Greg, I am glad you are finding IPVM useful. The security industry is filled with thinly veiled sales pitches offered as 'whitepapers' or 'thought pieces'.
You've reached the best place to learn Greg!
Like Jason says, this is a great place to learn... and to make things better, you're willing and EAGER to learn, meaning you'll get so much more out of it.
This is a great place for non-biased info. I've found this to be a great forum to vett my crazy ideas. I also try to keep up with other people's posts so I can either avoid their problems, or copy them and tell my boss I thought it up!
Speaking of non-biased info, did you hear about my new camera? It's indestructable, can see through walls, installs itself, will help you lose weight, and you can get it today for three easy payments of $19.95 and one really hard payment of $643.29 and sixpence and naming rights to all your children.
Hal's camera is actually a cheap (cheaply made but actually more expensive as ours is only $701.00 including shipping) knockoff of ours. His doesn't include accurate fortune telling and invisibility cloak for covert mode which can be activated through any VMS utilizing ONVIF. A future version will clone and install itself in new location based on uploaded map (again this feature can be easily used remotely from any VMS utilizing ONVIF).