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Bill Attardi The EnergyWatch Blog is a daily information source created by Bill Attardi, president of Attardi Marketing. The blog provides a veteran electrical professional’s perspective on the news and industry insights through eyes of electrotechnology insider. Bill Attardi’s experience within the channels of electrical manufacturing and distribution keeps readers ahead of the curve about advanced product technologies and services that satisfy the ongoing energy conservation needs of the end user.

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Malcolm Gladwell Says AI Will Make Human Judgment More Vital by Phil Goldstein, Web Editor for BizTech

As artificial intelligence advances in the workplace, humans will need to solve mysteries amid large volumes of data that machines cannot. Artificial intelligence may replace some jobs, but it will also highlight the importance of human judgment in the workplace,

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Leadership is a skill, not a genetic disposition, so they say…

Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders. Tom Peters Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. President Harry S. Truman Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made

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CHRIS BROWN IS FREAKIN SEVENTY

70! Not just a number anymore. Not when it’s me and I’M FREAKIN SEVENTY! (To read the unexpurgated original version, find Chris Brown on Facebook). First thought……YIPPEE, I MADE IT! On second thought, How the hell did this happen?!? Thinking

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A Judicious SWOT Analysis – Just Five (5) Apropos Questions to Ask Yourself by Bill Attardi

The SWOT (Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats) Analysis is an important tool in the strategic marketing planning process and is taught in every graduate and undergraduate business course in academia. My view is that this should be an

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Finished: The Whole Customer Value-Added Proposition by Bill Attardi

Ok, I’m back…….to finish my previous blog: The Whole Customer Value-Added Proposition. Let me define what I mean before I relate it to the lighting industry. Much has been written about the value proposition, the almost holy value proposition. You

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The Whole Customer Value-Added Proposition by Bill Attardi

Let me define what I mean before I relate it to the lighting industry. Much has been written about the value proposition, the almost holy value proposition. You mean you do not know what your value proposition is….shame / shame!

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The Past, the Present and the Future by Bill Attardi

This blog is an attempt to pull together an understanding of the transition taking place from the Traditional Lighting industry (the Past), to the Smart Lighting industry (the Present) to the Intelligent Lighting industry (the Future). Your comments are welcome…..

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My Retort: Disintermediation Will Never Happen Unless You Let It by Bill Attardi

I still have a full head of hair, maybe it’s because I’m a consultant and have never been in the distribution business. Tough business, I agree, with some very savvy professionals, some with hair and some very bald. Tough businesses

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Verizon acquires Sensity……..Disintermediation personified? by Chris Brown

Repeating the question I asked two years ago at Strategies in Light……when technology gorillas and lighting manufacturers align, who will be driving? Here is what I wrote back in 2014, speaking about DISINTERMEDIATION: “I’m not convinced that most lighting distribution

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Dawn De Grazio Appointed IES Technical Editor

Congratulations Dawn…The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced and will welcome Dawn De Grazio, MIES, LC as Technical Editor, effective October 3, 2016. This newly created staff position then will include editing IES standards, documents, articles and

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The King is Dead, Long Live the King by Bill Attardi

“Some distributors are already out of business, they just don’t know it yet”, emphatically warned my good friend Chris Brown when he first penned Illumigeddon. http://energywatchnews.com/some-distributors-are-already-out-of-business-they-just-dont-know-it-yet-by-chris-brown-ceo-wiedenbach-brown-illumigeddon/ May I go one step further and even more emphatically state, “every single traditional

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It is Time for a Business Model Disruption by Bill Attardi

Let me start with a quote from Jack Welch: If the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside, the end is near. Disruptive change can do that to your business and

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IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN THIS YEAR: THE BOSTON LIGHTS EXPO AND CONFERENCE!

Join us Oct. 26, 2016 for the Boston Lights Exposition and Conference, a biannual show at the Westin Hotel in Boston, will host architects, engineers, interior designers and lighting designers to provide them with the latest in new lighting fixtures,

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Power Over Mobile Content Marketing by Bill Attardi

We talk about Power over Ethernet (PoE), well, allow me to address Power over Content Marketing…that’s the core of effective communications these days. And with all the attention on Pokémon GO (I’m glad I’m not a millennial), our mobile devices

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LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER ISSUES RESPONSE TO AMA REPORT ON LED LIGHTING BY MARK REA AND MARIANA FIGUEIRO OF THE LRC

Recently the American Medical Association (AMA) has produced a document cautioning the public about In-Ga-N based LEDs used as sources of illumination. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a large number of requests for an

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RETROFITTING VERSUS REPLACING LIGHTING FIXTURES BY DUSTYN FERGUSON

http://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog/index.php/retrofit-vs-replacing-infographic/ Within the world of lighting, commercial and industrial more specifically, we often hear the benefits of retrofitting versus entirely replacing lighting fixtures. Some of these often talked about benefits of retrofitting over replacing entirely are: • Less expensive to

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LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS BY EDISON REPORT

http://www.edisonreport.net/ Well, Randy Reid, Editor of Edison Report really started something. With the able assistance of Paul Pompeo, Donny Wall and Sam Sinai, they decided to honor some ole timers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Lighting Industry. So

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The Great Lighting Debate of 2016

How to successfully position your Company in Today (and Tomorrow’s) Lighting Industry – IMARK Showcase 4/5/16 Presenters: Bill Attardi aka ‘Captain Sunshine’ vs. Chris Brown aka ‘Chicken Little’ A debate on the Future of the Lighting Industry (and how you

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ILLUMIGEDDON IS SO LAST MONTH BY CHRIS BROWN

Last year I introduced a new word….. Illumigeddon, referring to the end of the traditional lighting industry as we have known it. Now it’s time to introduce this year’s new word, to better reflect the state of the industry today.

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WHAT DO WE DO WITH A PROBLEM CHILD? BY BILL ATTARDI

What keeps you up at night? After 50 years, it’s still the lighting industry for me. I woke up in the middle of the night with worry about a problem child. Not a family issue but I’ve done that too

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