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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?

LookingGlass

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

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.

Total Tech Summit 2019, CI Summit, TTS2019

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.

architects, audio video system projects

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.

AV over IP solutions, AV over IP, AV tools, InfoComm 2018, AV software

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.

School Technology Manager

Inside the Mind of a School’s Technology Manager: He Reveals What it’s Like to Deal with Integrators

An school technology manager took an entire presentation to answer questions on how integrators could better work with end users. Here’s what he said.

collaboration technology

The State of Selling Collaboration Technology in 2020

Collaboration technology is booming while plug-and-play products are becoming well-known. Here is the state of selling collaboration tech.

JMU X-Labs

JMU X-Labs Connects Education and Technology as Integrators Should

If integrators can understand new education concepts, such as those at JMU X-Labs, they know what K-12 and Higher Ed institutions actually need.

AVANT Analytics

Does AVANT Analytics Offer Opportunity for Integrators?

AVANT Analytics is attempting to disrupt industry research by offering real-time analysis of customer trends. Does this make sense for AV integrators?

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?