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From The Desk Of The Director Of Emerging Technology An overview of what this issue has in store. By David Danto When I joined the Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) as one of its Executive Board Members in 2007, I was asked what I wanted my title to be. It didn’t seem appropriate to be the CIO or CTO of a small nonprofit industr y association, and plain old “technology guy” seemed downright stupid. We came up with the title Director of Emerging Technology because that was the best description of what I did. As a longtime industr y end user, consultant and analyst, and now as Director of UC Strategy and Research for Poly, staying on top of emerging technology was at the core of what I did and now still do. In all the roles above, I’ve had to understand which new technologies, ser vices, advancements, products and strategies are hitting the market at any given time. Which ones are game-changers? Which ones represent new and better ways of handling some past task? Which ones are just plain bull? Getting to those core answers, and incorporating a new way of working into my daily schedule where I could do so, helped me to become the “digital immigrant” I am today. In the IT/AV space, there are many fellow “digital immigrants,” as well as digital natives and the Luddites—the last are the old-school people with their heads in the sand who refuse to do anything that veers from what they’ve always done. This issue of IT/AV Report is definitely not directed at that group (whose members probably don’t even understand why we’re talking about IT and AV in the same sentence). If we are to remain relevant in the IT/AV space, we have to be aware of how technology is changing more rapidly today than at any time in the past. We have to understand the changes—embrace the good ones and reject the bad ones—all before the next change comes barreling down at us. So, in this, the first edition of IT/AV Report that I am responsible for editing, I felt it appropriate to focus on this changing landscape. We’ll be covering how “this isn’t your dad’s AV industr y anymore” by discussing 8K displays, Bluetooth audio in conference rooms, big data, Team Chat for the enterprise and much more. In “Viewpoint,” we’ll open an old wound—namely, software versus hardware. Have we finally reached a tipping point where collaboration endpoints can and should be general compute engines, or is there still life in the appliances that the industr y grew up on? Also, starting with this issue, we’ll introduce a couple of recurring columns. In the first, Josh Srago will fill us all in on his legal perspective regarding our corner of the technology world; in the second, longtime industr y analyst and icon Ira Weinstein will have the last word on whatever strikes him as most important among the topics we’ve covered. As for me, I’m ver y proud to have been given this responsibility for our industr y. I won’t let you down. I’ll be sure to bring our readers the best perspectives from the best sources—wherever they might come from. (Look for my opinion column, “All Voices,” on page 16 in this issue, as well.) It’s not hard to reach me if you need me. Write to Sound & Communications, Google my name or just find me walking the aisles at any given trade conference (CES, NAB, Enterprise Connect, InfoComm, LDI, and on and on…). I’ll be the one walking quickly, scoping out booths for the emerging technology, and tr ying to see if it’s a fit or a flop.

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