An Introduction to Converged Mobility

Organizations are struggling to keep up with the needs of an ever-more mobile workforce and a mobile customer base. Converged Mobility is part of the next generation of enterprise network solutions built with mobility in mind.

Challenges in Enterprise Mobility

Even after a decade of improvements, most infrastructure environments are still not equipped to handle modern IT objectives. Make no mistake: IT leaders have worked hard to consolidate and standardize their infrastructure (e.g. the shift to private cloud environments). However, as the next generation of IT products emerge, most networks just aren’t ready to accommodate them. As a result, organizations are simply not equipped to capture all the efficiencies that come with a truly modern IT network.

But what does a modern IT network look like? How is it different from traditional networks? What has changed?

One of the biggest differences is that now, networks need to accommodate a dramatic increase in the number and type of devices they support. Mobility has emerged as a major driving force behind the infrastructure overhauls that IT managers are facing today.

If your organization can’t meet the on-the-go needs of a talented workforce and a sophisticated consumer base, the challenges you face today will soon become roadblocks to sustainability and growth. Understanding what mobility means now and how organizations are rising to meet these challenges is the first step you can take toward turning your own mobility challenges into opportunities.

The Modern Concept of Mobility

As companies become more global, organizations are feeling the limits of traditional IT network models. The need to communicate and collaborate digitally is now a top priority. Whether it’s a global workforce or video conferencing that’s putting pressure on your network, it’s pressure that’s only going to grow with time.

Another pressure point is the quickfire pace of innovation. The number of devices straining modern networks is hitting a breaking point in some organizations as IT managers rush to accommodate the influx.

Impact of Devices on the Network

The rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) several years ago signaled the coming device boom in the workplace. From handhelds and wearables to tablets, mobile printers, and the Internet of Things (IoT), device density has increased in almost every vertical. Organizations who lag behind in developing new mobile strategies are buckling under the inefficiencies of traditional network setups.

So, what can companies do? The need to reduce cost, reduce risks, improve performance, and prepare for the future has never been greater. Meanwhile, IT managers are having to restructure the hardware, software, and support that’s required to maintain application hosting, provide end-user support, and keep the network going.

In short, the modern concept of mobility has drastically changed the way IT managers think about infrastructure. What’s needed is an entirely different approach. Traditional networks weren’t designed with the modern concept of mobility in mind.

Nor were they designed to handle the weight of a full-fledged onslaught of devices known as the Internet of Things. With each new device comes a new software package to manage it. Between configuration, networking, security, onboarding, support, updates, and more, efficiency goes right out the window… for IT teams as well as the business units they support. Neither can keep abreast of all the change. Inefficiencies begin to compound while productivity takes a nosedive.

Agile Solutions for Any Organizational Structure

One last complexity of modern mobility, one that stretches beyond the IT department is this: increasingly, IT functionality is emerging from siloed IT units and merging into various departments within an organization. The restructuring of modern organizations and the resulting decentralization of IT has complicated the shift to a modern network solution.

Any solution, any new approach to IT infrastructure, needs to be accessible to this emerging style of un-siloed IT functionality. It needs to be usable throughout an organization: easily adapted, reliable, consistent, secure, and available on an enterprise level. It also needs to be agile: easily scalable and responsive. 

Converged Mobility: A New Approach to IT Infrastructure

To manage mobile devices and maintain network assurance, Denali has created a Converged Mobility practice. Converged Mobility aims for a modern IT environment that can accommodate any endpoint over any network to any resource. It’s flexible, enterprise-ready, secure, and it helps guide an organization through even the most complex of IT challenges. The end result of a smart converged mobility plan is an IT environment that’s agile, easier to support, and more capable of delivering opportunities to end users and partners alike.

Making Sense of the Enterprise Mobile Environment

Increasingly, the most critical functions are carried out by employees who depend on mobile devices: salespeople, researchers, warehouse managers, logistics people, and the marketing department, for example. Enhancing their productivity with a better mobile experience is essential if companies want to stay competitive, chase sustainability, or grow.

Converged mobility is how we optimize the mobile environment and help companies reach all these goals.

converged mobility: what's involved?

To help organizations with these device-driven mobility IT challenges, Denali employs a strategize-realize-optimize approach. It’s a prescriptive approach that ensures the reliability and efficiency of your network for your mobile workforce.

Here’s how it works:

  • Strategize. This is the planning phase, where we take into account your entire IT environment, from the apps you use to the bandwidth you require. We do a site survey, we examine your service level agreements, and consider density and protocols during this phase.
  • Realize. This is the building phase, where we take a pre-installation survey to ensure a smooth transition. Then, the installation process moves ahead and benchmarks are noted.
  • Optimize. This is the action phase, where we run the systems to test their mettle. Everything gets monitored. Nest, we troubleshoot, report, and revisit the benchmarks we set during the “Realize” phase.  Finally, there’s a post-install site survey to gain further insights into your customized plan.

Enterprise networks carry an increasingly heavier load these days. Denali can help organizations handle the challenges of managing an onslaught of mobile devices that are considered essential for doing business.

You’ll be glad to know that our solutions and services are backed by the power of Cisco System’s proven networking solutions and Zebra Technologies enterprise-grade devices to help you make the transition to the next generation of IT infrastructure. 

Learn more by checking out our Converged Mobility E-Book

Clayton Daffron

Clayton Daffron (CCIE #43120) is the director of solution architecture at Denali Advanced Integration. He has more than 15 years of IT experience, including many years supporting the enterprise sales organization at Cisco Systems.

While at Cisco, Daffron managed Cisco’s enterprise presales engineering team for the Pacific Northwest, leading the team and Cisco clients through a period of industry disruption, increasing competition, and digital transformation.

Daffron oversees Denali’s technology portfolio and manages a seasoned and talented solution architecture team to bring forth innovative solutions such as Converged Mobility to market.

Under Clayton’s direction, our teams design and deliver proven solutions to help our clients grow, maintain and expand their business globally.

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