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Your vendor has a BATNA, where's yours?

Your vendor has a BATNA, where's yours?

Part of our job as engineers is to provide the best solution to our customer whilst minimizing cost.  I’m not saying we should always choose the solution with the lowest price tag, but cost should always be considered when evaluating your design.   It is pretty likely, however, that your company will be a single-vendor shop.  This restricts your cost-saving-ability to choosing the most cost-effective solution from your network vendors catalog. There are other ways of saving money though. I’ve been…

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Career – Effectiveness and trust

Career – Effectiveness and trust

As a network engineer, you take pride in your hard earned skills, and so you should.  You’ve learned how to design networks. You’ve learned how to install, upgrade and configure routers.  You’ve figured out how to sniff out and fix faults.  If you study your craft and hone your technical skills then you deserve to be rewarded.  However, unless you can work with the people and process in an organization, you won’t get the career success you deserve. Getting Started…

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CAREER – Managing your mistakes

CAREER – Managing your mistakes

Breaking the network – badly Ideally you want to avoid breaking the network, but we don’t live in an ideal world.   Hopefully you have change management policies that help reduce the risk, but  you work on extremely complex systems with imperfect information.  You will, eventually, break the network.  Sometimes  you can resolve the issue quickly without much fuss.   Every once in a while though,  you mess up really badly.  You know how this goes: You are just completing…

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