Network check-ups critically important to a business’ health

It’s best practice that every year we see our primary care doctor for a full physical exam. According to the CDC, regular health check-ups can help find problems before they start and improve the chances of treatment and recovery from illnesses. So, with just an annual exam, we should be in great shape, right? Most Americans, of all ages, are in poorer health when compared to their counterparts in comparable countries. So, where’s the disconnect, and what lessons can those of us in the technology industry take away?

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For one thing, the annual exam, where the results may take days to interpret, doesn’t exactly provide timely, actionable information unless symptoms are obvious. The quality of the exam data collected is very health-provider specific, and people frequently wait until some alarming symptom occurs before even seeking a physician’s opinion.

The recent technological advancements in wearable health sensor technology holds the promise of dramatically improving both the quantity and quality of data available for people to monitor their health. Wearables like Fitbits, sleep trackers and heart rate monitors are extremely popular, driving the forecast for the worldwide healthcare wearables market to $18 billion by 2021. As a result, many healthcare providers are investigating ways to incorporate these devices into patent treatment plans to help bridge the gap between fitness tracking for fun and actual medical care.

Gathering and analyzing network data

The same can be said for communication networks, which provide the key links for business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions and have become fundamental to almost every business—big or small. Understanding how a mission-critical network is functioning is essential, not just for technical peace of mind, but for the operational success of the company overall. In most networks, there is already a significant amount of performance information that’s constantly being created. In many cases, the information is only stored locally and is frequently discarded unless there is a major failure.

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