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Harmonize Your Technology

Combining Multi-Faceted Technologies Into Workable Formats

About Alex Jerrold

Philosophy

Why is it so difficult to find solid information about integrating technology? This site strives to assist you in making different technologies work together more effectively, knowing that no one technology is an island and they must all be interwoven. Whether professional or aspiring amateur, we all need some help from those who have done it, seen it, and execute it successfully! Hopefully this site will become your one place for finding answers to those integration questions.

Networking Architecture

Professionally, as CCIE #18957, CCDE 2014::54, VCP, and ITIL v3 foundations, I have 10 years of experience designing and installing complex, multi-faceted networks. These extend from data center, to phones and security. The areas of the site dedicated to networking are to illustrate architectural crossroads and how to make them work symbiotically.

Business Acumen

In addition to my technical skills, I also have an MBA from Virginia Tech.  With my business background, I architect all of my solutions using a five pronged approach.  I have found that utilizing this methodology has produced excellent solutions that satisfy all areas of the business, not just one group.  I coined an acronym for this model, and all of the architectures I build have their own TOMES:

T – Technical: Does the solution meet the speeds, feeds, and capability requirements?

O – Operational: What is the plan to support the solution.  Does the business have the resources, should it be outsourced, should a different solution be reviewed that fits within their capabilities?

M – Monetary: Does the solution fit the budget, if not, what can be done now, and what future stages can be completed to accomplish to goals.

E – Ease of use: Networks should be as straight forward as possible while maintaining the technical requirements.  Networks that are difficult to understand, take longer to troubleshoot, increasing MTTR (Mean Time to Repair).

S – Scalable: Scalable networks will be able to grow with the company.  They have a vision food the long term future and a path to get there as the company matures.  I have walked into too many networks that “grew organically,” i.e. without a plan.

As the businesses have changed shape over the past few years, more and more IT decisions are being made by the Lines of Business and less by the IT group.  Having worked with many lines of business, I understand the interrelationships involved, as well as how to navigate them.  In many of my posts I will be discussing the business side of the technology.  Who may use it, and why they may or may not be interested.

Photography

My passion outside of work is photography, which is my creative outlet within a primarily technical existence. The perfect location, angle, timing impact the photography in many different ways, and are what set apart a good outcome from a great one! I have found that my technology background blends well with this primarily artistic hobby.  On this site I will convey my approach to photography, as well as related technological issues, such as how to develop, post, and share the photographs expediently on the web without unnecessary steps!

To view my photography, go to http://hajfinephotography.com.

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