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SD-WAN makes a difference in retail

To meet the needs of an anywhere-anytime-any channel world, retail organizations are shifting to network solutions that support omnichannel strategies, enhanced security and personalized experiences.

Windstream Enterprise commissioned Forrester Consulting to determine what matters most for organizations that are transitioning from legacy networks to next-generation SD-WAN.

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Top network priorities for retail




Legacy networks can’t keep pace

62% of retail IT and business leaders rely on their WAN to perform critical, daily business operations. But in the face of digital transformation and the need for secure, cloud-optimized infrastructure, yesterday’s technology no longer works.

Top WAN challenges of retail IT and business leaders

Improving network security is priority #1

Omnichannel shopping and fulfillment expectations can mean more frequent outages and exposed endpoints for retail businesses. It’s no wonder improving network security is top of mind for the retail IT and business leaders surveyed.

The top 5 things retail leaders look for in SD-WAN providers

  1. An integrated WAN and network security offering
  2. A reliable brand known for service excellence
  3. Ability to purchase multiple services from the same provider
  4. An array of pricing options
  5. Consistent service-level agreements and availability

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All facts and figures from: “Shift Your Network Thinking to SD-WAN and Security.” A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned by Windstream Enterprise, March 2022.

*Required services include OfficeSuite UC® and SD-WAN Concierge™ for all Windstream Enterprise guarantees.

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Windstream Enterprise believes people should expect more from their service provider. Our mission: as network, security and application performance become continuously more critical, WE will be the partner that responds to unique customer needs—a pathfinder to help lead them through technology transformation. A trusted advisor to help them connect, transform and elevate their businesses.

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