Consultants' panel discussion draws attendees from every link in the AV value chain
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 4 May, 2012 - InfoComm International is delighted to announce that its latest UK Roundtable was the largest ever held in London. In all, some 40 invited guests attended the event, held at the Manton Studio, Tate Britain on Thursday 26 April. Attendees came from all links in the AV buying chain, and included systems integrators, product distributors, manufacturers, live-events professionals, content creators and end-customers. The event followed a successful Cardiff Roundtable held at the Hilton Cardiff on Thursday, 19 April.
The main event this audience had gathered to hear was a panel discussion featuring some of the UK's most prominent AV consultants: Blair Parkin of Visual Acuity, Mark Johnson of Mark Johnson Consulting, Chris Card of Big Picture Consultants and Ian Stickland of Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants.
The panel addressed a number of issues, including key technology and business trends, the attitude of end-customers to the provision of AV systems, and whether the whole notion of 'AV' was still relevant to today's (and tomorrow's) market. The discussion was moderated by Dan Goldstein, Director of Marketing & Communications at Integrated Systems Europe, co-owned by InfoComm and CEDIA.
After the discussion, visitors divided into four tables with one consultant joining each of the tables to debate the issues further and come up with conclusions. This was followed by a networking drinks reception where the debate continued at an informal level… for some hours in a few cases!
Commenting on the event's success, Mr. Andy Bonehill, CTS-D, Technical Director of systems integrator, the PAI Group says: "I attended both Cardiff and London roundtable events. I'd like to say what worthwhile and stimulating events regional InfoComm events are and to encourage other members to attend in future as they give a unique insight into industry developments and an unrivalled opportunity to discuss relevant topics with one's peers!! Certainly I came away from both events with pages of thought provoking notes."
Commenting on the event's success, Mr. Andy Bonehill, CTS-D, Technical Director of systems integrator, the PAI Group says: "I attended both Cardiff and London roundtable events. I'd like to say what worthwhile and stimulating events that regional InfoComm Roundtables are and to encourage other members to attend in future as they give a unique insight into industry developments and an unrivalled opportunity to discuss relevant topics with one's peers!! Certainly I came away from both events with pages of thought provoking notes."
Echoing the statement, Mr. Nevil Bounds, Sales Director at broadcast and audio visual equipment integration and service provider, Feltech Electronics Ltd added: "Consultants act as a key interface between the integrator and the end customer, particularly on the larger AV projects. The panelists had experience working with integrators on many different kinds of projects in all corners of the globe, and their perspectives were as diverse as their backgrounds. For us at Feltech consultants we offer a unique insight into projects, which does offer value at these types of events.
We also think InfoComm Roundtables provide very valuable and fantastic networking opportunities which we don't normally get to take advantage of at trade shows as it's challenging to get everyone in the same place for a larger discussion! At the London event, there was a good turnout of a mix of people including consultants, distributors, manufacturers, integrators who all had something to talk about and opinions to be heard. Another observation I made was that the consultants and integrators are all busy with work which is good news for the industry overall!"
Among the hot topics raised at the Roundtable were the need for manufacturers to provide more energy consumption and network data with their products; the importance of vendor-neutral AV, IT and network training; the economic situation and its impact on project budgets; and the importance of maintaining long-lasting relationships with clients.
"Overall we were delighted with the Roundtable," concludes Chris Lavelle, Regional Manager, UK and Ireland. "As well as being a great networking opportunity, it also provided InfoComm with invaluable feedback about industry trends that would be impossible to obtain without these groups coming together under a single roof."
The next London Roundtable will take place in November 2012.
About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.