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Tony Warner Launches Phase Shift Consulting

Tony Warner, Founder and President of Phase Shift Consulting Tony Warner Launches Phase Shift Consulting With a business model focused on agility and lean project delivery, Phase Shift Consulting recently launched in response to the changes in today’s marketplace. “As I surveyed the current landscape and trajectory of the industry, I was convinced there had […]
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The Shifting Landscape: What are today’s AV service providers facing?

The Shifting Landscape: What are today’s AV service providers facing? More than a decade ago, I was an advocate for the many benefits of delivering audiovisual consulting and design services within the context of a larger design firm. By having many services under one umbrella, a firm was much better positioned for seamless collaboration. It […]
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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS:  THE INDUSTRY LOOKS BACK As Sound & Communications Magazine was getting its start 60 years ago, RTKL Associates was a blossoming architectural firm with one office in Baltimore MD. Audiovisual design was nowhere on the radar. Over the coming decades, the firm expanded into new locales and new […]
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Training tomorrow’s workforce

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce: One program at a time can yield excellent results. Regardless of their channel in the AV industry, most companies have struggled at some point with the need to find and hire strong people. As today’s workforce continues to change, our industry often wrestles with where tomorrow’s talent will come from. Commercial AV, […]
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Striking A Balance: Design, integration and technology management must work together in today’s churches.

Striking A Balance: Design, integration and technology management must work together in today’s churches. The new contemporary church model characterized by the heavy use of technology and multimedia has provoked profound changes to such things as facility design, multimedia systems design and staffing requirements, to name just a few.  Striking a balance: design, integration and […]
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Should ‘Spec’ Be A Four Letter Word?

The good, the bad and the ugly aspects of them. Should ‘Spec’ Be A Four Letter Word? In the AV industry, the term “spec” is one of those loosely used terms that frequently is misunderstood. Spec is the common short name for “specifications.” For anyone involved in the formal construction industry, having an accurate understanding […]
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Adapting to Your Audience: Social skills play an important role.

Adapting to Your Audience: Social skills play an important role. Regardless of our role in the industry, most of us frequently find ourselves wearing many hats and working in a wide variety of environments. Many times, these various environments have drastically different needs and requirements. If every situation is approached in a similar manner, it […]
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Understanding What Architects Want

Understanding What Architects Want: Marketing is one thing, but the design is crucial. Although we frequently debate the pros and cons of the design and installation process, whether it be design/bid/build or design/build, I suspect all would agree that the relationship with the architect is an important facet of all successful projects and understanding what […]
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Finding Convergence in Infrastructure

The AV industry struggles to figure out its place in the mix Finding the convergence in infrastructure has long been a hot topic within the AV industry, with many predictions of how IT and AV will become one in the not-too-distant future. The basis of this typically is formed around the migration of most AV […]
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Understanding the Architectural Design Process

Understanding the Architectural Design Process Being on the same ‘page’ helps expedite projects—and relationships. The architectural design of a building is one completed in methodical stages. Understanding the evolution that most designs experience is critical for all members of the design team. As more AV firms decide to make an entrance into the design side […]
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