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Jonathan Blackwood

Jonathan Blackwood is the Editorial Director of Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions. Jonathan writes about technologies that help to innovate and improve practices for technology integration companies of all sizes. He is especially interested in the business side of integration, as well as future technology opportunities. Follow him @BlackwoodTweets.

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Jonathan's Latest Blog Posts

Lessons on Corporate Community from Microsoft Strategies

Microsoft employs 144,000 workers and still finds a way to focus on culture and community. What can your business learn from their strategies?


American Airlines Now Using Facial Recognition at Boarding Gate

American Airlines has begun a pilot program for using facial recognition technology at the boarding gate to allow passengers through to security. An opportunity for integrators?

Walmart Sues Tesla After Roof Fires from Solar Panel Flaws

After experiencing seven roof fires as an alleged result of flaws in Tesla solar panels, Walmart is now suing the company for negligent installation.

Jonathan's Latest Posts

We Hired an Integrator to Outfit OUR New Office: Here’s How it Went

How we approached implementing technology into our new office (after all, with a name like Commercial Integrator, we had to nail it).

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Why AV Integrators Travel to ISE Every Year

We asked a handful of North American integrators planning to travel overseas to Integrated Systems Europe 2020 why it’s important to make the trip to ISE.

How They Got There

How They Got There: Mike Abernathy, National Systems Contractors Association

Mike Abernathy was going to be a high school social studies teacher. Now he’s director of business resources for National Systems Contractors Association.

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The State of Commercial Integrator in 2020

We’ve already told you about the State of Pro AV. So in the interest of transparency, here is the state of US, Commercial Integrator website & magazine.

AV IT convergence

With AV and IT Converged, There’s Enough Work for Everybody

We’re past the days of wondering when AV and IT convergence would happen. Now, we’re focusing on how to help them work together to meet client needs.

pro AV distributor market labor

A Closer Look at the Pro AV Distributor and Labor Markets

Recent Commercial Integrator survey got insight about the value integrators are getting from their pro AV distributors and labor forces.

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Total Tech Summit 2019: 2 Takeaways for Every AV Business

Two key takeaways from a Commercial Integrator session at Total Tech Summit 2019 focused on selling services & communicating better with IT directors.

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Working with Architects on New Building Audio Video System Projects

Audio video system projects are drops in the bucket of what architects need to consider for new buildings. Here’s how installers can take full advantage.

AV as a Service, managed AV services

12 Takeaways from the AV as a Service Panel at Total Tech Summit 2019

Here are 12 managed AV service takeaways from industry experts that every integration company should be thinking long and hard about.

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How Cisco and the NSCA Saved the AV Industry

Legislation almost made pulling PoE cable impossible without an electrician’s license – until Cisco & the NSCA stepped in.