When most people think of the term “industrial revolution,” they likely recall the great mechanical advancements of the 19th century that took us from an agriculture-based economy to one built around manufacturing. However, the truth is that industry as we know it has actually experienced multiple revolutions since the early 1800s — at least three to date — and that we are actually in the midst of a fourth.
Enterprises across sectors are embracing automation and utilizing big data to streamline processes and increase revenue streams, a “revolution” many refer to as Industry 4.0. While this next phase in our industrial evolution will inevitably help older businesses stay relevant as the world becomes more dependent on connectivity, these same companies will need to overhaul their legacy IT infrastructures in order to adopt more efficient workflows.
When it comes time for businesses to bite the bullet and take inventory of their IT strategy, they need to evaluate whether it'd be more cost effective to have the business' existing IT teams take on the overhaul, or to outsource the project to a professional Systems Integrator (SI).
SIs can help IT transformation while ensuring end user experience
The problem with relying on in-house personnel to manage a digital transformation is that it takes these workers away from their day-to-day activities, which could ultimately harm business productivity during the transformation. In most cases, these teams will need to learn a whole new skillset to tackle network simplification while keeping IT operational, which can make the whole process unnecessarily costly and lengthy.
SIs, however, know how to cost-effectively make these changes in a time-efficient manner. In the process of digital transformation, SIs take full stock of all the applications using the company's wide-area network (WAN) and usually reallocate them along a hybrid, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) infrastructure. SIs can work across multiple WAN providers and can objectively help the Enterprise make the decision whether or not to move from MPLS to a hybrid network.
For instance, SIs will consider which applications and workflows are capable of living in the public cloud, such as Skype for Business and other unified communications (UC) tools. This could free up critical resources in the virtualized private data center that could be used to centralize applications like Print Servers and Sharepoint, making it easy to manage and maintain hard to reach remote sites. In order to manage this new hybrid IT environment, SIs need an application-aware SD-WAN solution that can control end-user experience as IT functions move off-premise.
InfoVista provides tools that come in multiple form factors, including physical and virtual appliances, as well as telengines to manage multiple operations across sites, which help to speed up digital transformation without compromising application performance. All of the workflows and information can be funneled through our orchestration system so that SIs can roll out an effective management solution once the transformation is complete, all while ensuring bandwidth increase is limited and there is a veritable ROI.
Read on to learn more about how SD-WAN can be an asset to your digital transformation, whether you are an SI or a member of an in-house IT team, to help truly usher in Industry 4.0.