Advans: netPulz SD-WAN

For a humorous look at what can happen to a CIO when bandwidth bottlenecks choke networks and applications, please view:

Networks are complicated. Companies have datacenters, colo’s, clouds, VPN’s, mobile apps, remote offices and increasingly sophisticated applications accessing their WAN’s. Providing uptime with application and network performance while controlling costs is not trivial.

Addressing these needs is Advans’ Programmable Networking Technology, “netPulz.” The first version of netPulz, available now, creates Software Defined WAN’s without the need for a cloud. Network controllers host netPulz software, making networks behave like software applications. Network administration, monitoring and auditing is all managed in a GUI, and the netPulz software reacts in real-time. Plus, netPulz can use any telecom circuit, including broadband Internet, and has connection multiplexing for:

  • Load Balancing
  • Fail Over
  • Bandwidth Aggregation

Using multiple telecom connections simultaneously while making them appear to be one big pipe, provides flexibility and burst-ability on demand. Using inexpensive and abundant broadband Internet connections controls costs. Abundant and affordable bandwidth improves application and network performance while maintaining QoS and uptime.

Get agility in your network by making networks act like software.

Don’t be that guy – get netPulz. Contact Advans today to get the best in SD-WAN’s.

Is Mr. Trump Right About Outsourcing?

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I decided to write this article after I heard Mr. Trump’s last week comment about his credit card customer service call he made that was answered by an Indian in India. I am not interested in analyzing Mr. Trump’s political rhetoric on outsourcing and for that matter his or any other politicians’ strategy on winning elections. But, I want to ponder on what might have led to a comment like that, that was widely accepted by his supporters. His comment and his imitation of Indian accent was quickly interpreted as racist and bigoted. I personally don’t think so, but, rather Mr. Trump seem to possess a unique skill to bluntly address controversial issues and get away with it. Perhaps it is because of his celebrity status, tells it like it is, or as I construe, in this case, it is a backlash because we ignored for too long the issue of outsourcing jobs overseas. This article is just an attempt to address what might be the reasons for outsourcing gone sour and how corporate America could self-adjust their outsourcing practices so it is sensible, ethical and responsible.

First off, I am a CEO of Information Technology Services company that offer IT outsourcing as one of its services. Secondly, I can talk all about Mr. Trump’s Indian in India comment because of my Indian American ethnicity that invariably gives me the inalienable right and the exclusive license on this topic from the politically correct police. Good luck if are a White, African or Hispanic American!

Mr. Trump’s comment about customer service call that landed on an Indian’s desk in India is an issue and that has not been a popular one among Americans for almost a decade now. That includes me too! See, I have been living in America for the last 25 years and still have a long ways to go in the learning the ways of an natively born American. You may have to ask my children who were born here to get a feel for how far off I am from the American colloquial ways! Even for me, an Indian in India on the other side of a customer support call is sometimes frustrating because my expectations for a customer service call has changed for better from the time I lived in India. American corporations and their outsourcing call center partners have made efforts to improve the customer service call experience, but, it simply could not meet the basic standards of a colloquial conversation that would put an American at ease. Because, the two persons on either ends of that telephone line are not only miles apart in distance, they are also miles apart in cultural etiquette that could not be bridged by a handful of customer service training sessions.

It is neither of the persons fault. The American customers’ expectations on customer service has been summarily ignored in the last decade. When it comes to consumer customer service calls, I always wondered why American companies did not make an effort to put their American customers first and also why they did not get creative to be responsible to the American workers they are laying off. For example, when there are hundreds of thousands of single parents and stay home parents in America whom are struggling to cling to the workforce, why can’t they be given an opportunity to work from home? Technologies to facilitate that kind of distributed workforce are clearly available.

Outsourcing is inevitable. The global sourcing of products, services and labor has been going on for centuries. Businesses have to go where there are compelling economic advantages to stay competitive in the market place and to open new markets. However, outsourcing can be done ethically and responsibly without compromising the quality of the service. It can also be done taking into consideration the economic well-being of the parties involved; the corporations, its employees and its customers, and the outsourcing partners and their employees. Especially for an offshore worker, studies reveal adverse social and psychological effects when he or she is over worked and expected to take on culturally contradictory roles between work and personal life. Despite all this, American outsourcing has greatly benefited the developing countries by bringing flood of opportunities and creating a big middle-class in countries like India that substantially elevated the quality of life of millions of households both directly and indirectly. Americans should be proud of that positive global influence. However, pride may not be just enough. The jobs that could be performed here in collaboration with offshore workers to deliver quality service are not being proactively developed.

The days of mutual loyalty between employers and employees seem to be long gone, mostly in large corporations. Only profits seem to drive all the business decisions at the senior management level without much consideration for the well-being of their employees. When it comes to Information Technology (IT) outsourcing, employees and in many instances, local business and existing supplier loyalties and their quality of work are swiftly ignored. Average term of CIOs (Chief Information Officer) in many of the corporations’ only range from 3 to 5 years. Often the CIOs are handed a difficult task to come in to execute a swift and often insensible outsourcing strategies that result in the layoff of the employees replacing them with offshore workers. Often the corporations and outsourcing partners lack the plan and compassion to accommodate their in-house employees and preserve the quality of service. There are heart-wrenching stories where employees who had spent the greater part of their lives working at a company are asked to train foreign workers and are subsequently laid-off.

Moreover, in large IT outsourcing companies, the overhead costs are big that require ever growing profit margins, overworked staff, and challenges to scale technology teams. This climate also in many instances creates corrupt practices that favor a certain IT service provider or outsourcing partner over others. Whistle blowers are swiftly silenced or terminated.

In conclusion, local workforce does directly feel the brunt of outsourcing when the GDP is almost stagnant quarter after quarter or at its best growing insignificantly. The question is, can there be a win-win outsourcing strategy? What does that win-win strategy look like? Who should be responsible to concoct such a win-win scenario? I believe that the American corporations should take a lead in laying out a sound outsourcing strategy to prevent the ever growing resentment among Americans about market economics and the Wall Street in general when unemployment and those who dropped off the workforce are at its highest. That strategy should be followed by the outsourcing partners in employing local talents without bringing too many foreign workers while augmenting offshore resources without compromising the quality of service by managing tasks that are best suited for local and offshore talents.

Advans: Ethical & Responsible Outsourcing

Outsourcing is inevitable. Global sourcing of commodities, finished goods, services and labor has been an economic fact for centuries. Advans is deeply committed to Ethical & Responsible outsourcing to provide the best possible service to our IT Project and Outsourcing customers:

Every Advans Contract has met all its technical objectives

Every Advans Contract has finished on time and on budget

Advans has never failed because of a combination of Management Policies and Technology Solutions:

  • Advans does not misrepresent the qualifications/abilities of our staff
  • Advans leverages proprietary technology, such as netPulz, to facilitate results

By employing people qualified to fill their role, whether they work onsite, onshore or offshore, and by treating them with respect, our staff achieves the desired results because they are not overwhelmed attempting to deliver services beyond their capabilities. We have very low staff turnover giving our customer’s continuity and retaining our staff’s expertise and knowledge of our customer’s systems.

Become another satisfied Advans customer – contact us today to get the best in outsourcing.

We have sent the below video in our last newsletter for a humorous look at outsourcing called Apocalypto Outsourcing

Apocalypto Outsourcing

This video of a staff meeting at a large offshore outsourcing company, illustrates some of the pitfalls when a company turns over its IT support to a third-party.

 

Citrix is Dead – Long Live netPulz!

The CEO of Citrix was just ousted. Earlier this year, Citrix courted Dell hoping to get acquired. Dell left Citrix at the altar and proposed to EMC. The new Citrix CEO is going to sell off the crown jewels and dress Citrix up to dance with other suitors.

The reason? Citrix only offers desktop virtualization and never penetrated the datacenter like VMware did. Virtual desktops solutions for End-user computing have a great deal of computing overhead and are expensive. VMware is competing with Citrix in the EUC space too.

Advans says, “Use netPulz instead:”

  • Do the same things that Citrix does only do them at the network level
  • No computing overhead with netPulz – better performance
  • Very economical solutions when compared to virtual EUC products
  • netPulz works in the LAN, as a thin client, and in the WAN

Since netPulz is a network solution, all applications run natively – everywhere. There’s no need for any virtualization. This is true for site-to-site connectivity between networks as well as individual users.

Find out how netPulz programmable networking eliminates costly virtualization software and lets you run your applications just like you are sitting at your desk in the office – whether you are in a coffee house in Seattle or a hotel room in Timbuktu.

netPulz WAN for Retail

Companies, such as retail chains, are very concerned with the cost and flexibility of their Wide-Area Networks because they have so many locations to connect. Connecting hundreds or thousands of sites is both expensive and complex. Advans addresses these concerns with a netPulz WAN:

  • Replace expensive telecom with low cost/high bandwidth connectivity
  • Deploy Rapidly
  • Have easy access to corporate applications
  • Get Seamless Unified Communications

netPulz is optimized to decrease packet loss and jitter for exceptional voice and video transmission quality. And an Advans software defined WAN doesn’t need a cloud, so there’s no large upfront cost to obtain the flexibility and cost reduction in your WAN.

Find out how netPulz programmable networking eliminates the limitations of SD-WAN’s to get the flexible, low cost connectivity your business demands.

Check out http://www.netPulz.com today!