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The driving force of our DNA means that we’re compelled to use technology to our utmost benefit.
In doing so, there is no question that technology and communications will have – and already have had – a socio-economic impact on each of our lives (unless you’re one of the small minority that wishes to exist in a totally “off grid” compound).
So, how do we each ensure that it works for us, and that by creating value and benefits for all stakeholders, that these benefits far outweigh the potential risks of implosion?
The ability to create a network that gives the connectivity and security required for both the individual and the organisation cannot be overlooked.
But finding a solution that delivers a return on investment, as well as creating ease, flexibility and security is the challenge that faces us today.
See our latest article where we discuss why network mobility matters, and how we can help overcome the challenges it brings.
Today we see the ever-increasing use of technology intruding into every aspect of our lives, and whilst we readily accept many of the benefits, such as the simple light switch, we don’t consider the associated power generation and technology that enables us to turn dark into light.
We also readily accept how and where the technologies can be combined to produce greater benefits in a social and economic background, such as communication and collaboration. This enables us to share information, in an easy and secure manner, at a time most convenient to us, which often falls outside of the traditional 9-to-5 hours. The extension of various connectivity networks also mean that we are able to extend the work place beyond the traditional office, with a vast and steadily increasing number of mobile workers growing within the UK workforce.
Using Technology to Our Advantage
Having mastered the ability to make the various combinations of technology work to our advantage, the human desire to improve both technology and speed takes over. As does linking additional technologies in a collaborative manner to produce artificial intelligence.
Is it so surprising that a single device, such as smartphone, can detect that at 8am we might be interested to know that the current traffic situation means it’s going to take us 35 minutes to travel between Lymm and Manchester. This may be a little intrusive pre-coffee given that it usually takes us 35 minutes each day regardless, but what if is tells us it is going to take 2 hours? Perhaps then we are a little more grateful of the intrusion, as it has proven to assist us with useful information enabling us to make a choice of whether we should travel to work, or work from home.
When People Move, So Must the Network
The impact on social patterns of behaviour and the use of technology are far reaching but as people move around they expect, demand and require their network and devices to move with them to deliver secure and reliable connectivity. This needs to be as easy for the user. There is no need to understand the technology behind power generation and distribution, we just “want it now” and expect it to be always on and delivered safely. The same is true of data. We want it “always on” and to be delivered to us quickly and securely with no knowledge or concern about the technology behind it. This is a realistic expectation from the user’s perspective, however the designers of the networks for either power or data distribution must consider what happens if the supply is diverted or disrupted by various forms of cyber crime that prevents or inhibits the legitimate usage.
Connection & Speed On-the-Move
Wi-Fi, like electricity, has become the utility for connection and speed on-the-go, or in a static location, where it can even surpass the speed of wired connections in certain applications. Users demand “always on” high speed connectivity with guaranteed quality of service and security. Businesses use the same technology and networks to reduce their own cost of supply management, however there are also many unscrupulous individuals and organised crime who take advantage off the same networks and relish the opportunity to hack a network, made possible via gaps in security, to divert or intercept legitimate trade or transfer of funds. By inserting various botts and malware, they are also patient enough to wait for the best opportunity to attack.
Finding a Solution that Delivers ROI, Flexibility & Security
The ability to create a network that gives the connectivity and security required for both the individual and the organisation is not an insignificant task, but it can’t be overlooked. Providing the solution that delivers a return on the investment whilst creating ease, flexibility and security is the challenge that faces us today. Opportunities for businesses to reduce their operating cost through reduced real estate footprint and carefully guiding employees to fund and use their own devices is also key. Many users have a preferred device that they wish to use for both work and social, and as such there is the need to ensure that “bring your own device” (BYOD) connectivity does not compromise security or introduce virus issues for the organisation, particularly when capitalising on the cost savings and flexibility of not having to provide a device or even a workplace.
The Mobility of the Network Give Strength & Value to the Workforce
The Luddites and their march against the machines failed to prevent the industrial revolution taking place and neither will the march of technology into our lives be prevented, but we must ensure that value and benefits are created for all stake holders and that these outweigh the risks of implosion. Perhaps one of the banners seen on the marches reads ‘As the people move so must the network’ or alternatively ‘The mobility of the network gives strength and value to the workforce and the organisation’.