The Internet is one of the most important tools in an office worker’s daily routine, according to Pew Research. Whether it be communicating with clients, conducting research or using proprietary applications, it has become a mainstay in white-collar jobs everywhere.
What happens when your Internet is slow? The pressure and strain a network faces every day can slow down an employee’s pace of production, which will ultimately lose money for your business. That’s why it’s important to supplement it with an enterprise content delivery network. With a SD ECDN, companies can say good-bye to stress, and welcome change with open arms.
The state of the office in 2016
Pew Research conducted a survey that asked adult Internet users what they find “very important” to doing their job. Years back, many of the answers may have been telephones, but nowadays that just simply isn’t the case:
- 61 percent of respondents find email to be “very important” in doing their job
- 54 percent listed the Internet
- 35 percent answered landline telephone
- 24 percent need their smartphones
- 4 percent use social media
Over the next 5 years these numbers will change dramatically as social media takes a larger role in companies’ content marketing strategies, while landline telephones become virtually non-existent due to the prolific use of smartphones. Furthermore, the Internet will resemble a wide range of options, whether it pertain to using company tools to do their job or receiving onboarding online, rather than in person.
Video will become a large part of Internet use as companies scale and open up more locations nationwide to attract more top-end talent. This will mean that when the executive staff wants to give a speech, they no longer can just account for one office. Live streaming for company announcements will be not only necessary, but essential to retaining the same company ideals across all locations. Throw in the growing population of telecommuters into the equation, and businesses now have their bandwidth usage sky rocketing.
Videos are large files that take up most of the network’s resources, and therefore consistently slow it down. If 100 or 200 people are all on the company Intranet trying to watch an internal announcement at the same time, it’s very likely that the majority won’t be able to due to constant buffering and general poor quality.
Onboarding will become an issue as a business scales as well. This means more people will be trying to access video resources at the same time, sending shockwaves through the network as it tries to account for the extra load.
Technologically savvy businesses will implement SD ECDNs as they move forward and expand to accompany changes to their infrastructure, as it will allow them to keep their legacy network and in the process promote streamlined productivity among their employees.
Why an ECDN is the solution
ECDNs allow companies to easily maneuver obstacles as they scale and grow. Legacy networks often inhibit exponential growth because the internal structure can not keep up with the external changes. This process has become increasingly muddled over the past few years with the new ability to use video for internal communication like employee onboarding and corporate news conferences.
According to Cisco, 85 percent of companies intended on producing more video in 2015 for various uses than they did in 2013. This means most companies are on board with the abilities video has to offer. In a perfect world, the network would keep up with this transition. But, we don’t live in a perfect world. Bandwidth is limited and the WAN is tested everyday through various tribulations. It’s up to companies to respond to the trend:
- ECDNs are easy to implement and are secure networks, meaning your private data has no chance at being leaked publicly.
- The technology scales with your company. So as you grow, you don’t need to worry about making costly changes to your infrastructure.
- ECDNs take away the headaches for IT and gives them the time to work on improving proprietary applications and making necessary enhancements within the company’s network, knowing that they won’t be pulled away to work on a downtime issue.
With SD ECDNs, companies can stream internal news conferences without fear that they won’t be watched. Once the stream is downloaded by one person, it will be cached on the server and available for every employee thereafter. This takes away the multiple downloads necessary to watch it, and removes the chances of buffering ruining the experience and message.
The rise of onboarding moving to video won’t be a problem for companies with an SD ECDN. As mentioned before, the video will be cached once it’s downloaded and new employees can watch it without interruption. This allows for a more solidified company, no matter where its employees work from. The key is getting on the same page, and ECDNs allow workers to do just that.
To make sure employees have constant access to the Internet, a tool they believe is one of the most important in the office, it takes some work on the company’s part to ensure consistent uptime. The inclusion of social media and video in the workplace will only add to the stress that the network needs to handle. Businesses that don’t account for it before they scale will suffer in the long-run, as their infrastructure will not be prepared to take the next step. Implement an SD ECDN today to ensure your network can handle the changes thrown its way in a fast-paced corporate world.