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Seasons of AV

For the first time since I have been fully engulfed in AV, I am sitting on the first Sunday of August not furiously trying to figure out how to get eight weeks worth of work into three. This summer has been a real education on how each of our segments of the industry ebb and flow depending on the time of year. This is what I mean.
Up until January of this year, I was a technology manager for a small community college outside St. Louis. As a technology manager, your busiest time is summer. More to the point it is the months of July and August. Most of our fiscal years begin July 1. This is when we can begin purchasing equipment. The smart/lucky ones can purchase in May or June. We were not one of those. So, you would put in purchase orders after spending months meeting with faculty, designing systems, and attending InfoComm to make sure you weren’t missing anything. Then July 1 hits and you wait for your equipment.
A typical shipping schedule, assuming everything is in stock, was between three and five weeks. That puts all the equipment in your possession by the first or second week of August. This is a problem if you have a large number of rooms and your classes begin the third or fourth week of August. We would typically grab help from other departments, work long hours and the weekends. However, once the semester begins our long hours leveled off and you began working on winter installs, which are typically not as intense.
As the head of Innovad, it is becoming evident that our client base is heavily weighted on the third and fourth quarters of the year. We are begining work on a number of projects that will become more involved as the year moves on. The staging industry is typically busy in spring and summer.
So, it depends on what segment you are in and what part you play as to when your busy time is. As for me, I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee on the first Sunday in August feeling sorry for all you technology managers who are neck-deep in projectors and cables. Have fun, gang, knowing that we all have our seasons of busy. This just happens to be yours.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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