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#AVintheAM on Emerging Trends

AVintheAM Roundup

In the latest session of #AVintheAM (opens in new tab)—a popular Sunday morning Twitter chat—Chris Neto (opens in new tab), #AVintheAM originator and social media expert, asked questions like "Have you seen any emerging trends in 2019? What is your early prediction for the new trend of the year?"

Here is a roundup of answers.

Chris Bosworth, CTS-D (opens in new tab)

I’m expecting that we see more industry consolidation heading into InfoComm 2019—I’m waiting to see who announces what merger or acquisition. 

Marcus (opens in new tab)

The UX blur between hardware and software is developing at an interesting pace, driven by AVoIP adoption for signal transport and control. I don’t think we have reached critical mass yet, but momentum is certainly building—a palpable difference in 2019 to 2017/18.

Meg ExMachina (opens in new tab)

eSports has huge momentum at the moment—the end user is incredibly articulate in stating what they want and why they want and they are smart enough to know what exactly that technology does. Gaming is going to push hardware and streaming into some fun new places.

Jim Wellings (opens in new tab)

The term 'Huddle Space' will finally die, and this annoying football metaphor will be replaced the more appropriate to AV synonym, 'Cluster.' Especially as more end users install their own gear, you can truly say, "This install is a Cluster."

Don Goguen (opens in new tab)

Margins are tightening as commoditization takes hold. Tracking labor costs, I see a lot of downward pressure even in a hot business climate. The bigger, top-heavy companies are analyzing costs even more.

For more stories like these, read the full Twitter thread here (opens in new tab)

To join in the conversation, watch Neto's Twitter page (opens in new tab) on Sunday mornings for the weekly discussion topics and follow the #AVintheAM thread (opens in new tab)

Editor's Note: Some responses have been edited for style/length/clarity.

Megan A. Dutta is a pro AV industry journalist, and the former content director for Systems Contractor News (opens in new tab)(SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine (opens in new tab), both Future U.S. publications. Dutta previously served as the marketing communications manager at Peerless-AV (opens in new tab), where she led the company’s marketing and communications department. Dutta is the recipient of AVIXA's 2017 Young AV Professional Award and Women in Consumer Technology's 2018 Woman to Watch Award. Dutta is co-founder of Women of Digital Signage (opens in new tab), an organization designed to provide a pathway to promote networking, mentoring, and personal growth.