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CEDIA Sells Off Its Annual Trade Show

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CEDIA Sells Off Its Annual Trade Show

CEDIA announces the sale of its USA flagship trade event, just two weeks before the ISE 2017 in Amsterdam which CEDIA co-owns.

With 19,000 attendees visiting more than 500 exhibitors (and 100 of them first time exhibitors), CEDIA 2016 was clearly a successful event.

So why sell it? Obviously CEDIA decided they weren't in the trade show business. It's hard when you have a big annual event. It's "only once a year" but you need staff working 12 months on it. That drains the profitability of the event but also drains valuable staff resources.

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The Fastest Growing Players in Smart Building: IT Channel Partners

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The Fastest Growing Players in Smart Building: IT Channel Partners

Whether it’s Smart Home, Smart Office or Smart Building, IT resellers, distributors and integrators find their interest in smart building rising. It’s not only inspired by the decline of the PC—the IT industry naturally takes to any industry that moves to an IP-based backbone. Once an industry becomes digital and network-driven, the IT folks have an edge in constructing, integrating and maintaining the IP network.  We interview the man in the center of this transition, Jan Nintemann, the head of The Center of Smart Building at CeBIT’s Planet Reseller.

Jan, tell us why Global Fairs TT-Messe created this initiative at CeBIT’s Planet Reseller?

For more than 15 years, we have had one of the most successful pavilions inside Planet Reseller, the trade-only area of CeBIT. There we have always brought new technology and new trends to resellers and distributors from across Europe and the Middle East.

For example, we were the first to bring in mobile technologies.  Today we see that the IT channels need to find new profit areas, new ways to make business grow. Many interesting resellers like Vanti and Redstone in the UK have shown the way IT partners can get into smart building. Far more IT channel partners are now selling smart home and smart office. But they need to accelerate.

These channel partners are following the big IT players--like IBM, Cisco and Google—into Smart Building and Internet of Things. But we feel they need to meet even more new vendors and gain more insight into the opportunity. It’s the future…

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Star Achitect to Open ISE 2017: Ole Scheeren

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Star Achitect to Open ISE 2017: Ole Scheeren

“Ole Scheeren is the man who makes the impossible possible in architecture. He is a man who turns structural calculations into magic, who can seemingly make skyscrapers disappear into thin air and who created a movie theater that floats in the Indian Ocean. His wave of success has already carried him far. And when he has his way, this will only be the beginning.” Der Spiegel

One of the world’s pop stars of architecture, Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Buro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, and Bangkok. He is chief designer and leading the company’s creative vision and strategic development.

And what a creative vision that is… for example, one project, MahaNakhon, is-- at 314 meters-- Bangkok’s tallest tower. Housing the Ritz-Carlton Residences, the building features a pixelated ribbon that swirls around the exterior, peeling back its surface layer to expose an inner layer (also creating balconies with sweeping views of the city).

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Barcelona Hosts In(3D)ustry 3D Printing Congress

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Barcelona Hosts In(3D)ustry 3D Printing Congress

The Catalan city of Barcelona hosts the first edition of In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions-- an event focusing on industrial 3D printing.

Held at the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona in Montjuic, the show features a conference area with experts discussing the state of the 3D printing industry, as well as a showcase of 50 different solutions as divided across Retail and Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Automotive and Aeronautics, Architecture and Habitat, and Miscellaneous segments.

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GTDC EMEA Holds Biggest Conference Ever

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GTDC EMEA Holds Biggest Conference Ever

After a strong finish in 2015, business for Europe's largest distributors hit the doldrums in Q1 2016. But that didn't stop GTDC (the association of distributors) from having their biggest-ever EMEA conference.

GTDC members generate more than $130 billion in annual revenue, and channel executive participants at Summit EMEA, June 14-15, represented more than 40 IT companies.

The conference brought together about 200 top industry executives for private meetings and a day of industry sessions by leading experts.

Chairman, president and CEO of Arrow, Mike Long (also the vice chairman of GTDC) opened the conference with optimism for the new opportunities ahead...

"A few years ago we actually had to explain the value of distribution and deal with the old arguments about channel conflicts," says Long. "Now we are talking about new markets...cloud, security and services."

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