Video Gallery: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Soaks the IndustryIn the last couple weeks, the AV industry has stepped up to participate in the fight against ALS -- and dump freezing cold water on the heads of their bosses and colleagues. Here's CI's roundup of Ice Bucket Challenge videos, the AV edition.
8 Trends to Watch in 2011
Telemedicine, terrorism, Geek Squad and Monster.com will all impact the commercial integration industry this year.
CI Job Market Picking Up
This is a good trend. Indications from the field are that commercial integrators are hiring again after a recession-driven drought.
CIs seem to be taking a more precise approach to filling positions than in the past. Many CIs are focused on upgrading their IT/networking skills, according to USAV’s K.C. Schwarz. “The whole Cisco/Tandberg thing has put the ‘fear of God’ into integrators,” he says, referring to the IT giant's acquisition of the videoconferencing company. “They see IT skills as a competitive necessity and expect [that] the level of IT expertise required will increase.”
Basically, CIs are looking to hire employees that can help them diversify or boost revenues in some way, according to NSCA’s Chuck Wilson. “People may have been laid off based on seniority, but they’re not rehiring on that basis,” he says. “They’re often hiring based on where the industry is moving, towards networking and IT. They’re interested in recruiting from industries that have the skill sets for that going forward. It’s a very different approach from what we’ve seen in the past. It’s strategic, it’s methodical, it’s almost surgical.”
InfoComm AVEC Focused on Changing the Future
Attendees wrestle with lower emphasis on hardware, wonder about what’s next for them at InfoComm’s AV Executive Conference.
Flashback Friday: Inside a Doomsday Survival Luxury Condo
For the first ever edition of Flashback Friday, go deep within a 1960s missile silo, nearly 200 feet below ground, to a doomsday-ready condo community complete with audio, video and iPad-friendly Crestron automation. To say it was a unique project for integrator Logic Integration is an understatement.