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Jun 19, 2014 12:35 PM, By Cynthia Wisehart and Jessaca Gutierrez

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Unified Communications and Collaboration Pavilion

In partnership with IMCCA, here you’ll see the latest collaboration and conferencing solutions that allow you to meet from anywhere in the world.

You’ll find these products in the Unified Communications and Collaboration Pavilion:

  • Videoconferencing and telepresence systems
  • Remote worker/teleworker technologies
  • Cloud services
  • Unified collaboration technologies
  • Networked interactive whiteboards
  • Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) providers
  • Managed services providers
  • Collaboration system integrators.


Stampede’s fall Big Book of AV (BBOAV) Tour, which commences immediately after Labor Day, will be highlighting both videoconferencing and unified communications.

At each stop, industry veteran Paul Dragos will be unveiling Sony Video Conferencing, MediaPointe streaming, Automated Workflow process for content management, and Radvision United Communications with a presentation titled, “Sony Unified Communications and Video Conferencing Fundamentals for the Pro AV Market.” In addition, Jim Feldman, change management expert at Shift Happens, will facilitate a stimulating discussion on managing and creating change by highlighting the benefits of linear problem solving.

“Videoconferencing and unified communications are two of the biggest drivers of business today,” says Stampede President and COO Kevin Kelly. “More and more of our dealers customers are requesting scalable and affordable hardware and software solutions that allow them to connect, communicate, and collaborate. A big part of our fall BBOAV Tour is going to focus on helping our dealers help their customers to do just that. These presentations are a great way to start that.”

More information and dates for the Big Book of AV Tour can be found at


The following courses are part of the AVADA VendoComm and Vendopalooza tours, lunch-and-learn events, and webinars, which have multiple upcoming tour dates throughout 2014. The 2014 AVAD VendoCOMM tour, a series of one-day trade events offering custom installers access to manufacturers, service providers, and industry influencers, will take place in Denver, the New York metro area, and Orange County, Calif. AVAD Vendopalooza, the distributor’s exclusive touring tradeshow with monthly dates throughout the year, provides dealers with demoes of the latest products, plus offers prize giveaways, raffles, and special pricing when purchasing products. Here are some of the UC topics to look for:

How To Tap Into The Videoconferencing Market

Presented by LifeSize

Explore the relatively untapped world of videoconferencing. Today, 99.8 percent of the available market does not use videoconferencing, a estimated value of more than $2 billion worldwide. This training will discuss how your business can capitalize on this golden opportunity. The videoconferencing market is growing approximately 7 percent per quarter; beat your competitors to the punch.

The New Way To Collaborate

Presented by InFocus

Discover the Mondopad, Mondophone, Jtouch, and Big Touch. These four new solutions from InFocus integrate touchscreen technology, computing, conferencing, digital media, and communication to amplify the experience of a shared work space. Dealers have an opportunity to offer these powerful solutions in an in-depth demonstration webinar.

Digital Signage 101

Presented by the AVAD System Design Team

Digital Signage is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry with projections to be more than $40 billion by 2015. How would you like to have a part of that? In this one-hour session, the AVADA System Design Group will walk you through all that you need to identify opportunities and provide the correct solution for your client’s needs. In addition, you will learn tips on growing digital signage into a money making part of your business. This one-hour class is CEDIA approved for 0.5 CEUs. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of training for your training records.

See for AVAD news, events, and promotions. For details specific to AVAD Vendopalooza and VendoCOMM events and trainings, see and


Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice CCNA Certification

What it is: The Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice (CCNA Voice) certification validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to administer a voice network. The Cisco CCNA Voice certification confirms that the required skill set for specialized job roles in voice technologies such as voice technologies administrator, voice engineer, and voice manager. It validates skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions.
Prerequisites: A valid CCENT or a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
Recommended Training and Required Exam: Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration (ICOMM) v8.0 training and 640-461 ICOMM v8.0 exam. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of the architecture, components, functionalities, and features of Cisco Unified Communications solutions. It also tests the knowledge needed to perform tasks such as system monitoring, moves, additions and changes on Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Connection, and Cisco Unified Presence. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration (ICOMM v8.0) 640-461course.

Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP Voice Certification

What it is: Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP Voice validates advance knowledge and skills required to integrate into underlying network architectures. Furthermore, this certification validates a robust set of skills in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network. With a CCNP Voice certification, a network professional can create a collaboration solution that is transparent, scalable, and manageable. The CCNP Voice curriculum focuses on Cisco Unified Communications Manager (formerly Unified CallManager), quality of service (QoS), gateways, gatekeepers, IP phones, voice applications, and utilities on Cisco routers and Cisco Catalyst switches. Additionally, the integration and troubleshooting of Cisco Unified Communications applications are now covered in the CCNP Voice, specifically the Cisco Unity Connection and Cisco Unified Presence applications.

Prerequisites: Valid Cisco CCNA Voice or CCNA Video or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Recommended Training and Required Exams: Implementing Cisco Voice Communications and QoS (CVOICE v8.0) training and 642-437 CVOICE v8.0 exam; Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 1 (CIPT1 v8.0) training and 642-447 CIPT1 v8.0; Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 2 (CIPT2 v8.0) training and 642-457 CIPT2 v8.0 exam; Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communications (TVOICE v8.0) training and 642-427 TVOICE v8.0 exam; and Integrating Cisco Unified Communications Applications (CAPPS v8.0) training and 642-467 CAPPS v8.0.

See to see the full training and exam descriptions.


Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Communication Training and Certification

What it is: The globally recognized standard for IT professionals that validates your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organization and connecting your colleagues to people around the world. Earning an MCSE: Communication certification will qualify you for a position in network and computer systems administration.

Required Exams: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (410); Administering Windows Server 2012 (411); and Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (412). Those three exams earn you your associate-level certification. After that you can complete, Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (336); Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (337); Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 (417); Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (336); and Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (337).

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