Why Mobility Matters

Deliver Mobility Excellence with Cisco

Sarah Senftle

What mode of network connectivity does your business rely on for its notebooks? Chances are the answer is wireless. Without it, a notebook is little more than an all-in-one desktop PC. In recent years, wireless has become the preferred means of access for networks. More so with the adoption of BYOD – or bring your own device. The reason is, of course, obvious.

Tablets, smartphones, and more have had a dramatic effect on the way we work and live. In 2013, Cisco predicted that, by 2017, we’d each own 5 connected devices.* That’s up from 5-per-household via a 2012 prediction. Depending on the user, the new number may be too low. With that in mind, it’s easy to see that wireless integration is growing exponentially every year.

With the landscape changing on a regular basis, a business may feel they have no choice but to wait until their entire wireless infrastructure is well out of date before updating it. Meanwhile, their employees’ productivity suffers as speeds slow to a crawl – and forget about streaming and collaboration. Businesses cannot afford to be held back or slowed down. They need the fastest Wi-FI speed available – which is currently 802.11ac Wave 2. So what’s a business to do about staying competitive while not breaking the bank to maintain connectivity?

Achieving a modern wireless infrastructure isn’t the same as it was a few years ago. Companies like Cisco make enterprise-class mobility an easy venture for business of all sizes. But before that happens, you need to realize some mobility goals:

1) Mobility has crept into most organizations in a piecemeal way. Different groups have instigated disparate usage and device policies. Taking a company-wide approach simplifies integration and leads to better results.

2) Trying to make employees’ mobile experiences full-featured and consistent means delivering a broad set of applications and services to a wide variety of devices. Employees have differing work styles, so IT needs to build a flexible mobility infrastructure platform to support them all.

3) A large, sometimes forgotten, business impact can be achieved by better engaging customers who are themselves using mobile devices. Many organizations are already using mobility to improve their customers’ experience, so now is the time to act!

With those goals in mind, wireless can become a no-fail situation – if you pick the right partner. As a leader in the wireless marketplace, Cisco is great for budget-minded customers who have a desire to enhance their networks and become a truly digitized company. With Cisco, customers can choose any path their wireless demands dictate – from access points without controllers to on-, off-, and cloud-based offerings. With Cisco, your wireless will keep your employees connected, mobile, and productive for years to come.

*Source, Cisco VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast 2012-2017