Wherever you look these days, you find networks, networks and more networks. Spearheaded by the IT sector, all kinds of industries, from telecommunications to the energy business are plugging into the ever-growing web.
The web is growing exponentially: web². Like a brain, inter-connecting its neurons, more and more industries and their products connect on the web: TVs connect with computers and fridges, cars with your home’s central heating and air conditioning, phones and glasses connect with pizza delivery services and the private sphere connects with the public sphere.
“The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.” Umberto Eco
The first Web was much celebrated. Through its own evolution, however, new standards and technologies were introduced, rendering the first version obsolete.
Regardless of the technical standards used, this type of change occurs in all networks.
The phenomenon of constant network replacements and infrastructure upgrades is well known in the telecommunications industry. But how can we address this constant change permanently rather than adding Band-Aid after Band-Aid to keep up with innovation?
A network’s replacement needs to be planned from the outset. Here it is important to note the diminishing life cycles of these networks, which result in an ever-growing frequency of changes.
Network structures – Need for new way of thinking
„When the time in which you could has come, the time in which you can has passed.” Translation of a quote by Marie Freifrau Ebner von Eschenbach, Austrian writer
We now need to ask ourselves: Should we reinvent our networks and infrastructures with every technological innovation or should we establish platforms that anticipate change and allow for easy implementation of new components?
Additionally, globalization forces us to consider new implementations not only on a national but an international level, while, at the same time, allowing for local and regional customizations. Merging economic areas also lead to overlapping laws and regulations, which the new network has to reconcile dynamically.
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