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Ron Lifton

About Ron Lifton

Ron Lifton is Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager at NETSCOUT.
  • Digital Middleman

As Cloud Becomes Retail’s Digital Middleman, Service Assurance Matters More Than Ever

By |March 21st, 2017|

In July 2016, you may have heard that Nordstrom acquired a minority stake in a company called DS Co. DS Co. offers supply chain software called Dsco, which acts as a digital middleman between suppliers and the retailers who sell their products.

When retailers like Nordstrom display supplier inventory, and then ask suppliers to drop […]

  • UCandC

UC&C: Stay Connected with Service Assurance

By |February 1st, 2017|

Even though most enterprises have deployed some type of unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) solution, many fail to get the most from their investment. Art Schoeller, VP and principal analyst for Forrester Research, estimates that 38 percent of users are unaware of the UC&C features they have, and 24 percent aren’t convinced that unified communications […]

Algorithms and Data Replace People, the Need for Service Assurance Increases

By |December 22nd, 2016|

Machine learning is programmatic at heart. It typically starts with a large amount of data that’s been organized by people. This might be tagged photos, for example. The program analyzes the data closely and sniffs out patterns that correlate with human-made patterns. After it does this, it tests those patterns on different data sets. Most […]

  • Empower

Digital Success Requires DX & DE

By |September 27th, 2016|

As is so common within the IT industry, the term ‘Digital Transformation’ has been abbreviated. For some unfathomable reason, they’ve chosen ‘DX’ instead of ‘DT’. Don’t worry, we don’t get it either. Nevertheless, if you’re hiring an executive-level person to oversee your Digital Transformation efforts, you’ll be advertising for a ‘DXO’ not a ‘DTO’. […]

  • Blockchain

Blockchain and the Impact on Digital Transformation

By |September 26th, 2016|

While most people outside the technical arena are most familiar with the concept of Bitcoin, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin (and all digital currencies) is blockchain. But there is much more to blockchain than that. It can also be used for purposes like instant verification of network transactions without a centralized authority.

This isn’t a fringe […]

  • Service Assurance Challenge

Service Assurance Challenges and Solutions in the Software-Defined Data Center

By |August 23rd, 2016|

The architecture known as the software-defined data center, or SDDC, is making a tremendous impact on digital services. The SDDC allows IT teams to extend abstraction, pool and automate many aspects of virtualized computing, and improves the way resources and services are utilized in the data center. The growth of the SDDC is strong, and […]

  • Shipping map

Changing the Business Landscape Forever with a GPS for the Connected World

By |May 18th, 2016|

Small deviations can turn into big problems over time. That’s true whether it’s delivering business services across the IT infrastructure or delivering high value cargo across oceans using merchant vessels. In her book, Longitude, Dava Sobel described how longitude meridians are tempered by time. When a […]

  • Source: VMatix.com

Rotary Dial Phone or Unified Communications?

By |March 2nd, 2016|

What’s better, built-to-last technologies like a rotary dial phone or Unified Communications? As a No Jitter article pointed out, a quaint 1950s rotary dial phone may have a 40 year or more MTBF (mean time between failures) but you don’t get VoIP, presence, integrated chat, desktop sharing and video conferencing.

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Geeks Take Creative Destruction to a New Level

By |February 8th, 2016|

According to a TechCrunch article in mid-2015, around 80 technology companies were valued at over $300 billion. Getting into this “unicorn club” is pretty rare but if a company does make it then more than likely they are in a winner takes all market.  Here are some statistics to noodle on:

  • AirBnB has approximately 1,000,000 guest […]

Mobile Workers Need Service Assurance to Get Things Done

By |November 30th, 2015|

In an online survey conducted a year ago by Zogby Analytics around 60% of millennials (18 to 34 year olds) said that within the next five years everything will be done on mobile devices.  Considering millennials make up around one-third of the workforce, they are having a profound impact on the connected world. Add to […]