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Posted by Andre Kindness on February 20, 2014
Ten years ago, if I had stood up in front of IT professionals and said that their company would allow employees to bring their own devices to work in lieu of corporate-owned devices, I would have been heckled out of the room, but look at where we are today. Well, I am here to say that it won’t stop at personal devices or applications. The user edge of the network (where users and mobile devices connect, not servers or storage) is slowly shifting under the control of business and is an integral part of the ecosystem that shapes a customer’s experience. Already, non-IT employees are doing traditional networking tasks like:
This doesn’t mean networking teams will disappear, but they will evolve from being the control (or choke) point to being embedded into the business and empowering them with the Ethernet. Here are four examples of networking vendors that recognize the shift and that are helping networking organizations shift control to other infrastructure and operations professionals and the business:
Take these examples and challenge the networking vendors on what more they can do to facilitate this change, because the arrival of the business-owned network is closer than you think. The Internet of Things puts this at your front door. Take a look at the Forrester Report A Tsunami Of Empowerment Will Hit Your Network With The Internet Of Things for examples of professionals outside of IT who will be using Ethernet to transform their industry.
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