ericmedley wrote: »
I did get the ACSM last year. It was a slog to do all the testing. Thus far certain parts of it have opened some new areas for me on the business side. I have had zero requests for signage and almost none about SVSi. Don't get me wrong - I do see Video oIP as a good thing and a good market to explore. But, it just hasn't hit my radar yet.
RMS has been an odd animal for me. My first act of office was to ditch the AMX SDK as fast as I could. I wrote my own and my deployment time went from days to hours. This has helped me in a lot of ways. But, I'm not sure if it has helped on the client side. My clients who are interested in RMS tend to not be overly familiar with control systems oddly enough. They tend to be IT/Networking people who've sorta bumped into it and are already familiar with asset management.
I'm probably an oddball, but although I do Craptron, I almost get no calls for it. And the one's I do seem to be scary problem-children projects that I'm walking in the door to angry integrators and angry clients who are both just looking for a way out of the woods. These projects are almost always poorly engineered, over budget and the AV Integrators are panic-stricken "just trying to make cash flow" trunk slammers. I've tried a few of these and they always end in tears.
Does my ACSM helop? I dunno. I have never had any business ask me if I am one - or no deal. But, I have had some say they called because they saw I was certified in such-and-so. The one thing I can say is a lot of the higher-end contracts for enterprise level gigs usually require that the programmer/engineer have at least certain creds (In my case ACE Programmer and/or AMX Designer) I do worry that some of these longer range contracts might get balled up if Harmon changes everything up too much.
And I will say too that I have a deep seated hatred of the BSS DSP. I will definitely have some major issues to overcome if they demand that I be certified on it. I already do a lot of Biamp and they are present in projects (at least in my case) around 50 to 1.
vining wrote: »
On the bright side if you stick with it eventually all the programming work will have to go through you since you might be the only one left. I was going to add a smiley emoticon but it's not really funny. I happened across the Spire site recently and didn't notice anything about AMX and that made me depressed. Do you still work with them at all?
ericmedley wrote: »
sorry Vining... I get to blathering on. I know you didn't want to slog through all this... (and there's a happy face for you)
John Nagy wrote: »
Something that complicated the resi/commercial crossover was the vastly different discount thresholds. In recognition of the low volume of resi, the annual purchase requirements were much lower for resi dealers for the same levels of discounts that commercial dealers had. So commercial dealers (and sales reps, remember that commission is a percentage) were perpetually angry when a resi dealer stepped across the line. One could easily conclude that efforts to level the playing field helped lead to the end of most resi dealers.