3 Business Moments that Warrant Tech & Network Audits

10.29.2019 | Verizon Partner Solutions
Authored by Sarah Lamothe

Back in January, I talked about mergers and acquisitions and why that is a great time for an organization to evaluate tech needs, network performance and infrastructure to ensure it is leveraging the right assets as two companies become one.

While the Mergers and Acquisitions process is a critical time for companies, there are several other business milestones that also warrant a thorough audit of technology infrastructure, needs and performance. Here are a few key moments where businesses should take that closer look, and how Verizon Partner Solutions can help.

 

New Technical Applications

Whether your organization is bringing on a new sales channel or new users onto the network, it is important to evaluate the technical application required, as well as the level of bandwidth and network requirements necessary for flawless operation. Taking into account whether your current network can handle what you and your end users are going to need—both now and in the future—is critical.

 

End-Of-Life Technology

If your organization’s current equipment is nearing end-of-life, it is not enough to simply replace that equipment with the latest and greatest technology. Whether it’s switching from traditional TDM voice services to VoIP services, or copper to fiber media, or private line or SD-WAN; you have to stop, evaluate and strategize about what is required of your network to adjust for the next generation.

 

Specific Technical Requirements

Oftentimes, new technology comes with very specific technical specifications for a particular application or end user. No matter the hardware, if you do not have the correct technical requirements, then the application will not work properly. That is why it is vital to test whether or not your network has the chops to support and sustain a particular technology, before implementing it within the organization.

 

Criteria to Consider

Now that we know a few use cases where companies should audit their technology, it is time to move on to the criteria to consider during the evaluation period. While there is more you should look at as you get into additional specific technologies, here are a few general points:

  • •Bandwidth. Do you have the bandwidth to be able to support your infrastructure, your end user applications, etc.?
  • •Throughput. What is the actual rate being transferred across the network? Depending on the results, it may be time to upgrade your bandwidth.
  • •Latency. What is the delay between the information you are sending, and the amount of time it takes the receiver to decode and use it? This is a critical component for         applications like AR, VR, gaming, automation and financial applications—where the lowest possible network latency is necessary for success.
  • •Quality of Service. What is your packet delay? As packets get sent through the network, there are certain applications—like voice and video—that are sensitive to quality parameters of the network.
  • •Error Rate. How many packets are dropping, and what is the root cause? Every time a packet drops, it can cause issues and also affect the effectiveness of the application that it rides on.

 

We live in a time where the technology available to network providers and end users is changing rapidly, becoming more scalable and requiring more bandwidth than ever. That is why it is more important than ever to audit your current network, evaluate the products different manufacturers offer, and find the best way to support your network for the future.

Once you have implemented your new technology, testing your network is crucial. This may seem obvious, but organizations need to test their network multiple times, and use different types of testing to ensure a solid baseline that can be stacked up against various performance metrics.

A Partnership in Success

At Verizon Partner Solutions, we help businesses ask important questions, like the ones I have shared with you, to give them the bigger picture associated with new technology and its technical specifications. We often work to match our network solutions to meet specific requirements and, if they don’t match up, develop customized solutions to make them work.

We also conduct rigorous tests with carriers or end users to understand their network baselines, and help them move forward with the implementation of new technologies that meet high performance metrics. Going forward, that baseline will provide a more solid understanding of what your network will need, and how it might perform in the future — for applications that don’t even exist today. 

If you would like to know more about how the Verizon Partner Solutions team could work with your business, contact us for more information.

10.29.2019 | Verizon Partner Solutions
Authored by Sarah Lamothe

Back in January, I talked about mergers and acquisitions and why that is a great time for an organization to evaluate tech needs, network performance and infrastructure to ensure it is leveraging the right assets as two companies become one.

While the Mergers and Acquisitions process is a critical time for companies, there are several other business milestones that also warrant a thorough audit of technology infrastructure, needs and performance. Here are a few key moments where businesses should take that closer look, and how Verizon Partner Solutions can help.

 

New Technical Applications

Whether your organization is bringing on a new sales channel or new users onto the network, it is important to evaluate the technical application required, as well as the level of bandwidth and network requirements necessary for flawless operation. Taking into account whether your current network can handle what you and your end users are going to need—both now and in the future—is critical.

 

End-Of-Life Technology

If your organization’s current equipment is nearing end-of-life, it is not enough to simply replace that equipment with the latest and greatest technology. Whether it’s switching from traditional TDM voice services to VoIP services, or copper to fiber media, or private line or SD-WAN; you have to stop, evaluate and strategize about what is required of your network to adjust for the next generation.

 

Specific Technical Requirements

Oftentimes, new technology comes with very specific technical specifications for a particular application or end user. No matter the hardware, if you do not have the correct technical requirements, then the application will not work properly. That is why it is vital to test whether or not your network has the chops to support and sustain a particular technology, before implementing it within the organization.

 

Criteria to Consider

Now that we know a few use cases where companies should audit their technology, it is time to move on to the criteria to consider during the evaluation period. While there is more you should look at as you get into additional specific technologies, here are a few general points:

  • •Bandwidth. Do you have the bandwidth to be able to support your infrastructure, your end user applications, etc.?
  • •Throughput. What is the actual rate being transferred across the network? Depending on the results, it may be time to upgrade your bandwidth.
  • •Latency. What is the delay between the information you are sending, and the amount of time it takes the receiver to decode and use it? This is a critical component for         applications like AR, VR, gaming, automation and financial applications—where the lowest possible network latency is necessary for success.
  • •Quality of Service. What is your packet delay? As packets get sent through the network, there are certain applications—like voice and video—that are sensitive to quality parameters of the network.
  • •Error Rate. How many packets are dropping, and what is the root cause? Every time a packet drops, it can cause issues and also affect the effectiveness of the application that it rides on.

 

We live in a time where the technology available to network providers and end users is changing rapidly, becoming more scalable and requiring more bandwidth than ever. That is why it is more important than ever to audit your current network, evaluate the products different manufacturers offer, and find the best way to support your network for the future.

Once you have implemented your new technology, testing your network is crucial. This may seem obvious, but organizations need to test their network multiple times, and use different types of testing to ensure a solid baseline that can be stacked up against various performance metrics.

A Partnership in Success

At Verizon Partner Solutions, we help businesses ask important questions, like the ones I have shared with you, to give them the bigger picture associated with new technology and its technical specifications. We often work to match our network solutions to meet specific requirements and, if they don’t match up, develop customized solutions to make them work.

We also conduct rigorous tests with carriers or end users to understand their network baselines, and help them move forward with the implementation of new technologies that meet high performance metrics. Going forward, that baseline will provide a more solid understanding of what your network will need, and how it might perform in the future — for applications that don’t even exist today. 

If you would like to know more about how the Verizon Partner Solutions team could work with your business, contact us for more information.