During a network infrastructure upgrade, it is critical to keep the project on track to avoid continuity disruptions. Before you put anything into action, map out the technologies you have selected based on your customer experience expectations and assign deployment dates. You can base this schedule on your budget, available IT resources or risks to business continuity or security.
Creating these milestones does more than merely break up a network overhaul into manageable chunks. It helps you periodically evaluate your key performance indicators (KPIs) and generate a return on investment (ROI) along the way. As you upgrade your on-site network to 5G, for instance, you can see how reduced latency and increased speed could improve workplace productivity.
Connecting KPIs and ROI will require increased visibility into your application services and access to advanced analytics. That is why many organizations move to a next-generation wireless network with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities when they roll out a network infrastructure upgrade.
Your milestones will include performance enhancements, but they should include improved protection of IT infrastructure and corporate assets, too. LTE connectivity into a private IP can help here, and so can network security services delivered through the cloud. Complement these technologies with zero trust, identify-focused security policies.