Many companies still loyal to the “what works, don’t touch” philosophy believe that the efforts made, the budget invested, and the users’ satisfaction with their network infrastructure are sufficient and that they therefore do not need to turn things upside down and apply changes.
Nowadays, however, this kind of approach ignores the fact that the network is the base on which relies the whole business and that if it experiences problems the business suffers as well.
Relying on a partner to design and maintain the network ensures reliability and immediate response to problems. Indeed, no company can afford to stand still and be as competitive in a world of constant digital change. Migration to the cloud, hybrid work and new security threats are issues that traditional networks can no longer adapt to.
Work from anywhere: perimeters have changed
A good network infrastructure offers SMEs a number of benefits, including increased efficiency and productivity, reduced costs, better customer service, faster and more reliable access to information, and improved security. But at the heart of all this is the need for the network to be designed correctly as this is the only way it will be able to handle the various needs, but more importantly it will be able to be regularly reviewed and adapted to continue meeting the ever-changing needs of the business.
For decades, the security perimeter of companies concerned only its physical boundaries. Users, devices, data and applications were consequently protected by specific tools that monitored and validated network access. However, digital transformation has made these traditional security methods inadequate because the physical perimeter, as considered in the past, no longer exists. The ability to access corporate resources from any environment while maintaining productivity of employees working remotely can be very positive on one hand, but from a security perspective it presents an unprecedented challenge.
In addition, ransomware and other security threats to endpoints are steadily increasing, requiring the IT department to implement best practices that can monitor, control, and restrict user access not only to applications and resources, but also vary permissions based on real-time parameters such as location and device type, all implementations that a legacy network cannot address.
It’s not just about cost. It is also about planning. The right time to implement and plan digital transformation is when things are going well, not when companies are busy solving problems, even if this is unfortunately often the case. With peace of mind, one can in fact think through the problems more carefully and thoroughly and devise a strategy that meets today’s needs and tomorrow’s requirements.
By now it is clear, network stability and availability of business-critical applications are gradually becoming more critical to business productivity and customer retention, and the way company’s network is managed and maintained will have a direct impact on business resilience and consequently on reputation and revenue.
The Managed Network service offers extensive experience in strategy, implementation and management of tailored solutions, with the goal of ensuring reliable, efficient and secure connectivity and consequently reducing risk and providing a managed service to secure its infrastructure.
The choice is further reinforced when we think about everyday situations where when something is wrong, the first action we take is to report a network problem. However, experience shows us that most of these cases are related to causes outside the network. So, it is those who control the network who, through comprehensive systems preparation, must be able to properly contextualize these situations and direct the problem to the true cause.