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Digital Transformation, or Adaptation? – News of the Week, 8-18-17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 18, 2017 11:14:57 AM

Technology is certainly an essential component of today’s digital transformation efforts, but is it in the driver’s seat? Today’s articles once again indicate that it is business (or organizational) needs that drive the selection and deployment of technology in successful initiatives.

Technology for the sake of technology doesn’t increase efficiency, efficacy or value – but new technology implementations guided by business needs can deliver all three.

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Topics: software defined infrastructure, digital transformation

Urban Digital Transformation – News of the Week, 8/11/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 11, 2017 11:04:36 AM

Digital transformation – companies around the world realize it’s important, but making it work is a different matter. There are all sorts of “X Rules” type articles, but I tend to think that concrete examples are more likely to provide useful insights. Even when those examples come from vastly different industries or teams, there’s always something that can translate over to your own situation.

And they’re more fun too! Even if you don’t take away any specific ideas for your digital transformation strategy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this week’s featured articles.

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Topics: digital transformation

Networks On Land, at Sea & in the Cloud - News of the Week, 8/4/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 4, 2017 11:58:28 AM

The pace of change in technology is accelerating, opening up new opportunities for both efficiency and efficacy. It’s a challenge - evaluating and implementing new technologies takes a combination of time, resources and in-depth understanding of present and evolving needs.

It will take time for larger organizations to implement tools like SDN and dynamic infrastructures – especially government organizations weighted down by regulations written to address now-outdated technologies and best-practices. Fortunately, there are also a growing number of examples available to lead the way - making potential benefits clear and giving insight into the situational pros and cons of different options. 

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Topics: data center, digital transformation

Can you Spot the Digital Transformation? – News of the Week, 7/28/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 28, 2017 9:34:38 AM

Digital transformation is starting to transform from a buzz phrase into an expected part of everyday life, from enterprise boardrooms to sports teams to city infrastructure. Even when the phrase “digital transformation” is absent, the influence of its disruption and potential is easy to spot.

What do you think?

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Topics: digital transformation

Responsibility in the Cloud - News of the Week, 7/21/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 21, 2017 9:14:37 AM

New technologies are often exciting, and I love exploring their potential for improving both lives and profit margins. There’s another side to that potential, however – as Spiderman teaches us, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

Whether it’s the potential for easy-to-implement as-a-Service offerings to lock companies in for the long term, the potential for social networks to shape the standards of public interaction, or the potential for great computing power to render old security methods ineffective, we can’t afford to ignore the need to be aware of and manage the impact of the innovations going on around us.

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Topics: Cloud

AI in the Data Center – News of the Week, 7/14/17

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 14, 2017 9:17:00 AM

What does AI have to do with networks and data centers? Expanding applications of AI – from analyzing big data to automating processes – will contribute to the growing demand for data center resources. Hopefully, AI and machine learning will also contribute to the solutions, from security and efficiency to managing dynamic network infrastructures.

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Topics: data center, Iot, AI

A Foggy Future for the Edge - News of the Week, 7/7/14

Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jul 7, 2017 9:07:00 AM

While a lot of the articles featured here have to do with massive centralized cloud and colocation data centers, there’s also a need for compute power closer to the user. This “edge” covers a lot of ground – from the idea of a mini data center on every street corner providing real-time compute power for driverless cars, to full sized data centers built in underserved countries to address the problem of transcontinental lag.

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Topics: data center, Cloud, edge computing, fog computing

Day 4, Cisco Live! 2017 - The Wrap

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 30, 2017 10:11:30 AM

Day 4 was the final day of our first ever Cisco Live! We had a great show, with many great conversations and new connections with existing and potential end users, resellers, partners and job hunters. Cisco Live is different from the smaller events we have participated in, such as the independent Interop ITX and ITExpo, and the analyst-focused Gartner Data Center Conference. Cisco Live! is a vendor-sponsored event, and focused on the Cisco ecosystem, but there is no doubt that many of the Cisco fans attending also use equipment from other vendors.

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Topics: digital transformation, Cisco, Cisco Live!

Day 3, Cisco Live! 2017

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 29, 2017 9:54:17 AM

Day 3 of Cisco Live is history! For Fiber Mountain, we continued to enjoy visits from decision makers and influencers who were eager to share their data center and structured cabling challenges.

Wednesday also brought the Think Tank presentation “Digital Transformation from the Meeting Space to the White Space” from Yann Morvan, Legrand’s Director of Product Management and our partner. Yann presented how Legrand and Fiber Mountain have jointly positioned the Glass Core in the data center marketplace, delivering the managed and dynamic physical layer. This session was well attended and touched on some very strong points about the Glass Core being the key to Digital Transformation. 

For those interested in learning more, there will be a joint webinar presented by Fiber Mountain and Legrand on July 20, 2017

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Topics: Cisco, Cisco Live!

Day 2, Cisco Live! 2017

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 28, 2017 10:05:34 AM

Tuesday was Day 2 of Cisco Live for Fiber Mountain and we continued to experience high levels of traffic, with many high value decision makers and influencers visiting our booth. One very interesting difference from most conferences I attend is that there are no titles on anyone’s show badges. This allows open conversations without people being pretentious. I think this is a very good idea.

It’s always interesting to watch the various lead generation tactics other companies are using. For example, across from us one company uses a magician to attract passing attendees and scan their badges.

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Topics: Cisco, Cisco Live!