An SD-WAN can help address accounting firms' needs for security and branch office support.
Is It Time To Open A New Remote Branch Office?
When a company grows – particularly when expansion is seen in specific regions of the country – it can behoove the organizations to increase its physical footprint as well. Opening a new remote branch office can bring numerous benefits, including boosted presence in the marketplace and more opportunity to connect with existing and potential customers. However, when decision-makers are weighing their remote branch needs, there are a few considerations to make before they can open the doors at this new location, including:
1) Real-time communication is even more critical
When staff members work away from the main office, it becomes even more crucial to ensure that they have the proper tools for real-time communication. For most companies, this extends beyond providing a dedicated phone line and possibly a chat platform – workers need to be able to use video conferencing tools, share files and see any project changes in real time in order to effectively collaborate.
“Remote staff members are typically 20 percent more productive.”
In these situations, unified communication solutions are critical, and enterprises understand this. A report from Credence Research forecasts the UC market to reach $106 billion by 2022, significantly expanding as businesses continue to invest in these solutions.
It’s also imperative to ensure top-notch performance and functionality of these assets. Any interruption in the communication system can effectively halt business processes at a remote branch location, tanking employees’ productivity. In addition to providing these solutions, management must also optimize the WAN so that traffic is routed according to its importance. In this way, the quality performance of critical communications systems like VoIP and video conferencing are assured, and any failover is completely seamless.
2) Lack of IT expertise within on-site staff
A common issue that decision-makers must consider with remote branch offices is the likely lack of IT skills within the location’s on-site staff. While the workforce might include younger, more tech savvy employees, these workers often prioritize immediate response times over data security and protection. On the other end of the spectrum, more seasoned workers may not have the knowledge to troubleshoot IT systems when a problem arises. A lack of trained, expert IT staff members can impact nearly every part of the company that relies on technological solutions.
In order to address this, the enterprise needs robust solutions that can work proactively and autonomously to correct issues before they become large-scale problems. In addition, remote management and troubleshooting capabilities are key here, which will enable the company’s main IT staff to make corrections from the firm’s main headquarters.
3) Visibility and management of cloud assets
The cloud is a critical part of remote branch office operations. Cloud platforms and solutions allow remote staff members to connect with the applications and information required to complete mission-critical tasks. For this reason, any issues that hamper access to or usage of these systems are considerably damaging at remote branch locations.
To ensure the proper performance and management of cloud assets, decision-makers and branch supervisors must have a high level of visibility and insight. In this way, they can more effectively maintain and manage the company’s main headquarters, its branch and remote branch locations, its data center and every cloud platform.
4) Deploying the right solutions
It’s clear to see that decision-makers have their work cut out for them when it comes to launching new remote branch offices. In addition to ensuring real-time communication and collaboration, managers must have effective oversight of cloud assets to support productivity.
However, the most important considerations are those associated with critical application performance. Enterprises need an intelligent and secure solution that can effectively route traffic according to the most current network conditions.
Finding a service provider that can hit all of these marks is essential to the success of new remote branch offices. Talari is one of the only partners that can deliver on these critical capabilities, including those for cloud visibility and traffic management.
Our unique WAN to Cloud solution is unlike any other, expanding the reach of the corporate WAN and enabling visibility into the activities of remote branch offices, the enterprise data center and each cloud environment.
In addition, our best-in-class Software Defined WAN enables the network to make proactive, intelligent decisions about the treatment of each data packet. After weighing metrics like latency, jitter, availability and packet loss, this simple yet smart solution selects the very best path across the network for every data packet to ensure top-notch performance.
To see how these solutions work in real-world settings, check out our case studies. And when you’re ready to gain insight about how our THINKING WAN would function in your own IT environment, contact us for a custom demonstration today.