Why Retailers Need Unbreakable Store Connections… The retail industry has passed through multiple evolutionary phases since the dawn of the internet. Innovative technologies continue to boost retail efficiency – particularly in areas like POS, CRM, inventory management and online sales. While business processes have improved, these technologies make retailers totally dependent on internet access. The result of this digital transformation is an urgent need for unbreakable store connectivity to ensure non-stop retail operations.
In spite of deploying multiple tools that claim to prevent unplanned outages they still happen in your IT shop – right? The challenge is to determine the root cause of the incident, but this can be elusive due to the phenomenon known as Shadow IT. The shadows in your network are where you lack visibility and control. The number of hardware appliances, connected devices and applications on the network are increasing for most of us, and so are the number of blind spots.
In the wake of the wake of Cisco’s recent $610 million acquisition of SD-WAN start-up Viptela, thousands of existing Cisco ISR router customers face a difficult choice on where to go from here. The addition of Viptela alongside Meraki and iWAN brings the total number of Cisco SD-WAN offerings to three. This sends a clear message that the time for SD-WAN adoption has arrived, what’s less clear is whether any of Cisco’s offering can fulfill the true promise of SD-WAN.
Every employee deserves a chance to be productive… This may sound like a basic fairness principle, but it doesn’t apply when multiple users are competing for limited bandwidth resources. Productivity is inhibited when bandwidth hungry users run applications that oversaturate the network, leaving their co-workers bandwidth-starved and unproductive. We recently helped a Toronto-based customer solve this common networking challenge, providing equitable dynamic bandwidth allocation across all employees. Dynamic Virtual Circuits (DVC), a feature of the TELoIP Cloud, manage traffic to and from the customer site.
SD-WAN has the potential to solve a number of key IOT remote access challenges, including device security
The only truly scarce commodity in business is time. You can’t create time, so it must be spent wisely. Over the past 20 years, MPLS became entrenched as the gold-standard of WAN transport and many organizations have found a way to absorb the high cost and inefficiencies inherent in MPLS. This post explores 3 keys areas where MPLS is costing you time, and why now is the time for organizations to reconsider whether they can afford to stay with MPLS.
Who has not heard the phrase “Knowledge is Power” in today’s hyper connected economy? Knowledge is also “powerless” unless delivered in the correct format to the right person, at the right time. Marketplaces demand seamless knowledge integration that goes well beyond the enterprise & its employees to include partners, suppliers & contingent workers. Making sure that knowledge is delivered at point of need; everywhere in the enterprises ecosystem, is why networks matter more than ever to the competitiveness of business.
Today’s shoppers are not only aware of innovative technologies, but they are also active users of these technologies. Hence, they’re also referred to as digital or Omni-shoppers. The retail industry is experiencing digital transformation at a mind-boggling speed. You should expect the evolution over the next five years to progress at a rate not seen in the last fifty years. Shoppers are literally carrying retail in their pockets. These changes have created a challenge for traditional retailers to understand the substantial impact of digital in retail and devise strategies to win the market.
Calculating the Hard and Soft Benefits of Software-Defined Networks… Rare Opportunity for MPLS Customers: The corporate network has become a critical asset that touches every aspect of business productivity, innovation and customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, legacy WANs are under increasing pressure to meet demands for cloud security and bandwidth that are well beyond the scope of their original design. Although MPLS has been the gold standard approach for 20 years, it was simply never intended for delivering cloud security and performance which is why so many People Hate Their WANs.
In the era of the digital shopping experience, one of the costliest brick-and-mortar retail mistakes is downtime. In-store network connectivity is increasingly at the center of both the buyer’s journey and point-of-sale payment transactions. The retail industry average cost of downtime is estimated at $4,700 every minute so if you’re not connected, you’re not only losing cash but you’re also losing customers. By offering increased bandwidth and reliability, SD-WAN is enabling Retail CIOs to move beyond basic network reliability so they can focus on omni-channel initiatives that deliver a rich digital in-store experience for shoppers.