ISE 2016 Announces Opening Panel Discussion to Tackle AV and IT Collision

The ISE 2016 Opening Panel Discussion takes place on the evening before the show, on Monday 8 February at 18:00. It will be held at Amsterdam RAI, in the FORUM, prior to the ISE Opening Reception.

The Opening Panel Discussion will explore the convergence of AV and IT and how the fast-moving collision of the two ‘worlds’ has created technical challenges and business opportunities for the installation and integration market sector.

The session will be moderated by Wired magazine editor David Rowan. He will be joined by panellists: Jonathan Wagstaff, Country Manager, CONTEXT; Toni Barnett, Managing Director, CDEC; and Kevin Morrison, Executive Vice President, Harman.

This event will take place in the Forum at 6pm and be followed by the official Opening Reception in the Forum Lounge until 9pm. The Opening Reception will provide an opportunity for networking over drinks and food. It’s a perfect opportunity to begin the ISE 2016 journey and look forward to four action-packed show days. If you would like to attend, you must register beforehand.

David Rowan is the Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK, the award-winning technology, innovation and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future. He has addressed TED Global and Google Zeitgeist events, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme in the UK. He is in touch with many of the world’s leading trend-setters and spotters and travels the world searching out the latest apps and gadgets, the cutting-edge R&D departments, universities and start-ups that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to wearable technology to smart homes.

Rowan commented: “IP has proven to be the Great Unifier, bringing together many diverse industries onto the network. Given the ramp-up of cloud, video, unified communications and collaboration, digital signage, smart building and mobile, this panel brings together experts to discuss how AV and IT share today’s voice/video/data network”

Jonathan Wagstaff has managed global data-collection projects for major IT vendors and is currently responsible for the UK + IE IT distribution, reseller, and retail panel for CONTEXT. CONTEXT collects both sales and pricing data at every point in the supply chain to provide fact-based detail of total end user consumption; complete margin visibility; and real channel sales figures for both B2B and retail clients. He has close relationships with many UK GTDC members and is active in panel recruitment. He has also held roles as a consultant with Accenture UK and Essex County Council.

Toni Barnett leads a £13m business with a team of 40 operations, sales and admin staff and around 50 engineers working across the UK for professional integrator CDEC. She first started selling into the education sector (CDEC’s core business today) over 20 years ago and has a first-hand understanding of how technology in education has evolved over the years. The company has won Reseller / Integrator at the AV Awards twice in succession, amongst a number of other accolades. Under her direction, CDEC is now involved in high level projects and covers a broad range of verticals nationwide.

Kevin Morrison has been involved in the AV & IT (Hardware & Software) and Broadcast industries internationally for over 25 years. Previously Morrison was the CEO and a founder of Endeleo Group, one of the fastest growing European AV companies, which was acquired by AMX LLC in October 2006. Initially responsible for the creation and development of the AMX Network Media Group, Morrison was appointed to the role of Managing Director of AMX Europe in 2008. AMX was acquired by the Harman Group in April 2014 and in October 2015 he was appointed the Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Strategic Business Unit. He is now responsible for global sales of Harman brands under the Harman Professional Division.

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