With eight months into the new normal of working from home, most businesses and enterprises are well into a different way of doing business. Whether it is providing alternative ways to engage customers or creating virtual workspaces for collaboration by remotely located individuals, IT teams wonder how long they will need to keep these setups in place. Home office and remote workers did not exceed 4% before the pandemic started; this percentage quickly exceeded 45% in certain sectors and geographies during the lockdown, and many pundits do not expect the number of remote workers to return to single-digit percentages once we put the crisis situation behind us.
The pandemic-influenced “new-norm” has changed not only how people work, but their behaviors, too. Contactless office policies require alternative ways for employees to engage colleagues and socialize with customers, and the digitally transformed business is in an excellent position to support this new norm. This operational transition impacts every facet of their business: business applications are rapidly migrating to the cloud to save costs and improve operations, remote workers need to connect to these cloud applications and each other, successful virtual customer engagement requires high-quality online experiences. All the while, these changes are keeping employees and customers – safe.
But the user experiences that customers and staffers need are hard to achieve with legacy network connections. A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that leverages broadband connectivity is a primary catalyst that can help businesses respond to these current challenges.
SD-WAN Provides Excellent User Experiences
Broadband-based SD-WAN is the foundation for providing high-quality connectivity that delivers the best user experiences. From jitter-sensitive video to latency-sensitive voice, users that connect to cloud-based communications with low-bandwidth, best-effort connections are at the mercy of their ISPs. With cloud-managed SD-WAN, businesses can impose policies that help mitigate these challenges by prioritizing business-critical applications on these connections.
Not only are the connections superior, but the employee’s engagement experience is better. With video-based communications, employees can have open and transparent discussions that improve the team’s productivity, and the cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions that run over SD-WAN-powered connections are making these communications possible.
Cloud-based Applications Need SD-WAN
Connectivity is critical. The link between people, between applications, between apps and people – must work all the time to ensure that businesses are productive. Today’s new normal for businesses and enterprises also require arbitration between these different connectivity types. Cloud-based control with real-time management is the fundamental tenet of SD-WAN that ensures effective communications between people and between applications.
SD-WAN Empowers the Future of Business
The pandemic is forcing businesses to think about their operations in new ways. Many companies are keeping their workforces remote, allowing them to create savings from reduced floor-space and eliminated utility costs. They can invest these savings in acquiring new applications that leverage AI-powered systems residing in public clouds, which need reliable, low-latency throughput. The inherently flexible connectivity of SD-WAN can scale, as required, to allow businesses to connect and prototype new applications quickly in hopes of finding that next windfall.
Adaptiv Ensures High-Quality Business Experiences
Leveraging a portfolio of innovative products that scale and provide optimal and reliable routing capabilities, Adaptiv helps businesses solve their demanding connectivity challenges. From data centers to branch offices or home offices, we offer the freedom to connect any sites with any public or private cloud-hosted services using any ISP connections types. We make it possible to use all the available bandwidth and to rebalance the traffic between several internet service providers.
On the corporate side, Adaptiv provides secure end-to-end SD-WAN encryption plus intelligent application prioritization. Bandwidth can thus be optimized and it is possible, in parallel, to control and manage traffic. Whether your customer is seeking new products on your company website or your team is collaborating from home on a mission-critical project, communications powered by Adaptiv Networks offer the advantage of managing internet consumption in a reasoned manner, which turns out to be a necessity in the event of a lockdown confinement. SD-WAN is an option for companies to consider in planning for the future, as many employees see teleworking and working from home, not as a temporary or emergency phase, but as a new work culture.
Are you wondering if your network is ready to support working from home for the long term? Learn more about Adaptiv Networks’ solutions by watching one of our Digital Transformation Virtual Conferences on Business and Cloud Connectivity in a (Post?) Pandemic Era, now available on-demand!
Faouzi BEN HADJ HASSINE, Channel Sales Manager - France, Middle East & Africa. Based out of Paris, France, Faouzi has more than 32 years of experience working with mission-critical software and services organizations, serving telecommunications service providers and large enterprise IT organizations. Prior to joining Adaptiv Networks, he was Infovista's VP of Sales & Operations for Europe, Middle-East & Africa. Faouzi has held several senior positions in France, Kuwait and Canada, with software editor companies, mobile operators and engineering & consultancy firms. He has also acted as Senior Expert in Frequency Management & Monitoring for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and several national and international organizations. Faouzi holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from l’Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal.