Communications and collaboration technologies are essential tools of business.

When used well, these technologies make meetings more productive, make interactions within teams and among work groups more effective and make decision-making more efficient and well-informed.  

When technology managers want to improve their organization's collaboration technologies, they often make the mistake of shopping around. They get a lot of information about products, comparing features and prices and trying to find the best match for what they perceive as their typical organizational user.

But the process usually ends without achieving user satisfaction and without gaining significant utilization and ROI.

Meet the Expert

About David

  • 35 years in media and unified communications technologies, designing and managing audio/visual, video conferencing, telepresence and UC systems and television and radio facilities
  • Built and managed the world’s largest commercial Cisco TelePresence ecosystem at the time (other than within Cisco) for JP Morgan Chase
  • Design, implementation and operation of global video and audio conferencing facilities, TV and audio/visual facilities and digital signage solutions for Lehman Brothers
  • Design of TV and radio facilities for Bloomberg, including the development of their revolutionary multi-screen TV format and the design and construction of TV studios for The Charlie Rose Show
  • Design and management of multimedia/TV facilities for AT&T, Financial News Network, MTV, NBC, NYU and Rutgers University

Experience

Principal Consultant • Dimension Data
Oct, 2011 — Present
  • Technical and operational guidance and strategy, identifying opportunities where collaboration technologies can improve business process, and architecting systems and solutions which maximize utilization, end-user satisfaction and ROI
  • Dimension Data, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NTT Group, is a global leader in the provision and management of specialist IT infrastructure solutions and services.
  • Operations in 50 countries, 15,000 employees, 6,000 clients and $6B in revenues.
VP, Director of Video & Telepresence Engineering • J P Morgan Chase
Jun, 2008 — Oct, 2011
  • Implementation and management the world’s largest commercial Cisco TelePresence (CTS) ecosystem.
  • Developed and deployed a fully interoperable unified communications environment, allowing direct-dial video connections between endpoints at desktop PCs, video conference rooms, executive desktop appliances and Cisco TelePresence rooms.
  • Managed the Global Multimedia and Support Services Implementation team in the Global Services Organization.
VP, Director Global Multimedia Engineering • Lehman Brothers
Jun, 2002 — May, 2008
  • Design, implementation and operations of television, videoconferencing and audio/visual facilities worldwide
  • Coordination of the growth of these activities into new media technologies (telepresence, streaming audio and video, UC and other systems)
Director Broadcast Engineering • Bloomberg L.P.
Nov, 1991 — Aug, 2000
  • Developed the systems required to produce the revolutionary Bloomberg multi-screen television format. 
  • Designed and built more than 15 interformat television production studios within corporate office environments on a global basis.
  • Supervised the design and worldwide installation of more than 100 automated radio workstations, allowing on-air talent to produce and digitally encode their segments at their desktop. 
  • Designed production studios for and coordinated the move of the "Charlie Rose" show from WNET-NY to new studios at Bloomberg's offices.
Director Television and Media Services • NYU
May, 1991 — Nov, 1995
  • Created and implemented NYU's first centralized media services department utilizing remote automated equipment authorization, and an equipment and service reservation database. 
  • Designed and built America's first self contained, multi-building university cable television system using microwave links to cross public rights of way.
  • Developed NYU-TV - a student-operated campus TV station that provided original programming to the NYU campus, and distributed programming nationally to other universities.

Education

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
BA, Television Communications, Theater, Liberal Arts, 1983

Academic Honors

Cum Laude

Awards

  • National Association of Broadcasters conference “Pick-Hits” judge for Broadcast Engineering (2001 - 2013)
  • CEA - the industry authority on consumer electronics – judge for the Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Design and Engineering Awards (2011 - 2013)
  • Enterprise Connect judge for their Innovations Showcase (2012)
  • Selected for "InfoComm 100" as a key industry thought leader

Boards

  • Director of Emerging Technology, Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA.org)
  • Manufacturer council and advisory boards for AVI-SPL, BlueJeans, Plantronics, Polycom and Ricoh

Panels

  • Speaker / Presenter at: Collaborate NY, Enterprise Connect, InfoComm, Interop, Streaming Media East, Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit

Academia

  • Adjunct Faculty for InfoComm International educational efforts (2007 - Present)
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