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Sometimes the IT department shouldn’t make IT choices

Sometimes the IT department shouldn’t make IT choices

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Every business unit thinks they should own every decision related to their function. There’s a lot of truth to that opinion. Marketing, sales, accounting – they’re all experts in their specific field. But sometimes decisions have to be made in context of larger goals. You have to bring in other perspectives. This is often the case with IT decisions. Sometimes, the IT department shouldn’t make every choice. Here’s why: Set realistic expectations You can’t determine…  MORE

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In a world of increasing acronyms and constant predictions, it’s easy to become skeptical about the latest technology. That’s how many felt about Software-Defined Networking (SDN) just a few years ago. The tide, of course, turned when industries realized how SDN can reduce costs and boost revenue streams. And even though SDN is being deployed in data centers and enterprises around the world, the cream is still rising to the top. IDC predicts the SDN…  MORE

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We all understand that technology constantly changes. Interestingly, it’s not only that old tools get swapped for new ones, it’s that our initial perceptions of, and uses for, a specific technology evolve as well. Take SD-WAN. When we first became aware of SD-WAN, it was considered as a smart replacement for legacy WAN solutions. Think of MPLS and you’ll understand where I’m going. But this approach has shifted with the rise of enterprise-level digital transformation….  MORE

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In the world of telecommunications, you tend to see a lot of predictions. Some never match expectations, while others eventually live up to the hype. The latter is the case for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Many companies are beginning to see the value of this networking architecture technology. For those of you not completely familiar, SDN facilitates network management and enables programmatically efficient network configuration in order to improve network performance and monitoring. SDN addresses the…  MORE

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There are so many web sites and news sources about telcos these days, it can be hard to know where to focus. For example, with all the stories about 5G, NFV/SDN and IoT devices, you may believe those are the areas that should be priorities. That may be the reality for some network operators, but many are still devoting the bulk of their time to their legacy TDM-based assets. It’s something they can’t overlook, since…  MORE

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If we could safely predict one business issue for telecom providers, it’s that they will always have to increase performance of their networks. Data traffic will only grow, as will the expectations of consumer and businesses. For this reason, mobile networks are enhancing their networks with small cells. Small cells are a highly effective way to deliver coverage in any environment, be it residential, commercial and rural spaces. Plus, when you strategically deploy small cells,…  MORE

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When you work in the technology industry, you’re deluged with an endless list of acronyms and often indecipherable terms. That includes the occasional new term that makes you roll your eyes and think, “Oh brother, here’s another fad.” SD-WAN certainly isn’t a passing trend. Far from it. Officially known as software-defined Wide Area Network, SD-WAN is gaining momentum. In fact, Gartner estimates that by 2020, approximately 25% of IT departments will manage their WAN through…  MORE

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Unless you’ve been living off the grid the past decade, you know that data is everything in business these days. Those who access the right data and apply it the right way are the ones who stay on top. We typically hear about data in relation to marketing and sales. But network operations teams are learning that they can use data to make a big difference as well. The truth is, as organizations transform into…  MORE

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