Azione Focuses on Future Opportunities at Fall Conference
Day two of buying group Azione Unlimited’s Fall 2014 conference, held Oct. 8-10 in Austin, Texas, put the spotlight on upcoming technological trends the group’s integrators could turn into future profits—big ones.
The day started off with a switch: While Azione Founder/President Richard Glikes typically hands out awards to its dealer and vendor members at the group’s meetings, on this day an award was presented to him. Recognizing the group’s recent milestone of reaching 100 dealer members, Jason Sloan of Dana Innovations presented a single loudspeaker to Glikes, commenting that “he gets the second when (Azione) gets to 200.”
Internet of Things … and Other Things
Guest speaker Robert Heiblim of Blue Salve, who addressed the group about their place in the industry on Oct. 8, returned for a presentation on technologies that could be areas of big opportunity for Azione dealers and vendors.
Heiblim started this day’s speech with his assessment of tech integrators’ present and future roles in the CE industry, saying “Right now, your channel is a couple of percent of the CE business—but trends are really going your way.”
He cited these trends, including connected thermostats, smart watches, health and fitness tech, and 3D printing. Health and fitness was one area he felt had immense potential, especially in the area of home health care. He spoke of how in cases with elderly citizens, sensors on the body could enable healthcare professionals to monitor these patients remotely from their homes, potentially saving insurers and the health industry billions.
Heiblim also saw potential in 4K TVs, pointing out that, given the typical replacement cycle for televisions, many early adopters of HDTVs may be in the market for new sets, and could find that the cost of the new UHD models is equal or less than what they paid for their last unit.