ZDI Inc. Achieves InfoComm International AV Provider of Excellence Distinction

Zdi, Inc. has qualified as an InfoComm International AV Provider of Excellence, or APEx, and is the first company honored with this distinction. The InfoComm APEx program is a marketing recognition program for integration companies and AV design consulting firms dedicated to upholding industry excellence by providing quality service to customers.

The InfoComm APEx program recognizes companies based on the number of employees holding key industry certifications, including InfoComm’s CTS credential, completion of continuing education classes, and positive customer survey responses. APEx providers must also use two ANSI/INFOCOMM standards, the Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Coordination Processes and the AV System Performance Verification Standard, to foster better communication between the AV provider and the client.

“The APEx designation gives AV companies a mark of distinction in the marketplace,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, InfoComm International’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers of APEx companies can be confident of the AV provider’s professionalism and commitment to ongoing training, customer service and dedication to excellence.”

“We are honored to be the first to receive this distinguished award,” said Aaron McArdle, CEO of Zdi. “The APEx designation is an excellent example of our commitment to upholding the highest professional and technical standards in the audiovisual industry.”

For more information on the APEx Program, visit infocomm.org/APEx.

Zdi Achieves Elite Status with Cisco

Premier integrator Zdi has recently achieved an impressive designation with international powerhouse Cisco. Zdi is the second integrator in the States and third worldwide to receive the Cisco Preferred Solutions Developer status in the Cisco Developer Network (CDN).

CDN is where third-party developers gain access to Cisco technologies and support resources to craft compelling business solutions for unifying data, voice, video, and mobile communications on Cisco development platforms.

Preferred Solutions Developers must meet strict requirements, including channel readiness, dedicated business development resources, 24 x 7 support, and industry certifications (CTS-D, CTS-I, AQAV). With this status, Zdi works with Cisco to deliver enhanced solutions, including Zdi’s Project Workplace Development (PWD) integrated room solution that was recently certified as Cisco Compatible. Zdi’s lead engineer Jay McArdle says, “We are truly honored and excited about our continuing relationship with Cisco. We see this as the next step in differentiating Zdi from the rest of the market, while also forming more relationships in the IT space.”

Zdi Is First in the World to Receive Cisco Compatible Designation

Premier integrator Zdi has received special status from international powerhouse Cisco for its Project Workplace Development (PWD) integrated room solution. Zdi is the first company in the world to get an integrated room solution certified as Cisco Compatible.

Zdi lead engineer Jay McArdle says, “This has been a taxing but fulfilling process. We are excited to be the first certified room solution and hope many more of our designs earn this designation.”

Cisco’s PWD solution comes to life using owner-furnished (OFE) Cisco equipment in conjunction with Zdi-provided room equipment, installation, configuration, and commissioning. These rooms remedy the marketplace gap for a simple and consistent communications experience.

Zdi Presents Project Workplace Development with Cisco at Enterprise Connect

2013-03-18 19.58.00More than 5,000 Enterprise Connect attendees will have the opportunity to hear Zdi present its Project Workplace Development (PWD) solution with Cisco. According to Enterprise Connect, this is “the leading conference and exposition on enterprise communications and collaboration,” scheduled for March 18–21, 2013, at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Jay McArdle will attend Enterprise Connect for the Zdi presentation, and says, “We are excited about the opportunity to present with Cisco at such a prestigious event.”

Zdi has emerged in recent years as one of the premier integrators in the field. In Cisco’s Project Workplace Development program, Zdi is the first company in the world to get an integrated room solution certified as Cisco Compatible (details here). In addition, Zdi is the second integrator in the United States and third worldwide to achieve the Cisco Preferred Solutions Developer status in the Cisco Developer Network.

At Enterprise Connect, Zdi will be presenting its PWD solution in the partner pavilion inside the Cisco Booth at this exhibition that boasts more than 150 companies. Corporate IT decision makers, industry vendors, analysts, and consultants will have the opportunity to meet the Zdi team and learn about the integrated room solution available through this Cisco/Zdi partnership.

The Showcase Features Zdi’s Work at Peoria Riverfront Museum

The Showcase magazine has profiled the Peoria Riverfront Museum in its Winter 2013 issue. The article titled “On the Riverfront” highlights Zdi’s work for the museum:

“Systems Integrator Zdi played a large role in the development of the project and all of the exciting technology.

[ . . . ]

“In addition to the audio and controls in the Giant Screen Theater, Zdi was also responsible for digital signage, room-scheduling, classroom and boardroom technology, lighting control integration, and AV for outdoor projection.”

Read the article in full on pages 29–30, and see photography showcasing the beauty of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Zdi Team Boasts Certified Quality Technicians

The audiovisual team at Zdi recently added the Association for Quality in AV Technology (AQAV) to its extensive list of certifications. Eight employees have already completed the AQAV Certified Quality Technician program, with three more scheduled for spring 2013.

Quality is key for Zdi, a leader in the audiovisual field. Lead engineer Jay McArdle says, “The audiovisual industry as a whole struggles with standards and the ability to define when a job is truly done. AQAV has presented the industry with the tools and training to finally quantify, complete, and assure quality in audiovisual projects. Zdi is proud to be one of the first companies to adopt these standards and train its staff with the knowledge and techniques required to be a leader in the field.”

These certifications show the commitment of Zdi technicians who commit hours to prepare and complete such testing. Zdi is proud of its team’s passion for excellence and how that passion greatly benefits its clients.

Zdi’s Jeremy Caldera Earns CTS-I and Elite Ranking

Another elite status designation can be added to the already impressive list of certifications held by Zdi. When Zdi engineer Jeremy Caldera earned his CTS-I, he became one of approximately 100 worldwide to hold both the CTS-I and CTS-D. And this is Zdi’s second employee to hold both—a remarkable achievement.

Caldera committed hours of preparation and testing to earn this prestigious designation. Zdi, a world-class integration company, attributes its knack for success to a driving passion for the field. Zdi lead engineer Jay McArdle says, “Jeremy is a truly brilliant engineer. We are all proud of the hard work and dedication he has shown over the past year at Zdi. He is a leader among his peers, a huge asset to our team.”

Zdi Invited to 2012 CI Summit

Zdi was honored with an invitation to the first Commercial Integrator Summit held in Houston, Texas, November 6–8, 2012. Along with other high-revenue commercial integration companies, Zdi attended sessions highlighting technology trends and best practices in general management, sales and marketing and operations.

“This premier pro AV event connected the nation’s top integration companies and the suppliers seeking interactions with them.”

Read the CI Summit Recap

Zdi Included on CI’s 2012 List of 21 Firms Worth Following

Each year, Commercial Integrators (CI) compiles a list of companies on the rise. Zdi was included in its 2012 edition:

For a firm that has only existed for five years, Zdi has already received a good deal of recognition. Lead engineer Jay McArdle, for instance, was recognized as the 2011 InfoComm Young AV Professional of the Year, and was invited to that year’s InfoComm 100, an annual gathering of industry leaders designed to assess and chart the course of the industry through an agenda designed by InfoComm’s Leadership Development Committee. However, when CI asked Jay McArdle who the most important employee at Zdi is he cited his brother Aaron McArdle. “He is the face of Zdi and keeps everyone motivated and collectively moving towards the company’s vision.

See the full list here: 2012 CI 21 Firms Worth Following

CI Profiles Zdi’s Jay McArdle

Each week, Commercial Integrator features an industry leader for its CI Profile. Zdi’s Jay McArdle was selected for June 22, 2012, to talk “about the importance of listening to clients and properly managing their expectations.”

“In our industry, trust and relationships are the most important components to success.”

Read McArdle’s CI Profile