Year in Review: Our Top Business Posts of 2015

Paul H. Mauritz
President, CEO

Is it really almost 2016 already? It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over, but the turkey bones have been picked clean and holiday shopping is well underway. So we thought this would be a good time to reflect on the year that’s passing.

For NetCraftsmen, 2015 has been a year of incredible growth and change. A new website, a new blog, and a greater focus on explaining how world class technologies can power organizational growth has led to more attention and fresh opportunities. The pace of change is accelerating in the technology world at large, too, and we’ve spent time this year educating clients and prospects about why organizations that allow technology to pass them by risk being surpassed by rivals.

One way we’re getting the message out is through educational seminars, like the Cisco Mid-Atlantic Users Group event on Collaboration Technologies that we’ll be hosting on December 16th. (Please join us.) Another is this blog. Below, find our most popular business-oriented posts of the year, covering a range of issues from avoiding network outages to finding hidden costs in your network operations.

Enjoy. And if any of these blog posts raises a question or sparks an idea, feel free to reach out for a deeper conversation.

The Network Is Down! – Avoiding Outages

By Terry Slattery

How can you avoid the words that nobody wants to hear: “The network is down!”? As our Terry Slattery explained, the most important step to preventing outages is a regular network infrastructure review.


The Best Thing I learned From John Chambers

By Denise Donohue

This has been an emotional year for many of us in the Cisco community, as we bid farewell to John Chambers, who led the company for 20 years. Denise Donohue had many encounters with him over the years and offered this tribute upon his retirement.


Executive Do’s and Don’ts for Network Installations

By Peter Welcher

Business executives certainly mean well, but they’re prone to making critical errors when it comes to managing new IT selection and deployment. And as Peter Welcher pointed out, those errors lead to technical messes. Here’s what not to do – and what to do instead.


The Value of Strategic Network Design

By David Hailey

When it comes to managing their networks, most organizations just fix problems as they come up. There’s no long-term strategy. Sound familiar? David Hailey explains how to change that approach, and why you should.


Cisco Live 2015: Companies Must Adapt to the Pace of Change

By Paul Mauritz

Cisco Live is always a great event, and this year was no different. We came back buzzing. We polled our whole team to discover what they learned, and the most important insight was this: technology is changing faster than ever, and the organizations that fail to keep up will be overtaken by those that do.


The Biggest Mistakes Organizations Make in the Cloud

By Pete Welcher

Cloud services can be incredibly powerful and efficient. It seems like every organization is getting into the cloud. But to avoid costly pitfalls, Pete offers these five common cloud-related mistakes for your consideration.


An Everyday Hero in the Most Surprising of Places

By Paul Mauritz

For deploying a wide-scale IT solution, environments don’t get much harsher than Greenland. It’s a barren, rocky, sparsely populated Arctic sub-continent. So when the government of Greenland asked us to deliver faster, more efficient Internet connectivity to the whole country, we knew this was a job for Denise Donohue, an Everyday Hero of Cisco’s Empowered Women’s Network.


Exposing Hidden Costs in Network Operations

By Peter Welcher

Hidden costs are inherent to many problems you face in your network operations. Pete explains how to discover what those costs are — and how to avoid them.


Roadblocks to Avoid When Deploying New Technology, Part 1

By William Bell

Are you about to deploy a technology whose intended users aren’t ready for it? That happens a lot, and it’s a big reason that new deployments don’t help the organizations that installed them, even when installed correctly. In this first of a two-part series, William Bell reveals two common causes: failure to define usable requirements, and an incomplete understanding of the use case.


Roadblocks to Avoid When Deploying New Technology, Part 2

By William Bell

William continues his discussion of the common reasons that new technology deployments sometimes fail to get widely adopted by intended users. In this installment, he identifies absentee architecture and improper understanding of the technology itself as culprits.


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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.