The mobile era has changed everyday things like shopping and banking, to how we design and configure our office area. As the pandemic fastens the adoption of remote work, large and small organizations are realizing that jobs we used to think had to be done on-site can be easily done remotely. Now organizations are scrambling to offer VoIP, video meetings, team collaboration, and other tools to make WFH employees as efficient as they were in office. And new research suggests that WFH isn’t going away for a long time, which will have a massive impact on the organization’s network.
This will require the IT leaders to re-think their corporate network and security and make sure that their network can handle WFH Hybrid for the long-term.
Given the present circumstances, the communications team should be actively discussing networking and security issues and options with network infrastructure teams and strategizing on migrating to new network architecture. All leaders have to ensure that the next-generation WAN and security solutions have the essential features, capabilities, and management tools to be able to handle the ambush of new ways employees are communicating.
Here are some tips to make sure that your Network can handle WFH, Hybrid for the Long Term:
Use the right remote productivity tools
Tools like Teams, in combination with a unified communications solution (Zoom), can have a good impact at low cost. With extra security applications, this is the best means to facilitate an eventual transition or long-term transition. There is going to be increased dependence on Wi-Fi, IoT sensors, and Bluetooth. With a rich set of open APIs and high-quality AI-curated information, SPARK Services is actively mapping out what the new normal may look like and the advantages it will offer. Long established partnerships with key leaders in the various fields will help redefine the next generation spaces. Additional technology partnerships will deal with smart building and long-term safety and health challenges, regardless of where the staff and customers connect.
Make smart network decisions
Let’s explain this in simple words. For instance, a branch office that supported VoIP and phone calls in 2019 will require to support much more in 2021. In 2019, that branch location with 35 staff might have made 10 simultaneous VoIP calls. This same branch in 2021, will be making 20 active video call sessions, a 15-40 times increase in essential bandwidth.
The new investments will require the bandwidth and latency to accommodate the increasing volume of communication sessions. Also, SASE and SD-WAN monitoring tools and capabilities must be evaluated to make sure of great UC and team collaboration app quality.
Security-hygiene is a must
This is the time when cybercriminals strike and thus you must be careful. Be vigilant about phishing emails making offers related to COVID-19 specifically targeted to your company. Enforce multi-factor authentication on all employee accounts. Make sure that the devices are up to date on malware protection. Make sure the staff only utilizes secure wi-fi connections. SPARK utilizes a cloud architecture to ensure ultimate flexibility and scalability when the situation calls for it. For instance, it enables the centralized management and AI-powered automation.
SPARK Services offers a single pane of glass for wired, wireless, and WAN infrastructure across the branch, campus, or data center locations for a unified operational model. This becomes vital as the workplace is dispersed, as it simplifies network operations and management across any environment.
Regardless of where we work, new technologies and their implementation will be a success marker moving forward. This is where we at SPARK Services come into the picture. Our portfolio and solutions are designed to function in every customer environment – from small business to the enterprise, campus, data center, branch, and cloud. No matter where the journey may lead, SPARK customers can count on having a network that provides the security, connectivity, management, data insights, and AI necessary for the future.
SPARK’s cloud-delivered services are complemented by a broad range of solutions delivered through an extension partner ecosystem. Using SPARK’s APIs, telemetry data, and connectivity, these partners are able to offer robust return-to-work solutions, with the controls essential for maintaining confidentiality and privacy.