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Wanted: PhD in Network Management Software By @MJannery [#SDN]

High Salary, Great Benefits, Hold Us Hostage, Please.

Wanted: PhD in Network Management Software. High Salary, Great Benefits, Hold Us Hostage, Please.

I had a very interesting discussion with a retail customer recently. I guess the retail business experiences employee turnover more than other areas, and the IT department is no exception.

A key issue to them was expertise. They look for technologies that can be quickly learned by their IT staff. Having a network engineer spend three months learning how to operate an older framework, only to have them leave, is obviously counterproductive and expensive.

Given that “turnover happens”, they look for tools and technologies that can be learned quickly. They look for ‘skills transferability’, so that they are a) not held hostage by an internal “expert”, and so that b) they have staff flexibility.

We have a university customer who routinely uses grad students to operate and maintain Entuity. Obviously, grad students come and go yearly, if not more often (semesterly?). They claim that a student can be internally trained in a morning, and can be generating custom reports that afternoon. Cool.

More Stories By Michael Jannery

Michael Jannery is CEO of Entuity. He is responsible for setting the overall corporate strategy, vision, and direction for the company. He brings more than 30 years of experience to Entuity with 25 years in executive management.

Prior to Entuity, he was Vice President of Marketing for Proficiency, where he established the company as the thought, technology, and market leader in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) sub-market. Earlier, Michael held VP of Marketing positions at Gradient Technologies, where he established them as a market leader in the Internet security sector, and Cayenne Software, a leader in the software and database modeling market. He began his career in engineering.

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