A very clever colleague of mine, Keith, recently stated, “The failing of network engineers is that they don’t trust software (ie OSS, NMS, etc).”
Do you agree with Keith? Do you feel that most network engineers prefer to work from the command line rather than the GUI?
If so, why is that? Lack of confidence in tools based on past failures or functionality gaps? Speed / efficiency of task completion? Job security through having mastery of a more specialised interface? Other?
Is it true only within some domains (eg IP networks, network performance management, traffic engineering, etc) and not others? Enterprise networks or Service Provider networks?
If it is quite true, what do we have to do to regain their trust, and / or improve their experience of OSS tools?
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