Industry Solutions and Trends
Technology is more than just networking and Juniper experts share their views on all the trends affecting IT

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Michael Taylor, IT/IS Director, Lotus F1® Team. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Here I am at 30000 feet frantically tapping away at my Surface making the most of the FAA and British Airways’ more relaxed approach to device usage. There is one thing missing though, wireless access. Whilst I enjoy the relative peace and calm of flying without being 'connected' there are occasions where connectivity would be useful ‐ today being one of them as I'm keen to keep up to date with the progress of the 2014 F1 cars currently testing in Bahrain.

 

We are already three races into the season, but the opportunity for us and the other teams to spend two days ‘testing’ new components and performance options, whilst refining our development programmes is too good to turn down. This is where the real progress on the new breed of cars will be made. Naturally, I’m keen to not only follow our team’s progress but that of all of our competitors too. The hyper connected world we now live in provides the perfect platform for us to do just that. With significant amounts of information, analyses and detail available to capture and consume, we may not be there, but we know exactly what is going on. Essential when you're fighting in the ultra competitive world of F1 where we measure performance in less than a tenth of a second.

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From Promiscuous Connectivity to Bring Your Own Network

by Juniper Employee ‎06-27-2013 10:47 AM - edited ‎06-27-2013 10:47 AM

What draws people to SDN? Is it the need to solve issues or as an enabler to exploit opportunities? Maybe it's both. Whatever your opinion it's clear our industry has yet to reach consensus. That's why collaboration between mobile network operators and vendors is essential. Juniper's VIP Forum in Amsterdam was a great example and it's been a long time since I enjoyed such an open and free ranging exchange of views. I want to give you a flavour of this in my blog.

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Recent research Juniper Networks conducted with the Economist Intelligence Unit across Germany, Japan, the U.S and U.K found that high-performing organisations that work with and rely on its IT department and subsequent technology insights are able to drive business growth and innovation within their organisations. The full global report can be downloaded here but I want to focus on the UK and German figures that emerged....

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Wifi hotspots at cafes, hotels, airports and the office. Mobile signals up a hill, in a shop, round a supermarket, it is never ending. I would not define myself as a “techy”, but I do find I am often head down staring at my mobile or laptop judging whether I have adequate signal and if not, why not? If I move an inch to the left will it improve?

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Like us you’ve probably been asking questions and more questions about BYOD. To quote Stephen Fry ‘No sin in that. We grow wise by asking questions. The right questions.’ So, here our Technical Director, Toby Makepeace grapples with BYOD and answers some of the biggies.

 

BYOD – a threat or an opportunity?

 

We are all well aware of today’s business challenges brought by the proliferation of mobile devices, new styles of remote working and the associated challenges faced by IT managers in meeting the increased demands for network access from both staff and guests. Those challenges aside, this question is easy for me to answer - opportunity! In my view BYOD brings a massive opportunity to your business. Quite simply the possibility of the increase in productive man hours can only be viewed as a benefit to the business. So, next questions please!

 

Are businesses prepared? What’s the risk to the business? Are there cost savings to be made? What is the impact on the IT department?

 

To answer these let’s first cast our minds back to when BlackBerry’s were first being deployed. At the time many felt they were an unnecessary cost and a risk to the business, and would not increase productivity, yet nowadays you’d be hard pushed to find a member of staff who doesn’t feel their BlackBerry or mobile device is a critical part of their everyday business toolkit.

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I’m really happy to be presenting at the Canalys Forum 2012 in Barcelona on 9th October2012and having the opportunity to discuss with our partners our key offerings. When we were asked about the theme of our presentation it was very clear it had to be; Enterprise Mobility. The reason for this is very simple; with the current economic landscape, enterprises have to be very selective on their investments and, once more, the IT department will have to show complete alignment with the company strategy to bring them to the next level.

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Many years ago when my father questioned why I was enjoying the music of the **bleep** Pistols and the singing of Johnny Rotten so much whilst he still espoused the merits of Frank Sinatra it was clear there was both a generational and cultural gap at play between us – to me Pogoing and Punk were everything, he could not see beyond Crosby and the crooners.  And whilst we disagreed musically and I continued my love of all things punk, I did so recognising the rules of the house I lived in and that maybe having a safety pin through my nose and spiky fluorescent hair would have maybe been a step too far.


 


So, cultural and generational gaps and differences of opinion like that have existed probably since time began and will continue in all likelihood until the earth stops spinning.


 


That leads me to the key item of discussion in this blog.  Is the current trend towards the consumerization of IT really a cultural / generational challenge or is it more of a gap in technology development waiting to be filled?

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A slightly schizophrenic start to this blog but before I go on to explain my reasoning behind the title, I wanted to make clear that in my view the Consumerisation of IT and in particular the phenomenon of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) will both have a positive impact on businesses and IT departments if proactively embraced.   Those benefits will accrue from progressive HR policies that recognise the growing importance of social media tools both in productivity terms (yes, social media tools can and will have a positive impact on employee productivity) combined with attracting and keeping the next generation of top talent from the so called ‘Generation Y’  genre.

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