IDC predicts the growth in enterprise mobility, video consumption and cloud infrastructure will drive worldwide enterprise network revenues to US$39.4 billion by the end of the year. Rohit Mehra, IDC's director of Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, said “bring your own device” (BYOD) will continue to proliferate with IT now getting more of a handle on these devices, and corporate policy starting to change.
Taking that into consideration, the networking industry has undeniably a strong need for a professional engineering community to address the multiple challenges related to consumerization of IT. Aruba Networks, Inc. therefore announced the launch of its new Airheads Community that offers social networking, technical certifications, member events and an industry-first MVP program for IT engineers in wireless LAN, security and mobile device management.
While the enterprises and their IT specialists are struggling to catch up with the BYOD trend by upgrading their wireless network, Airheads forms a vibrant community of engineers who are focused on designing and implementing wireless LANs, ensuring network security and supporting mobile devices and applications. Airheads Community members have access to a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including the following:
- Airheads Social – it’s a best-in-class social media platform which acts as the central hub for all Airheads Community activities;
- The Aruba Certification and Training Program – it prepares engineers to solve a host of complex challenges that extend well beyond the wired infrastructure;
- Airheads Events – they allow members collaborate in real-time with other members at the annual Airheads conferences, regional user-group events and virtual events;
- The Aruba Airheads MVP Program – it rewards members for demonstrating their knowledge as mobility experts. The more engaged members are with all aspects of the community, the more rewards and recognition they receive.
The Airheads Community is the only platform dedicated to exchange knowledge on enterprise mobility, user dynamics, device types, applications and networks and seeks to both draw from and inform a new type of networking expert, focused on wireless LAN, security and mobile device management.