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What’s mobility to an SMB?

When it comes to WLAN applications, small and medium businesses clearly have a different set of priorities than enterprise customers. In a much more direct way, their IT strategy (if there is one) is driven by immediate business needs. For example, I recently spoke with the administrator of a small medical group. He needs to move the clinic from a paper based operation to an electronic medical records system. His key business problem is moving paper charts around -across multiple sites. To use his words, it’s a nightmare. This medical group has no wireless network today. Security continues to be his greatest concern. However, when they do implement an EMR system in the next 6 months, it will drive the need for a pervasive, reliable, and of course secure wireless network.So how’s this different then enterprise? He’s not even thinking about niceties such as guest access, VoWLAN, location or asset tracking. His mobility application is EMR, plain and simple. He readily ticks off the benefits from improved staff productivity, more accurate records, and therefore better patient care. BTW -his most trusted technical advisor is his son. He has one outsourced, part time IT guy. And he still needs to figure out what it means to be HIPAA compliant in a wireless world.

What’s an SMB?

I love Wikipedia. I just do -it just speaks to me. So of course I had to check out the Wikipedia definition of SMB. Lot’s of interesting possibilities including Small Mouth Bass, Steve Miller Band, Server Message Block protocol. Plus some of which are just way too inappropriate to mention. Here’s a liberally paraphrased version of the Wikipedia definition I was after:”┼ôSmall and medium enterprises or SMEs are companies whose headcount or turnover (revenue) falls below certain limits. The EU categorizes companies with fewer than 50 employees as “small”, and those with fewer than 250 as “medium”. In the US, SMB often refers to companies with less than 100 employees, while medium-sized business often refers to those with less than 500 employees.” Cisco defines SMB pretty much along the lines of the EU definition. These definitions are fairly meaningless because they imply that SMBs are just small enterprises. But thinking in terms of mobility, small and medium size companies are different than enterprises in 3 key ways: Read More »

Defining the Enterprise Mobility Network

Given my role as CTO for the Ethernet and Wireless Technology Group, I am frequently asked how Ethernet relates to mobility. While this is a great question, I typically ask whether they have ever connected to an Ethernet cable other than the one in their office – and, of course, you already know the answer. Mobility itself has many forms, including being nomadic, which is typically how most people use both wireless and wired networks with laptops/notebooks. Read More »

Your Network’s Worst Enemy

Wireless networks have matured to the point where security is no longer their primary concern. More and more I am hearing from customers that their primary issue these days is interference. Read More »

What is Enterprise Ready WLAN?

Has anyone noticed the large number of “enterprise class” wireless devices being delivered to the market that only support the 2.4Ghz spectrum? Read More »