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November 2017, Vol. 8, No. 9

Aligning IT with business still a struggle for enterprises

One of the very first telephone networks to exist in the United States connected 19th century farmers and homesteads with barbed wire. Predating the invention of the telephone in the 1870s, barbed wire sprawled across the prairie as landowners built their homes, and it was able to conduct signals that allowed far-flung and isolated families to talk to one another and feel like they belonged to a community. The barbed wire telephone system had its challenges, not least of which was stampeding cattle knocking it down. But the people who built it understood a fundamental truth that technology, to be successful, must also support their business need, in this case, to bring people together. In this issue of Network Evolution, a similar theme of aligning IT with business needs runs throughout. Here, we focus on three critical areas: hardware management, enabling unified communications (UC) and the integration of network management and security. The hardware underpinning enterprise networks in 2017 has come a long way from barbed wire....

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