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We have heard it said

that the only constant is change itself. This certainly rings true in the rapidly evolving structured cabling and telecom arena.Technologies are emerging, standards are under development, new tools ar...

September 1, 2000  

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that the only constant is change itself. This certainly rings true in the rapidly evolving structured cabling and telecom arena.

Technologies are emerging, standards are under development, new tools are appearing, even companies and their methods of conducting business are changing. So with this flurry of activity taking place all around us, we thought it timely to take a closer look at just how our industry is changing — and what these changes may ultimately mean.

Some of the most striking developments we have witnessed over the past several years have certainly been technological. For as the ways we work change (i.e., our dependence on the Internet and corporate intranets), so do our networking needs. But though our specific applications may change and the network protocols may evolve, it is the same old story when it comes to bandwidth — it is never enough. We examine this “hunger” for bandwidth and look at which technologies are winning the high-speed race in The Need for Speed on page 16. In addition to the technologies, our methodologies, models (see Division 17 Changes Everything on page 28) and equipment (see The Testing Scene on page 37) are also developing.

But perhaps just as interesting is the overall puzzle into which all of these other pieces fit. The Canadian structured cabling and telecom landscape is changing, the players are in motion, and the way they play is evolving. In our spotlight column, Dan Milliard, CEO and Director of Group Telecom, talks about this changing playing field and new ways of succeeding in this arena.

Of course, shifting ideas and attitudes are some of the most important changes occurring in our industry. In fact, one of the most striking things we notice as we look around is not just how far we have come in terms of actual “goods” — the hardware, software, widgets and gadgets — but how far we have come (or have yet to go) in terms of our own “mindset”. One facet of this is explored in Where the Girls Are on page 22, an article which looks at the rapid proliferation of women into a male-dominated industry and the associated issues and effects.

Yet, just much have times (and attitudes) changed? And is change always a positive thing? While technological change brings with it a certain degree of advancement and progress, there are also the accompanying pitfalls. Our columnists certainly had something to say on this matter. In his regularly featured Standards Update column (page 42), Paul Kish converses about hectic pace of change in our industry, and in our View from the Board (page 44), Mark Maloney continues in this vein by examining the “costs” associated with change.

It was these types of concerns and considerations that provided the most pause for thought as this issue of Cabling Systems came together. For they really brought home the fact that although technologies and standards and tools may change throughout the years, the associated challenges and issues do not.

I guess the old adage still holds weight … the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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