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Articles tagged with: Commercial Integrator

Commercial Integrator: 11 Best Installs Announced in 2013 Integration Awards

Our second annual look at some of the best installs from last year is a chance to marvel at — and learn from — the work of fellow integrators as selected by the editors and writers of Commercial Integrator and TechDecisions.

by CI Staff

Commercial Integrator is all about troubleshooting. A client has a problem or a need, and it’s the integrator’s job to come up with a plan to fill that need. And that’s only half the battle.

Once onsite, any number of problems can arise that require quick thinking and ingenuity to bridge the gap between the best-laid plans and the real world problems that can lead those plans astray. Time in and time out, installers find a way to make it to not only make it work, but to make it exceed customer expectations.

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TAGS: Commercial Automation New Jersey | Commercial Automation New York | Commercial Integration New Jersey | Commercial Integrator

Commercial Integrator: Cake Boss, Elan In Control Of Growing Retail Empire

Baking’s biggest celebrity opens second Carlo’s Bakery in Ridgewood, N.J., the first of several new retail locations to open throughout 2013 and 2014.

by D. Craig MacCormack

When you’re dealing with the self-proclaimed Cake Boss, you know you should take careful notes and not stray from the plan, even if the plan changes on the fly sometimes.

It’s a lesson Abiose and Chima Gale first learned when outfitting celebrity baker Buddy Valastro’s house with an Elan g! control system more than two years ago, and one that was driven home even harder when they decked Valastro’s new cake factory in Jersey City, N.J. with an amped-up Elan control system, iPod docks, and much more in 2011.

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TAGS: Cake Boss | Commercial Integrator | ELANg

Commercial Integrator: What Restaurant Clients Crave

Overcoming acoustic, content, automation and emergency notification challenges is critical to winning over restaurant clients.

by Robert Archer

The restaurant business is extremely competitive and challenging. Failure rates are high. But integrators can give their restaurant and bar clients a competitive edge through ambiance.

Many restaurants are paying more attention to the audio content they distribute in their dining rooms. Custom audio playlists were once the domain of high-end restaurants but they’re trickling down to casual dining businesses, according to the Associated Press.

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TAGS: Bar and Restaurant Audio Video | Bar and Restaurant Automation | Commercial Integrator

CEPro: How 2-Man Shop Landed Six-Figure ‘Cake Boss’ Job

Small integrators parlay small subcontract into landing the project of a lifetime for a celebrity client.

By Lisa Montgomery

It’s common when starting a business to have visions of grandeur. All too often, eager entrepreneurs dive into their new endeavors expecting a rush of clientele to stampede their storefronts.

In the custom electronics installation industry, these visions of greatness typically include working in huge, custom-built houses; installing elaborate, bells-and-whistles systems; and catering to customers who willingly give them carte blanche on the project.

In reality, it usually takes years to achieve this sort of business nirvana. To expect it to happen overnight is a big, fat pipe dream. Even CE pros who have been fortunate enough to reach the big leagues have recently had to scale down their grand business plans to weather the finicky economy.

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TAGS: Cake Boss | CEPro | Commercial Integrator