Savant 2020 Integrator Summit Shows Strength of Strategic Products & Partnerships

Jamie Siminoff, Ring founder Savant Systems LLC held their 2020 Integrator Summit this year in conjunction with the International Builder Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 20-23. At that event, the company unveiled a large array of new products … Continue reading

U.S. Trade Commission Opens Formal Investigation of Google on Sonos Complaint

[Photo: REUTERS/Stringer] The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that it is launching a patent investigation into various speaker and controller products offered by Alphabet Inc.’s Google brand. This investigation initiation is the result of a formal complaint made by … Continue reading

RMR – Want Recurring Monthly Revenue But Don’t Know Where to Begin?

By now, most integrators have heard the siren call that they should launch a recurring monthly revenue program (RMR) to add profits and deepen their relationships with their clients. But to many of them, this is an idea that is … Continue reading

Savant Sister Company Racepoint Energy Acquires NOON Home

Racepoint Energy, sister company of Savant Systems LLC, announced this week that it has acquired innovative residential lighting control provider NOON Home. Based in Campbell, CA, NOON offers an impressive array of intuitive lighting and intelligent control solutions. Learn more … Continue reading

Once Again, Melrose Considers Disposing of Nortek; This Time It’s Serious

Melrose Industries plc, the British turnaround specialist who acquires underperforming companies to improve their operations and management for resale, is now actively considering selling off the bulk of Nortek in a deal that could be worth $3 billion, according to … Continue reading

In Sonos’ Claim That It’s a Victim, Some Skeptics See a Rich Irony

This Friday, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence will testify before a Congressional committee (the House antitrust subcommittee) that is investigating the issue of competition in digital markets. Or, I should say, they are investigating whether the tech giants – Google, Amazon, … Continue reading

Bose to Shutter 119 Bose Stores in N. America, Europe, Japan & Australia

A Bose mall location [Photo: Julia Banks, Boston Business Journal] Bose Corp. announced earlier today that it will close a total of 119 Bose retail stores as a response to changing retail purchasing trends. The locations to be closed represents … Continue reading

CES 2020 – Just What Exactly is CES Anymore?

Buyer/seller negotiations on the CES floor are getting pretty tough! Image is from the WWE, a new exhibitor at CES this year For many, many years the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – an exposition hosted by the Consumer Technology Association … Continue reading

A Deeper Dive into the Troubling Emerald Expositions Fiscal Q3 Report

Company Says Declining CEDIA Expo Revenues is Partly to Blame If you saw my recent article on the Emerald Expositions’ leadership turmoil (See: More Leadership Turmoil Hits Emerald Expositions), in addition to covering the fact that their new CEO (just … Continue reading