It’s hard to believe that Internetwork Engineering (IE) is celebrating 25 years of being in business this month. I've been fortunate enough to be part of the IE family for most of those years having been the first employee that our founder, Greg Rivers, hired back in early 1998. 25 years seems like yesterday and forever when you view it through the lens of a rapidly changing information technology industry.
When you’ve been in business for almost 25 years, you’ve seen a lot. Those experiences offer valuable insight on how to manage your business during times of great uncertainty. No one could have foreseen the speed with which COVID-19-related events would impact our communities and country. While no one can say they were ready for a global pandemic, this is not the first time IE has been through a national crisis that has caused economic and social harm. From the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Great Recession banking collapse, and now to the COVID-19 global pandemic, IE has borne witness to some of the most tragic and frightening moments in this country’s history.
Internetwork Engineering (IE) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and has taken steps to protect all of its stakeholders. We are assessing the situation daily and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local authorities.
Twenty years is a long time to be in business, especially in an industry that's seen such rapid change. Think back to 20 years ago, in 1996. How old were you? What were you doing and wearing? Your favorite movies, artists, etc. Now think about today. How have things changed? We recently asked all of our staff to submit pictures of themselves from 1996 and let’s just say the transformations are nothing short of dramatic, some entertaining.