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BI: A Journey From Buyer To Seller

Everyone seemed back to normal this week after wading through the typical muck of non-news and specious claims of dominance associated with an big events like ISE and the Digital Signage Expo. And then on Thursday, some real news came out that Wireless Ronin plans to merge with Broadcast International (BI), with Ronin being the surviving entity. Of course the actual news was accompanied by a…

Is Convergence In Close Proximity?

While the storm system now known as Icepocalypse stranded would-be flyers across most of the east coast leading up to Valentine’s Day, the majority of the digital signage world was enjoying shirtsleeve weather in the Nevada desert at Digital Signage Expo 2014. It was a whirlwind three days, with the progression of events and activities unfolding as expected. As always, the folks from Exponation…

The Fastest 48 Hours in Digital Signage

With thousands of industry players from around the globe preparing to make the trek to the Nevada desert in two weeks, the hundreds of hours of preparation will boil down to 48 hours of non-stop talking, selling, buying and networking.  Oh, and eating. Yes, the Digital Signage Expo is upon us, and while many people will come early, and a few will blow (or possibly enhance) Valentine’s Day…

An Industry Accelerates

As the Holiday season marches on, it is not unusual to reflect on the year that has passed and wonder about the year to come. Having already made 2014 predictions back in September, this is not about taking a second stab at those.  In fact, I still feel very good about this year’s attempt at crystal ball reading. But in the dizzying month since my last post, it has occurred to me that t…

The Sports Drink of Roadkill

I recently had the privilege of presenting at the 2013 DailyDOOH Investor Conference in New York, an integral part of Dpb Media Week, which is developing into the Digital Signage Olympics, if it hasn’t already. Others have done a good job of reviewing and recapping, so I will simply add that I found it motivating, invigorating and very much worthwhile. My presentation at the Investor Conferenc…

It’s Prediction Kickoff Time: 7 for ’14

The summer is receding as fast as it arrived, children are back in school, and oh yes… the football season is upon us. As always, the kickoff of the football year serves as the signal to launch the prediction cycle for digital signage. Like the annoying kid in fifth grade who waved his hand to answer every question, the need to be first is an apparent character flaw.  But at least I’ll be on…

Altered Perceptions Slow Innovation

What we read, what we hear and whom we hear it from often has a large influence on perceptions and behavior. That is certainly true in day-to-day life, where various media outlets (pick your ideology) decide what is newsworthy, and carefully choose their language and presentation of information to assign relative value to that information. So it is within the digital signage industry, wher…

Execution Over Content: Choose Your King Wisely

I have fun on Twitter from time to time with a couple of fellow bloggers using the hashtag #CurmudgeonFriday to complain about whatever has gotten under our skin that week. It has not become a viral by any means, but it is good, harmless fun nonetheless. There is, however, one viral meme in our industry that is so overblown that it can’t wait for this or any other Friday. That would be t…

I Can See Clearly Now

My last post questioned the logic and motives of Intel’s decision to come to market with their own digital signage platform (referred to by everyone but me as a CMS). I hope a disclosure is not required here, but Real Digital Media has been in that business, optimizing solutions on Intel x86 platforms, for many years. I am biased, but realistic. Intel can and will do whatever it wants, and has…

Groundhog Day

The report today of Intel’s impending entry into the digital signage software space provides an opportunity to ponder a few questions. While details are lacking on Intel’s exact strategy, there is enough to go on to wonder what they might be thinking out in Santa Clara. Intel is a chipmaker, and they are very, very good at it. However, the inability of their digital signage team to understand…

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