Hey, look at all the rich clients I slayed!

Hey, look at all the rich clients I slayed!

In France, we have a great baking tradition. And all good bakeries strive to have a corner of their shop window showing the baker kneading the dough and putting it in the oven. People in the street want to see how bread is made, they want to see men and women working; it builds confidence and above all it gives bread a human dimension. It gives it a story. Believe it or not, bread is way better when you know a human being made it by hand.

Consumer-Grade Network Stuff: What a Joke!

Consumer-Grade Network Stuff: What a Joke!

Until recently, we used bulletproof “Professional/Enterprise Grade” network switches, routers, cables, certifications, modems, and Wi-Fi Access points for projects in the professional channel because if the network failed it could cost the company a fortune. And, we used cheap “Consumer-Grade” network stuff for the residential jobs because, well, residential is residential. I think we didn’t really understand that the trend is already reversed and the consequences of a smart house to fail can be very serious now in terms of responsibilities for the installers...

Uberization – Time to Get Creative and Seize the Opportunity

Uberization – Time to Get Creative and Seize the Opportunity

I was recently at a distributor event in London, and as usual I spent time having a beer and talking with other Home Technology professionals about the state of our businesses. One integrator explained to me that he had lost almost 30% of fresh, new, first-timer clients coming to him for small jobs – small jobs like mounting a TV on the wall or setting up a cable box or remote system.

Get Ready for the Womancave

Get Ready for the Womancave

For more years than we probably want to acknowledge, when a couple would buy a house, there was a non-stated compromise – a 100% accepted-in-advance deal about who would play what role and make which decisions with respect to household items. Decoration and organization was typically the woman’s domain, and she allowed her man to spend some money on technology and the often impenetrable world of AV and home automation.

“Integration” Redefined in Three Years’ Time

“Integration” Redefined in Three Years’ Time

Recently, Krika was present at the Essential Install Live show near London on the stand of our UK distributor Connected Distribution. While walking through the aisles, evaluating the latest gears our fertile industry has churned out, I was suddenly reminded of a recent HomeTech.fmpodcast: The interview of Richard Berrie, President and CEO of iHummingbird. To us, the conclusion was obvious: more than 50% of the gears dedicated to integrators exhibited in this show could be inadequate soon. In less than 3 years, “integration” as we know it today will be totally re-imagined. Let's try to find how and why

The days of AV and home automation as we know it are numbered!

The days of AV and home automation as we know it are numbered!

Let’s play the game of anticipation and try to seem honest for just 5 minutes: A good part of AV and almost all home automation business of the residential market is about to switch from the hands of Home Technologists to the hands of big companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA). While we are being honest, accept that there is absolutely nothing we can do against it except to try to follow this technological locomotive, grab all possible opportunities or just be spectators and continue our business model based on moving boxes.

How Does Krika Compare to Enterprise Grade Remote Supervision Systems?

How Does Krika Compare to Enterprise Grade Remote Supervision Systems?

This is a question that we occasionally face, especially when discussing our solution with businesses who operate in the corporate, commercial, and enterprise markets. IT people in charge here will typically claim “We can do this already using tools such as Nagios, PRTG, Zabbix or Zenoss”. Let's take a closer look at Krika compares to these tools, and where it might make sense to use one versus the other.