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Mobility provides the transformational foundation for a digital business.

 

 

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With the right network and security foundation in place, mobility can drive a wide range of business benefits. It enhances the workforce experience within your organisation as well as how you engage with your customers and enables you to offer a superior customer experience.

 

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Deliver exceptional
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It’s important to make mobility simple and seamless for users and IT, with a secure, robust and manageable workspace environment available anytime, on any device. That includes the ability to adapt to provide new innovative mobile apps as well as existing collaboration tools, virtual desktop and web applications on mobile devices.

Employees have better experiences if you provide more choice as to how they work and what corporate or employee-owned devices they can use.

Exceptional mobile experiences mean more satisfied employees, more satisfied customers and in turn more competitive business performance.

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Increase productivity, collaboration and innovation

If your people can work how they want, where they want, they’re more engaged and productive, and your business is more profitable.

The ability to work using any app and any device also helps them to be more collaborative. Better mobility means employees can work together better, despite being apart, and deliver innovation that’s vital for the future of your business.

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Secure and streamline your operations

Security leaders are expected to provide the conditions
for innovation while reducing risk. When your security policy management and enforcement strategy is well implemented, it can remove the barriers to innovative mobility deployments.

If your mobility solution makes security less complex, it can also lighten the load for IT and cut down costs. Centralising and unifying access to your network helps you to provide a consistent access policy for your employees and guests.

Visibility is crucial, so ensure you’re able to monitor the users and devices that are connected, and make sure each is granted the level of access they actually need.

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5 steps to mobility success

Once you’ve established the business benefits, it’s time to make the move. The growth of mobility in both the commercial and private spheres means that organisations risk being left behind if they don’t take steps forward. But mobility success is about much more than just mobile devices. It’s about securely delivering the applications and tools your employees, guests and customers need with a superior user experience. And it’s about doing it all affordably and efficiently. To achieve this requires a solid infrastructure foundation to build your solutions on, and neglecting any of the elements now will mean problems later.

Cisco’s five pillars of mobility can help you meet all of the key mobile networking challenges faced by business today.

1. Enable the experiences

Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) is a smart Wi-Fi solution that uses the Cisco wireless infrastructure to detect and locate customers’ mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. You can then directly send them targeted, personalised content and offers, and find new ways to engage with and assist them.

The insight you can gain from analytics allows you to understand customers’ behaviour and capitalise on it, and improve customer experience so that their loyalty increases. You can also build new advertising revenue through third-party mobile advertising opportunities.

2. Keep Wi-Fi performance high

Increased mobile users and devices, with even greater mobile app usage, including bandwidth-hungry apps, such as video and Voice over IP (VoIP), can put a strain on legacy Wi-Fi networks.

However, Cisco offers the latest Gigabit Wi-Fi (802.11ac) solution that provides up to three times faster speed than the previous 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.This can also preserve the battery life of mobile devices.

Additionally, Cisco’s unique High Density Experience (HDX) innovation ensures an excellent mobile experience for users.

3. Reduce security risk

More corporate and employee-owned mobile devices mean a greater security risk. Strong policy management and enforcement across network access, devices, applications and content are critical factors.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) gives you a simple, streamlined way to provide posture and policy for users across the wired, wireless and VPN networks, along with guest access.

This gives you complete and exceptionally robust control to grant, limit and quarantine network access in alignment
with the company’s appropriate business policy or security compliance requirements and guidelines.

By also integrating with Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems, ISE provides seamless onboarding and greater control over devices coming on to the network and what they’re able to do. That is crucial when employees connect their personal smartphones and tablets.

ISM and MDM integration lets you gain insight into how secure these easily lost devices are, for instance if a PIN-lock or data disk encryption are configured. This information means you can enforce the right network access policies and maximise the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) usage.

Cisco AnyConnect provides secure VPN access from any device, anywhere. Cisco’s TrustSec provides a robust security layer built into the switches and routers, offering extra protection for your systems, your valuable data and your business.

4. Increase infrastructure performance

Increasing wireless network traffic can create a bottleneck in performance due to the limitations of existing cable infrastructures, which have a maximum through put capacity of approximately 1 Gigabit.

Cisco’s unique Multigigabit Technology can significantly increase the through put over existing wired infrastructures, offering you significant cost savings and investment protection.

5. Improve mobile user experience from the branch

More mobile employees, guests and visitors means a lot of new traffic for your network – at head office or branches, within Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) or out there in the cloud.

It also means a lot of new traffic types that require different levels of service and treatment – whether the traffic is bandwidth-intensive video, voice, web, cloud or even non-work-related.

Cisco’s Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) solution dynamically routes traffic according to the application that is being used, as well as the endpoint and network conditions, so that your employees have the best experience possible.

You can make the most of your WAN usage, which means a better return on investment (ROI). Increased traffic from cloud usage, guest services and video can all be balanced to minimise congestion, and your organisation can keep up with today’s growing bandwidth demands from your branches.

Benefits of Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN):

• A single integration platform that dramatically simplifies IT operations
• Granular control from the branch office to the cloud for consistent management
• Proven security at scale to protect all branch office endpoints from threats
• Dynamic, real-time decisions through context-aware routing to deliver the best experience
• Significantly lower costs to deliver

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