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Special Report: End Users Speak Their Minds

In an era when superior manufacturing processes and commoditization have leveled the product playing field and economics have caused buyers to be more cost-conscious than ever, service has become the prevalent differentiator. Doing business as a premium service provider entails a top-down company culture predicated ...



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In an era when superior manufacturing processes and commoditization have leveled the product playing field and economics have caused buyers to be more cost-conscious than ever, service has become the prevalent differentiator. Doing business as a premium service provider entails a top-down company culture predicated on a commitment to always place the customer first.

While there are myriad components and variables involved with accomplishing that mission, one of the foundational elements is: Know your customer. In the case of commercial security systems integrators that customer is often a security director/manager or of similar title/responsibilities. To earn their trust and loyalty it is critical to understand how they think, what their needs are and the challenges they face.

In a continuing quest to help facilitate this process, SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION has released the results of its annual Corporate End-User Study. For the first time, the survey was conducted in cooperation with ASIS International, the world’s largest organization of security professionals (36,000+ members). As a result, the 2008 research features the largest-ever number (335) of qualified respondents.

This data has become invaluable in providing security contractors with a profile of the typical high-level end user and the organization he/she represents, as well as the end users themselves to see where they stand among their peers. With the fourth study in hand, telling comparisons can be evaluated and trends identified.

Among the fascinating findings: Corporate security directors/managers are working more closely with IT personnel than ever and are reversing the erosion of decision-making authority stemming from the nascency of logical-physical convergence. A somewhat mixed bag for security providers includes favorable feedback and undiminished interest in security solutions, but also complaints about customer service and pricing.

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Business Management · Business Tools · Corporate End-User Study · Customer Service · Features · Research · Surveys · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
Contact Scott Goldfine: sgoldfine@ehpub.com
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