The digital age has pushed enterprises into the spotlight of the knowledge economy. Workers expect more from their jobs, meaning companies need to evaluate network infrastructure moving forward to be able to compete with market trends.

A software-defined enterprise content delivery network has the ability to transform and digitize how information is transmitted from employee to employee, making it a quintessential pivot for large businesses.

What is the knowledge economy?

Some call it the information age, others the knowledge economy. With the vast resources available at our fingertips, stemming from mobile phones, tablets and computers, workers in this day and age are expected to know much more than just how to “do their job.”

Employees have been placed at a premium in the 21st century. Before, during the Industrial era, they were resources used to get at goods. Now, workers are the essential resource, as most high level automation still cannot run without a well-trained person behind the wheel.

“Knowledge is the most valuable resources in this day and age.”

As industries like telehealth care expand, the power of research is becoming much more important in order to develop these services, according to SciDevNet. Think about it – mining has been a declining industry since as early as 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Knowledge is the new gold, silver and copper, and data mining has thus taken top role.

But in a busy workplace, it’s difficult to train employees on the fly. It takes time, which is money, both of which ultimately don’t have any immediate returns. In a post-recessional environment, many executives see return on investment as a indicator as to whether or not an initiative is worth the funds it takes to start.

How an SD ECDN can help

The Pew Research Center found U.S. workers are thriving in this knowledge-based economy – only if employers give them the tools to do so, though. Nearly 63 percent of all workers surveyed by Pew received job-related training last year.

In the multiple choice survey, the top three choices for receiving job training were:

  • To maintain or improve skills: 55 percent
  • To obtain a license or certification: 36 percent
  • To receive a promotion: 24 percent

The numbers show that, when given the opportunity, employees will actively seek out ways to build their repertoire and learn more about their job, even when it’s secured. This can be difficult when internal communications are still done manually, though, as opposed to automatically.

For example, many companies still have employee-run classes for certification or job training. This means candidates for the classes must reorganize their schedules to fit in class-time, rather than being able to complete it before or after work, or on their free time. Essentially, companies can catalog a number of videos and to further employee intelligence and drive higher returns on hires. If a worker grows under a company that continuously offers them opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge, they have no reason to leave and work for a competitor.

With an SD ECDN, videos will be lag free and won’t disrupt network activities. A worker can watch a video here and there while still maintaining regular operations. This type of access to information is essential moving forward if businesses want to grow, both monetarily and talent wise.

Keyboard with someone pressing a button labeled learn

Give employees knowledge at the press of a button with an SD-ECDN.

Both the passion for learning, and cautiousness employing programs with little tangible ROI, come from this post-recessional market, according to Pew. One interviewee told the source the drive to learn on the job came directly from the employment scare in 2008.

Companies can provide meaningful training sessions – and even a corporate academy – by taking advantage of the power of enterprise video. In a normal infrastructure, a legacy network simply can’t handle videos being accessed consistently during business hours. The bandwidth usage is immense, and can disrupt routine activities which can have a negative long-term impact on revenue and eventually market cap if the issue persists.

An SD ECDN allows a company to offer unparalleled internal video access to employees for onboarding and continuous training at their leisure. All of this without network instability. An SD ECDN reroutes bandwidth away from the network, allowing access to lag-free videos.

The future corporate landscape will be composed of unrivaled access to information, and SD ECDNs can give employees the key.