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Time is Money - Or Is It? 5 Tips For Delivering AV Projects On Time

Written 2015-07-07 by Chris Bianchet

Perhaps no business phrase is better known than “Time is Money,” because no matter what business you’re in, it is relatable (and often, no matter what business you’re in, you don’t have enough of either!). “Time is Money” is definitely relatable in the fast-paced world of Audio Visual Integration. So much of our ability to make a profit comes down to our ability to get jobs done ON TIME, and on budget. Trust me when I say, this is no easy feat. How many of you have seen projects go way past deadline, over budget, and right into the land of sleepless nights and ulcers? I have, and this was a big reason I helped launch our company. We truly believed we could make the process better. However, it takes planning and an unwavering commitment to excellence to make the process better. Jobs don’t get done on time by accident. Often it is the combination of crafty design, thorough engineering, and a crack project management team that keeps a job on track, and on budget. Having said that, there are some common practices you can use to get a project off and running on the right foot. After more than two thousand projects completed, I wanted to pass along some of my favorite tips.

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Streamlining The Approach To AV System Engineering

Written 2015-06-04 by Chris Bianchet

We have entered a time where many of our daily tasks are done differently. From the time we get out of bed until the time we go to sleep, technology is an instrumental part of our lives. To put this in perspective, consider this fact—91 percent of people sleep within arms reach of their mobile device.

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4 Tips for Handling Proposal Overload

Written 2015-05-06 by Chris Bianchet

If you have been in the AV Integration business for a while then you undoubtedly have experienced its cyclical nature. We all cycle through those times when it feels as though business is at a standstill, but we recognize that those doldrums can shift to tidal waves in no time at all.

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Can Integrators Afford Not To Have a Strong Service Plan for National Customers?

Written 2015-03-04 by D Wolf

Over the past few years the visibility of the “Global Enterprise” has become more and more top of mind. Even small(ish) companies are quickly expanding to have national or global footprints because as technology continues to proliferate and allow us to connect more easily, our ability to serve people in broader locations follows suit.

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Design Disruption: Where Is Mobile In Our Train Of Thought?

Written 2015-01-07 by D Wolf

As another year draws to a close, it is timely to start to reflect upon the changes and innovations that have come over the past year. Not just in the work that we do, but in the “workplace” that we do it. Even just a few years ago the integration world we live in was so much different. Think about it. What has happened to the room based conferencing system? 5 years ago million dollar telepresence rooms were all the rage, and now no one is even talking about them. Similarly infrastructure to support video has come down in the range of 10-100x from where it was just a few years ago. Remember when a video bridge cost as much as a house?

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Customer Experience At The Heart of AV Project Management

Written 2014-12-02 by D Wolf

Look, I don’t think I have to tell anyone that is reading this article that project management in the AV space is hard. There is something about always being last on the jobsite with consultants, GC’s, architects and clients staring at you (usually with their arms crossed) as you are trying to button up their systems to make them work as promised all while meeting a deadline that wasn’t reasonable and became less reasonable as your work got pushed back so other trades could have the time they needed.

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Outsourcing Integration Services Without Compromising Your Brand

Written 2014-08-20 by Staci Walter

If you have been in and around the integration business long enough, you have probably felt the pains and stains of busy periods only to be met on the other end by extreme lulls.

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Should Sales Pros Be Quoting Solutions?

Written 2014-05-20 by Chris Bianchet

One thing is for sure in the age of the Internet: People want things fast.

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Bottlenecks In Proposal Delivery

Written 2014-04-29 by Scott Straw

In the journey for “More” business for AV Integrators there are always a few challenges.

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5 Tips For Great AV Project Handoffs

Written 2014-04-01 by Chris Bianchet

Nothing feels better for an integrator than coming to the end of a big project. After hours of scope work, planning, preparation and unforeseen changes, there is a sense of relief in the air when the last rack screw is set in place or the final piece of code is tweaked.

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