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Posted by Mark Smith

April 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

How to plan a successful upgrade to your WLAN technology



There’s good news and (potential) bad news for firms intending to update their wireless infrastructure.

The good news is, a refresh improves decision-making, customer service and productivity.

The bad news is, people can underestimate how much they need to plan to upgrade their WLAN. And if they get it wrong, it can disrupt customers and employees.

So, the trick is getting your planning right and enjoying the positive results of a shiny new wireless network. Which is why the arrival of a new study by Forrester is rather timely. It looks at the wireless refresh plans and experiences of companies in retail, logistics and hospitality. And alongside trends – like 53% of companies planning a refresh in the next 12 months – it gives some recommendations for those taking the plunge.

Take a look at the study for the complete picture. But here are some highlights:

  1. Develop a mobile-first strategy

This will help you align your investment in your network with the aims of the business. So, you can plan for the long term.

  1. Choose a provider that understands your industry

A sector expert can help you build a network that can grow with your business.

  1. Design for the IoT

As more and more devices talk to each other, more and more data will traverse networks. Design your wireless infrastructure with this exponential growth in mind.

  1. Start today to be ready for tomorrow

New wireless projects can take up to two years from proposal to deployment. Start the process of refreshing your infrastructure today, or you could end up playing catch-up.

  1. Automate wherever possible

By avoiding repetitive tasks, you can save time and resources.

Wireless infrastructure is the backbone of companies in retail, logistics and hospitality. They rely on it to run their business and – increasingly – to serve their customers. Download the Forrester study now, and find out if it’s time to refresh your network.