My Competition is Who...?

It is a paradox that businesses compete everyday with organizations in their “industry” and yet look to those very same organizations to validate their performance. Traditionally, businesses distill various forms of research, sales activities, competitive successes and failures, and sometimes even rumors, in an effort to understand their place in the market and to set Read the full article…

 
Two Trends and a Hockey Stick

From the early days of technological innovation, people have struggled to adapt. We tend to think of this as a relatively new trend that began with the advent of the computer, but it really began much earlier. Recently, while watching the first season of Downton Abbey, I was struck by how the characters struggle to Read the full article…

 
Keeping Up 2.0 – It’s about recruiting the best staff!

“We want to look like we are keeping up with technology.” – Seventeen years ago when I first entered the industry known as Professional Audiovisual it was common place to hear some form of this phrase during Client meetings. The phrase reflected one aspect of an organization’s logic as they stepped into the emerging field Read the full article…

 
Technology - Avoiding the Little League Approach

Technology and Sports – They’re the same thing… If I were to say to you, “Let’s talk about sports.”  Like most people, you would likely respond, “Which one?”  And, that’s my point.  The term “technology” is like the term “sports”; they both are generic identifiers for a much broader topic.  Sports, for example, can cover Read the full article…

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