Imagine a world where the number of mobile-connected devices nearly equals the number of people on the planet. It’s closer than you might think, with one forecast calling for 7.1 billion devices accessing the mobile network the by 2015. It’s not just the mobile network that’s growing. When you also consider other things (PCs, laptops, tablets, etc.) connecting to the Internet, forecasts jump to 25 billion that same year and to 50 billion by 2020. This kind of growth will put a tremendous load on networks globally. But there’s more to it than that. What we really need to prepare for, aside from the sheer number of interactions, is the quality of those interactions.
Why? Let’s take a closer look. The network has to support everyone in the ecosystem, from the enterprise itself to employees and customers. When people go online, they want to use their preferred devices to get there, and they want to share information with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. And, of course, it all needs to happen securely, reliably, and seamlessly.
Having the right infrastructure in place lets IT departments meet all these requirements. They can do more than just keep pace with the number of devices accessing the network — they can deliver better interactions with higher levels of security and reliability. They can address the changing dynamics between employees, the enterprise, and their customers, to meet evolving expectations.
The point is this: it’s not just about scaling the network; it’s about creating an environment that supports the personalized yet secure interactions people have come to expect. And that’s true whether the number of devices is seven hundred or seven billion.
IT departments – time to get ready!