Leadership in the industry includes recognizing trends like the convergence between logical and physical security, an area of innovation where Diebold Security leads the charge. It’s been an honor every year since 2004 for SDM’s editors to select one company as our Systems Integrator of the Year. But with that honor comes responsibility — the responsibility of leadership. One of the distinguishing qualities SDM looks for in naming a Systems Integrator of the Year is having the courage to lead the industry through innovation.
Call it ambulance-chasing if you’d like, but I think some of SDM’s fine readers should be following Leigh and Leslie around the country with a demo kit and a monitoring contract. As they say in the flea market business, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
It would appear that all of the arrows point against the status quo. Each year, the SDM Industry Forecast Survey reveals the keys to your success for the coming year. Without fail, the results are optimistic at worst. RMR will grow. Product sales will grow. Costs will remain low and profits strong. To be fair, as business owners you note these will be great challenges for your organization, but you anticipate success.
It’s a Sunday close to press time and I’m watching one of my favorite television shows, CBS Sunday Morning. One of the segments catches my attention; it’s about the job market seemingly coming to a stall, with first-time unemployment claims having exceeded 400,000 for 11 consecutive weeks (as of late June). A CBS Sunday Morning journalist interviews economist Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute about why this is happening.
A new resource is SDM’s BirdDog Career Center, to help you find your next visionary. Planning for this month’s cover story about game changers got me thinking about what a game changer means to me and how I’ve experienced them both personally and professionally. In my adult life, having children and becoming a mother was the most obvious game changer… all previous priorities seem trivial compared to being responsible for a young person’s life.
The security industry is ready and able to put growth on the books in 2011, but dealers must take command of conditions and lead their own way.
I like the change of seasons that living in Illinois offers, but it’s this time of year — late February (the time of this writing) and early March — that makes me wish the season would change more quickly.
Illinois alarm dealers, supported by the IESA, are battling government entities that want to take over their subscriber accounts.
Illinois is home to some tough characters, many of whom are under the spotlight as government office holders. A term sometimes used to describe these folks is “pit bulls.”