I’ve been in the wireless industry a long time. Like a really long time, ie., twenty years or so. Hard for me to believe, but there it is. It’s been a heck of a great ride for me and my family. One of the most memorable experiences I had was to spend half of a day discussing the relationship between string theory and wireless propagation with a small group of physicists.
That discussion has continued on in one form or another for some years now. Though I don’t engineer many wireless systems these days, I still enjoy a hearty discussion on RF theory about as much as I ever did. One of the current threads in that discussion pertains to complex adaptive systems (CAS). The ultimate complex adaptive system is the human brain. Definitely recommend you read an incredible book called, “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr which illuminates how our brains are affected by the time we spend online. Fascinating.
The CAS concept extends to SBA because one of the fundamental premises of CAS is it to maximize what is available to it. The concept of a good engineer being able to considerably expand their capabilities through state of the art documentation and hands on lab for quick training is a high value concept for Cisco partners, engineers and their customers. It’s not a hard stretch to think of an engineering organization as a complex adaptive system in and of itself. By providing an engineering environment wherein a professional engineer can venture quickly and cost effectively into new realms of technology is an exciting concept.
My physicist friends would approve.