Enterprises across all industries are working to incorporate technology with the goal of driving down costs and increasing efficiencies. That is no easy feat as new technology continues to get more and more expensive and convoluted. A few underlying questions then arise:
- Can we get rid of other services/suppliers upon implementation?
- Where will we see savings/efficiencies on the backend?
- What does the timeline look like before benefits are noticed in the bottom line?
SD-WAN is unique as solutions are offered by the large carriers and hardware manufacturers as well as smaller, emerging players, all while mergers and acquisitions seem to be occurring each week. Each supplier has their own approach, and no “one size fits all” model exists. An SD-WAN solution can be laid on top of your current network, enabling it to utilize all types of links in a resourceful, robust fashion. There are different tiered suppliers with different capabilities and functionality who are purchasing companies and platforms while adjusting their own footprint and technology. With all of this in mind, it’s critical to develop a well-defined strategy to procure an SD-WAN solution.