By John Sciacca January 20, 2015
In the spirit of Festivus, here are eight things customers say that make me want to cancel my donations to the Human Fund.
By John Sciacca January 12, 2015
I always save my final day of CES to walk through the upper-floor Venetian suites and experience the high-end audio demos. Here are some items that grabbed my eyes – and ears – on the last day of the show.
By John Sciacca January 08, 2015
While a lot of the news out of CES might be about the Internet of Things, the biggest news from the cavernous Central Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center is all about video. Bigger screens, blacker blacks, brighter colors, higher dynamic range, and a resolution cover charge starting at a minimum of 8 million pixels.
By John Sciacca January 07, 2015
I discovered that I was having a terrific time wandering around checking out the small vendors in Eureka Park and quickly discovered that it was packed with the up-and-coming technologies that we will likely be installing and living with in the months and years to come.
By John Sciacca December 17, 2014
While there have been plenty of blogs written about improving and increasing your business, when you boil it down, there are really only three ways to increase any company’s profitability. Ultimately a business can sell more, charge more, or spend less. (Image via Blend Images - REB Images | Brand X Pictures.)
By John Sciacca December 11, 2014
Our customers so often ask us, “What would you do if it were you?” and this is really what it boils down to.
By John Sciacca December 02, 2014
I'm convinced that Dolby Atmos will truly be the next renaissance for home theater surround and that it is something that needs to be experienced before a client will be willing to commit.
By John Sciacca November 20, 2014
While I was enjoying Disney World with my family last week, I noticed quite a few signs with quotes from Walt himself; quotes that embodied the spirit of the park and the Disney ethos. The sayings on these signs were so poignant and often times resonated so deeply to what we do as custom integrators.
By John Sciacca November 13, 2014
At times we are all forced to suck it up and call a company’s tech support for help. In my personal experience, there are three companies whose support truly rocks: Crestron, Lutron, and Pakedge, but this story is not about any of them. It’s about a company that did not do such a great job. (Photo via Tom Merton | Calaimage | Getty Images)
By John Sciacca November 04, 2014
As a custom integration business owner, we work up bids around the gear that we think will be needed—a generally known and non-dynamic cost on most projects—and then estimate the amount of labor and wire based on years of doing previous (likely similar) jobs. If we miss a job estimate by a few hours or feet of wire, it’s not the end of the world, and we can take that knowledge and use it to hopefully produce a more accurate quote on the next job.