A New Year's note of thankfulness from our President, Phil Aronson where he reflects on "Auld Lang Syne".
Phil Aronson's December column in Security Magazine called The Corner Office can be fully viewed and read by following the link here. We have provided a preview of the column below As well, you can review all the columns from 2017 by clicking through to the Security Magazine Corner Office library here.
The Corner Office
Recently, Microsoft announced their definition of intelligent communications: “Highly scalable, functionally rich, enterprise grade communications and collaboration solutions that adapt to changing business conditions with the ultimate goal of providing clear directional communication at the time of need.”
Our Strategic Advisor recently attended a global technology conference held by a leader in intelligent communications. Their CTO provided some insights on how our expectations of technology have changed throughout the years.
In 1995, we were led to believe that our scorecard for communications was limited to silos of excellence. In 2002, the age of IPBX, we witnessed a change in the PBX world. Servers and devices began to be connected within an IP/IT infrastructure.In 2012, we were introduced to a new term, Unified Communications. Suddenly we had a service platform connecting mobile, PBX and Intercom with their associated devices connected through an IP/IT infrastructure backbone. Public Address and Radio systems began to provide servers with connected devices on the same network.
And now we are in 2017, moving toward an Intelligent Communications world that will connect all the communication silos together. Business models will adapt to take advantage of this new world, with systems integrators investing in the development of business solutions across multiple vertical markets to add more value to an increasingly commoditized device market.
Security System News (SSN) conducts an event called Cloud+. This year it featured subject matter experts in technology, integration and consulting. One panel focused on how the industry is coping with the skills shortage in the security industry especially given the changing nature of a sensor-driven IT architecture.
Data Centers can be a business with an underlying value proposition of trust. Their brand is uniquely tied to their ability to protect their client's assets. It begs the question: Are you taking your organization's brand seriously? Andy Barclay, ASG Program Manager for many data center clients, addresses the value equation of this unique market.
Phil Aronson is featured monthly in Security Magazine with a column called "The Corner Office". The June column, below, featured his conversations at ISC West. We all agree we will be continuing the conversations at ASIS 2017 in September. Perhaps Mark Cuban, the ultimate shark, will be investing in companies pursuing these innovations. If you are interested in meeting with us, please send us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My company hosted The Great Conversation in Security in March and quickly followed up with a trip to Las Vegas for ISC West 2017. I have assembled a list of conversations we had at both events. I think they will help to shape 2017-2018 for us and the industry.
The Power of the 360º Program. There is no question that vendors are moving quickly to create a holistic real-time visualization of the entire risk, resilience and security program from situational risk to continuous quality improvement through the management and measurement of key performance indicators.
Security Risk Management Services providers are creating "scorecards" or evaluation criteria for categories of technologies such as access control, video surveillance and critical communications. At PSA TEC, Aronson Security partnered with Setracon and Zenitel to explore the scorecard for critical communications.
By Phil Aronson
Originally published in Security Magazine’s April Issue – The Corner Office
I have been given the opportunity to be a member of a few security executive forums. These are trusted communities. It is understood that some information cannot be shared or, if shared, not attributed. I am honored and humbled to be a part of these leadership associations.
When you walk away from such meetings, you realize the world is very complex and not one of us in the room have all the answers. I also remind myself that although the world can be a frightening place, there is hope when people of integrity, vision and faith work together to make it safer for generations to come.
From these groups, I attempt to take the learnings and apply them to our clients, our employees and, ultimately to the strategic direction of my company. I know others are doing the same.
Here are some of the paths of knowledge I am taking because of these meetings to see a little farther down the road.
- We must be a trusted advisor. But now trust is more than a relationship; it is a responsibility to build the competencies needed to construct a highly resilient and valuable risk mitigation program for our clients. This will include the security of security technology itself and the sustainable practices to keep it secure.