We want to fundamentally change the networking ecosystem so that is works in favor of the Engineers that support it.
The OEF was created to evolve Enterprise network and infrastructure by building a community that educates, informs, and connects engineers. We believe that the networks and infrastructure, if it wants to remain a relevant part of the digital ecosystem, must evolve to move more quickly and produce innovations like software. It has to use adoption as a path to value, not consensus and vendors.
The current network and infrastructure ecosystem is dominated by vendor based solutions that intentionally do not scale and cost too much. Similarly, the ecosystem that educates engineers is dominated by the same vendors. This has created a situation where engineers have no real place to learn from each other or learn new ways of doing things without vendors heavily weighing in.
Much like the Open Source revolution has allowed software engineers to control their own destiny and dramatically increase the pace at which they can work, the OEF is going to provide a group of volunteers, paid resources, and mentors to network and infrastructure engineers to create the same opportunity for this space. The OEF will work to:
Provide education to engineers that is proven in the field.
Maintain an agnostic position that works with any provider to deliver the best solutions.
Educate engineers on how to grade the scalability of their solutions both technically and financially.
Communicate internally both the value and impact of their systems to the business.
This will be provided through:
Traditional classes for engineers.
Engineering and deployment workbooks.
Business models and Industry standard cost comparisons.
Support for business operations.
Consultancy for engineering, deployment, operations, and analysis.
We believe that creating this platform we can dramatically increase the velocity at which engineers can affect change for their businesses, while empowering network and infrastructure engineers to have more impact on the very network solutions they use every day.