Network2025: Network as a Subscription – Opportunity to change the game

Information technology in general, and networking specifically, have benefited greatly from silicon economics for decades. Consistent gains in networking price/performance have been on the capital expense side / hardware procurement. Operations gains have not benefited as much, and are increasingly a barrier to productivity.  Network managers can benefit from replacing large operational expenses, with smaller,…

The information dilemma and the good thing about social media…

There is an old saying about the Internet that goes something like “The good thing about the Internet is that everyone is connected. The bad thing about the Internet is everyone is connected.” With so much criticism about social media today, we might easily assert something very similar “The good thing about social media is…

Networking: NLP for IBN (intent-based networking)

If you have proficiency in the English language, chances are you understand the following phrases as being fundamentally the same, even if you would tend to use one over the rest: There are none There, none are. None are there. None there are. Some of the phrases are clunky, but nonetheless, you understand the meaning…

Networking: Why Software?

Why software, for any purpose? The simplest answer is: it is the easiest way, for the most engineers, to tell computers what to do, in the most expansive ways. The cloud era adds to that: it is the easiest way, for computer instructions, to be adapted to, the largest scope of computer / storage configurations….

Networking: The software craze – unlocking new sources of value

Sometimes it seems like the world has gone crazy over software, no less in networking. Why? Putting aside all the VC driven reasons (low-cost of funding, higher valuations, difficulty in getting hardware shelf space in consumer markets,..), let’s focus on two: agility and spectrum of scale. Of the two, the latter is the most significant,…

Auto: F1s Painful Path to Profitability

When a market is growing, and a company is on the front-end of a wave, for the management team, every new quarter brings a new sales record, champagne, caviar, and good times. But when the market turns down, and just treading water feels like drowning, life can be hard. The same is true for a…

General: Strategy – focus on what is most important

This post uses a specific industry, Formula 1 (F1) car racing, as an example of how to articulate strategy; specifically, the critical aspect of strategy dealing with identifying the most important issues, which, once agreed, should remain an ongoing focus of leadership in any enterprise. F1 is an intriguing enterprise to study because many challenges…

Auto: At top speed, reliability counts

When it comes to the best, when it comes to performing under extreme pressure, and the highest speeds, whether we are talking about Internet equipment, auto racing, or professional photography, one constant is true – reliability counts. When the best in the world are putting themselves on the line, then they expect, and need, reliability…

General: The many variables of differentiation

In 1995, I read a book that changed the way I thought about business. The book is now, based on its often repeated principles, a business classic: “The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market” by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema. Back in that part of my career, I was…