Businesses and their distributed enterprise locations grow more dependent on connected resources every day. That’s because employee and customer expectations and behaviors are evolving and having quick access to business information or remote connection to business and personal applications is changing the game for business networks.
Every report I see indicates that our dependence on connected systems will continue to skyrocket. In fact, Cisco recently predicted that by 2023, there will be 29.3 billion global devices and connections. That’s 3.6 for every person on earth. It’s no surprise given that cloud-based apps and critical business systems are becoming the lifeblood of every business, and branch offices and remote locations need the same capabilities that headquarters has.
At a time when businesses are reimagining and disrupting themselves, IT leaders must also reimagine how best to support tomorrow’s unprecedented and growing connectivity demands. Consider the proliferation of streaming music, video, and social media in the workplace and its impact on enterprise networks. I recently spoke with a construction company that encouraged employees to access YouTube on-the-job for training resources. Unfortunately, its network couldn’t accommodate the heavy bandwidth demands, so this valuable training resource had to be shut down.