Identifying opportunities in all areas of business is vital for growth, but one area that’s often overlooked is technology. Although it’s easy to adopt an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude with IT, conducting regular technology business reviews is a must.
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, but it’s critical for companies to take the time to research, analyze, and develop a strategic plan before deploying AI initiatives.
Well it seems this artificial intelligence thing has caught on after all, and looks like it’s here to stay.
The industry is at a crossroads. And this isn’t just hyperbole - we as an industry have some decisions to make around what we stand for - as engineers, operators, and architects, and frankly, the people that (sometimes literally) keep the lights on. It’s time to have some real talk.
It’s fairly well established at this point that enterprise networking is going to go through a transformation of sorts in most companies. Whether that transformation is best described as an architectural step-function change, or a couple of nuanced tweaks is an interesting question.
The rate of technology introduction in IT is faster than ever. And it’s accelerating. With each new technology comes an associated hype cycle, leaving enterprises fatigued with how to manage everything. To make things worse, there is a bit of Keeping Up with the Joneses.
IT is a cost center. We have to divert money from critical business functions to keep it alive. We need more cost controls so that more of our spend can go towards core activities. We need to control our own destiny, so we can’t have dependencies with IT. If only IT would hire smarter engineers, we could actually get things done.
There is little debate that open source is increasingly important across all of the major infrastructure areas: compute, storage, networking, and applications. But the role of open source and in some cases even the purpose are being being changed as the major drivers shift from vendors whose primary objective is to carve out a business to the very users whose infrastructures leverage the open source components and tools.
The lingua franca for IT is acronyms. On the networking side, we speak primarily in protocols, abbreviations, and certifications. Our vocabulary is already full, but we seem to add more to it every year. And the rate of change only feels like it is accelerating.
There is probably no greater lie in networking at the moment than the blanket statement that disaggregation leads to commoditization. That’s not to say that there is not going to be persistent pricing pressure in networking (spoiler alert: there will be). But it misses the real dynamic, and because of that, the common refrain can lead to uninformed decision-making.
In a previous post, I made the potentially controversial comment that SD-WAN will ultimately be a table stakes requirement for all (or at least most) connectivity solutions. And when it becomes an add-on to base connectivity, it will be seen less as a premium service and more as a component of a commodity service.