Howard & Associates is a unique consulting firm that focuses on two primary practices:
Howard & Associates helps clients improve communications with IP video. We work with clients to help them navigate the waters around video conferencing, streaming video, and unified communications - and demonstrate how these can all be delivered in a seamless User Experience.
Strategy, Product, and Marketing Consulting
Howard & Associates supports technology companies in their strategy, product development, and marketing efforts to create and promote their products and services and ultimately drive more revenue and profitability for the organization.
Howard & Associates is solely focused on creating results for our clients. We accomplish this through our unending devotion to client satisfaction as well as our expertise in our service areas. We strive to produce results that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Howard & Associates was founded by Andy Howard, an IP video expert and industry veteran whose goal is to help clients improve communications with video. Mr. Howard has helped hundreds of customers architect and implement enterprise-wide, and in many cases global, IP video deployments. Mr. Howard has worked with large corporate, government, and educational customers to help them implement enterprise video solutions.
Prior to founding Howard & Associates, Mr. Howard was a key executive at VBrick Systems, and was instrumental building the company from startup to market leader. Frost & Sullivan named the company the Enterprise Video market leader in 2011.
While at VBrick, Mr. Howard performed multiple roles including Strategic Alliances, Business Development, and Product Strategy. Mr. Howard positioned VBrick as the “go to” partner for streaming video for companies such as Avaya, Microsoft, HP, and LifeSize. Mr. Howard also provided the product vision for the creation of two of VBrick’s most strategic products – its core media management software called the VBrick Enterprise Media System (VEMS) and its core video distribution appliance, the VBrick Distributed Media Engine (DME). The combination of these two products allows organizations to build scalable and highly reliable enterprise video distribution systems.
Mr. Howard has been at the forefront of the digital video industry since it began, pioneering the development of the industry's first streaming media caching appliance in the late 1990's, while holding Product Management and Marketing positions at CacheFlow (now Blue Coat) and Novell. Mr. Howard received a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.