By combining a deep technical, business and project management expertise with a true passion for helping clients with their digital transformations, learn how Windstream Enterprise will tackle your toughest IT challenges to help you deliver on your strategic vision.
Evolving and managing your IT teams and capabilities can be a lot to handle, particularly if your business operates in multiple, far-flung locations and you’re moving from on-prem to the cloud. Over the last few years, there were many challenges that forced teams to pivot rapidly and turn up remote work solutions at a speed and scale never seen before.
But that’s not all: These teams must face the growing IT talent shortage, in addition to an increasing number of power outages, device failures and many other issues that occur after a sudden stop in business operations. Whatever the reason, a lot of work must constantly be done to ensure your organization is staying on top of its digital transformation efforts and remaining fully operational.
Managing it all may sound dizzying, but that’s where a team of professional network specialists, headed up by an IT consultant, can help. A dedicated professional services team can take on those extra IT burdens so you can focus on keeping your facilities up and running. Here are some things a professional services team can do for you.
1. Implement repairs and upgrades
When was the last time you assessed your existing infrastructure, your network, applications, software vulnerabilities and threats? Have you migrated away from legacy solutions that no longer serve your organization? And do you have back-ups of all your data, server, router and switch configurations that can be used to restore service? How long ago were they completed? Have they changed since then?
There will always be something to improve, repair and upgrade. But perhaps, this year, you are hoping to spend less on managing these services, and more time on innovating for your organization’s future? Professional network services teams include engineers who can roll up their sleeves, help document what’s in place today, recommend what you’ll need in the future, and then implement your installation. So you can relieve your team of the labor-intensive work of site configuration, equipment installation and rollouts—including wiring and CPE—and let them focus on higher-value tasks.
2. Audit your current assets
With less employees working onsite than ever before, your IT department has an opportunity to move freely throughout your facility and inventory, document and tag all your technology items with inventory control labels—such as printers, keyboards, docking stations, monitors, routers, switches and servers. This is especially useful if your organization has recently acquired another company.
In addition to hardware, it’s never too late to do a network, security and compliance audit to help you plan a strategy to match your application roadmap, as well as deal with any bandwidth bottlenecks that could hold your strategy back.
A professional services team can do the legwork and present you with a complete audit that reviews your current infrastructure and evaluates it against both current needs and long-term business objectives. Lean on a trusted partner for these advisory services, someone who is invested in your success.
3. Recalibrate your IT roadmap
Most IT leaders would agree that their technology roadmap has recently been turned upside down. In our current reality, what does your business really need? Do you need to shore up compliance? Bolster your network security with next-gen Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Security Service Edge (SSE)? Or have the last few months accelerated your cloud migration strategy?
As you’re re-thinking your IT roadmap, now’s the time to make a case for higher-efficiency, lower-OPEX network services. For example, Unified Communications as a Service (UcaaS) and Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) can replace costly and outdated POTS lines and MPLS architecture with a highly agile, dynamic platform that maximizes bandwidth to control expenses.
Outsourcing your network operations is an effective way of onboarding new technology and driving network transformation—without the high CAPEX expenses of a network rip-and-replace. An experienced, qualified consultant can look at your business objectives and gather business requirements. By acting as a single point of management, the consultant helps you move projects on your IT roadmap ahead faster, while allowing you to keep your headcount down and focus your internal teams on the core business.
From requirements gathering, to cloud-optimized network and communications solutions, to implementation and ongoing management, Professional and Managed Services from Windstream Enterprise can help you achieve a network that delivers against your business strategy. Our team of diverse experts can help deliver complete solutions designed to support your digital roadmap, achieve business objectives and fuel competitive advantage. Our team can help:
- Assess current network performance, along with your applications and software
- Support site configuration as well as equipment installation and roll-out
- Offer a complete solution with firewall, intrusion protection, security information and event management (SIEM), content filtering and application control in both cloud-based and premises-based versions
- Design a complete solution that meets business needs
- Implement and manage your solution for ongoing optimization
You aren’t expected to be an expert at everything, and you don’t have to manage everything alone. Learn more about how Professional Services from Windstream Enterprise can advance your vision by visiting our Professional Services page or contact our team.