Taking a strategic approach to your network will support your business today and in the future
Did you know that in 2009, more data was created than in all prior years combined? That 60 percent of employees believe they don’t need to be in the office to be productive and efficient? And, that by 2015, companies will generate 50 percent of web sales via their presence in social media and mobile devices?
At the rate in which data is growing, technology is advancing, and devices are proliferating; you don’t want to trust your business to a network that’s just “good enough.” Taking a strategic approach to your network makes good business sense.
The right network is one that’s configured to fit your company’s needs, supports your business goals, and has the potential to transform the way you do business. The right network not only empowers the applications and services you’re using today but also those you’re likely to implement in the future—from reliable, secure connectivity for an expanding mobile workforce, to adopting cloud services.
Other benefits of having the right network for your business include:
- Lower total cost of ownership (TCO). By taking a strategic approach to building your network, you can reduce networking costs and achieve a better return on your investment. In contrast, piecing together a network based on low-cost point products and services, can increase your TCO by 20 to 35 percent over a three-year period.
- Investment protection. Companies lose an average of 3.6 percent of revenue per year to network downtime—and that figure doesn’t include the cost of repairing your company’s damaged reputation due to the unplanned downtime. Building a network from a vendor that offers a breadth of solutions and services, such as Cisco, ensures you have a scalable network that’s secure, reliable, and integrated, and is optimized for forward and backward compatibility. Also, having a single point of contact for implementation and problem resolution minimizes downtime and ensures your network stays up and running.
- Built for the future A tactical network built for today doesn’t take into consideration the future needs of your business. Building the right next-generation network will ensure your company can embrace new technologies, such as cloud computing and virtualization, and keep your business competitive and engaged with partners and customers.
- Ensures security and compliance. If you’re in an industry that must adhere to compliance requirements, such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) in retail or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) in healthcare, you need a network that provides policy tools and integrated security that allows you to respond to current and future regulations.
Don’t settle for a “good enough” network. With the breadth of Cisco product offerings and the expertise of a local reseller, you can build the right network to support your business now and in the future.
Are you building your business on the right network?