Getting home

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09/30/2007
Normally, I'm a big fan of Jet Blue. I mean, who doesn't like to be able to watch football games in-flight on DirectTV? But getting home from ASIS on Thursday was an adventure. First, the plane was delayed out of Vegas. Rumors are that Dick Cheney was coming into town, and that disrupts everything. Then, when we get to JFK, the Blue tells 14 of us that we've missed the last flight up to Portland, so tough noogies. Sweet. Luckily, the regional rep for DSX not only was down with the plan to fly to Boston instead and drive up, but his fiancee actually drove down from Portland to pick us up. Completely cool. The result? I walked in the door at 4 a.m. I'm sure everybody coming back east had similar experiences. What a kick in the teeth. Anyway, I've got to say that ASIS really seemed to be hopping this year. Partnerships were being announced every minute. Analytics companies were slandering each other like there was no tomorrow. I'd love to hear which company you think has the best analytic bang for the buck. I sure had my head spinning listening to all the claims, most of which seemed to be backed up with little red and yellow boxes dancing across screens. Gotta say, Cernium did a nice job on that front, but ObjectVideo was in every booth, it seemed. How much business was done in Vegas? It's hard to say, obviously, but the aisles seemed busy and the front of the hall at times was very crowded. Those guys back in row 100? They might have been less than pleased with the flow. All in all, I think the show was worth my time and that those companies I did have a chance to speak with all took the opportunity seriously and had good stories to tell. There was very little smoke being blown, and that's as good a sign as any of a healthy industry. Now, back to work.