What Will Branch Offices Look Like in 2016?

Branch offices face unique challenges, particularly when it comes to employees remaining in communication and collaborating with their co-workers in other locations. These enterprise settings need specialized solutions to ensure that, no matter where staff members are operating, they can access the mission-critical resources required to support their productivity. With this in mind, the corporate WAN becomes the common thread that makes all of this possible.

With 2016 well underway, it’s time for business leaders to take a hard look at their branch locations, and ensure that employees have everything they need for success. What will branch offices look like next year?

IT leverages desktop virtualization

One of the biggest obstacles IT must address with branch office locations is desktop access. TechTarget contributor and Nemertes Research analyst Ted Ritter noted that managing remote desktops was not only a challenge for IT previously, but “a huge waste of time.”

“Despite sophisticated remote troubleshooting tools, there are always desktop and application problems that cannot be solved remotely,” Ritter wrote.

In response to these issues, desktop virtualization has become a popular alternative, and will continue to play a bigger role in branch office infrastructure next year. ReportLinker found that the desktop virtualization market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 54.59 percent through 2020, and is now a top priority for all IT companies.

Enterprise leaders will leverage Information of Everything strategies to unify data across the company.

Enterprise leaders will leverage Information-of-Everything strategies to unify data across the company.

Information of Everything

Next year, branch offices will take cues from Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 and leverage strategies associated with the Information of Everything. According to Gartner, Information of Everything seeks to harness all the data and details created by different devices and other sources. This is particularly key for branch offices, especially as mobile devices continue to permeate corporate infrastructures.

“Information of everything addresses this influx with strategies and technologies to link data from all these different data sources. Information has always existed everywhere but has often been isolated, incomplete, unavailable or unintelligible,” Gartner stated. “Advances in semantic tools such as graph databases as well as other emerging data classification and information analysis techniques will bring meaning to the often chaotic deluge of information.”

Increased reliance on the cloud

“Support via the corporate WAN and through to the cloud is more essential than ever. “

While the cloud has been a growing part of IT for years now, experts noted that in 2016, many business leaders will adopt a “cloud-first strategy,” according to CIO contributor Matt Kapko. This means that a growing number of resources will be migrated to these platforms and IT teams will boost their reliance on the cloud in a more confident manner. This will ensure that all employees – including those in branch offices – can connect with the assets and applications they need.

WAN and cloud support

No matter what approach IT leaders and executives take with their branch office initiatives, one thing is clear: Support via the corporate WAN and through to the cloud is more essential than ever. Businesses must avoid issues like latency, jitter and packet loss and ensure that they have visibility into the cloud environments they are relying on.

Talari is here to help with these needs, with advanced solutions including its Software Defined THINKING WAN and WAN Cloud Solution. This technology measures critical network metrics, ensuring that the WAN can intelligently reroute data packets to the best path, and extends the reach of the corporate WAN into the cloud to boost management and control.

To learn more about how an SD-WAN can transform your branch offices, watch our latest webinar ‘Demystifying the Software Defined WAN’ or contact us for a custom demonstration today.

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