Wimbledon: The Tournament that Torments IT Managers

This year's Wimbledon competition delivered a whole host of headline stories and nail-biting moments. From Andy Murray's early exit and the wild card defeat of Rafael Nadal, to Serena Williams' mystery bug and the close final of Federer v Djokovic, it may come of no surprise that more than ever, the public have been glued to their screens. However, the emphasis on live action did bring Wimbledon unavoidably into the workplace. Much to the displeasure of IT managers, the relentless thirst for tennis was set to undermine the efficiency of corporate networks and slow things down for everyone.

tennisFrom personal to corporate smartphones, tablets and notebooks, it has become easier than ever for the individual to incorporate live video streaming into their busy work schedule. At the same time, the boom in the number of devices makes bandwidth usage across any business network significantly more difficult to monitor for IT staff - and the search for controls and solutions more problematic.

These usages can overload the business' network resources and negatively impact business-critical apps. This goes far beyond the niggling annoyance of slow emails; the slowdown of communications can have a detrimental impact on client relations and business reputation. The weight of these issues falls on the shoulders of IT managers everywhere as office tensions rise alongside falling performance. So, what can be done?

The solution

Increasing your bandwidth might seem like the obvious option. However, this is both expensive and unsuited to the short-term nature of the problem; Wimbledon is over, and only lasted for two weeks. Indeed there are other stresses and strains on corporate networks throughout the year, such as the FIFA 2014 World Cup and current Tour de France; nevertheless there is a more sophisticated solution.

If an IT manager can run a system which automatically prioritizes applications over the network according to their criticality for the business, the productivity of the company can be safeguarded. Live streaming of the tennis will have to bow to vital programs and applications, internet calls and unified communications. Whilst the weather this summer continues to stay hot, bosses and IT managers can stay cool.

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