Archive for October 2016

With Wi-Fi now the primary network for most users, they need better tools to reduce issues and fix problems faster

Bring your own device (BYOD), digital transformation and other trends have raised the bar on Wi-Fi. A decade or so ago, Wi-Fi was a “nice to have” for most organizations, and users understood the tradeoff: high-quality, consistent access through the wired connection or freedom of movement coupled with spotty quality with wireless access.

About a month ago I attended an analyst session with Michael Dell at VMWorld. During the event, Mr. Dell stated that he learned many years ago that when things are good for businesses, customers are going to do it, with or without the vendors’ help. He cited Dell’s initial resistance to virtualization as an example. Dell tried to stave off customers deploying server virtualization as it was bad for Dell but customers did it anyway, seriously hurting Dell’s position as a key technology supplier. Chuck Robbins made a similar statement shortly after he took the reigns at Cisco regarding software defined networking. He said something to the effect that Cisco’s job is to help customers through transitions, not get in the way, and that it would never again be dismissive of a technology that was beneficial to its customers.

Cisco acquires Worklife, aims to automate and improve some of the more manual and boring tasks associated with meetings.

We are rapidly moving into a fully digitized world where everything is connected — at least that’s what we’re told. So why is it that something as simple as a meeting is filled with disjointed processes? Call into this audio bridge, join that Web conference, ask Bill for the meeting notes he took, send a message to Mary to put her documents in Google Drive… but then you find out she’s already put them in Dropbox. Frankly, it’s amazing that we get any work done at all.

Improving this experience and delivering flawless meetings is something that the industry has been working toward. For example, earlier this year Microsoft announced Skype Meeting Rooms (formerly Project Rigel) to bring a unified Skype experience to meetings… assuming people want a Skype experience. (See also, “Join Legacy Video Gear to Skype for Business Online Meetings, Now!“) Microsoft customers can now quickly start meetings without the hassle of needing to invoke multiple systems.

Juniper CTO Pradeep Sindhu says we are seeing the end of Moore’s Law and offers a solution

It’s arguable that Juniper Networks has been the most successful competitor to Cisco over the past 20 years, and co-founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu’s vision is the main reason why. Included in that vision is Pradeep’s Principle, which is based on the thesis that we are seeing the end of Moore’s Law.

Navigating By The Dashboard Lights

Every network operations center I have been in always has a big dashboard in the middle with a bunch of red and green lights. Sometimes it’s a simple display showing the layout of the network and other times its something more extravagant like a big spinning globe with a bunch of nodes flashing on it. Regardless of how fancy the display is, the information on it has two common points – the platform is built on the concept of using red and green “lights” to manage whether devices are up or down, also known as fault management and the information is mostly useless to network managers.

How’s Your Productivity?

Businesses spend billions of dollars annually on initiatives to make workers more productive. In fact, ZK Research found that in 2015, organizations spent in aggregate over $12 billion on technology to increase the agility of their organization. The new initiatives are great but what about existing applications? Another interesting data point from ZK Research is that workers claim to be 14% less productive because of poor or unavailable application performance. It’s certainly important to fund digital initiatives but it’s critical to understand that by making the applications that workers are already using run optimally, this itself could net out a double-digit productivity improvement. My advice to CIOs is to ensure that existing applications are being delivered optimally before embarking on new initiatives.

Avaya Cloud Networking Platform provides full lifecycle management of wired and wireless networking devices

Historically, most non-networking professionals have considered the network to be the “pipes” or “plumbing” of the organization—something you needed, but low value.

Over time, though, the network has steadily increased in value. In today’s digital era, where everything is connected and more applications and services are moving to the cloud, the network has increased significantly in value. It connects employees, customers and guests, and it is the last line of defense for securing the business.

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