Can human productivity be measured by looking into network data?

With an increasing number of the world’s population working on data networks, it might be possible to improve our understanding of human productivity by looking at the way data is used.

New network visibility tools now provide information on devices, users and url’s. It is relatively easy to see, for example, the extent to which social media is being used across a network, or the amount of recreational data that is being consumed by users.

Such visibility also allows us to understand the relationship between network performance and human productivity. It is now quite feasible to understand the productivity cost of a poor performing network. Such knowledge could fundamentally change the way we design and use networks.

Greater network visibility resulting in better network design and more considered data usage could be one of the greatest tools we have for improving human productivity globally.

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