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Build the Enterprise Access Network of the Future

Is it time to cut every cord?

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Contributors

  • Jill Gilbert, CEO, Lexicon Systems
  • BlueWater School Board
  • Ian Hardy, Network Administrator
  • Sven Hahues, Network Administrator, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • InterGen
  • Tracy Newton, Director of IT, Parkland School Division
  • Jordy Ke, Telecommunications Architect
  • 88 professionals contributed survey data that assisted with the development of the set

Your Challenge

  • There is always new technology available. It can be difficult to be up-to-date with all the upcoming trends, and to know when to upgrade and how to deal with trends as they mature.
  • You may encounter obstacles when making a case to upgrade your network. For example, the perception that wireless networks are less secure than wired networks can keep many businesses from relying on wireless.
  • When transitions and upgrades are necessary, it can be difficult for the infrastructure manager to find information on what other companies are doing, and which steps need to be taken to make changes to the network.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • An Info-Tech study shows that the wireless network offers benefits, such as customer satisfaction and employee productivity. There are also opportunities for significant cost reductions.
  • Trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), increasing VoIP and video demand, and cloud computing can enhance the benefits of a primarily wireless access network, if properly taken advantage of.
  • Although formal business cases and step-by-step processes aren’t always necessary, it helps to have a list of tasks to consider when preparing the network for the future.

Impact and Result

  • This research will allow infrastructure managers to realize and communicate the benefits of a primarily wireless access network, and take advantage of network trends that spring from and affect the implementation of such a network. It also busts myths that stand in the way of reaping these benefits.
  • Infrastructure managers can use the Wireless Access Network Readiness Assessment Tool to determine if the enterprise needs a wireless network and the level of readiness for upgrading the network.
  • Consider each of the steps recommended when upgrading the network.

Research & Tools

1. Make the move to a primarily wireless enterprise access network

Take advantage of trends like mobile and BYOD by cutting the cords on the wired access network, ultimately yielding increased productivity and reduced network TCO.

2. Determine the necessity and readiness for a primarily wireless network

Receive customized advice for the access network, based on enterprise needs and readiness.

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