I haven’t thought much about our network in a while. There were times that we used to talk about it all the time and consider uptime, bandwidth utilization and outages as well as network technology transitions. I don’t seem to do that much anymore. I just stopped a series of posts on things for new CIOs to consider and I didn’t even mention anything about the network.
I’m thinking that we’ve gotten to a point that the network availability and its capacity/speed have become like the lights. They simply work all the time (most of the time) and their support has transitioned to the background. We seem to have reached a place where the network is just there.
There is an article is Forbes recently entitled, Thriving with New Technology Starts with a Strong Network which I think is right.
- The ‘internet of things’ where we are capturing data everywhere inherently requires us to move the data through the network to a data warehouse or equivalent.
- Wi-Fi must just work and work well everywhere your people are located.
- Video and telepresence is taking off and that requires high quality bandwidth.
- All your messaging solutions need the network to move those messages. email, chats, alerts, etc.
In short, our network is critical and necessary but our thinking (or mine) has transitioned to the point where it is a utility? Like the lights?
What do you think?