The modern enterprise is becoming increasingly digitized. New technologies such as IoT devices and edge computing tout the promise of creating transformational improvements in efficiency, safety and productivity. But in order for medium-to-large businesses to effectively implement these next-generation tools, they will require an enterprise networking solution capable of supporting the thousands of new devices – both mobile and fixed – that will soon drive mission critical operations. When it comes to this connectivity foundation, enterprises must be uncompromising. If a solution cannot ensure highly reliable, low-latency, high bandwidth connectivity, then enterprises will not consider it an option at risk of jeopardizing the very success of their business.
Searching for Uncompromising Connectivity
Fortunately, there are a plethora of wireless connectivity offerings on the market that promise to deliver the simple, agile, scalable and controllable connectivity that modern enterprises need to drive their digital futures. Or is it so fortunate? Without a doubt, all of these solutions – like private APNs, 5G, WiFi, private networks and SD-WANs to name only a few – have their unique and powerful, value-adding capabilities for enterprise customers. The problem is, if enterprises are actually going to power their mission critical operations with one of the many offerings out there, they cannot compromise on any network features – bandwidth for latency, reliability for reach – without endangering business outcomes. They must have an unwavering connectivity foundation that meets all of their demands.
However, to achieve this kind of uncompromising connectivity, solutions must be purpose-built for the enterprise environment. At a high level, this necessitates translating telco complexity into IT simplicity in a platform that hands off the power of control over networks, devices and data to on-site enterprise IT/OT teams. At Expeto, we refer to such connectivity offerings as Enterprise First™ solutions. Enterprises cannot rely on external providers to support day-to-day operations if they hope to move at the speed of business and reap the full benefit of digital transformation. They require an end-to-end solution designed for the IT-defined environments in which they operate. But to date, few Mobile Network Operators and Mobile Service Providers (MxOs collectively) have come to terms with this new reality – thus threatening their very own survival in the evolving market.
With leadership from both the enterprise and telecom worlds, Expeto is uniquely positioned to partner with MXOs and tackle this challenge head-on. Expeto’s NeXtworking™ platform is the repeatable, software-defined, MxO-powered Enterprise First solution for enterprise mobile networking that businesses require to drive their digital futures rapidly and independently.
Understanding the Options
Through examining the indispensable networking capabilities that make up an Enterprise First solution, this blog series will look at the many strengths and occasional weaknesses of the leading wireless connectivity solutions on the market today. Identifying these capabilities is essential, as they will ultimately be what enables enterprises to harness the kinds of next-generation technologies that will help realize unprecedented improvements in efficiency, productivity and safety. Many of these Enterprise First features make up a part of the solutions available today, but unfortunately, such solutions often come with associated drawbacks or caveats. For example: network control in exchange for being siloed; deployability at the expense of network agility; multi-site/global network integration at the expense of simplicity. Not to mention that virtually all solutions that meet the majority of enterprise demands are extremely costly, inflexible and operate on lengthy telecom timelines that are frustrating and resource-depleting for the enterprise customer. Nevertheless, each solution to be discussed brings its own value to the conversation.