An essential part of running a business is knowing what the next big thing in your industry is. We’re always on the lookout for things that our clients want, as well as things they don’t know they want yet, so that we can bring our clients exactly what they need.

One of our favorite resources for keeping up-to-date on up-and-coming trends in the AV industry is AV Network recently interviewed several people from different companies that all specialize in audio-visual solutions, and here were some of the things they predicted for the New Year:

The increasing “appliancization” of AV devices.

The more commonplace and compact these devices become, the more necessary things like centralizing monitoring, management and updates are. AV Network notes that this isn’t dissimilar to phones or kitchen appliances.

Data driven decision making.

With AV devices having web capabilities and web monitoring, consumers and businesses alike can make appropriate decisions based on metrics about tech use.

Increased device integration.

The technology is certainly there to make controlling multiple devices from one seamless – just look at your smartphone. This same philosophy applied to AV devices makes them easier than ever to utilize. This technology is also what makes wireless device control and presentation possible. Relatedly, the demand for wireless devices has grown a lot over the last year.

Increased demand for AV devices from the higher education, healthcare, and corporate markets.

No real surprises here,  as these industries always have to be on the cutting edge of technology to stay relevant; however, the demand rate for these markets is the surprise.

They grew the fastest over the last year.

Were your observations or predictions for this year different than this list? Share what you noticed in 2014 in the comments below.

To see what other AV experts are saying, check out interviews on AV Network’s blog.