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Your network is your business, powering your connection to your clients, suppliers, and partners. How effective you are at sharing information with all these parties depends upon your network’s reliability, security, and agility.
That’s why we’ve found that some of the smartest business leaders are constantly striving to learn more about the options for optimizing their network environments, infrastructure, and applications. And of course, the time to gather crucial information is well before any deployment is underway.
There are plenty of questions you should be asking potential IT partners. But we’re often struck by how many executives don’t think much about the questions that their vendors ought to be asking them – and seem surprised by how many questions we have for them before we begin an engagement.
But here’s the thing: Any IT vendor that doesn’t truly “get” you is unlikely to craft the perfect solution.
Your aim may be to adopt software-defined networking technologies, re-envision security capabilities, or drive toward a unified communications platform. But whatever the desired goal, make sure the providers under consideration address the following five questions early in the process:
The right partner won’t just install a solution to today’s problem. It will help keep your business on the road to achieving the highest performance network – defined by automation, simplification, and business-driven design. For a conversation about how to ready your network to accelerate your growth and adapt to a fast-changing business climate, reach out.
Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.
Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.
John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services. Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.
He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.