BrandPost: 2018 New Year’s Resolutions for WAN Managers

BrandPost: 2018 New Year’s Resolutions for WAN Managers

I’d like to wish everyone a hearty Happy New Year! This is the time of year that we make promises to ourselves like saying we will get to the gym more often, lose weight, not text and drive, and other things that should improve our lives or the world we live in. Many of us make these resolutions annually, but fail to keep them because they are often unrealistic or simply too hard to live up to.

I’d like to offer five New Year’s resolutions for those of you who manage your company’s wide-area network (WAN). They are as follows:

I resolve to leverage automation. The concept of automating manual networking tasks certainly isn’t new. However, the implementation of automation has been very light to date, primarily because most skilled engineers could keep the network up and running doing things the way they’ve always been done. Also, networking professionals generally fear the concept of automation as it threatens to marginalize or eliminate their jobs.

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