Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of software-based
network technologies to WAN connections to more effectively route all network traffic
between headquarters or data centers, remote and branch offices, and the cloud.
As software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) continues to become a mainstream technology, its relationship to WAN
Optimization (WANop) must be examined. At first glance, the two can appear alike, and are often erroneously
mentioned as synonymous technologies. A deeper examination however, will reveal two distinct and highly
complementary technologies with very limited feature overlap. This document aims to demystify the relationship
between the two, outline the market shifts that have led to a reduced WANop sector, and provide a recommendation
on deploying both technologies in a modern enterprise WAN.
The SD-WAN market is in the early growth stage of the product lifecycle. Key factors driving market adoption include: cost
savings from efficient usage of private and public networks, ability to optimize hybrid cloud connectivity, and applicationaware
oftware-Defined WAN, or SD-WAN for short, is at the leading
edge of software-based networking deployments. SD-WAN
offers significant business value for organizations with distributed
branches in terms of business agility and the ability to
leverage Internet bandwidth economics – put simply, cost savings.
This Software-Defined WAN For Dummies book explains the way
for IT and business managers to migrate to a distributed network
which is less complex, more flexible and easier to manage. With
this book, VMware and Dan Pitt make an important contribution
to better understanding the future of WAN implementations.
The healthcare industry is evolving at a rapid pace from both technology and business perspectives. New technologies are
dramatically improving healthcare, from diagnostic imaging and scanning tools to the digitization of medical records. From
the business side, the industry continues to consolidate, with metropolitan or regional medical providers absorbing local
clinics and rural practices, and large retailers acquiring pharmacies, minute clinics, and urgent care facilities. As a result,
many healthcare companies are now competing with retailers for business.
The Wide Area Network (WAN) is in the midst of a significant evolution. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is the key factor driving this evolution and bringing along with it many transformational changes. SD-WAN has enabled several new WAN uses cases, such as enabling reliable, secure and high performance support of software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud compute, cloud storage, cloud security and the ability to use non-deterministic Internet services to provide business-class transport. The traditional WAN architecture was ill equipped to support these new use cases.
As is usually the case with an emerging market, the first entrants into the SD-WAN space were start-ups. However, given the ability of SD-WAN to support both traditional and emerging WAN use cases, the market has recently been flooded with a range of vendors, solutions and technologies offering varying types of SD-WAN solutions.
While having differing types of solutions provided by numerous suppliers is potentially beneficial, it
Digital transformation has moved out of the early-adopter phase and into mainstream adoption. According to the ZK Research 2018 IT Priorities Study, 88% of businesses now have digital initiatives underway, up from 84% in 2017. The urgency of IT and business leaders is well warranted, as companies that master being digital will leapfrog the competition and be able to sustain a market-leading position. Those that lag in their digital initiatives will fall farther behind and will struggle to survive.
The key to digital success is having an agile IT foundation that enables businesses to adapt to market transitions faster than the competition. However, there is no single technology called “digital transformation.” Rather, it is powered by the following four key enabling technologies
The network of yesterday is not the network that can take businesses into the future. As mission critical enterprise applications move to the cloud, wide area network (WAN) must adapt to become agile, flexible, and scale rapidly. Leading IT trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud storage, enterprise mobility, emerging transport alternatives, and globalization increase the importance of how network assets are leveraged and how the network is conceptualized. The advantages of public and private data centers and cloud-based applications are significantly diminished if the network is slow, inflexible, and unpredictable. Erratic network performance with high latency, jitter and packet loss can significantly impact user adoption, satisfaction, and overall corporate productivity.
As connectivity options continue to emerge, end users are no longer tethered to the office or to the localized applications and services that were trademarks of a primary or branc
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Published By: HP Inc.
Published Date: Feb 14, 2019
With a couple of swipes, a like and a share, what’s in today is gone tomorrow. Graphic design trends are changing rapidly, based on a fastspreading global pop culture that determines what’s hot, and what’s not, almost instantly.
In such a connected world, keeping pace with the right look and feel is essential. While a picture was once worth a thousand words, it’s now worth much more. If you don’t want your audience to bounce, basic is not enough.
By creating unique printed and digital assets that engage consumers and drive social media posts (and a whole lot of likes and shares), brands can leverage the “Instagram effect” to attract customers. Start with these trends, and keep reinventing!
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Feb 12, 2019
Wie werden wir in 7 Jahren mit Unternehmen kommunizieren?
Gemeinsam mit seinen Partnern Genesys und IBM hat der der 2b AHEAD ThinkTank mit „Kundendialog 2025 – Der Dialog zwischen intelligenten Systemen“ eine wissenschaftliche Studie dazu veröffentlicht. Sie untersucht den Wandel im Kommunkationsverhalten von Kunden und arbeitet Strategien zur Vorbereitung auf gravierende Veränderungen im Bereich des Kundendialogs heraus.
A global infrastructure management company entered into a factoring agreement with a leading US financial institution in Australia. However, it realized that it was paying unreasonably high interest payments to the financial institution and wanted to trace the reason for the same. Infosys BPM took the initiative to analyze interest payments to the banker, and the customer payments pattern to provide insights on cost saving opportunities. Read on to know more on how did Infosys BPM help the client lead to a cash flow of $138M and also save $562,000 in factoring fees.
Published By: Infosys
Published Date: Feb 11, 2019
Good coffee is more than just a drink - it's an art. And coffee connoisseurs (distributors, retailers, and consumers) want to be sure of the authenticity of the art they buy. But given the complex supply chain and the number of stakeholders involved in getting coffee from the farm to the cup, it is almost impossible to ascertain the lineage, health, and origin of your coffee.
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Feb 08, 2019
Ihre Kunden sind auf vielen Kanälen aktiv. Sorgen Sie dafür, dass Ihr Unternehmen mithalten kann.
Die Gewinnung von Neukunden und die Pflege der Beziehung zu Bestandskunden sind mit Zeit und Aufwand verbunden. Wenn Ihre Kunden mit Ihnen in Kontakt treten wollen, können sie dies dann auf dem Kanal ihrer Wahl tun? Angesichts der ständig voranschreitenden Digitalisierung wird es für Unternehmen immer wichtiger, mit ihren Kunden jederzeit über die Kanäle kommunizieren zu können, die die Kunden wünschen – sei es per Telefon, SMS, Chat oder über soziale Medien.
In diesem E-Book erfahren Sie mehr zu den folgenden Themen:
Kundeninteraktionen in einer hochvernetzten Welt
Einfache und effiziente Betriebsabläufe für Kundeninteraktionen
Gute Argumente für eine cloudbasierte All-in-One Lösung für Contact Center
Published By: Infosys
Published Date: Feb 07, 2019
Good coffee is more than just a drink - it's an art. and coffee connoisseurs (distributors, retailers, and consumers) want to be sure of the authenticity of the art they buy. But given the complex supply chain and the number of stakeholders involved in getting coffee from the farm to the cup, it is almost impossible to ascertain the lineage, health, and origin of your coffee.
Neueste Untersuchungen von IDC und Workday belegen den digitalen Stillstand vieler Unternehmen - die zunehmende Kluft zwischen den Anforderungen digitaler Marktführer und der Fähigkeit von Core-Business-Systemen, breitere digitale Transformationsprogramme zu unterstützen.
Dies lässt sich auf mehrere zentrale Herausforderungen zurückführen:
80% sagen, dass sie keine neuen digitalen Lösungen in bestehende Finanz- und HR-Prozesse integrieren können oder dass dies aufwändig ist.
80% berichten, dass sie keine Echtzeit-Prognosen und Dashboards erhalten können oder dass dies hohen Aufwand erfordert.
80% gaben an, dass es für sie schwierig oder sogar unmöglich ist, die Finanz- und Personalprozesse an neue Anforderungen anzupassen.
Lesen Sie unser Whitepaper und erfahren Sie, wie Sie die digitale Transformation erfolgreich vorantreiben und den gefürchteten Digital Deadlock vermeiden.
Just like your business, technology never stops advancing. Each year, there are new ways that technology can automate processes, lower costs, and enhance customer and employee satisfaction - all with the goal of increasing revenue! And while it can be difficult to change how your business works, leaving old methods behind and embracing new technology can help lead your business to more success and growth.
The technology landscape in the financial services sector is vast, ranging from cutting-edge to mission-critical, each having an impact on the industry as a whole. Customer-facing services and back-end operations alike are seeing real benefits from innovation, including greater efficiencies and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
The rate at which technology is evolving is increasing almost exponentially. In the business sector, hardware has given way to software-defined everything, while many on-premises technologies are now offered as a service. Much of the advances in technology over the last few years have been the direct result of the growing ubiquity of the cloud and faster connectivity speeds, both of which have enabled companies to adopt digital transformation technologies to help them work smarter and more efficiently.
The quick-service restaurant industry continues to be a favorite among consumers who look to the sector for a wide variety of food served quickly and at a low price. The speed and efficiency of QSRs, which include the emergent “fast casual” restaurants, match today’s on-the-go lifestyle of consumers across all ages who often are too busy to cook at home.
That said, consumers expect their dining experience at a QSR to be comfortable with conveniences ranging from WiFi connectivity to ordering kiosks and dining area entertainment on large screens or even tableside tablets. They expect the information on menu boards to be accurate and up-to-date and their meal orders to be fulfilled quickly and accurately. Technology is a major enabler in meeting consumers’ expectations while simultaneously helping QSR locations increase operational efficiencies and quality of service.
Hospitality is a customer-focused industry, with a hotel brand’s reputation and ultimate success dependent on the quality of the experience of its guests. It is no surprise then, that digital transformation efforts within the hospitality sector are focused on technologies that improve the guest experience, from check-in to check-out and everything in between.
Today’s travelers are digitally savvy, using their smartphones and mobile devices for a multitude of tasks. They expect a high-quality connection throughout the property and the ability to perform certain tasks from the hotel’s app, such as checking in and choosing their own room. They expect in-room entertainment beyond basic cable and in-room digital devices they can use to order food, book a massage or control the lighting, for example.
Retail has been transformed by technology in multiple ways, from the way customers interact with retailers to how products are offered and acquired. Indeed, the entire shopping experience has been redefined and expanded to enable customers to purchase products anytime, anywhere, with any device, from any number of retailers.
Consumers’ changing shopping behaviors and their reliance on technology enables retailers to reach a wider swath of potential buyers, moving well beyond the borders of their physical store locations to new geographies and populations. That said, retailers must understand how to use technology effectively to draw in customers and entice them to purchase, as well as help them improve their operations and enable new, innovative ways to keep customers coming back.
Self-insured employers want to cut costs without affecting the quality of coverage available to employees. HR leaders need to provide great benefits that attract talent, but they also need to slow the rising tide of healthcare costs at the same time. In this whitepaper, you’ll see three examples of how benefit teams have cut benefits spending without cutting benefit programs.
• The potential savings available with telemedicine programs
• The surprising ROI of fertility coverage and care
• Best practices for evaluating and implementing onsite clinics