Ubiquity and Integrity – The Salt of Mobile Business
Often when you mention pillars of salt, people think of the story of Lot’s wife, but there are positive connotations of this expression also. Salt is a staple of life in part because it helps the body turn food into living tissue as well as playing a key role in transmitting nerve pulses. The human body cannot produce salt; it has to come from a source outside the body.
Ubiquity in mobility, like salt, is really quite important. The value of a network is proportional to how well, and how often, end points are connected. The number of end points successfully connected is one metric of a useful network. The number of locations from which a client can connect to other clients is very much a measure of network value. One of the greatest shifts we’ve seen in the mobility market over the last few years is that from islands of connectivity like conference rooms, bullpens and so forth, to truly ubiquitous connectivity. For example, a smart phone allows us to connect effectively from most places we are physically located. I probably set a personal record in 2010 for how many WebEx meetings I had in my car; very cool and for me, highly productive
Integrity is the twin pillar to ubiquity in the world of wireless and networking in general. An example of this came to my mind during the late planning sessions for a very large and important Cisco meeting two weeks ago. Many people from both inside and outside Cisco attended. A significant portion of the content was confidential to Cisco and it’s partners. I monitored the Twitter stream fairly closely during the three day event, not because I had anything to do with securing the meeting, but because I wanted to see how people would behave with regard to not publicly disclosing privileged information. Am very glad to report it all went well. Why? Because the attendees are professionals with high degrees of integrity.
I was once told by one of our most experienced and long term engineers that every internet box can be breached, and that security is more of an illusion than many believe. I know enough about security to start a pretty good argument between two people who truly know what they’re talking about. This much I do know- that business without integrity is like a body without salt. It simply won’t remain in a fully functional manner for very long.
What do you think?