An independent research report by Lopez Research was carried out into the topic of Wi-Fi investments and how they can impact on your business. They produced an interesting on-demand webinar around this which can be viewed in full at any time here. For those of you short on time, we’ve taken the time to view the webinar and created this blog with the key takeaways from this.
The topics covered in this report cover:
- Current mobility trends affecting the SME space
- Options for wirelessly enabling your business
- Tips and best practices for evaluating various wireless solutions
Mobile and cloud computing transform the IT landscape
Mobility and the overall consumerization of IT provided a second wave of massive transformation in the computing landscape.
- Over 72% of the companies had begun to offer a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
- 72% of business leaders rank mobile enabling the business as their top concern
- 67% of SME’s surveyed plan to enable 5 more mobile apps in the next 12 months
- 35% of business leaders have a formal mobile strategy
Smartphones and tablets have clearly changed how people connect with each other and with corporate services. This is only the beginning of the connected devices wave. There are supposed to be over 50 billion connected devices by 2020. These connected devices are known as the Internet of Things or IOT. IT must support multiple devices per person, a new set of connected devices and a diverse range of wireless connectivity options.
Mobility changes WLAN network needs
The rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets, combined with enterprise Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, has sent the demand for enterprise-grade Wi-Fi connectivity in many organizations through the roof. Given the influx of devices and the diversity of applications, IT must support more users, more devices and deliver greater bandwidth per user. Times were easy when IT issued a single type of device to a small number of employees with email-only access. Now employees want to bring in whatever device they currently own and expect to access much more than email. In the office, employees expect the same high-quality network service that they have at home.
What is it that Employees expect?
- Device Connectivity
- Greater bandwidth
- App’s, apps, apps
- Home quality experience
How the new network do demands impact on IT?
There are multiple factors that are placing demands on the network. Given the growth in BYOD there are more devices to be supported, there are more users and there are greater bandwidth requirements per person. In addition, you need to have a Wi-Fi solution which supports a highly portable environment as users move from one place to the next and there is a greater need to support different types of devices and speed – all done in such a way that it does not denigrate performance for faster and slower clients as you have a diverse, mixed environment.
All of these demands affect the decision making in terms of wirelessly enabling your business. However, there are a number of key factors which should be considered in the process when making these decisions which can be summarised as follows;
- Overall cost of the solution: It should meet the budget allocated and you need to ensure investment protection and that it is a solution which is scalable and can grow with your business
- Complexity – how easy is it to install in your own environment? In particular if you don’t have access to the right IT resources. You need to ensure it is a robust solution and one that is easy to evaluate, install and manage
- Features – is it a solution that will grow with your business?
- Reliability and Resiliency – will it support each client the way they need to be supported?
Evaluating your Options
There are a number of options open to you which need to be evaluated and the main decision is whether or not to go for on premise or cloud? The evaluation to be undertaken will center on your existing infrastructure, how you want to integrate it, can the solution be managed in a cloud environment and how does it fit in with the existing environment.
Generally On Premise Wi-fi will suit larger organisations with their own datacentres and large IT teams that can manage the implementation. Cloud based Wi-fi solutions tend to suit those smaller organisations which may have a distributed environment with multiple locations and may not have the IT skills or resources to manage the environment.
Rip and Replace v Overlay Benefits Comparison
Rip and Replace:
- Allows you to update and old IT infrastructure
- Dual Radio supports legacy and new clients
- Use only where you need capacity
- Supports needs of newer clients
- Offload makes existing network run better
In terms of evaluating and making a decision on which options is best for your business it will differ for all organisations. There are many factors to be considered including an evaluation of how people are using your network currently and how secure it is.
Making an intelligent Wi-Fi Investment
Implementing an intelligent Wi-Fi solution into your organisation will enable you to establish;
- Who’s connected
- Where they are connecting from
- What type of devices they are using
- How much bandwidth they are using
This information will give you a better quality picture of what users are doing on your network and allow you to plan for capacity and ultimately provide a better set of services for everybody.
Using an intelligent Wi-fi solution will also enable you to have a single pane of glass view of your organisation. It will enable you to implement consistent policies and enable detection of unauthorised devices across your organisation therefore protecting against potential attacks.
To access the full on-demand webinar click here.
About Lopez Research
Lopez Research, founded in 2008, is a market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in how mobile technologies, big data, and cloud computing will create contextual “Right-time Experiences.” The company’s mission is to understand the evolution of these trends, provide thought leadership, and assist both enterprise and technology vendor clients in building winning market strategies.
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