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Despite how careful an integrator is, sooner or later, you’ll make a mistake, personally or professionally, and it will cost you. The best you can hope for is to reduce the frequency of such mishaps…


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Our last blog entry ("Recycling Is Green, But It Can Make You Some Green Too...") reviewed the benefits of recycling in unexpected ways, telling a short case study involving the reuse of a console. But I'd be remiss if I didn't explore the dark side of recycling. Some things should be destined for the landfill, or be recycled at the component level, and not put back into service ... December 30, 2010

Most of us are bombarded with constant reminders about the importance of recycling, and I can imagine anyone arguing with the overall concept. And, many of us take it further than bottles, cans and paper — where I live, anything even slightly useful that is placed out at the curb is “recycled” by a passerby well before the trash collection shows up. But has anyone really thought of how that kind of recycling can help your business? Bob Grossman · December 14, 2010

As many of us have seen for some time, many types of electronic security systems are morphing into computer systems. Sure, it takes experience to know how and where to place cameras, monitor systems effectively, ensure smooth traffic flow for access control systems, and myriad other skills we’ve had to learn through the years. But the physical interconnection of the equipment is essentially identical to an IT systems deployment, and there’s a danger there — or is there? Bob Grossman · December 08, 2010

I'm a big fan of the consumer electronics blog Engadget. It publishes a number of news, tips, and rumors on consumer electronics equipment and software, and I have always found the consumer electronics field to be a good barometer for what we'll be seeing in the commercial and industrial space ... Bob Grossman · November 17, 2010

For many of us, the nature of our business is feast or famine. I have yet to meet a consultant, integrator, manufacturer, or other person in this industry (or any construction-related industry) that didn’t experience the peaks and valleys that can make your life (and your business) a roller coaster. Sure we’d all rather be ... Bob Grossman · November 10, 2010

The topic of “overbuying” comes up so many times in our practice that I can’t limit this to just one blog entry — this could easily become a recurring theme. I’m not talking about paying too much, where the competitive process breaks down and the end user pays more than they should have (easily another few blog topics). Instead, I am referring here to where the equipment purchased is more expensive, feature rich, durable, or otherwise overkill for the intended application ... Bob Grossman · October 28, 2010

While everyone was happy to get away from feeding tapes to VCRs, the digital replacement is not without an appetite of its own. I speak, of course, of the need to replace hard drives from time to time ... Bob Grossman · October 08, 2010

We have spent a good portion of the past few days reviewing bid responses for a major CCTV project that our firm is handling. After a fairly detailed request for proposal (RFP) package, multiple walk-through opportunities, and a comprehensive request for information (RFI) process, we thought that we would get a number of complete, professional, competitive bids. Bob Grossman · September 09, 2010

By definition, a blog is a group effort and this new "Enterprising Solutions" blog will fit that definition and then some. Bob Grossman · September 09, 2010




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