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Tech Trend: Cloud-Based Videoconferencing SolutionsTech Trend: Cloud-Based Videoconferencing Solutions

By Scott Welsh, CTS-D, Senior Audio Visual Consultant

Have you ever asked yourself how can I save my business money and improve efficiency? How about your clients business? It may not seem like a probable answer but cloud-based videoconferencing can do just that.
Videoconferencing has for a long time been looked at as a way to communicate remotely with anyone on the planet. Videoconferencing has also traditionally been a hardware-centric technology solution. Over the past several years the audio visual industry has started a shift from a hardware-centric to a software and service centric solution.
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Top Audio Visual Trends for 2015 and Beyond

A User’s Guide For Design Professionals and Business Owners

By Thomas McNally, CTS, Senior Audio Visual Consultant 

The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus once said “there is nothing permanent except change.”  Although I’m sure he meant this on a trans-humanist level at the time, he perfectly forecasted the state of the ever-changing audio visual (AV) industry 2,500 years later! Continue reading

Five Tips for Wireless Network PlanningFive Tips for Wireless Network Planning

by Tim Glastetter and Gislene Weig, EE, RCDD

Five easy tips that every business owner and A/E/C (architect/engineer/contractor) professional should keep in mind when planning a wireless network.

We live in a society with ever-evolving technology, which makes the process of evaluating and selecting the tools and programs best for your organization a challenging task. Look at the integration of wireless in the workplace as an example.

Traditionally, wireless networks were set-up as back-up networks to support occasional mobile users in common areas such as the lobby or conference rooms. The majority of a business’s “traditional workforce” was bound to a desk with hardwired (LAN) connectivity. Continue reading

Cloud-and-Managed-Technology-ServicesHow Cloud and Managed Technology Services Can Improve Your Business…and Bottom Line

by Steve Miano

As a technologist and an owner of a small/medium-sized business (SMB), I can truly appreciate the frustration business owners and managers face when confronted with technology decisions. I’m frequently asked by peers who own and operate firms ranging in size from just a few employees to hundreds:

  • What can cloud technology do for my business?
  • How can I improve the level of service we’re being provided?
  • What are my risks and how can these risks be mitigated? Continue reading

IT SecurityTop 5 Trends in IT Security that Every Business should be Aware of

As many have learned leaving business data vulnerable opens the door to slew of problems with the propensity of technology hacking, hacktivism and internal and external data theft. Implementing solid IT security measures is an essential component of running a successful business in today’s complex digital world.

When it comes to the information technology arena, IT security refers to the strategy, processes and tools used to protect the valuable electronic data owned and/or used by your business.

The data which most businesses are concerned with, relates to information considered confidential, and in some business verticals, data which the business is required by regulation to keep safe from unauthorized access. This could be information regarding employees, clients, financials, products, etc. Continue reading

PlanNet Manages Projects Using MavenlinkPlanNet Manages Projects Using Mavenlink

Steve Miano discusses PlanNet’s project management methods utilizing the Mavenlink system.

6 Keys to Wireless Systems6 Keys to Wireless Systems

As seen in Building Operating Management by Gislene Weig, EE, RCDD

While wired building automation systems (BAS) systems are both successful and easily implemented when planned in advance and installed during new construction, they are not always a viable solution when dealing with existing or historical buildings, where adding cables can be challenging, costly or aesthetically unappealing. In instances such as this, wireless systems or hybrid systems (a combination of wired and wireless) are often the ideal solution, but as always, there are pros and cons to be considered. In a BAS network there are mainly three tiers. Continue reading

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