What an Intelligent Driver Assistance System and Network Monitoring Have in Common.
Right before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend the ITA Showcase Northwest Telecommunications Trade Show. I arrived during the weekend so I could schedule meetings first thing Monday morning with clients in the Portland area. With this being my first time to Oregon, I was excited about being able to explore the area on Sunday before I would have to go to work.
What the Chiefs History and Network Monitoring Have in Common.
The date was January 7, 1996. The temperature was 0 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of negative 15 degrees at kickoff. The location: Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs on the AFC side. My father had decided that I was old enough to join him and his two brothers on this trip. There are a few things that 6-year-old me remembers from that game.
As websites become an imperative marketing platform for large and small businesses, it’s important to understand what elements to include in one. Years ago, a good side menu and tons of keywords could easily land you on the first page of search engines. Now Google takes hundreds of factors into account when choosing which websites to list highest in their search results. Some of these factors include content, secured sites, mobile-friendliness/responsiveness and page speed. Among them, user experience (UX) is one of the most important ranking factors for SEO.
With my job, I am blessed to be able to travel the country and tour some impressive facilities. Facilities such as large central offices, carrier hotels and recently, an underground data center. I had a preconceived notion of what to expect in an underground data center as I have toured several above ground. I assumed we would enter a building above ground and an elevator would take us below. After receiving driving directions to the facilities and being told “Once you enter the cave”, I had to ask for clarification. After confirming that I would be driving into the cave, I still assumed we would park just inside the entrance and take an elevator down. Was I ever wrong.
Calix, Inc. has announced the winners of its 2018 Calix Innovation Awards. The winners, who represent six broadband leaders from three different countries, were honored at the sold-out Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference in October, 2018. Now in its eighth year, the Calix Innovation Awards recognize Calix customers who demonstrate outstanding creativity when leveraging Calix technology to deploy best-in-class services over the past 12 months. The awards showcase innovation in the use of cloud and software platforms, systems and services to transform business models, networks and the subscriber experience.
For years our businesses and services have evolved, but why hasn’t our marketing? Every living creature has to evolve, so shouldn’t our advertising plans? We continuously tell reps to do the same thing we did last year without a flinch. If we understand that times have changed and consumers have altered the way they consume information, why do we keep hitting the repeat button?
I’ve come to a sobering conclusion. As an IT Professional focused on protecting the networks of my own employer, as well as our clients, I’ve seen endless demonstrations of how networks can be infiltrated and damaged. The truth is, there is no way to ensure your network is completely safe. No person, no software, no service, can guarantee that.