Few who have watched the film of the same name will forget the compelling scene towards the end where the group of captured slaves are asked to identify Spartacus from amongst them and one by one they memorably stand to each proclaim ’I’m Spartacus.’
Bear with me as I somewhat tenuously (for now) draw a parallel between that scene and the claims and cries of IT and Networking vendors as they all clamour to shout ‘I’m Open’
It seems as though ever since I was a young lad, vendors in the IT community have positioned themselves as “open”. It could be argued of course that no one would ever claim they are closed and proprietary so the word open became almost the default or ‘safe harbour’ position.
Any non-US citizen who’s visited the US will have experienced the “pleasure” of US immigration and the long wait to get your passport stamped. When I arrived at JFK airport this week I was happy to get access to the new Automated Passport Control machines that check your passport, fingerprints and take your picture. However, this delight was soon dealt a crushing blow. After leaving the machine, I realised that there was then a manual process to check that I looked like my passport picture and to get my passport stamped. Unfortunately, there was 35 minute wait for this final manual check.
My experience had illustrated how automation can be useless, and even a negative impact, unless 100% of the process is automated.
Automating your network (aka ‘doing more, with less…’)
I’m often asked about ‘Digital Transformation’ and what it means. So while there are many ways to define it, there is one universal truth - that many organisations operating in the digital economy now have to react to change and innovate faster than ever before.
Equally, during these conversations, I’m struck by the extent to which the online economy continues to exert pressure across every aspect of the business, forcing change on almost every level. And fuelling this change, in an always connected/always available world, is sky-high customer expectation, meaning that today’s commercial imperative is not only focused on keeping up with market forces, but finding ways to stay ahead of them.
So when looking across this new economic landscape and the many opportunities it presents, it’s clear the entire organisation has to evolve with it. Businesses need to act and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and the challenges they bring. And whether it’s an enterprise or SMB, a public sector organisation or service provider, transforming into a fast-moving digital business is a journey many organisations have already begun, while many have yet to start.
This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Ann Rote, Director, Global Marketing GTT. These views are her own and in no way do they represent the views of the company she works for.
It is certainly no secret that cloud solutions have become an integral part of how companies do business today and they continue to grow in importance. For enterprises, implementing cloud services this can help reduce costs, boost productivity and improve efficiency. To gain maximum benefits from available cloud ‘utilities’, enterprises should explore the security and reliability of private networking as the means of connecting to the various cloud options.
Many organizations deploy a hybrid cloud model which allows it to distribute workloads between private and public clouds. This provides the ability to dynamically consume and deliver cloud utilities and services from multiple platforms allowing the modern enterprise to remain agile. In turn, enterprises are putting greater focus on the network that connects the various cloud components together. By making the hybrid cloud architecture part of the corporate WAN, private networks play a critical role in the solution. Using a private network allows for a more flexible interconnection between cloud platforms and ensures application performance and security across a shared network fabric.