‘James, what are the three most important things in life?’
Believe it or not, this is a question I was posed by one of my esteemed colleagues several years ago (I know he would like me to mention his name – John McCarthy).
I responded: ‘I do not know John, what are they?’
‘The first is your family, the second is your faith and the third….. your network infrastructure solution!!!’
Well, as you can imagine I was taken aback. However in jest, it does have an important message. There is very little business or activity that does not pass over some form of network infrastructure. Life as we know it today would not be the same without it. Although we would probably get more sense from those digital natives we call our children!
At parties or on a night out, I am often asked what I do and who I work for. I proudly say: 'CommScope - we design, manufacture and supply cabling or infrastructure.' As you can imagine, the usual response is that their eyes glaze over and they take the earliest opportunity to move on. I have realised after all these years, why I get left in the corner on my own!!
However on the odd occasion I might get the follow up question, ‘I have never heard of them. Are they a big company?’
‘A Fortune 1000 company with revenues in excess of 3 billion dollars.'You can see the shock and surprise. People’s perceptions and reactions show that most do not realise or have ever thought about how big the infrastructure industry is or how much people rely on it in their everyday lives. It is little wonder when infrastructure products are almost always hidden from view or concealed within other objects.
Even within CommScope, we can often be cocooned in our area of the business. I recently took time to review CommScope‘s complete portfolio and was quite amazed how extensive the range of applications there are for infrastructure solutions, and the types of technologies used to support the applications.
One of the hottest is Wireless. To most the word ‘wireless’ conjures up images of freedom from cabling or wiring.
However with ever increasing bandwidth requirements and number of network connected devices, coupled with the need for more and more wireless coverage, the reality is that extensive cabling is more than often required to support Wireless networks, whether they be cellular or wi-fi. Now, that is music to my ears.
What a great thought for all us cabling evangelists out there - Wire More to Wireless!
You may well have come to the conclusion that I may be a little strange. I like to think of it as passionate about the infrastructure industry. All too often the software, electronics and equipment take center stage. Infrastructure choices are extremely important, if not critical for all forms of communication, whether it be in the home, at the office or on the go!
We need to ensure those choices are not taken lightly.