Fostering a Culture of Adaptability

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Having the right IT infrastructure is critical to consistent growth and profitability for midsize companies. Sadly, many business applications don’t support changes to both business processes and a company’s organizational structure. In fact, many are inflexible and create disconnects between departments. However, there is a solution that’s built to enable growth and adaptability in all business functions and operations.

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The Need to Rethink the WAN

Technological advances have evolved at an exponential rate over recent decades—we’ve seen the advent of the Internet, cloud computing, virtualization, and several other technologies. But the wide area network (WAN) technologies that are currently in use in most branch offices have changed little since the 1990s.

Business environments today are experiencing unprecedented growth and change, and IT departments are losing visibility and control. Traditional WAN technologies are a mismatch for modern branch networks that need to be up and running quickly. The demand for adaptability, awareness of costs, and the need to run and monitor business-critical processes are indicating the necessity for a new WAN technology paradigm.

New WAN services based on the latest technologies have not been deployed by traditional service providers, primarily because they require an initial financial outlay which companies are not prepared to make. But they are poised to succeed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), and are the most viable alternative for supporting application performance while dealing with increased network traffic and the connectivity demands of cloud computing and mobile access.

In this white paper, the characteristics of WAN technology and the limitations of traditional WAN technology, including complexity, are explored. This paper also discusses some new approaches, such as a hybrid WAN, which are better suited to supporting fast-changing business and technology environments.  Read More

Evaluating Routing Software: 4 Things You Can't Do Without

The path to deciding on a routing software solution has some key considerations. These variables will impact the return on investment (ROI) you get and influence how smoothly you can integrate the software into your enterprise.

This paper outlines four key things to consider that will impact ROI and the effectiveness of your transportation and routing management solution. First, the specific industry knowledge and expertise of your routing software vendor will guide you to a better software decision.

Next to consider is the quality, quantity, and accessibility of training for your new routing software. The training and support offered will have a huge impact on its value to your business.

The adaptability and flexibility of your routing solution are also important factors to ensure that the software aligns with your business, and not that your business bends to the software. These are a few things a software partner needs to be able to explain and provide if it’s crucial to your business:
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  • Off-day deliveries
  • Variables in your route specifications
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Fostering Internal and External Collaboration

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