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Futuresource at InfoComm | An Interview with Chris Pennell

The Futuresource team are stateside once more, this time attending InfoComm 2022. On the run up to the event, we’ve been asking our analysts their predictions for the sights and sounds at InfoComm this year. Principal Analyst, Chris Pennell, sat down with our marketing team, to offer his thoughts before he travelled.

What is your main prediction for InfoComm this year, Chris?
​​​​​It’s fair to say that ISE was the event where AVoIP went mainstream. With the event still relatively fresh in people’s minds, we expect to see a similar focus on AVoIP solutions from a growing number of vendors, in terms of connectivity and services.
It will also be interesting to see if the focus at InfoComm is on 1G solutions – as there was at ISE – or, if there will be more of a focus on 10G.
What is a theme across the industry that you would expect to be addressed?
We certainly expect to see the interoperability – or lack thereof – to also be a priority. It has been a consistent theme that, until recently, has shown no signs of improvement. Although, it should be said that the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has plans to change this with its Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) protocol.
Both SDVoE and HDBaseT suppliers are pushing how they work with each other to address interoperability issues, also. 
What are some of your other expectations?
We also expect to see the topics of security and intelligence to be to top of mind for vendors to focus on, particularly in terms of managed services. The upswing in over-the-top collaboration tools and standalone devices to create video collaboration experiences is driving disaggregation of the technology stack. This is forcing enterprise customers to review how they manage AV devices and secure the growing number of endpoints connecting to corporate networks.

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Chris Pennell

Chris Pennell is a Principal Analyst for Futuresource Consulting and is responsible for researching and reporting on enterprise technology trends. Chris’s research is focused on working with vendors and end-user clients to understand how technologies are disrupting and transforming the delivery of services by public and private enterprises. His main areas of focus include the digital transformation of front- and back-office services through emerging technologies as well as the increasing use of smart city solutions to improve outcomes for citizens.

Prior to joining Futuresource Consulting, Chris has spent the past 12 years researching government’s use of technology to drive better outcomes for citizens, most recently as the Research Director, Government Insights at IDC and has been a regular speaker on Smart Cities and Government technology.

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