Moving and Managing Signals: Getting to the Heart of Your Data Requirements

Nick Birk and Thomas Niessen

Think about the last car you purchased. Whether it was a hatchback, SUV, convertible, van, truck or something else, why did you buy it?


In most cases, you didn’t buy that vehicle just to say you own one. You made the investment because you have places to go—and you need a reliable way to get there.


The same holds true for technology. Why does an organization invest in a 5G network, plant automation or smart building technology? To create better experiences, improve productivity, boost security or create a competitive advantage—not just because someone wanted to own technology.


It’s All About the Cables and Connectors—or Is It?


This leads us to another question: Why do you buy cables and connectors?


It’s probably not because you want the latest, greatest, top-of-the-line cables and connectors sitting in your inventory. You buy cables, connectors and other components with the intention of solving a problem that prevents your organization from growing, increasing revenue or providing excellent customer service, for example.


The components you use to overcome those obstacles are simply a means to an end. You’re not making an investment in these products because of what they are but because of what they allow you to do.


As business and technology change, so do the business problems that need to be resolved. That’s why we’re encouraging integrators, consultants, plant and data center managers, end-users and broadcast professionals to free their minds when it comes to data acquisition, transmission, orchestration and management.


With 14.4 billion devices currently in operation, machines now outnumber people by more than two to one. Networks and data centers need to be designed for a world that runs on connection. Not only are there more people who need to connect, but also more computers, more devices, more collaboration and remote work—and the list goes on.


It’s easy to stick with tried-and-true approaches when attempting to resolve business problems, but resisting change, abiding by these constraints and remaining stagnant can hold you back from finding easier, faster and more cost-effective ways to achieve your goals.


What It Really Comes Down To: Signals and Data


Belden finds value in thinking about our own work differently, too. In the end, our job isn’t to manufacture cables and connectors. We’re here to help you with your data acquisition, transmission, orchestration and management—however it needs to be done.


Right now, your signal transmission needs may involve mostly copper cables and metal connectors. Tomorrow, they may include fiber cables and plastic connectors. Thirty years from now, it could be something entirely different.


But when you need to move data, you shouldn’t have to worry about which transmission medium will work best to get the job done. A trusted expert should be able to provide the hardware, software, services and consulting you need to make it work.


Instead of asking a company, “Do you make ABC product?”, try asking: “Can you make XYZ happen for us?”


As Belden finds new ways to help you achieve your goals, you may notice us using different terminology to describe what we do: data acquisition and transmission and data orchestration and management.


What Is Data Acquisition and Transmission?


When we reference data acquisition and transmission, we mean that we offer products like wire, cable, connectors and other technology that can be used to connect to a device to a network to acquire a signal and move data (and possibly power) from Point A to Point B to improve efficiency, communication and collaboration.


What Is Data Orchestration and Management?


Data orchestration is the process of bringing people, devices and functionalities together, removing silos to combine, organize and make this data available across a network to the people and devices that need it.


Data management involves the administration and structure of your devices and data.


We’ll Meet You Where You Are


Searching our product catalog provides only a glimpse of the building blocks that can be used to create solutions that deliver the outcomes you need. The real magic happens when you work with our in-house experts who can show you how to put our products together to create technology-agnostic solutions that can also include services and maintenance to meet your business objectives.


We also know that some integrators and channel partners want to use our products to build their own solutions. Belden can supply the components, and you can supply the knowhow to exceed your customers’ expectations.


Whether you need a single product to move your project forward or are looking for help from start to finish when it comes to data acquisition, transmission, orchestration and management, we can work through it together.


Learn more about our end-to-end solutions.


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