US Integrator Trends 2010 ExaminedBy: John Honovich, Published on Aug 08, 2010
Key datapoints from the study include:
- Respondents view employees having the greatest potential to increase profits (1st in question - 42%) but see challenges in accomplishing that (1st in question - maintaining employee moral concerns at 32%). Employees are also viewed as the greatest drain on the companies bottom line (29% of respondents) and only the 4th highest greatest boost (good employees/peformance 14%). These results appear especially pessimistic on the roles and value of employees.
- Training is viewed as the most important means to increase profitability and the main challenge in increasing non-recurring revenue from new technology.
- Video dominates integrator demands for non-recurring revenue generating new technology. The top 3 positions are all video: General Video Surveillance/CCTV 25%, Megapixel IP Video 17%, Standard IP Video Surveillance 16%). Megapixel leaped over standard IP in the rankings this year. Analytics did not even make the list.
- Integrators view Government and health care as the best markets to generate non-recurring revenue. Given the state of the economy, these markets offer relative safety and stability.
- Integrator self-reported margins were 35%, up from a reported figure of 24% in 2009. This is a strong rise but one we are skeptical, primarily because of the dramatic size of the leap in such a short period.
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