A human takes in vast, vast amounts of data through the senses (sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile feelings). A human must apply tremendous "intelligence" to this vast amount of data in order to make any sense of it. This involves everything from filtering out irrelevant data to holding context so that the sound of voices or the images of people can be interpreted. The data conflicts with itself as the human hears differing stories. The human decides what is correct and analyzes potential options and outcomes. Then, at some point, the human decides on what "actions" to take in order to further his cause.

Networking is similar.  

A telecom network and associated systems generate vast, vast quantities of data. Everything from network topologies to attributes to resource utilization measurements to alarms to service OAM test results and more. Millions of data elements are created in a second. And the data conflicts with itself. The information in the inventory system mismatches that which is in the network. The fault system uses different labels for objects than what is in the network. And so on and so on.

How do you take all of this data—vast, conflicting, and distributed across multiple systems—and apply appropriate "intelligence" to it to decide what you can trust? And how do you then boil it down to the specific "actions" you need to take to operate the network ensuring the best possible user experience at the lowest possible OPEX and CAPEX spend?

This is what CENX means by "Actionable Intelligence."

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