Why does my business need Managed Wireless?

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High-performance Wireless connectivity is a vital part of your organisation’s digital transformation. The wide variety of digital experiences means people expect to work on smartphones and tablets, uninhibited by location. It’s essential to support your employees and guests with seamless Wi-Fi that supports fast and secure connectivity. It also sends a clear message that you’re a forward-thinking and connected business, crucial to first impressions and your brand. 

What is Managed Wireless? 

Most offices contain more than one Wireless Access Point, especially larger premises, or those with a lot of concurrent devices. However, typically there is no ‘control centre’ in the middle, ensuring a seamless experience for all users. With Managed Wireless, there is a console in the middle (typically cloud based), that will perform clever actions such as load balancing between access points and handing off to closer Access Points when appropriate. Such features do not exist with standard non-managed solutions.  

How can Managed Wireless benefit my business? 

Managed wireless service providers can help your business take advantage of the latest best practices, newest tools and technologies to improve operational efficiency and user experience.

Here are just some of the benefits of a well-managed service:

Central management and control: Managed Wi-Fi services allow the network operator to manage and control centrally, which is valuable for increasing user productivity and overall business efficiency. Users benefit from advanced management platforms that deliver high performance, reliable connectivity to all users in any environment. 

Improving business performance: Managed Wireless can help your business increase in revenue by raising customer satisfaction rating, improving the employee experience and boosting productivity everywhere on-site, which is particularly valuable in research or manufacturing environments, where connectivity blind spots can affect live settings and even production.

High level of network security: Managed wireless networks allow for an advanced level of wireless security services, enabling your business to keep its valuable data private and safe from unauthorised access. Managed Wireless also offers better support for compliance controls where network activity can be closely monitored and controlled. 

True accessibility: Wireless networks allow mobile users to access real-time information so they can comfortably roam around your company’s space without getting disconnected from the web. This increases teamwork and productivity company-wide, which is not always possible with traditional networks. 

Multi-protocol support: Managed Wireless is compatible with all popular operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS X devices. 

Flexible and scalable: Managed Wireless can be scaled automatically to expand coverage as you need it. You can add Managed Wireless access points (WAPs) to the network as your business grows or add capacity where you need it most. 

Bandwidth monitoring: Managed Wireless provides detailed bandwidth usage reports that will help you monitor operations and plan for future growth with confidence. 

What are the risks of not having Managed Wireless? 

It’s no longer possible to rely on a few hotspots around the office. Today’s Wi-Fi must comfortably handle the management of multiple users across a variety of devices. 

Managed Wireless solves connectivity problems that may occur with Wi-Fi alone. In-house IT teams can deliver a Wi-Fi service based on the same principles service providers adhere to, but it can be resource-heavy and time-consuming to fix an overloaded and slow service. Wi-Fi management is enough to tie up valuable in-house IT personnel daily. Outsourcing to a managed Wi-Fi service provider removes the burden of the day-to-day Wi-Fi operations. It frees up the core IT team to concentrate on other business-critical issues and more strategic IT projects. 

It all comes back to user expectations. Your users need to be empowered beyond email access and require high-speed, always-on connectivity to access all web-based apps they need to deliver for the business and its customers efficiently. If they’re struggling with slow speeds, this creates a problem for the in-house IT teams and can negatively (and somewhat unfairly) impact their credibility in the business if they’re unable to respond with the necessary speed.

How can it work for my business? 

Managed Wireless networks provide secure connectivity, outstanding performance and offer a high quality of experience for every user on your network. And because Managed Wireless delivers the flexibility to adapt and evolve as your business needs change, this helps futureproof your business, ensuring you’re able to meet today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s demands. 

Our team of experts can design a Wi-Fi solution that works perfectly for your business, taking the hassle out of managing your environment. Whether you need to upgrade or require a complete revamp of your existing Wireless network, we can create a bespoke service that helps you leverage your wireless technology to its full potential. Our Managed Wireless Service can be set up and installed at a time that suits you – there’s no need to worry about complicated configurations. We will seamlessly integrate with your existing IT infrastructure. We’ll manage the end-to-end process, working considerately with your internal teams to ensure smooth delivery.

Backed by intelligent hardware and 24/7 BCS management, our solution delivers high performance and peace of mind and a range of enhanced features, including true multi-layered security that supports fast and secure roaming, safe and performant guest access; and steady and consistent performance.

Need further guidance?

We’d be happy to take you through your Managed Wi-Fi options. It starts with a conversation to find out more about your existing environment, goals, challenges, and ambitions. If you’d like to find out more about any of our other services or to discuss your broader IT strategy, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.