By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-01-27 Print this article Print


The IEEEs working group areas for IT are charged with maintaining the standards upon which wired and wireless networks are built. IT managers can gain good experience working with standards groups by starting with the IEEE because the specifications are generally well-understood by most IT staff, the process is formal and well-documented, and the costs are quite low.

The IEEE 802 networking standard family is a foundation that has barely moved in the past 10 years. The wireless war between 802.11g and 802.11a has been a minor tempest in the otherwise-staid organization, but the IEEEs standards process is well-defined and driven by five "imperative principles": due process, openness, consensus, balance and the right of appeal, according to the groups process guidelines.

The group is also among the oldest in our survey, and it touches medical and communications technologies, among many other areas.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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