21 Feb 2021
With the nature of business becoming more distributed and spreading across geographies, building a well-connected network could be the difference between success and failure. Before digital transformation was a thing, large companies relied on hardware based Wide Area Networking to bridge branch offices to the head office for more efficient collaboration. This was too expensive for companies below a certain operation threshold. This meant that branch offices for relatively smaller companies or the SMBs were fragmented and siloed in their operations. With the switch to digital transformation and the switch to software based everything, building a well-connected company over long distances became more accessible and solved more problems that more traditional networks were susceptible to.
Network connections moving from dated slow connected lines to now wireless super-fast connections that allow for anyone to be productive from anywhere. Legacy networking solutions allowed for only wired connections, which limited connectivity for remote offices and therefore limit mobility. This has changed to a scenario where a choice of connectivity exists, and they are all fast and reliable. This also includes the ability to manage and monitor traffic from virtually any location.
To sum up, digital transformation is incomplete without the switch to a digitally managed, software-defined, wide area network that allows for a company to expand without concern of access, security breaches, reliability issues, or fracturing of operations.