2020 has been an interesting year so far. From the perspective of our industry, it started with strong momentum. Remember the optimism on display at NSCA’s 22nd annual Business & Leadership Conference?
Soon after, the impact of COVID-19 led to many integrators seeing revenue streams evaporate. To help, NSCA created and curated industry-specific business continuity content.
Now integration businesses — many after struggling with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and company restructuring — have little time to take a breath as they seek to understand how their role will adapt to customers’ evolving needs in post-COVID-19 recovery.
Indeed, many aspects of the integration business will change. Check out NSCA’s Future of the Integration Business series. Customers in all vertical markets — K-12, higher education, healthcare, corporate, you name it — will have new priorities. And integration companies need to react. But how? And what technology solutions will you need to deliver?
A good source for answers (or at least great speculation) is NSCA’s Emerging Technologies Committee.
Episode 2 of our Emerging Technologies Committee’s Beer & Bull video podcast zeros in on the future of integration. Dan Abrams, VP of business development at IVCi, and Siddharth “Sid” Bose, an attorney for legal firm Ice Miller’s data security and privacy practice, do their best to lay out a roadmap.
The Beer & Bull video podcast is hosted by Mike Abernathy, NSCA’s director of business resources.
Watch Episode 2 of the Beer & Bull Video Podcast
Discussion topics include:
- Sales and tackling site surveys (and how VR will help)
- How cybersecurity concerns change
- Demand for “environmental” solutions
- New legal risks related to technology’s mission-critical role
- Tech impact of work-from-home culture
- Need for contactless interfaces
- How technology can protect employees
- Managing employee traffic patterns
You can also download the episode, courtesy of AVNation, here.
Find all NSCA Beer & Bull video podcasts here.
What is NSCA’s Emerging Technologies Committee?
NSCA has tapped top innovation and technology specialists within its membership to provide guidance to the NSCA board of directors and members. The committee offers insight – through video podcasts and other platforms – on emerging trends to ensure that NSCA members aren’t blindsided by adjacent industries, advanced technology, or innovation that obsoletes or devalues our solutions and service offerings.
The forward-thinking industry professionals on the committee analyze enabling and disruptive technologies to help build awareness within the NSCA community.
Additional goals of the Emerging Technologies Committee:
- Provide a futurist view of the most impactful technologies
- Add clarity to what our industry’s future scope could look like
- Allow NSCA members to explore new business opportunities based upon emerging trends that influence businesses
What is Beer & Bull?
The concept of “Beer & Bull” is simple – getting together with like-minded individuals to talk about a passion topic while perhaps enjoying a beverage. NSCA introduced its Beer & Bull concept at our annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) several years ago. This was a lively discussion about business topics, usually situated toward the end of the three-day event – when attendees were particularly thirsty.
It was a great annual session that spurred memorable dialog. We’re constantly evolving our BLC content and haven’t had a “Beer & Bull” session for the last few years. We still love the concept, however, and decided to bring it back in the form of a video podcast. Instead of enjoying our beers together at BLC, our host, panelists, and attendees are encouraged to tip a glass of their own during the discussions. (Yes, we might discuss our beverage choices a little bit.)
Thanks to Our Friends at AVNation
We are grateful to our friends at AVNation for lending their established podcast platform to NSCA to host Beer & Bull discussions. Find all NSCA Beer & Bull episodes, as well as AVNation’s full library of integration business podcasts, here. Subscribe and follow AVNation on iTunes.