Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Selling Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Just Got Easier

Sonic Foundry announced the company will now offer services to make selling and using the company’s rich media products a whole lot easier. Sonic Foundry will now offer managed hosting, content management and delivery services, alleviating the system integrator and the end-user of those hassles.

Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry, explained to rAVe that it not only removes the bottleneck some companies have when deploying Mediasite, but it also makes the job of the system integrator much easier since they can get Mediasite up and running without having to get it integrated with the end-user’s IT system, or get approval up the entire corporate ladder.

“Over time, the migration path of offering this service takes customers in couple of directions,” he said. “Users will find it easier to scale -- as more units come online, the service we offer can expand. And it also allows for a migration path to bring management back to the organization if desired. Once tested, internal adoption might come more easily.”

Smart idea from Sonic Foundry. This model will let integrators sell a system that initially requires far less commitment from the end-user, and they can keep using Sonic Foundry as the provider or bring the management internally anytime.

The first Rich Media Quick Starter bundle packaged with six or 12 months of hosting is available now and Buinevicius told rAVe typical pricing could be from $1,000 to $2,000 a month.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Display Technology Experience in Chicago -- Free Event August 9

The Exclusive Electrograph Display Technology Experience is scheduled for August 9th in Chicago

-- Industry Icons: Gary Kayye, John Stiernberg, Chuck Wilson, Alan Brawn will present on Industry Insight and Trends, Business Plans, etc.

-- Autograph Session by Sports Legend Dan Hampton with an auction for a signed jersey.

The Display Technology Experience, presented by Electrograph in partnership with the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), will be visiting the Mid West Region on August 9th!!!

The Display Technology Experience is an intimate event that provides industry professionals a chance to investigate new technologies and reflect with their peers on current display technology and peripheral solutions. The event will include business planning sessions, emerging technologies presentations, selling techniques, marketing services, installation techniques and information about the overall state of the consumer and commercial audio video industry. This is a must attend for any reseller in the Chicago market!

Date:
August 9, 2005

Venue:
The Odeum Expo Center
1033 North Villa Avenue
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Phone: (630) 941-9292
Fax: (630) 832-9183
Odium Expo http://www.odeumexpo.com/

Celebrity:
Autograph Session by Dan Hampton 4 - 6 PM http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=87
Shirt Autographed by the Dan Hampton, the Bears’ No. 1 pick, fourth player overall, 1979 NFL

Guest Speakers:

CHUCK WILSON
NSCA Keynote

GARY KAYYE
“Trends in the AV Industry”

JOHN STIERNBERG
“Important Business Concepts”

ALAN BRAWN, President of Telenetix, Inc.
“Selling Design-Build of Advanced Display Technologies”

RICHARD MOFFITT, NSCA Director
“Ways to retain quality technicians”

MEG HAYES, NEC Channel Marketing Manager
“Marketing your company with NEC Big Picture”

& DAN HAMPTON — MEET “CHICAGO’S OWN” NFL GREAT!
Plus…THE 25 Industry Manufacturers!

Visit our website http://www.ELECTROGRAPHDTE.COM and register today! Pre-registration qualifies each attendee for a chance to win a 42" Plasma Display!