While IT managers tend to function mostly in real time – meeting
evolving needs and handling crises – they also worry about the future of their
networks. Their jobs are to anticipate, meet, and (hopefully) exceed business
needs and objectives to the satisfaction of everyone from managers and internal
end users to external customers, partners and suppliers.
And, they must do it all while considering how competitive
global issues and information technology can leverage their positions.
What these managers really need are answers to four key performance/value
questions on network cabling:
- How can I, on behalf of my business, get the
desired results in the best way possible while working within specific
parameters for cost, reliability, performance, grade and quality of
service, bandwidth, etc.?
- How can I be sure that the end results are
compelling—i.e., that they satisfy or exceed the established outcome
- How can I satisfy the needs of those who turn to
me and my organization for IT support?
- Who is the best vendor(s) to take our infrastructure
to where it must be while enabling maximum performance, easy accommodation
to dynamic changes, and minimal total cost of ownership on budgets, staff
and end users?
The answers to these questions go to the heart of why any
enterprise deploys network cabling. It is ultimately all about laying a
foundation for people and work, and in this regard, the cabling infrastructure must:
- Satisfy internal and external customers.
- Increase productivity by helping people manage
their time better, and by shortening move, add, change (MAC) processes
and/or response times.
- Increase revenues by speeding response times,
easily expanding to accommodate higher speed applications and pleasing
- Reduce costs for the creation and delivery of
network services, the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure, and
any potential expansion.
- Solve unscheduled business issues such as
network downtime and human error.
The focus of network cabling has undergone a not-so-subtle
shift. Qualitative assessments such as performance, ease of use, and value have
superceded quantitative measures like speed, electrical/optical parameters, and
cost as the true drivers of technology deployment. IT managers want to know as
much about what a cabling solution will do for them as about what it does. And
technology for technology’s sake has taken a deserved backseat to using
technology to enable business success.
In addition, it is important to acknowledge that there is
no one path or a single “correct” timetable to the converged infrastructure of
the future. There are only options and issues that need to be constantly
evaluated in the light of changing internal and external circumstances. Every
organization will need to be transitioned to this future a little differently.
Thus, every IT manager wants to know, “Whom can I trust on this journey to the
The CommScope Infrastructure Academy hopes to build trust
through the sharing of knowledge. In particular, the SP3000 Structured Cabling
Infrastructure Design course is a
comprehensive look at all aspects of design and implementation of network
How do you consider what cabling your network requires?