Every time I look at my schedule for ASIS International's Annual Seminar & Exhibits next week, I feel exhausted. Once again, my schedule is jam packed with 20-minute booth appointments, which, no matter how well I plan it, often leaves me running around the convention center like a madwoman, trying desperately not to be late ... again.
While booth appointments are an opportunity for me to catch up with company executives and see what new products and services they're offering, it's not really my thing. I mean, I like to see demos and "touch and feel" products, but really, I want to talk to the end user community. I want to learn who's using these systems. I want to know what their primary challenges are and what they're doing to solve them. Pretty simple and straightforward, really.
At ASIS this year, I'm excited to be able to talk with more end users than ever before. And the best part is, most of them have agreed to sit down with me on camera to tape segments for sdnTVnews. While the majority of SDN's articles include the end user voice, getting security practitioners on camera gives you out there an opportunity to hear their story directly from them, without my involvement. And while I think I do an excellent job of sharing their conversation with the readers of SDN, nothing beats hearing it straight from someone's mouth, with no interpretation.
And, just to wet your whistle about what to expect from upcoming sdnTVnews postings, here's a few conversations I'm particularly excited about:
- Steve Wrightson, director of security for the America’s for Christie’s auction house about securing some of the world's most valuable artwork
- Jeff Cantrell of Corrections Corp of America (they provide detention and corrections services, bet there's some cool stuff there)
- JJ Murphy from Wilkes Barre, Pa. about their approach to municipal security
- Captain Don Farrell of the Los Angeles Police Department. (Lest you forget how much you love hearing from these guys, check out the number of hits from our last interviews with them here and here)
Pretty good mix and a little something for everyone, I'd say.
And, as a reminder, if you're going to be at ASIS in Dallas on Oct. 12-14, be sure to stop by our booth (4143) and say hi. No matter how famous I become from all my star-studded sdnTVnews appearances, I'll always have time to talk with my readers. Heck, I may even convince you do to a spot with me. We'll get famous together.