By John Sciacca May 13, 2013
Doing the right thing might not always be easy. And it might not always be the most profitable. But a large part of being successful as an integrator is developing a solid reputation for always doing the right thing, and it will almost definitely win out in the long run.
By John Sciacca May 07, 2013
The world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro Inc., owners of
CE distribution powerhouses AVAD and DBL Distributing, hosted a vendor
expo for resellers this past week in Scottsdale, AZ, at the absolutely
beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, a AAA 5-Diamond rated
By John Sciacca April 30, 2013
But after enough client encounters where the same incorrect terminology is used over and over, I thought I would make all of your lives considerably easier by giving you a handy translation guide so you’ll be able to cut right to what people are really asking you for.
By John Sciacca April 23, 2013
A little over four months ago, Kaleidescape unveiled an industry leading download store that offers Kaleidescape owners a revolutionary way to add content to their systems, by easily browsing and purchasing movies that automatically downloaded to their systems. Kaleidescape installed a fiber link between its Sunnyvale facility and its data center and can support download speeds in excess of 60 Mbps, meaning that you can often download a movie more quickly than you can get into the car to drive down to Redbox, Wal-Mart or Best Buy and days faster than waiting for the Netflix or Amazon.com discs to arrive in the mail!
By John Sciacca April 19, 2013
Like many of you, I received a postcard from CEDIA the other day getting
me pumped for the 2013 EXPO. Honestly, not much pumping is required. I
love the EXPO. And by “love” I mean I frickin’ love the EXPO.
By John Sciacca April 16, 2013
When I come across a quote that I find especially meaningful or poignant in magazines or books that I’m reading, I write it down—or take a picture of it—so I can remember it. In reading an extensive interview with Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, in the December 10-16, 2012 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, I stumbled across this quote.
By John Sciacca April 09, 2013
Last month I wrote a post titled, “How I learned to stop worrying and love the soundbar
,” a play on the Dr. Strangelove title. That post detailed all of the reasons why I used to be prejudiced toward soundbars, and why we didn’t really capitalize on that segment of the market. But our company finally came around and realized that there is a real place in the custom installation world for soundbars for a variety of reasons.
By John Sciacca April 02, 2013
When you think about it, we work in a strange industry… an industry unlike any other. Often we encounter people that not only aren’t sure exactly what it is we do, but also aren’t sure they even want or need what we offer. This is a dynamic pretty much unlike any other shopping/buying experience.
By John Sciacca March 26, 2013
There was buzz at CEDIA last year surrounding NFC – Near Field Communication – technology that one publication named one of the “Top 5 Home Technologies for 2012,” claiming it “could be the next big thing in home automation,” and being called “living in the future” by The Wall Street Journal.
By John Sciacca March 19, 2013
Kids develop brand affinity and aspirational thinking pretty early on. I – like many boys that were young in the 80s – had a Lamborghini poster on my bedroom wall many, many years before I could even think about getting a driver’s license, not to mention that it cost more than the house we were living in. But still, the desire for that red Countach was there. And still is there.