95% of shoppers pick tech-based help over in-store sales staff. Welcome to the age of the digital DIY shopper. The survey, recently unveiled by the folks at HRC Retail Advisory, suggests more shoppers are seeking help from technology – namely smartphones and social media – instead of salespeople when hunting for the perfect product in a store. Read the full blog for more insights on the impact of Retail Store Network outages and SD-WAN failover solutions to avoid them.
The Make or Break Role of SDN: according to recent research by McKinsey & Co., “The majority of [market or industry] incumbents do not respond” adequately to digital threats “and ultimately fail.” Here in Part Two, we summarize McKinsey’s tips for attaining digital success – and explain the make-or-break role Software Defined Networks (SDN) play in transforming your entire business model with digital technology.
Digital strategy is the most important game – a survival game, really – of every business’s life right now. And it’s playing out at breakneck speed in every single industry. Yet, shockingly, most companies are losing that game. According to a recent McKinsey study, only eight per cent of companies believe their existing business model will still be economically viable if their industry keeps digitizing at its current rate. That means 92 per cent fear their business isn’t going digital fast enough – and could fail as a result.
It’s no secret the way consumers shop has dramatically changed within the last 5 years and is going to continue to evolve with the rise of new technologies. Software Defined Networks, or SD-WAN, is a powerful technology for retailers looking to elevate their in-store shopping experiences while also saving on operational costs. This blog discusses three emerging retail technology trends and how VINO SD-WAN powered by TELoIP is enabling the store of the future.
Your investment in a cloud communications solution that improves employee collaboration and customer service makes sense, but only if it works! Before you go and start pointing fingers at your new hosted PBX solution, consider that 80% of Cloud Communications issues can be directly attributed to common problems with underlying network conditions. Read more to learn how VINO solutions automatically solve all three issues.
3 keys to finding the right SD-WAN vendor right now: The SD-WAN market is poised to explode in 2018, with growth projections in the range of $8 Billion by 2021. This presents a huge opportunity and the entire industry of network, cloud, and telecom services is intently preparing for the imminent market disruption. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has essentially created a land-grab as customers have begun ditching their legacy Cisco and MPLS networks in favor of more elegant software-defined solutions that provide greater agility and superior cloud performance for dramatically lower cost. Time is clearly of the essence as multiple competing SD-WAN solutions have emerged in the past few years, but for those looking to offer managed SD-WAN solutions it’s not too late to stake your claim.
There are a multitude of feature comparisons that can bog you down in a confusing SD-WAN vendor evaluation process, but here are three ways Service Providers can quickly narrow their focus; Public Cloud Optimization, Performance for Real-Time “Killer Apps”, and Time-to-Market. By focusing on these three critical features, a Service Provider can literally become an overnight SD-WAN sensation.
Research indicates that 79% have already begun the Journey to SD-WAN. After two years of marketing hype, Software-Defined WAN has arrived and is officially poised for widespread market adoption in 2018. Want to know why SD-WAN is heating up? Help yourself to a free download of the 2018 Guide to WAN Architecture and Design, Part 1 by Dr. Jim Metzler. This report evaluates the State of the WAN based on market survey data plus analyst insights.
On the surface the idea of SD-WAN Orchestration is pretty simple; use a centralized cloud portal to improve network visibility and management. The benefit is much bigger than lower IT support costs, it’s a more agile and responsive network that accelerates innovation and drives higher productivity across the board. The challenge is that every SD-WAN solution makes sweeping claims about orchestration, and the marketing jargon can be quite confusing. Once you cut through the SEO catch phrases like “extensible networks” and “policy abstraction”, what are the tangible benefits of SD-WAN orchestration?
IT personnel and network engineers have a palpable feeling of uncertainty as a new set of challenges confront them. Digital transformation is turning business models on their heads. While enterprises take measures to bolster IT departments and gear up to adapt to the latest technologies, they face fundamental resistance from within. Hardware-centric enterprise networks are based on static deployments, which makes configuration changes too slow and too costly. These legacy networks were never designed to evolve at the pace which business requirements are changing today.